Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Frenchy Table & A Special Bowl Story

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! 
Mine was simple, sweet and relaxing...just what I needed!
I have a darling little Frenchy table makeover to share with you today, and a beautiful bowl with a story.  I didn't know that this bowl was going to tell it's story in this post until I started taking photos of the table and the bowl whispered to me.  It was just the accessory that the table needed for it's little photo shoot and it seemed the appropriate time to share it with you

I lost my dear grandpa in February of this year.  Without going into too much detail, it was very unexpected.  He was in great health and really not very old.  We are all still in shock.  This post has been difficult to write, but it felt like the right time.
Over the past few years, grandpa and I discovered that we shared a passion for treasure hunting.
 He lived a few hours away but came for frequent visits and we talked on the phone at least once a week.  He was usually calling me from an estate sale.  "I wish you were here.  You wouldn't believe all of the pretty dishes they have, and good prices too!" he would say.

The last conversation we had, he was holding a bowl in his hands and describing it to me.  "It's a large bowl, really pretty with little pink roses on it.  The bottom says Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France."  He knew my taste well enough to know that this bowl had my name written all over it!  I don't think he was really calling for my approval.  He was calling because he couldn't wait to tell me about it and wanted to hear the excitement in my response. 

I hadn't thought about that specific phone conversation or the bowl since Grandpa had passed.  Just last week, my Grandpa's dear companion stopped by for a visit on her way through town.  She brought with her a carefully wrapped package.  She said she had found it in Grandpa's closet and the moment she opened it, she knew it was something he had bought for me.

I have so many beautiful dishes, teacups, wonderful old books, and sweet little trinkets that Grandpa picked up for me on his shopping trips, and I treasure them all but this bowl is my favorite.  It was the last thing he had called to tell me about.  He didn't say he was going to buy it, so I am sure he was planning to surprise me with it...  He did, and I love it.

Thank you, Grandpa.

Thank you, dear blog friends for allowing me to share this story with you.

A  French style vintage thrifted end table gets beautified with two coats of Old White and clear and dark wax.

 I just love the little wire mesh sides on this piece.  They make it so very unique!

Pretty little legs...the carved details are accentuated with distressing and dark wax.

Here she is in the window display for the Mother's Day weekend event.  My mom and I put together several bouquets of lilacs for the sale.  Lilacs are one of my mom's favorite flowers.  As we arranged the fragrant blooms, we reminisced about Mother's Days passed when we were moving or building and there was no garden with lilacs to pick.  I can remember my mom driving by big, old lilac bushes in people's yards...tempted to knock on the door and ask to pick a few.  I also remember calling florists and asking if it was possible to buy a bouquet of lilacs for my mom.  They never seemed to have any for sale.  I guess they don't do well in cold storage.  And now mom's garden is so full of lilacs that we were able to make several bouquets to share...and the bushes are still full of blooms!

I hope you have a wonderful day!  Thank you so much for your sweet visit! 
Take a moment to stop and smell the lilacs today, whether they be in your yard or your neighbors!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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Victoria Lynn said...

Your story really touched my heart. It reminds me so much of my father who has been gone for almost 7 years now. He loved looking for treasure too, and helped me set up my booth at antique shows. Be blessed with your precious memories. Hugs, Victoria Lynn
PS: Your work is beautiful and oh so inspiring!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The table turned out great, Amanda! The bowl is the perfect touch to it for the pictures. I'm glad you shared that story of your grandfather and the bowl. I'm glad it found its way to you.

Anne said...

What a sweet relationship you both had.I too had a special treasure hunting bond with my grandparents.I did not get to shop with them as I grew into an adult because they passed to early.But I have fond memories.And is why I love antiques so much.What a beautiful bow.I am sure you will always treasure it.What a gorgeous table too.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh Amanda, what a beautiful post. it truly does bring tears to my eyes! I know you'll treasure this particular piece forever! Love the table of course, Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Amanda, you had a darling grandpa! The bowl is beautiful which you will treasure forever just as you will your memories of this dear man! Not everyone has been blessed with a grandpa like yours.
I love what you did to the table. It is gorgeous; good job! Thanks for your moving post. It's a lovely tribute to your loved one.


sweetvintageofmine said...

Amanda, what a beautiful story of you and your Grandfather. I could feel the emotions of love and sadness in your Blog. It's wonderful memories forever. And the table..love it! I actually have one very similar to it that is waiting to be painted...yours turned out lovely! From one sweetie to another....Roxie

elizabeth said...

Finally made my way over to Camas Antiques last Friday. Your window display is AMAZING! I was doing more window shopping than spending, but I did buy some of the yummy Paris tea from your place.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

That is a very sweet story, you will think of your grandpa every time that you look at that pretty bowl... The table redo is lovely as are your photos. Have a wonderful day.

phyllis said...

Such a lovely and beautiful story about your grandfather. I know it must have been hard to compose for your readers, but what a beautiful remembrance. The Limoges bowl is exquisite, and of course so like you, Amanda. It is even more special because of this gift that you received after your grandfather passed away.

The table is so pretty. I loved reading about your mom's love of lilacs, and now she has so many. Wish I could have seen the window display again for the Mother's Day event. It looks beautiful!

Trishia said...

Amanda, what everyone else said -- ditto!! A real honor and privilege that you share this personal, heart rendering story with us.

Gloria said...

Dear Amanda,
What a very sweet tribute to your Grandpa. It tugged at my heart strings. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story, lovely bowl, and the pretty table!

I just found you via White Wednesday. So glad I did!

Blessings for a beautiful day,

Jamie said...

What a sweet story about your Grandpa! It sounds like you had an amazing relationship. The bowl is so beautiful, what a thoughtful gift. Your table is gorgeous as well. The wire mesh sides are so cool! ~ Jamie

County Line Road said...

Lovely color!

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Loved you grandpa story. How truly blessed you are to have had him in your life so close by. Since I had no grandparents within a thousand miles growing up it makes me appreciate and love you grandpa along with you. What a beautiful gift he left you with to always remember his joy & love.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

What a beautiful story about your relationship with your Grandpa... it made me tear up, but I'm so glad you shared it with us.

I love the table re-do and of course the beautiful bowl.

Karen said...

What a sweet remembrance of your dear grandpa. Its so wonderful that the beautiful bowl that he clearly wanted you to have found its way to you. Your table turned out gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Mom E. said...

Thank you for sharing your stories...I really enjoy them. They tug at my heartstrings...my father was a collector, of MANY things. He passed away when I was 33..and I have some of the lovely things he "collected" in my home to decorate with. I am so glad you enjoy working with your Mother! The house I grew up in had lilac bushes around one door and we so loved those lilacs! My mother passed away 3 years ago, and I am enjoying things from their home in my house. LOVE your table and the bowl and LOVE your buffet...it gives me courage to finish a project of mine. I need to find your post about how you refinished the buffet!

twelve-O-eight said...

So pretty! I love the grey background of your blog and your projects are very beautiful. Your latest follower, Tanya :)

The Shabby Chicas said...

Sweet! Love this combination and your dark wax application is perfect. You've inspired me to go back to a side table I recently did in an Antoinette/Old White mixture and apply a dark wax finish. Thanks!

P.S. We are sorry for the loss of your grandpa. You and your family are in our prayers.

--The Shabby Chicas