Monday, February 20, 2012

Heirloom Love: An Introduction

Hello my lovelies,

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend...except of course if you're from a far off land that doesn't celebrate family day...and if that's the case I hope you enjoyed your normal length weekend all the same.

So James has recently become a Buddhist, or at least he's recently become very interested in the Buddhist philosophy and after listening to him recount the lessons he's learned at the temple over the past few weeks I have become increasingly more interested in it myself.  Although, the only thing that kind of scared me off is the Buddhist's lack of 'things' or their belief that you don't need to clutter up your life with 'things' because 'things' don't make you happy.

That idea didn't sit too well with me because I absolutely ADORE pretty things!  So I approached James with my concerns and what he had to say made a lot of sense and opened me back up to the idea of Buddhism.  He said that the Buddhists aren't against having 'things' as long as you 'cherish' them as means to a greater end.  So basically the 'things' have to bring happiness and joy to you and others in order for them to have a place in your life.  I absolutely treasure all of my pretty things so thankfully if I did decide to go Buddhist I wouldn't have to lose my tea cups after all.... : )

This idea did me get me thinking about the objects I have and why I treasure them so much and it became clear that what I treasure most  are the stories that they bring with them or will bring with them, the people they immortalize and how I will pass along those stories and legacies on, which brings me to the point of this post.

  I find it so fascinating and comforting to be able to look around my home and be reminded of the past that comes with mostly all of my decor and I love to think that I will be able to pass these treasures along to my children, my nieces and nephews, and their children....

Mind you, as time passes it is easy to forget the details which is why I've decided to keep track of these heirlooms and share their beauty with all of you in a new weekly feature 'Heirloom Love'.

I will NOT be designating a day of the week though.  I can barely keep up with Inspire Me Thursday...I don't need anymore deadlines!

Now, not everything I have is of Heirloom status yet...  Some things are soon to be, so I may show you some of those things as well and why I think they warrant my love and attention.... : )

So to start with I'd like to introduce you to my Great Great Grandmother Margret who this beautiful pink depression glass bowl belonged to.

It was given to me by my Great, Great Aunt Marg (Margret's daughter in-law) who gave it to me at my wedding shower along with the picture of Grandma Margret.  She was a stern lady I'm told, but this bowl could always be found on her kitchen table filled with strawberries.  I fill mine with strawberries sometimes but I have a hard time leaving it for long... I end up having visions of someone knocking the table and the bowl crashing into a million little pink pieces so I put the strawberries back in the fridge, and the bowl back behind glass where no one can harm it. : )

Thank-you for reading folks... stay tuned for more heirlooms next week!

Love Desiree

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