"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Friday, February 17, 2012

I thought about my grandparents, yesterday,

as I unrolled the wall paper that had just arrived,
and placed it inside of my grandfather's trunk. I thought back to their old weathered house, sitting in the middle of mesquite covered grounds, surrounded by cotton fields....................

almost the same way I live today................
I thought about my dear aunts and uncles..............some who have gone on................
some who are still here, who have told me that they remember this trunk during their childhood years.

This is the way it looked, before I papered it............and yes, I felt a little sad covering up the old tattered paper...............but it was really worn and tired.

and it seemed to say it needed something like this!....................Grandpa would have probably disagreed, but I think Grandma would not have.

An now, it sits, waiting to be filled with embroidered linens and small treasures. A trunk that was once my grandfather's..............that maybe one day in the far off distance...........might be "Grandmother's "
trunk to my "someday" grandchildren.
I just feel delighted to have it here........... sitting among family and friends...........like a long lost relative come back to visit.

16 comments:

Jocelyn said...

It's lovely! Congratulations on a job well done!

Daisy said...

The new paper looks wonderful inside, Kathleen! And now that trunk can hold new treasures as well as precious memories for you! :-)

jillyヅ said...

You did a wonderful job on the trunk, Kathleen. Love the wallpaper.

Enjoy your weekend.

blessings, jilly

Muddling Through said...

What a sweet post, Kathleen, and the trunk looks like it's happy to have had a little facelift.

lil red hen said...

Now this is just so nice! You've made something so special to keep your work inside. I'll be anxious to see it filled with your beautiful work.

peggy said...

what beautiful paper! and it looks perfect.

nancy huggins said...

You did good and it looks awesome. I have a trunk here that was my Grandmothers and can you believe no body could understand why I wanted this old ugly thing. To me it is beautiful and I wish I could have been there when they started throwing all my Grandmothers JUNK in the trash. So sad. Maybe some day I will do like you did but for right now it is full of some of my treasures :)

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Love the wallpaper you chose for the trunk. You did a good job. It looks so nice and I too, look forward to seeing it filled with your embroderies!

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

What a beautiful little trunk! I think your grandfather would be pleased! You have done a wonderful job with the wallpaper.

Vickie said...

That turned out beautifully, Kathleen! You'll be able to use it so much longer and be able to put more precious things into that clean lining. Looks great!

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

This trunk will keep on giving precious memories for another generation.
Love the wallpaper you have chosen.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

LindaSueBuhl said...

job well done and memories so sweet -

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

The trunk is perfect, I do not see you taking away from its olden days patina at all. The paper goes so well with it.

Mini said...

Your trunk reminds me of my grandparents too. They own big, black iron trunks - a remnant of their army life used during 'postings' across the length and breadth of India. Liked your choice of wallpaper!

Ladybug said...

Love how it looks, great job paper
is perfect...many years of enjoyment for all those treasures

Dawn said...

I love your choice of wallpaper! And, even if Grandpa might not approve of the floral design, he'd surely applaud all of your hard work and the love you've put into his old trunk! And, wouldn't he just love to see his beloved chest filled with your beautiful embroidery pieces? Great job! ♥