Friday, April 5, 2013

A Friday Favorite


I was looking through my archives for a favorite from my past for my Friday Favorite and I was quite sure I didn't have anything scanned and ready to go.  Then, I stumbled upon this faded photo taken nearly 41 years ago.  It is a four generation photo, showing my grandmother holding my daughter and my mother and I standing behind the chair.   Three of my favorite (female) people in the whole wide world.  I dearly loved my grandmother, who was such a blessing to me in the years following my mother's death nearly 5 years after this photo was taken.  Of course, it goes without saying that I dearly loved my mother, too.  

Back to the photo....I wanted to point out the wicker chair my grandmother is sitting in.  She gave me that chair when she had to give up her home, many years after that photo was taken.  The story behind the chair is that it sat in a hospital waiting area for many years.  My grandmother worked in that hospital and when it came time for the hospital to move to a new building, she got the chair!  She kept it painted in that hospital green they favored back in those days.  

When I became the new owner, I took off the covering on the back that she had kept on it and recovered the seat cushion and spray painted the wicker antique white.  After many years of use, it finally got a few wicker pieces broken and I have been meaning to get it repaired.  But, I don't know who does that kind of work in this area.  If any of my Missouri friends are reading this and know someone in the mid-MO area who can repair wicker, please let me know.  It is one of my favorite chairs and I'd love to be able to use it again.  

So, do you have a favorite item from one of your grandparents?  The chair isn't the only treasure I have from my grandmother, but it is one of my favorites.  I love the history of it, where it had been and knowing it is quite old, but so very sturdy.  I have another favorite from her that I'll show another day.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, too!!
Until next time...               

31 comments:

  1. What a sweet story about the chair and your grandmother. I do hope someone can help you fix it. My favorite thing of my grandma was a lamp she had. I recently broke it and was devastated.

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  2. Precious photo of your four generations and precious memories of your grandmother. I love the history of that chair! Wish I knew a wicker repair person; I sure hope you find one! Good luck! blessings ~ tanna

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  3. Morning Cheryl, what a wonderful story and picture.....You are lucky enough to have that beautiful wicker chair, great your getting it fixed..... I have a old china plate from my Mom`s Mother, my Grandmother......Blessings Francine.

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  4. Such memories in that picture!! You have beautiful blonde hair and it is long too!!

    Have a great weekend Cheryl.

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  5. It will take a real specialist to repair wicker. Hope you find someone so you can keep your treasured memory intact.
    Loved the generation shot. You were quite the stunner.

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  6. Cheryl, the picture is a treasure and the chair is a wonderful remembrance of your grandmother. It's not mid-Missouri, but in Ozark here in my area, there is a business called WickerFixer. I've heard good things about them. You can look it up on the internet. Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

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  7. Precious photo and sweet memories for you I am sure.
    enjoyed the story of the old chair..
    I have a gorgeous wrought iron bed that was my great-grandmother's. I had it sand blasted and painted. It is now in our youngest granddaughter's room. This would make it Mylee's great great great grandmother's bed that she sleeps in every night. I love this treasure that I have.
    Thanks for sharing
    shug

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  8. Look at your miz blonde bombshell.

    I have many cherish items. One is my grandmothers blanket chest that her father made her.

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  9. That should have been look at YOU

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  10. both of my grandmothers had chairs similar to these and they were all green. they were on the porches of their homes, screen porches. and i wish i had one of them now.

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  11. What a special story. I'll bet if you ask around at one of the Amish communities like Clarksburg or Prairie Home or Excelsior, that you will quickly find someone able to repair your chair. Patti T. also seems to have a lot of contacts. I sure hope you find someone to preserve that wonderful history!

    Deanna

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  12. Good Morning Cheryl! Sweet sweet photo and post. Love all those books! Maybe the Market Place would have a suggestion.

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  13. I didn't mean Clarksburg... I meant Clark (my fingers didn't kknow when to stop typing lol)

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  14. it is a great photo.

    i have my grandmother's sewing box. she died before i was born so i never knew her, but i received it after my uncle died, so it helps me remember him, too.

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  15. Cheryl, loved this story, and I, too, have a chair that means a lot to me.

    Cheryl, call Silver Dollar City (seriously). I'm sure they have a craftsman on call who does chair-caning at one of their old time gatherings, and could do the work on the chair.

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  16. Hi Cheryl, Love that photo of you and your 3 favorite women.... You were lucky to have a grandmother. I never had one!

    Hope you can find someone to fix that wicker chair.. They are so sturdy... AND--I know that it means alot to you.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. This picture with all the generations is fabulous! And I am so glad you are cherishing this chair, it has the memories of lifetimes. I hope you can find a good repair person.

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  18. Beautiful post. I love the four generations picture. Years ago...the four generation pictures were very important to the older family members.

    I have a very nice cherry rope bed that was to be given to me from my maternal Grandma and Grandpa. It has special made springs and mattress and it is so pretty with one of my homemade quilts. Our grandhildren love to sleep on it!

    Have a wonderful day.
    Susannah

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  19. Oh Cheryl, your Mother died so young-I'm sorry. It's good you had your g'mother to be close to.
    I love the photo. You look so cute in your 70's pantsuit. Was it double knit by any chance. Mine all were!
    and I'd love to have a wicker chair
    Yours is especially special!

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  20. What a precious photo and such good memories. I'm so glad we have have family photos to remember our loved ones. I have a quilt that my Grandmother made that I treasure. She lived next door to me when I was growing up and a big influence in my life. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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  21. Precious memories. Aren't you glad you have that picture!!

    I have a vase that was on Grandma's desk. She always told me not to fuss with it because it had little grapes glued to it and I was always picking at them. I now own the vase with the missing grapes.

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  22. What a lovely remembrance photo and such memories you have of your grandmother whenever you see that wicker chair, Cheryl.

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  23. I love finally seeing a picture of you but it is 41 years old - lol. Very pretty.

    I have some four generation photos too - I will have to try to find them.

    I love to see photos like this.

    sandie

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  24. my grandmother passed before i was born. i have one hummel that was hers, i treasure it!!

    lovely image today and your header collage is stunning!!

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  25. I have a sewing machine that was my grandmother's. She taught me to sew on it.

    I hope you find a wicker repair person/shop so you can use your chair again. :)

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  26. Awww, such a sweet picture of 4 generations. And wonderful story that goes with the chair. I just now looked online for wicker repair shops in Missouri. There is one in KC called The Last Straw. There was also a listing for Springfield and St. Louis. I don't know which city you are closest to.

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  27. What a wonderful photo! Everyone looks happy. Every. one.


    I have a similar photo of four generations, but I look so snotty that I don't show it. You look sweet.

    Oh how I remember that polyester...it didn't breathe and one got so hot wearing the stuff. My graduation dress was made from double-knit white polyester and I thought that I would fade dead away in the 100 plus heat in the bleachers of that no AC auditorium.

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  28. Cute photos! Love the four generation photo! You look fabulous!!
    Everything my grandma gives me is so dear to my heart. I've kept every letter and card from her. :)

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  29. Oh I love that picture because it has such a story behind it. I really like the chair; if I was you I would never part with it. What a treasure it is. It is so nice that you have a four generation picture.
    My grandmother passed away when I was about 11 years old. I was very close to her. I do have a few things of hers that I treasure. She was a small town nurse and that is why I became a nurse too.
    Blessings and hugs!

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  30. I loved this four generations photo Cheryl! What a treasure --and the chair is beautiful -- I hope you cna find soemone to fix it.

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