Friday, January 27, 2012

Sharing Blessings ~ Receiving and Giving Both Have Pleasure

Country formal- vintage lace and stylized pottery design exemplify my idea of heaven in home

In styling speech-makers, presentation is partner to content. The most effective communicators elevate words of denotation to phrases of connotation. The bond with the audience comes when a trinity of thought, intellect and soul is formed.  

Among family and friends, the setting is partner to the emotional communion. It is what makes a house the home where the heads.

When Sandra Price gave me the pottery plate, it was piled high with strawberries dressed in reverse stripes of white, dark and that mocha shade of milk chocolate. "Share Your Blessings with Family and Friends" could be her and Chuck's family motto.

While Sandra is younger than I, she has taught me much about the art of gracious giving. One- smile. Two- make the gift about the receiver. Three. The gift doesn't have to be new. Over years of friendship she has brought down things she instinctively knew I would like.  

This lacquered jewelry box is as close to a family heirloom as my mother left. It was a gift from her brother, a memento of his service in Korea. It is on its way to the granddaughter who remembers it as a treasure chest.

Two generations of little girls marveled at its contents. In its heyday it had been filled with cabochon-encrusted jewelry my father hand polished and set in his garage workshop.  From within, little fingers let strands of department store beads run through their fingers like water falling from an engorged stream. 

Wonderful for building memories~ not so good for the jewelry box.  Broken hinges and filled with decades of dust, I had my doubts when I handed it to my husband to see if any glory might be restored.

 The air compressor had its worked cut out for it, blowing embedded dust from the original velvet interior.

Acrylic tubs were blended until the brownish black background was matched. It was then thinned with extender to spread on barren spots and corners with the smoothness of a spray.

A gold pen gilt the outline outlining the inlaid abalone mosaic lid border.

Tiny brushed dipped in acrylic enhanced what was left of the oriental landscape renderings.

Broken hinges were repaired, minuscule fasteners refashioned to fit where the originals had long ago gone missing in action.

Two layers of wax free shellac brought up the sheen and sealed the artwork.

A polishing with Renaissance Wax.

My mother has been gone for over a year, but through polishing and passing this memento, a portion of her lives on.

Linking up to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

This Valentine's Season, the partnership of vintage lace with the platter remind all who view it, above all else, this is a family home. 


Oregon Sue said...

I love the jewelry box and the story of it's origin and it's beauty. Gerry did an amazing job restoring it. Kudos.... xo

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a lovely and wonderful story, Lydia....I remember the Korean War very well---and to think this BEAUTIFULLY Restored Box was a part of that History...Gerry is a Wizard!! It looks stunning and I love that it is being passed on down to the next generation of your family to continue to be Treasured....!

Lydia said...

Sue and Naomi- I shall pass your compliments to Gerry. With his injury I wasn't quite sure if he was up to the task. But it was time to try- and as difficult as it was- he did an extraordinary job.

Anonymous said...

Lydia, that Gerry of yours is another treasure! I sure wish I lived closer to you two. I could keep him happy working on little projects such as your Korean Jewelery Box for a long time to come.

Pass my compliments to Gerry, who I believe shows pride of workmanship in all his projects!


Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful box and heirloom. Thank you so much for your visit and comment on my blog, it means so much.



nikkipolani said...

Wow, what a work of love.

Tricia said...

What a good writer you are. Your husband did a wonderful job restoring the looks beautiful :)

Country Mouse said...

What a lovely gift. I'd love to be really good at giving personal gifts. I have a friend who is just wonderful at this talent. We do have some little things to be passed down however. One completely sentimental item is our "lucky pregnancy blouse" that has been worn by five members of our family so far, and it is on its way to becoming a sentimental heirloom, though it's absolutely nothing special in itself. Maybe someone can add some embroidery to it at each wearing to enrich its significance. Unfortunately I'd rather have my hands in the dirt than in the sewing box! your husband's restoration of the box is just beautiful! These are the things to treasure indeed, not the expensive storebought items. Thanks for swinging by our blog and leaving us a comment, too. That was a nice gift!

Lydia said...

Thank you all for checking in.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

How special!! Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

And what a gorgeous box! You lucky thing!!


Peggie said...

I have this identical jewelry box, given to me by my aunt upon her death. It was a gift to her from her husband (who served in Korea). I was always fascinated by it when I was young and loved being allowed to wind it up and listen to the music play.
The box is still in perfect original condition and I was wondering if you had any further information on them that you could share.

Lydia said...

Hi Peggie! I will keep my ears open. Maybe one our Korean neighbors may know something.

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