I have talked about this a lot in the past. It is something I feel strongly about. I personally don’t think you should run out and buy all new decorations. I think you should have things in your home that hold deep personal meaning. Whether that means something that reminds you of your childhood, your early years of marriage, something that represents your heritage or something that is from a family vacation.
Today I am going to tell you about the things in my dining room that have meaning to me.
I already mentioned that the corner shelf was a gift from my mom and that is was the first piece of furniture my husband and I owned. But there are a few thing on the shelf that have meaning as well.
My dad was a milk man. He started doing his route to put himself through college. He went to school to be a councelor for troubled youth. But once he realized that the job offers were in big cities with high crime rates he had second thoughts about his carrer choice. He had grown up on a farm in Idaho and he didn’t want to raise us in a big city. So he chose to keep doing what he was doing, delivering milk. He was a milk man until the day he died. He passed away of cancer when I was 15 years old. He loved his job. He was a morning person and a people person. This job allowed him to intereact with a lot of people. He also was able to hire on young men who were struggling with life. He gave them a job and he was able to use his counceling skills to help these young men turn their lives around.
As kids we also got to go to work with my dad. In the summer we all took turns going and helping him wheel all the milk, ice cream, and other products in and take care of them. There was a lot of time spent driving since he delivered in a very rural area. It gave us a lot of time to talk. We all had a good relationshp with our dad because of those drives and working side by side.
I believe the Lord has a plan for all of us. I believe that it was meant to be that he was a milk man. He changed a lot of lives. He also spent a lot of time with us kids. His time on earth was limited and having all that time made such a difference.
So I bought a vintage milk bottle. It says Meadow Gold on it because that was the brand he delivered. This bottle is the same kind that he use to deliver when he first started out. And it makes me think of him evertime I see it :)
It has another meaning as well. My mom had some old clear glass vases growing up. Any time one of us (usually me) would bring her dandelions or other “flowers” we had picked for her she would put those weeds in one of those small vases on the table as if they were the most beautiful flowers on earth. So I have reserved this milk bottle as my “weed” vase for when my boys bring me flowers :)
My grandma and my mom collected tea cups. My mom had them displayed in our house growing up. So when I saw this little once I fell in love and brought it home. My mom also had a thing for old books whick I also have inheirited. I can’t but help picking some up when I am in thrift stores. I had a few green ones in my collection that were perfect.
This candle stick belonged to my mom. She collects and collects and collects and then she has to get rid of some of her things (Does that sound familliar all you DIYers???). And I am lucky enough to be on the recieveing end a lot of the time. It was the perfet green and fit with the feel of this room.
What kind of items do you use to decorate your house that have meaning to you?