Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Displaying Memories

There's something about old family pictures.  They are something I look on with great fondness. To be able to see the heritage from which I've come, to see my parents as children, or my grand parents as young adults.  It just gives me so much appreciation of where I've come.  And I think those things are so important.  So when I come upon something that can display those prize possessions, I'm all over it.  I only hope the next generation can look from the past to help them in their journey to the future.

This piece was originally used to hold files folders, possibly in a dental or doctors office.

I wasn't very fond of the brown paint, so I simply sanded it off.  It hadn't been put on their very thick,  so it took very little work to remove it.  I did make sure I protected myself with gloves and a mask in case the paint was lead base.

The piece needed some embellishments.  These European house numbers would suffice. 

Being both the pieces were metal, all I needed was some magnets to attach this to the file holder.

This brooch turned into a magnet, also adds some additional interest.

And then I need my family pictures.  This is my Dad back in the '60s when he worked in radio.  A very special photo.

Or how cute is this!  Probably taken in the late '30s or early '40s. 

I love how it all came together.

But then again, if I want to change it up, it works great for notes, business cards and other things I may need handy.

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{northern cottage} said...

that is just lovely....what a wonderful mix of rust and chippy metal alongside the wonderful old {meaningful} photos. Great, great idea!


Boho Farm and Home said...

What a creative and fun idea that is full of vintage goodness!
Love it!

red.neck chic said...

Oh... I love that!!! I have a perfect wall for it. Hmmmmm.....

;-D robelyn
i'd check my pockets before I leave if I ever come to visit you...

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

It is lovely and a great idea. I have a picture of my husband on a horse like your dad's pic. Traveling photograhers came to the neighborhoods and took pics of the kids on the ponies.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

This is ingenius! I too love old family photos and hold them very dear. Having an eye-catching way to display them gives them the center of attention they so deserve! You are so clever!! Keep inspiring! ~Leena~

d e l i g h t said...

Hello, just love your style and repurposing! I don't live close to where you sell your things but do you have any more of the European house numbers you could sell? Thanksl

Zane Wooder said...

I'm glad you worn gloves and a mask. I worry too about lead.

-Zane of ontario honey


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