phyllis & margaret

I’ve started packing, which always takes me down memory lane.

Phyllis and Margaret were my grandmother’s cousins – seen here circa 1919. I think it was 1990 when they moved to a nursing facility, after living independently in their little house in Edinburgh became too challenging. They were both in their 90s.

I had just moved to my first apartment and was given a gorgeous set of maple bedroom furniture from their home, and a lot of household stuff no one else wanted. The furniture is still in Scotland but some of the smaller items ended up coming to America with me, including this bread bin from their kitchen.

And this little leather briefcase, now falling apart.

I keep my stash of most treasured vintage fabric and lace scraps in in.

I want to take all the lace out to play but I need to shove it back in there for now. It deserves way more respect and attention. Maybe at the new house I can frame some of it.

5 Responses to “phyllis & margaret”

  1. Barb Says:

    You’ll have room to do whatever you want. Each room will be a treasure to explore. You manage to use space in such creative ways, adding little, and sometimes big, touches that are uniquely yours. A Work In Progress!! (The lace reminded me of my visit to Bruges with Fiona.)

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  4. Ellen Says:

    fantastic images as usual. The bits of lace is fantastic. I have some stuff like that I would love to show you….I am so glad you haven’t stopped posting here entirely. I love checking in…

  5. thenextstopwillbe Says:

    i’ve been in and out of that bread bin a hundred times and i never noticed how cool the lettering is. sweet!

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