Cast iron angel bear. "Please sir, may I have some more?"
Unpacking was a bitch. Downsizing to a three bedroom apartment from a large family home meant not using many of the pieces that I love. It also made me consider carefully
which items I did use and how to regroup them so that they were shown to their best advantage. I also realized that if I wanted to see our loved ones who we no longer lived by I would need to include pictures on all surfaces. For
awhile I had framed photos of my kids on the kitchen counter while I was unpacking, and I decided to keep them there. Who says you can't have pictures on the kitchen counter?? I figured I would need to incorporate pictures into
the small spaces I had. I began to think of the small groupings of objects as "vignettes." For example, on the soffit over the kitchen stove I put an antique scale, glass nutgrinder and juicer, a potato ricer that has the old paint fashionably
worn away, and the Delft houses. Atop the massive antique buffet from my in-laws house I placed a liqueur decanter that I at one time filled with raspberry liqueur that I made myself with two Ameretto crystal glasses, crystal candlesticks from my
mother for our 25th anniversary, two antique nesting table scrapers from my grandmother, and a crystal napkin holder with small napkins that have a Parisienne theme - reminding me of my one fabulous trip with my sister. The brass and green enameled candle
snuffer from a friend who said, "This just looked like you," sits waiting to be used and my grandparents' 1920's wedding picture alongside my grandmother's vintage Oregon state plate and a mahogony antique clock complete the vignette. Oh, and
then there is this little cast iron angel bear that I found at the Goodwill store. He is one of my favorite finds. For some reason he completed the scene on the buffet and makes me smile every time I walk by him.