Wednesday, November 4, 2015

C.M. Relyea

Who? 

He was an illustrator who lived from 
1863 – 1932.

He painted these illustrations.



And many others. If you are interested you will find more *here.*




Well everything at the haven comes with a little story. This is mine.

Many years ago, my mother acquired a picture from the flea market. She liked the frame and planned to use it for some family photo or the other. When I saw it, I asked her to please consider leaving it as it was.  She agreed and came to enjoy it very much.

A few weeks ago, when my sister was first cleaning out our parents' home, she asked me what I might want. Now I have many things from my parents over the years. In fact, my house is full of things from their home. I did not "need" one other thing. *My one request was for a picture from my mother's bedroom wall. 

It is not the lovely, even provocative, girl with the Great Dane nor the hunters heading into the woods. I'll just show you...


Yes, well, welcome to my office! It is right beside the sofa where I can conduct my many business affairs throughout the day and where I have tucked the illustration. It is a numbered print  named  Home...Be it Ever So Humble. There's a whole lot going on and a whole lot of sappy wonderfulness: a grandfather welcoming his toddling granddaughter, a father cheering his little girl on, as she is barely walking, a mother standing by, a sweet vintage car, the home with window boxes and soft glow emanating from the windows. Toss in a waterfall and a bridge and a full moon and you've got yourself a picture. And let's not forget the family pet with puppies!



You will also note a photo of Cheryl's family (of Thinking About Home) resting against the grands' photo. I am keeping it out to remind me to pray. You can learn the particulars by visiting *Creekside Cottage.*




* My sister did not listen to me. One thing became so much stuff in this wee haven. My life's work could be the curating of it all. =/

Have a delightful November day!


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42 comments:

  1. I like the print you have, sappy wonderfulness and all! Sometimes the sentiments that it brings our in us is what makes it special!

    Praying for Ron and Cheryl!

    Deanna

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  2. I love that picture and I'm so glad you are now enjoying it in your home...a wonderful illustrator/illustration. I am so glad you linked up to the update on Cheryl's family. I knew a little of what was going on from older posts from her...I didn't know the rest...thanks, Vee.

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  3. I think you have that print in a perfect place. I like to have things like that where my eyes can rest on them and enjoy the gentleness of a time gone by.

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  4. I love old fashioned paintings like these. And I'll keep this family in my prayers too. We set a record for high temp yesterday! It doesn't feel like Fall yet but I'm enjoying my day! I'm visiting you....that's always a good thing! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  5. Such a beautiful print from yesteryear. I am reading Martha's Girls and the sequel. Both take place in Dublin during the second world war. Have you read it? I love creating pictures in my mind when I read novels and somehow the era of your first picture even though it was created much earlier reminds me of one of the girls I've pictured in the story.
    Will stop to read about Cheryl's family later. Oh and I love your office space!

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  6. Love that print and I would not get tired of looking at it. I'll click over to Cheryl's place now.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the link. I woke up wondering about Cheryl and her family one of these past nights.

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  8. I think that print is just so yesterday and I love the era and all it holds! I was hoping to be the first to comment and not the last! Happy Days and your Haven is filled with love and memories and prayers!
    Thanks, Roxy

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  9. Hi Vee!

    What a delightful post! I love old pictures, so much content to contemplate, and always so beautiful! I have a few old prints that I bought at an auction, they remind me of this era, but I don't think it's the same painter. They will hang in my trailer and remind me of God's beautiful creations! We will be leaving tomorrow for a 16 day trip on the Salmon River, and it is beautiful there, reminds me of your pictures!

    Your little, Trick-or-Treater is adorable and very smart . . . with such realistic looking costumes, you can't be too careful these days!

    I have never tried marshmallow cream on toast, can I just say, "yum"! Your fall leafs are beautiful, I would love to know your technique for keeping them beautiful. We don't get those vibrant colors each year, but once in a while, I find some I would like to keep.

    Fun post, Vee!! It always makes my day to read your posts!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  10. I love that your mother saw that first thing in the morning and last thing before rest all those years, it being on her bedroom wall. Sappy, yes, but special - you betchya! Maybe in her mind you were just that little toddler - those years fly by in between meals and laundry and shopping and housekeeping - fly they do,indeed.

    I love this post. Hugs.

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  11. I love the nostalgia behind the old picture and I'm glad you now have it to gaze upon in your "office" area. May it bring you much joy as it did your mother.
    Thanks for letting us know about Cheryl and Ron. I've been wondering about her since I haven't seen a post in some time. I will certainly be praying for them both.

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  12. Vee- There is something about the print that reminds me of the old Currier & Ives pictures--full of nostalgia and you can "feel" the love in the picture. I am glad you got it.
    Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, Vee. xo Diana

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  13. I can certainly understand why you wanted the print from your parent's home, Vee. This type of artwork has always been a favorite of mine and I must go read more about the artist.
    Cheryl is one of the sweetest blogging friends and I just pray that God's grace pours over them during this trying time. We have them in our prayers. ♥

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  14. What a lovely print with sentimental value too. I like the style of the painter.

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  15. I love the print, and the subject matter. Absolutely beautiful and a lovely remembrance of you mom.

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  16. I guess as I age I appreciate more the things I have of my mothers. I have so much of my own to leave.
    Now who will want these things? My children think they are so out of date.

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  17. Vee, That is a great artist. I almost laughed about all the things in your painting....but it meant something to your mother. You will look at fondly thinking of your mother. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  18. It's a lovely print.
    I treasure the few things I have from my grandmothers.

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  19. It's perfect! I really love pictures like this and what a sweet item to have in your home to remind you of your mother. Have fun going through everything else.

    We are going through my father in laws home to sort things out soon.

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  20. I think sappy is greatly underrated. Art work of that style encourages happiness and contentment. It's good to have warm fuzzy's like that around. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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  21. What a beautiful illustrator he was. I really like the outdoor scene - so perfect for a nice camp or cottage or man cave. The one you got is really sweet. What a nice keepsake for you. And yes, I know what it's like to 'bring things home'. We could start a little vintage shop, you and I, with all that stuff. :) I'll visit Cheryl now and see what's up. Have a cozy evening. (the sun is about to dip behind the hill)

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  22. What a sweet print. So perfect for your sweet home.

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  23. Love a painting with so much in it. It's nice you have it where you can see it so easily.

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  24. Lovely! And do not forget the gate, the division between out and inside. I love gates. I love sappiness! (Can that be spelled correctly?) It is a lovely painting filled with things that bring alive the song in our hearts......

    Did you ever get the email I sent you? Forgive me if I offended in any way......

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  25. Those sweet prints warm the heart and tells a story. We need more sappiness in life! I read about Cheryl and Ron - praying for them.

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  26. It is a 'happy' print, Vee. I can see why you chose it.
    Take your time going through your folks possesions, you'll only do it this one last time.
    I'm on my way to Cheryl's.

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  27. I really enjoy the art work of illustrators. I am happy that it is valued more than it once was. I think it is wonderful that you are keeper of this work now.

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  28. There's ALWAYS room for just one more little thing!!! Isn't there??
    Thanks for the prayer reminder!

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  29. This is a lovely print. i like that it comes with memories of your past and with a sweet message of home.
    Amalia
    xo

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  30. You, my friend, bring many, many smiles. Blessings to you.

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  31. I always think I can add "one more thing" to the Summer House if I LOVE that one more thing. :)

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  32. Oh Vee, the picture is simply wonderful and such memories it holds for you!! How fabulous that it is now in your haven, where you can enjoy it everyday.

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  33. If the one extra thing has meaning and memories I think we would all find a place for it. Besides, there could be another item to be donated away to make room.

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  34. The print is beautiful! And made even sweeter by the history behind it! :) ~Rhonda

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  35. How very lovely Vee. I found that when my sister and I were left to dismantle our parent's home, well, it was one of the most bittersweet times. Lovely sentiments of our hearts yearning for home!

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  36. A whole lot of sappy wonderfulness is . . . wonderful.

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  37. I love the pictures. Oh, to be able to paint like that. The treasures and memories of your parents' home will be so sweet to have near. Please let us know if your little grands are old enough to enjoy the stories behind the things you've brought into your home.

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    1. In a word, no. They float through life pretty oblivious to family history or home decor. They are boys! My daughter and I just had a conversation about this in the past few days. She tells me that she doesn't notice things much either. It just isn't her thing.

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  38. Hi, Vee! I'm stopping in to say hi, hoping your fall is going well. I am working full time for the University of Missouri and am teaching 4 classes at Columbia College. My visiting is suffering! I do stop in from time to time! Hugs!

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  39. Adore these prints! The one from your mother's things is wonderful! I love the sweet innocence depicted in this type of artwork.

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  40. Vee, I am late in responding, but I am so grateful for your mention of our need and the request for prayer!! Thank you for standing with us in all of this!! Much love...

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  41. I love vintage photos and illustrations ..they remind me of the children books of my youth that would hold my attention for hours as there was so much detail in them and each told a story. I will pray for Cheryl and her family!

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