Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blissful Domesticity


Some of the most popular posts here at my blog concern housekeeping. You may remember that my 
"style" is described (by me) as Grandma's Attic Meets Night in the Museum. Don't want this post to shock you!



While I am proud to say that the dining table remains clear, something terrible happened to the farm table that I use as extra storage and an island. Oops!


~two days and still clear~


Today, I have been packing up my grandmother's sheet music. It has been interesting. Following the advice of those who suggested I take a photo and be done with it, that's just what I did.


I recently asked someone what her favorite movie was...Latane, I believe. I thought that if I was so nosy I should also be willing to share. This is one of my favorites from 1949 when John would have been only 5 years old and I would be many, many years from being born. Ha!

My Foolish Heart is the story of Susan Hayward's character thinking back over her life and many of the poor decisions she made. She falls in love with Dana Andrews and becomes pregnant and engaged to be married in that order. Then he is killed. Sigh. It gets worse from there. Great old movie!


I could continue on like this, but I think that I will take pity on you.


Collages are


good.

~Carolina Lullaby~


Here is a highly idealized scene of slave domesticity depicted within a cotton ball boll. Hmmmm.... They did things strangely back in the early 1900s, but I still like the picture of 
this woman with her baby and little boy.


Guess that's all I have for today... Who knows where my decluttering will take me next?


Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day...



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31 comments:

  1. Who knew decluttering could be so interesting? I have heard the idea of taking a picture and then parting with the objects. I think that is often a great solution. Although it would have been hard to part with some of these wonderful pieces of sheet music, especially "Feather Your Nest". That one might have needed to be plucked from the pile :). Sorry, I know I'm not helping a bit am I?

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  2. Wow, that is some nifty sheet music! I have a stash that someone gave my daughter (I'm non-musical, myself, but somehow that stash ended up at my house). I'm saving some of it to craft with, but I think I will scan the interesting looking ones and then get rid of whatever my daughter doesn't want. Most of what I have is nowhere near as interesting as your grandmother's music.

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  3. As a daughter, granddaughter and niece of music lovers who all played the piano, I grew up listening to many of these old songs being played. Harbor Lights was a favorite of mine and I remember daydreaming about such a place as music can transport you to another place and time. :) I don't know what happened to most of the sheet music. I have a few, but they are not in as good a condition as yours. I've seen some sheet music framed. And I like the idea of taking a photo before departing with things we know longer want as Kim said above.

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  4. Ack...make that "no" longer want!

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  5. The sheet music brings back a memory that when I inherited the terribly old upright family piano as a young girl I found a book with God Save the King in it. Should have kept it as a king will reign again in my lifetime. lol I never thought of the picture angle for things to be given away - good advice and has me thinking as I continue to purge.

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  6. The collages are a GREAT idea! Good for you!!!!

    On a rainy-can't-do-much-of-anything-else day, I'd like to watch "My Foolish Heart" to see how Susan Hayward's character turns out. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Blessings on you!

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  7. I love the old sheet music and I have at least two that I see there -"I Love A little Cottage" and "The Cliffs of Dover". I look at piano sheet music all the time in the antique malls, estate sales, etc. I am currently looking for "For All We Know". I love that song! I don't play well but love the bang it out. I can only read notes - would love to play by ear like my friend.

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  8. Hi Vee. I love your new header! The old sheet music is wonderful to see. The graphics on the covers were always so interesting and pretty. I remember Harbour Lights (and a few of the others you shared). A good idea to take photos of them and then get rid of them. Some people actually frame them for artwork. I did a post today just to check in . :-) xo Pam

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  9. What a delight to see the old sheet music, they would certainly make some great decoupage décor.

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  10. Part of blogging for me is about preserving memories among other things. If you choose to let go of the physical item, by photographing them you still have the attached memories. Maybe not quite as good as the real deal but it sure takes up a lot less space! :D Love that cool sheet music...I might even be tempted to create a gallery wall and frame those puppies.

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  11. Fun to see the old sheet music. Great idea to photograph it. We had an aunt that played an old upright piano at all the family gatherings. I wonder whatever happened to all her music.

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  12. What an interesting way to honor your grandmother's love of music. I am shocked that sheet music is still around today.

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  13. Well, you table is shining!! I had a friend in HS who's Dad played the piano. He had tons of sheet music and books. It was always fun going to her house.

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  14. I LOVED THIS Vee..my grandmother played her grand piano beautifully and we have some of her sheet music...I have asked my sister to share them with me for our new piano. I remember alot of those songs and what a treasure you now have them....love it all.

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  15. Well, what fun you have had during the declutttering and what a great idea to photograph the items. I'm going to remember that little trick. Happy day!

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  16. Wow that is some collection. A great idea to take pictures of it all.

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  17. You've done really good my friend! The illustrations on this old music is so neat. I hadn't looked at music at the thrift store in ages and actually did yesterday. I bought a Disney song book and some Cowboy music! And I played the piano 2 days in a row. lol I sure can't play the harder music any more though. Taking photos is a great idea! (was it mine? hahaha) Hugs, Diane

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  18. Vee the sheet music is just beautiful. The illustrations on them is frame worthy. Some of these pieces bring me right into my Nanny's parlor. ♥

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  19. That's quite a collection of sheet music. I'm guessing your grandmother played the piano. That last one is a sweet photo. We continue on de-cluttering here, too. I emptied a full bin today, woohoo!

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  20. Now you've saved the music sheets in memory by taking a photo and by sharing them with all of us! Getting rid of stuff is hard. I purge a storage area today, and while I kept more than I moved out, I am passing along things I don't use! They are just taking up space. More to do....

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  21. Great collection, Vee. I think it's a normal part of doing a deep cleaning and purging that we need to sit for a bit and let the memories come back.

    I'm often conflicted on what to keep and what to throw out. It's bittersweet and not an easy task.

    Jane x

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  22. Oh wow - what an amazing collection of sheet music! It certainly is not easy to have to decide what to keep and what to purge! I am the worst person in the world to do this - but, I do have to start one of these fine days ..... h-e-l-p!!!! Eek. Sadly, tomorrow won't always be here.

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  23. I literally laughed out loud at "scare tissue" in your comment on my post... it is pretty scary, actually! Whoa!, that's a lot of sheet music. LOVE old movies. In fact, TOM is about the only channel I watch regularly.

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    1. Auto correct got me, too. As far as I know there's not a TOM channel (and if there were I doubt it would be one I would watch). I was trying to type TCM!

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  24. Why am I singing 'the wayward wind' now? : Haven't heard or thought about that song in many decades. What a wonderful collection of sheet music!

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  25. My father has some sheet music too. Taking a photo is a great idea.

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  26. Treasures all around! I love it! Just think of the hands that have held those pieces of music! I played the White Cliffs of Dover for Louis Dean as I read your post from today. He said that it is beautiful! He has tubs and tubs of music and has every intention of keeping every last piece of it!

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  27. Enjoyed seeing all the sheet music. Are you tossing it in the trash? Maybe I missed that. Picture taking is a good idea. I haven't gotten to that stage of decluttering (all the sheet music of my own and what was passed on to me). You are inspiring!

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    1. No. Heavens, no! I am putting it away in the garage attic for now. Running out of room...

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  28. Ah Vee, how refreshing to see a kitchen table that looks like mine! Those kitchen vertical surfaces do tend to pile up, but they represent a life lived and a kitchen that gets used! I think we all get a little too used to the idealized and highly styled photos on social media and start to believe people actually live that way. I sure don't! Thanks for sharing your real life. xo

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