Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simple Beauty

April 2014
Last week, I was stuck by the simple beauty of the morning sun casting a shadow on the wall near my grandmother's china cabinet.

The cabinet is probably close to 100 years old: I inherited it from my mother, who inherited from her mother. I remember when Uncle Otto (my mother's brother) delivered the cabinet to the farm on a bitter cold day in December. Wrapped in old quilts and blankets, the cabinet had traveled in the back of his pick-up from South Dakota. Mom was afraid the glass would crack when the cabinet was brought into the house.

I, too, worried about the glass when I moved the cabinet to my home 20 years ago. The glass in the door has dimples and waves in it, and the side pieces are curved. The glass and finish are original. This is the oldest piece of furniture that I own.

16 comments:

  1. Not only is the cabinet beautiful, but the photograph is too!

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  2. That is a beautiful picture AND a beautiful cabinet. I love that old glass that is wavy and bubbled.

    Looks like it has been cared for with very loving hands over the years.

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  3. I have a china cabinet almost the same that was my Mom's. Think we have good taste:)

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  4. Beautiful! I don't think they make furniture like that anymore. Everything is throw-away these days--obsolete before you have it moved into place. I have an old hallway mirror stand that I bought at an estate sale in Germany. It has the original mirror, flaws and all. I love that wavy old glass!

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  5. Beautiful shadow! Your china cabinet is in a great spot and takes center stage on the wall. You are fortunate that it's in such good shape; it's traveled many miles!

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  6. What a treasure the cabinet is! Your pictures is also beautiful. Sometimes the most simple scenes make the best pictures.

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  7. Your cabinet is beautiful! I see it hold some treasures too! :)

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  8. The cabinet is gorgeous. I love that is an old family piece. Even more special. I have been missing the sunlight. I didn't have much time today, but I don't sit near any natural light, so I found a spot (inside) to knit in for a little bit at lunch today. I felt happier even having that for just a little bit.

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  9. Very cool shadow. I love windows with wavy bubbly glass. Our Garage doors are so old they do that!! I love my garage windows.

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  10. It is beautiful.... Love it...the whole picture!

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  11. Nancy, I have a cabinet that's almost identical to yours, and it has 1912 stamped on the back. It was my grandmother's also. Is your glass held in by rope? Our door had to be replaced after our home was burglarized some years ago. (They tossed a rock through the window that hit the door.) Great photo!

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  12. What a gorgeous piece of furniture and such a treasure when it is a family heirloom too. Looks like some great treasures inside as well.

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  13. What a beautiful shot! I too love the way the morning sun plays across a room. And what a pretty china cabinet - a true treasure! My grandparents all lived in Europe and I wish I had some pieces from them.

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  14. That is beautiful Nancy, cabinet and photo.

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  15. That's beautiful! Is makes them so very special when they have memories built in too.

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  16. oh wow, what a beautiful cabinet

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