Thursday, March 15, 2018

Curb Find and Remembering

Almost home and - there was a curb find! Went straight home to get the van and went right back with DGS who is the strong member of the team of Grandma and DGS.



This heavy piece of furniture was a very tight squeeze to get into the van (involved the back of the seats folding forward, DGS lifting UP from that position while I twisted the angle standing outside (and so on it went).





We used a trolley to move it to the front steps and then slid on towels and lifted one step at a time until we got it into the house where it blocked our main path to the kitchen etc.

You can tell from the collection of clamps repairs were needed. There were two pieces broken out from the upper shelf and needed to be repaired.




The solid wood structure was sound and MOST of the pieces were intact - except the missing DOOR on the left side and 2 metal shelf supports (that was the easy one to fix).

It has been identified as an IKEA Leksvik cabinet by the first person who commented today. Thank you

It took a couple of days to figure out where we could put this unit - it is now in front of the living room windows (a table was moved to the left to make room).





This curb side find has become quite a good place to store things that had no home - 4 drawers, 2 shelves in the open area and two shelves (once I find two little metal shelf supports which are SOMEWHERE in the house behind the glass door. This is a good base for holding thrifted finds until they are prepared for taking to my booths - and I have found that it also makes a good surface for photo taking.

The pots below have a story that I only know a tiny bit about and the story lead to thinking of my Mom and all the Mom's in the late 60's to late 80's who had children growing up and leaving home - and the Mom's had some TIME to do something other than raise children.





Close up view of pots crafted by Doris between 1977-1986. Doris gave these pots to her 80 year old friend who phoned me to see if I would take them. So, with love to Doris who has moved into a Care Facility, I am sharing some of her work. She was a very exact and gifted painter based on the details on her pottery.






This post started out about a curb side furniture find and it has finished as a post to celebrate a small part of Doris' talents between 1977-1986. I don't know Doris personally but she is a part of the generation from the 1920's and 30's - Mothers Who Created, as did my Mom and so many Mom's from the late 1960-80's, after their kids no longer needed such intense care. 

Brings back memories of the pottery classes my Mom joined - using mold made forms they all sanded, painted with glaze, signed (Mom signed JRH), had them fired and proudly brought home many various pieces in turquoise and orange and olive green from the 60-70's and perhaps the 80's.





Just had to include the one piece I have from my Mom's time for making mold forms beautiful - she made 4, one for each child. Memories of my Mom. This month is the month I especially remember my Mom. I have written many posts about her. This week I was behind a car with the license plate that began .... JRH. I teared right up and memories of Mom filled my head.




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20 comments:

  1. Your find is an Ikea Leksvik cabinet. Mine sits in the dining room.

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  2. What a great curb find. Lots of storage and very useful. Fun to see the pottery also.

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  3. Another man's treasure! Have to wonder why people just don't donate useable items, but you lucked out for sure.

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  4. Great find...and there it sits like it was always there. LOL/ Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  5. The curbside was fun but I have to admit I was drawn to the pottery. The color on that is gorgeous and the design so intriguing, especially for the time. Visiting via Anything Blue Friday @ Dedicated House.

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  6. Hi, this is Larry a friend of Far Side of Fifty also. I finally found the website you were sharing with me. I am interested in buy some of the Posco pens. You found a great free piece of furniture. I really like seeing the pottery collection. Thanks for sharing the other blog.

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  7. I love moms various pieces they make me smile every day. This time of year
    I really miss the folks you take care and a big hello to everyone!

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  8. Great score on that freebie! Definitely worth the creative effort to get it home (been there, done that). The pottery pieces you shared are gorgeous! I especially like the black ones with their subtle designs. Your mom had great taste in color, her turquoise vase it beautiful!

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  9. What a wonderful rescue! You two are so talented to restore it so beautifully (and strong -- that sounded like a whole lot of work getting this one into the house). Beautiful pottery and such an interesting story.

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  10. Oh my Joy, I am so envious of this curb side find. It is simply marvelous and I love the collection of things you now have adorning it. Good for you!

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  11. Nicely done! I especially like your collection of pottery. Have a wonderful week!

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  12. Your IKEA curb find is a classic piece, so versatile, useful and still good looking, I can see you have put it to good use already! Doris's pots are wonderful, a lovely post full of happy memories of crafty ladies and especially your Mum. Happy MM.

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  13. What a beautiful wood this piece is..pretty grain in the wood! And I love the pottery. I was just looking at some photos on the internet of Navajo pottery today. They have intricate designs painted on the pots too. Hugs!

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  14. Joy, That is a great find. It was great when IKEA furniture was real wood. I have many pieces in my place. It is good to have a place where one can quickly photograph a piece. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  15. What a nice find. Looks great in the spot you gave it too. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Oh Joy - what a wonderful story. Sometimes 'stream of consciousness' makes for the best posts. I enjoyed learning more about you and your Mom - I am relatively new to the blogosphere and had not read previous posts about your Mom. I am hopeful they were joy-ful tears!

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  17. Such a lovely find Joy and I so enjoyed seeing those beautiful pottery pieces that Doris and your Mom made. Something that can be treasured for many more years to come. What a pity that those days and handcrafted items like the these are slowly disappearing and being replaced by mass produced stuff that has no personality and love built into them.

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  18. Joy you were so lucky to find such a special piece of furniture. But the real story is the pottery that you have placed inside. I too am one of those moms that has more time on my hands and I took advantage of it to start a blog! Thanks for sharing all those pretty pieces of art with us.

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  19. What a great roadside find. Love the story about moms and pottery.

    xo Dianne

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  20. That is gorgeous, Joy! What an awesome find--I never find anything like that lol. Thanks for sharing at Party in Your PJs!

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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