Tuesday, 1 December 2009


Who still says 'Pinch punch 1st of the month, white rabbit'??
Oh..well that would probably be me!
Being a bad sleeper I was awake at about 2am, max was stirring in bed, so I had to say it,pinch punch......... - he thinks I'm crazy.
1st December means our first day of Summer
Look at these two photos out the front of my home this morning.
Beautiful Summer blue skies


I was well and truly ready for a change of look from shabby chic to - mmm.. I don't know what it is ...maybe family history.

So I went from this Shabby Chic look

To this
Everything on the shelves of the hutch has family history attached to it.

Starting at the top we have Max's Nana's clock

There is an inscription on it from 1924 and it was a gift for her upcoming marriage

I love the detail on the side

The leg has pretty detail too

Love this tattered leather binocular case and of course the binoculars.
They belonged to Max's father, Stan who passed away 2 years ago

This oh so tarnished silver dish belonged to my Grandmother.
I must admit I am loving the tarnished silver look.
I think my grandmother used to put butter in it
I love the detail of the goat handle

Next is Max's fathers telescope
Max wants to make a stand for it. It looks beautiful when it is extended.

This is the telescope in it's case. The two caps come off the ends.

This is a trophy max's father won for Rifle Shooting in 1948

Here is some milk glass that I have been givenby my Aunt Nancy who this year was 88

This photo is of my Grandfather's war buddies when they met for a March
He was in the 2nd Division Engineers in the World War 1. I will have to check on that history with my Aunt Nancy. On googling it, it appears to have been formed in 1915.

Here is my grandfather in the middle without a hat.
I was very close to him when I was young, sadly he passed away when I was about 8 due to the effects of Mustard Gas used in the war.

This silver and glass dish always had jam in it at my Grandmothers. Perfect for scones, jam and cream.....yummy

Love the cute little knob on the lid
This beautiful angel belonged to my gorgeous mother who passed away at the age of 66 in 1992. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her. mum had the angel on the shelves in her lounge room.

This sugar dish was handed down to my mother from my grandmother and now I have it

Love the spoon

Look at the detail

This pretty bell came from my Aunt nancy
Love the sweet crown on top

Next is my Great Grandmothers bible - quite tatty

Just look at the beautiful crumbling spine

Inside it has a newspaper clipping on her passing

These bone handled knives came from my mother in law Dot.

This beautiful statue was a gift to me from Max - she has such a pretty face

This silver bowl came from my Grandmother

The combination of the heart and watch to me means that we need to watch out for our hearts and the heart is a reminder of how fragile our hearts can be.

This watch belonged to Max's grandfather.

Crystal Compote was a gift for our 15th Wedding Anniversary in 1991 (yes I was a child bride!LOL) and of course I had to put some of our beautiful local seaglass in it
Slowly but surely many changes are being made in my life

Hope you enjoyed some of my family history


beachvintage.com said...

All of these beautiful timeless treasures are your....how wonderful! Thanks for all your well wished last week. xx

Natasha Burns said...

Happy first day of Summer Alison! Are you putting your decorations up today?
Your hutch looks so wonderful the way you have made it over, with items that are not only beautiful and interesting in themselves, but each have beautiful meaning and sentiment. Very special indeed!
{We have a very similar binocular leather case too!}

Connie said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, sugar!!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison

Love your photos, it's hard taking photos of all the tarnished silvers, and old faded tans, greys and browns
You've done a wonderful job

Hope you didn't pinch or punch Max too hard in the wee hours of the morning!

LiLi M. said...

I think this might be THE reason why I love antiques; the story behind it, which is always even more interesting when we are talking about family heirlooms. I enjoyed each and every piece, thanks for sharing Alison. Have a great summer!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Alison!
What a wonderful change! You have some beautiful family treasures, for sure. I love the trophy! I always enjoy your sunny summer pictures while we go through our winter. Thanks for sharing about your lovlies, I enjoyed it!

Lori said...

Alison, how wonderful that you have to many family treasures to displa in your home...the silver is gorgeous!!! thanks for sharing your pretty blue skies...i probably won't be seeing many of those here for a while...

Amy M. said...

I love your new family history display! The clock is especially wonderful. Happy first day of summer!

Crafting by Candlelight

Sugar Bear said...

What marvelous goodies! I especially love the telescope and trophy. I hadn't heard of the pinch punch line but I do say Rabbit when I remember!

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Tara said...

Wow--what a nice change (tho both sooo pretty!) but being surrounded by all that history is so noce for all of you!

Katrina said...

Hi Alison, I cannot believe I had forgotten the pinch and a punch saying!! You reminded me of it. I haven't said it in years. So funny. I thought about it about day yesterday. My boys would love saying that haha! But we didn't say the white rabbit bit?? Haven't heard of that one. Loved all your lovely family history pieces. You are so lucky to have these!

Cindy said...

lots of lovely things here....I especially love that little bell with the crown on the handle! pretty!

yapping cat

Anonymous said...

Summer :)?! Amazing to me. But the makeover is fresh, crisp and perfectly summer!!

Alison, I love it when you pop in! It has become difficult for me to get to all the blogs regularly, but you are a friend from way back now and I am always happy to see you and return the visit! I am sory I do not manage to drop in more!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Alison, this is the neatest post I've seen in a long time! I just love how you told the history of all these beautiful and meaningful pieces. And what a great showpiece your hutch makes for all of them! That Bible is a terrific keepsake, as are all of the items. Your grandfather was quite a handsome man!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Alison, I absolutely LOVE your new look. Especially the clock, oh and the telescope and all the silver wear. Yep I love it all!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Love the clock and the telescope! Antiques are truly unique, specially when they "carry" a personal story.

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Yes I am with you Alison and sometimes it is time for a change and your change is lovely with so many memories...beautiful photos too!
Kiss Noises Linda

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

How well I know that saying, it was said every first day of the month while I was growing up but in NZ we said *A pinch & a punch for the first of the month* if you forgot to say *no returns* the person who recieved the pinch & punch would turn round & say *A hit & a Kick for being so quick*. I still say this to my kids every month always without the *no returns*. I love your family treasures, especially all the silverware that is tarnished with time. I had a great Uncle who was also affected with Mustard Gas & came home Shell Shocked, he lived to an old age but was never the same, it showed me at a early age what these Men went through for the love of their country & families. Your clock would have to be my favourite, just so beautiful as is bell from your Aunty, gotta love the crown on top. So many beautiful things all with a very special meaning for you Alison. Thank you for such a great post...


vicki archer said...

You have some wonderful treasures Alison...I love how a new season gets us motivated to re-arrange things. Have a happy weekend, xv.

Laura said...

I love all of your treasures. What a special collection. Happy Summer.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I love the new look and it is wonderful that you have all those family treasures! They are not only beautiful to look at but also remind you of your family members and ancestors.

Jeanne said...

Oh Alison, I really enjoyed the "tour' of your family history hutch. What wonderful treasures they are. I think my favorite is the rifle shooting trophy from 1948...that was the year my parents were married - maybe that has something to do with it!
Thanks for sharing all of it!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Hi Alison!
Oh my gosh, I love love LOVE this post! I'm really admiring your change from Shabby to Vintage...isn't it great? Those beautiful and meaningful pieces need to be where you can see them often as they are such treasures of your loved ones. Oh I just love all them!!! It's all about the beauty, It's all about the memories...I'm glad your beauties have found a special place for us all to enjoy!!!!
Happy Summer to you~
everything vintage

CatieAn said...

oh alison
thank you for sharing your family history through these special objects
happy SUMMER

roseroomnz.com said...

The Princess has started saying it - lol! Love your new family look Alison, I am totally over shabby as well.... want something less wishy washy, more depth........ like my new life and from the sound of it yours too! Rachaelxo