…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


This week’s display theme – submitted by Amy of Cottage Prims – is “You Light Up My Life.”  With winter setting in and the night coming earlier, we were asked to share early lighting, candles, lanterns or even new light displays.

The only early lighting I have is my collection of oil lamps.  Several of these were given to me by special people in my life.  One belonged to my grandmother, one came from a great aunt, my mother gave me a couple for birthday gifts, my DH bought some for me “just because”, and one belonged to a dear friend who lost her battle with cancer.

This is my oil lamp display.  It sits on top of a cupboard in our Dining Room.  

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This is the lamp that belonged to my grandmother.  She used this for light when the electricity went out.  If you look closely you can see her frugal solution for replacing the used wick -  a piece of old fabric.

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One of my most cherished lamps is the one that belonged to may dear friend who lost her battle with cancer – it was a gift from her daughter.  Also in this picture is the Bible that my DH inherited from his grandmother, a pair of glasses that belonged to my great aunt, and a cup & saucer given to me by my sister.

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I’ve enjoyed sharing my lamps with you and thinking about the special people who gave them to me.  I hope you have enjoyed looking this week.  Be sure to visit Misi at 1890 Gable House Musings and check out her display, along with those of the others that are participating.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.  ~Terri Guillemets

With A Grateful Heart,


Michele said...

Items are always more special when they have a meaning behind them ~ aren't they. Miss seeing your comments on my blog!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Beautiful oil lamps and yes more special whene they have meaning!
enjoy the day,

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

What treasures you have!! I am sure each one holds fond memories for you!

Audrey said...

Your lamps are beautiful.How wonderful they each have a special person attached to them.
I always enjoy your posts.

Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Your lamps are great!!!!

Carmen and the Primcats

Misi said...

Beautiful glass oil lamp collection. Wonderful gifts from the ladies in heart. Thank you for sharing in the chain.

the black crow said...

you have a wonderful collection and I am in love witht he pewter one on the table with the book!!

Your blog is one of my favorites....I love visiting!

hugs my friend!

bettyj said...

Sue, I love your oil lights. It is so nice to look at something that belonged to someone you loved, and to be able to share it, is even better. I love your glasses on the Bible too.

Cabin Fever Primitives said...

Sue, thank you for visiting and following my blog. I love your collection of oil lamps. A lot of mine are at our Colorado cabin where we live off the grid. So nice to have wonderful keepsakes to remember special people. Will follow your blog, thanks for inviting me.

A Primitive Homestead said...

Your lamps are all lovely. The best part is all the history behind each one. I love things that have so much meaning. They are the best treasures. The most awesome light is your Bible & nice specs to see the true light. Blessings!

Old Goat Primitives said...

Sue love all your lamps..what a great collection you have!!


Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for inviting me to stop by! :) I'm SO glad you included your blog address. (Did you know that people can't reach you by clicking on your blogger icon? There is no link to your blog...)

Anyway, I'm happy to "meet" you and read your wonderful blog. And I'm your newest follower. :)