Sunday

~Three Chairs and a Desk~

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It was love at first sight, when I saw this little chair at a country auction, several years ago. It reminds me of the chairs in Sunday School, when I was a child. I call this chair the “Baby Dumpling” chair. Do you remember Baby Dumpling from Blondie and Dagwood comics and movies? It seems to me, when Baby Dumpling had time out….ummm….sat in a corner, he was in a chair very much like this one.

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I have a photo of our eldest granddaughter Xanti, sitting in this chair, when she was about 18 months old.  I can’t believe she will be 19 next month!

While visiting my mother, in southwest Missouri, 20 or so years ago, we were out driving in the country when we happened upon a garage sale.  One of the items we brought home that day, was this little rocker.  I don’t know it’s age.  I imagine it must be around 100 years old, just because of the style and the way it’s put together.

We had a carload of treasures to bring home that weekend.  The top of the trunk was the only place we found for the chair. J carefully strapped the chair, upright, to the trunk.  All we needed was Granny, sitting in the chair, and we would have looked like the Clampett’s on their way to Beverly Hills!  Needless to say, we had lots of odd looks as we drove along Interstate 44 (formerly known as Rte 66, the Mother Road).

Other than covering the seat, the chair is as it was, the day we bought it. 

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I had looked, here and there, for a small school desk, for a few years, when my sister’s husband found this one, around 1970.  It came from southwest Missouri.  The Ozarks is a treasure trove in many ways!  I found the chair about 20 years later.The 3 chairs and desk are in our hearth room; ready and waiting for our grandchildren to enjoy.

The rug, in the desk photo, is a flat weave Soumac, I purchased on E-bay a few years ago.  The flooring is ceramic tile, from Mohawk. The wall color is Laura Ashley Gold #3 (Lowe’s).

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The weekend was rainy. Sunday morning, there was a fairly heavy fog.  I took these photos, around 7AM. 

The photo above was taken from the back porch, toward the vacant lot, next door.  The photo below, is a corner of the front yard and the clump River Birch.

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This post will be added to Diane’s 2nd Time Around Tuesday.  Be sure to stop by Diane’s A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, each Tuesday, for stories of vintage treasures.

 

56 comments:

Brenda said...

That next to last photo made me gasp, it is so tranquil and beautiful! And even a bit mysterious. I love your rocker. It would look lovely in any room. I wanted to ask you a question about Blogger and images that I just can't get answered. I couldn't find your email. Would you please email me at brendakula@suddenlink.net?
Brenda

Linda said...

Love those chairs. I really appreciate furniture with a history, furniture that - if it could talk, the stories it would tell! Thanks for sharing! Linda

Twice as Nice said...

Thanks for stopping by. No I haven't ordered yet but I am planning to do so soon. I wanted to see how many Twin wanted before I ordered. So nice that we can get some. They look so nice.

Catherine Holman said...

The rocker is beautiful! Your photos are fantastic! Thanks for the link.
Hugs,
Cathie

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I love those chairs and the desk. Thinking of who sat there, how old were they, what were they thinking, etc. just makes my heart flutter.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Gorgeous....Loving your three chairs and a desk, Pat!

Cynthia said...

Pat,
You have a way with your pictures of just drawing me in and creating such a wonderful mood. I can feel the texture's of the woods and take in the beautiful trees and fog. Love it, Cindy

beth said...

Such beatiful photos! I love your little rocker. That is so cute. :)

Florida Sue said...

The patina of that little rocker is beautiful Pat, and I remember sitting at a little desk like that with an inkwell many years ago. As usual,your photography is wonderful.I also wanted to tell you about the raves from my dinner guests when I served your crock pot corn.Thanks so much for your wonderful blog.

abeachcottage sarah said...

hi pat

i love your story to go with the chairs, i think that is the most interesting thing with finding treasures, the story of what goes with them

it wouldn't be the same would it to write, oh yeah I drove down the mall and 'found' this chair alongside 50 others exactly the same as it, all made in china...well you know what i mean

oh and what about the recycling value this has? everytime i find something i am so pleased to bring it in and not get it to lanfill

i love the desk, goodness i would love to paint that white, i know some would call that a crime...

nice post

Sarah
ABeachCottage

Andi said...

I love your 3 chairs and a desk Pat! And the story as to how you acquired them over the years is wonderful as well. I agree with Linda's comment...if furniture could talk...the stories it would tell.

Hope all is well with you. I have lots of catching up to do with my blog reading.

Allidink said...

Wow that chair is really neat. I love finding old furniture like that. They had so much more character don't you think?

All the best,
Allison

Cindyann said...

I have stories for all of my finds. I enjoy hearing other's stories about their finds. I noticed in the photo that your garden is edged with stones. The exact same stones and way I edge mine! Today we spent another 4 hours mulching in our lawn, flipping the stones and modifying. So much more to do. We should've taken before pictures.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Gorgeous rocker, Pat! Love the story about how you got it home...tooo funny! That desk is adorable...I see the hole for the ink well...how cool is that! Your grandchildren are going to so enjoy it! Susan

susan said...

I think my favorite is the "Baby Dumpling" chair! I have a very old school desk. I am a former teacher and my daughter teaches kindergarten--just looking for the right place to put it! Your early morning photos are beautiful!

imjacobsmom said...

I think I need to shop more creatively, I just don't see the wonderful things like that when out and about. We just walked through the whole fairgrounds at an Antique and flea market and I came home with record albums....of course, I was with Jacob, maybe it's the company I keep. I chuckled outloud over your rocker story....fun! ~ Robyn

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi Pat, loved the pics of the fog. Just wanted to stop in and say hello. Hope you had a great weekend.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I have a desk like that, but it's a taller one. I'm going to have to look for a shorter one. That rocker is so pretty. Your outdoor pictures are always so wonderful. They are art. laurie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love those chairs and desk....and the last picture is just beautiful!
Hugs,
Penny

Dana and Daisy said...

your rocking chair is awesome!

bj said...

I love all the furniture...great pieces.
The photos are lovely, Pat...

Betty Jo said...

I love your chairs and desk. Each one is a treasure. Fog photos are awesome! I especially love the first one you've shared here Pat. Some of my fog photos come out well, while others just look dull and underexposed. ♥

Lori Bee said...

Each story that you tell is soooo interesting! Loooove the rocker!

Charla @ For the Sake of TIme said...

What wonderful treasures, Pat. I too have a student desk and chair. My father bought them for me when the elementary school I attended was torn down. The school district sold all of the desks, tables, and chairs. It is a real treasure.
The pictures from your home yesterday are just outstanding, as usual. Thank you again for all you share with all of us.

jeanne said...

Hello Pat, I have been so busy but my company left yesterday. We are having a sigh of relief even though we will miss them. Time for ourselves at last.

Your post today is a wonderful walk through your fun quests for such great antiques. The thrill of the hunt is always there isn't it? I do admire your purchases so much. I am imagining the rocker riding home in all it's glory.

I am sending you an Email about traveling out your way. Have a wonderful day and thank you for sharing your treasures and their stories.

Hugs...Jeanne

Suzanne said...

Love that sweet chair, and your beautiful rocker. The desk looks like the ones I had in school...well, maybe not with the hole for ink! :)

lindaharre said...

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S photos as always:)

Terri and Bob said...

I totally love chairs. I think they are so beautiful.

Love the next to last photo.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, I love your rocking chair. so pretty & that little child's desk is precious. Beautiful photos as usual!

marty39 said...

Love the redo of the gorgeous furniture. It looks like it will have a whole new life ahead of it. The little desk is awesome. Your pictues of the fog are beautiful. They do look so peaceful. Thanks for stopping by my MM post and leaving such gracious comments. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

justabeachkat said...

I love furniture with a "history". Your pieces are beautiful and they must be happy in their new home.

Lovely photos.

Hugs!
Kat

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I loved the little chairs and 5*'s on the photos that you took. Just beautiful! I really enjoyed your comment today. Thanks

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Pat.....love your rocking chair! Great pictures.

Barb

Susie Q said...

How I love chairs and school desks and anything with such wonderful history attached to it.

Your photos are always so magical!

Love,
Sue

Rosemary said...

Love the chairs and desk.
You have some really great pieces!!
I so enjoy seeing other's treasures.
Thanks for sharing,
Rosemary

salmagundi said...

Is that rocker a child's chair? I couldn't quite tell the size. At any rate, it is adorable, as is the Sunday school chair. That's the way I remember them, too! Have a great week. Sally

Picket said...

Hey gril...I remember Baby Dumpling!!!! lol Course I was a baby myself so I watched the reruns years later! lol lol What treasures those chairs are and I bet the sweet grandbabies love that little school desk...girl those fog pics are amazing..I haven't seen fog that thick in years! Take care Pat and have a great week!

Rose said...

I love the way you've framed the photos; that first one especially captured me. How wonderful that you were able to rescue these pieces and give them new homes. Like others have commented, it's fun to imagine all the people who have sat in these chairs ... for dinners, for conversation, maybe for weddings or funerals, schoolwork being done at that desk by so many children. And now they are enjoyed by others, by new children. There's a love energy that continues on.

Beautiful pics of your outdoors, Pat!

TJ said...

Beautiful photo's~I love that kind of weather!
And...an invitation to you and your readers to stop by and enter my GIVEAWAY!

Rowan said...

I love your chairs especially the Baby Dumpling one. The photographs taken in the early morning mist are lovely, very atmospheric.

Crystal said...

I really liked your antiques. It is nice to have furniture with some history. Your photos are just lovely what a peaceful setting.

Thanks for sharing!
Crystal
thehummingbirdcottage.blogspot.com

Traci said...

Love the chair!!! I am always drawn to chairs of all sorts when I go "treasure" hunting!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

BECKY said...

I love that you remember when you found these treasures, Pat!! Makes for such a good story!

My fave is the little rocking chair. Too adorable!

As always, your photos are so cool!
Blessings, sweetie,
Becky

xinex said...

The outdoor pictures look gloomy and kinda freaky. But I love the chairs and the school desk. How neat to own them...Christine

ellen b said...

Oh those are fabulous chairs and the desk is great. Your photos are all so very good. The foggy ones are so dramatic....

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That rocker is absolutely a tresure Pat! You did a beautiful restoration!

The fog has been with us for a few days ... it has made my hair curly! :-)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Love the first photo looking out into the fog with the trees! What a gorgeous sight! Love the rocker too (and your photos of it are beautiful)!

Manuela

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Oh...what a great lil story...and thanks for the memories of Baby Dumpling...sigh...those were the days!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Great rocker. I think I sat at that desk with the hole for the ink, when I was in grade school. Great outdoor photos, too.

Rue said...

I love all three chairs and that desk reminds me of school. You know, they were still using those when I was in grade school over 25 years ago and I could never figure out what the hole at the top was for until I was much older. I wrote my name on a few too ;)

hugs,
rue

Blessings of Health and Prosperity said...

Hi Pat. It's been so long! I hope you and yours are all well. I have not been blogging for a while, you are the 1st blog I wanted to visit. I love your beautiful photography. The fog is gorgeous. I'll be back very soon! Blessings, Celene

Linda said...

Hi Pat...the chairs and little desk are treasures. I can just see you driving home with the rocker tied to the trunk...it just made me giggle. Sunday's pictures are great I love fog and both photos are awesome...hugs, Linda

Linda C said...

Oh where do I start- the memories you have evoked in me today! The "Sunday School" chair--yes,exactly!!!

And the little school desk is what our little school used in 1st and 2nd grade--haven't seen won since then.

Wow- thanks for the great items!!

Happy 2ndTAT!

Linda C

Chandy said...

Wow, those chairs are great! And the outdoor pictures are lovely!

The Decorated House, Donna Courtney said...

What a fabulous collection of photos!
That little desk is so special.
Donna

Daisy Cottage said...

Absolutely beautiful post in every way - You give us so much inspiration and beauty with each and every thing that you create and share.

Love,
Kim