Wow, this is a hard one. I don’t think there’s enough room on my blog, so I’m having to be VERY selective.
Welcome to the latest edition of Where Bloggers Live. It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? Over the next few months, a group of seven bloggers will be sharing their workspaces, their homes, towns and more! As you can see, this edition is “A Few of my Favorite things”.
This painting is definitely one of my favorite things. It’s the original house on the property where I live. I wrote a post about the house last year. The painting itself is so special because when we moved back here my mother (who had a fall version) tracked down the artist and bought the painting for my birthday.
Then there’s jewelry 😍 My mother managed a jewelry store when I was a kid so I basically grew up there. Learned to appreciate good jewelry, china, crystal, etc. Back then, that’s where you bought all of that. And, I have quite a few pieces of vintage jewelry that came from my family.
And of course I couldn’t leave out elephants. I have a gazillion, so it was tricky to pick just a few.
And last but not least – my mink coat. Yes I know, those aren’t popular these days – and it rarely gets cold enough in Alabama… but I LOVE IT. It was a huge surprise Christmas gift one year from Chuck.
I’m personally looking forward to seeing what everyone else’s favorite things, so join me as we tour of their areas.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Iris at Iris Originals Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Em at Dust and Doghair
Julia at When the Girls Rule
Leslie Roberts Clingan
What lovely treasures, Iris! I enjoyed seeing them as well as the stories that went along with them. So glad you shared the link to the story of your spectacular family home. I had not seen it before and it was both fascinating and tragic. In all of life’s mysteries, isn’t it a great and happy one that your mom went to such effort to have that painting made for you? Lights in the dark… My grandmother collected elephants as well. It was one of the things I loved most about going to her home. She was very formal (in… Read more »
Thanks for reading about my old family home. It was SO special to me.
I knew better to touch ANYTHING without permission, and that didn’t happen too often so was special when it did.
Your grandmother collected elephants – that’s great, do you happen to have any of them? Would love to see pictures. I only have one that is really vintage – it’s very small, was my mother-in-laws.
Great faves, Iris – ESPECIALLY that painting of the house! That’s so cool.
I still see some old school jewelry stores like that – that are jewelry, china, etc., but mostly they’ve been phased out here. How great that you still have some pieces from that time.
Elephant Art 🙂
Yeah, I think there is still a few jewelry stores like that – but not many anymore.
I loved seeing the things you like, Iris. All of it is wonderful. I’m always drawn to jewelry and you have some lovely pieces. Oh that dinner ring,,,,gorgeous!
Thanks Debbie – I think basically growing up in a jewelry store made me appreciate good jewelry more than one might. The dinner ring is made from my engagement ring. The large stone was loose (horrors) and the mounting was so old it seriously needed replacing. SO, I chose to turn it into a dinner ring. I’ve not been sorry and I still remember it’s original purpose every time I look at it.
Such precious keepsakes. I like elephants, too, and have an elephant-themed guest room. How fun to have paintings created by an elephant!! Stopped writing this comment to look into buying one but they are more expensive than my budget allows. Wish I could get a print!! Had to stop to look up chocolate pot, too. Thought it was probably a hot cocoa pot but thought it might also be for chocolate sauce, hot fudge sauce. Your pot is really lovely. I can see why it is a favorite thing. And the jewelry. I should probably put my most favorite pieces… Read more »
Hi Leslie, thanks for your sweet comments. The elephant paintings are really special to me – and obviously one reason is the effort they each took in getting them. And those aren’t all my cross necklaces – probably just the ‘top’ ones. And, that chocolate pot is one of my all time favorites. I do have my jewelry all together and I read somewhere if you ever had to evacuate quickly grab a pillow case and just chug your jewelry box into it. Hopefully I’ll never need that bit of knowledge. I need to write a post about that elephant… Read more »
It’s nice to see so many lovely pieces of art – the jewellery and the paintings! It would be so cool to have paintings by elephants! An elephant sneezed on me once and my friends still talk about it – probably the closest I’ll ever get, haha!
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂
Oh my goodness, it would be GREAT to be sneezed on by an elephant. I’ve loved elephants all my life and collected elephant “stuff” forever. The paintings by elephants were both Christmas gifts – one from my daughter and one from my #1 DIL – the same Christmas and neither knew the other was getting one.
I hadn’t thought about the jewelry being art – but you’re right. And special to me!
Thanks for stopping by, I am hoping for a restful weekend.
Oh, Iris!! I loved seeing this, especially that mink coat. Granted you might not need to wear it much, but it’s so amazing!!
And the jewelry…talk about sentimental. Do you wear it??
I laughed at the elephant butt one especially. I hope you wear that a LOT!!
Thanks Jodie – yes, I do wear the jewelry, and enjoy each piece. Actually there’s a good bit more, I just tried to pick a few. My grandmother used to say, if it’s too good for me to wear/use, it’s too good to have. She used everything – good china & silver – jewelry – everything… so I learned from the best.
There’s a sweet story that goes with the elephant butt necklace. And yes, I wear that one too.