Friday, October 11, 2013

GOSSIP


My mother called these Gossip Chairs ...
They have been in the family all my life, and who knows how long before that ..

They came to our nest, when my Dad moved into his retirement village,
and they were in rather a sorry state of repair.
But not any more - today I collected them from the upholsterer,
and I love the results.

Here's another look:


Plain white linen, left over from covering our other chairs,
gives a base palette for some cushioning action!


Can you guess what this is?
We've been to the Qld Museum to see Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.
Hundreds of priceless antiquities were preserved from the Taliban by brave staff at the Museum in Kabul, and now safely retrieved, they are being shown around the world.
Above is a cardboard replica of a golden crown, on show as part of a room full of golden treasures found in recent years in 2,000 years old royal graves.


I loved it!  The ancients had quite a flair for gold and turquoise earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and headdresses; and its all here on display for a few months.


Our Australian grandson, Little Aussie, has been living interstate this year, and we have not seen him for quite a few months.


This week we had a very happy day with him, at his other Grandma's farm.
Aussie now has his own pet puppy!





and we took him out for Fish and Chips and fun-in-a-park!


Such a big boy, he is now Four - where does the time go?


Grandchildren:  More precious than gold ...

Have a beautiful weekend

XXXXX






30 comments:

  1. Love the chairs Patricia. I like the natural colour too which will adapt to anything. Looks like a fun time was spent with your grandson and I bet he is loving having his new doggy friend around. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Patricia x

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    1. Love my Chairs! We are completely charmed by the idea our first grandchild now has a lovely pet. Happy days P. x

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  2. The chairs turned out beautifully - well worth having them seen to! Your little Aussie is certainly growing up quickly, and having a great time along the way ... J

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    1. The upholsterer did a great job, beyond my expectations. He fixed all the woodwork, tightened everything, and gave a coat of polish! Our first grandson is all growed up, already :)

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  3. I love the chairs too, because of their history and the fact that they are covered with white linen, a comfortable, cozy material. The puppy seems to adore Aussie. May they have many happy years together of sweet memories. You know, I never know where the time goes either .. it just marches on.

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    1. Thank you Debra, it is lovely to see a boy with his first puppy.
      I'm still loving the chairs...

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  4. That crown in so unique and wonderful. How cute it looks on your Grandson. I'm glad you got to spend time with him. It's such a precious gift to spend time with our loved ones. And I do love those chairs, especially with the black and white pillow against it.

    Have a happy weekend.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. The real crown was amazing, Sheri, with little gold discs which move and tinkle. It would have been so pretty when worn, hopefully by a pretty princess! I am having fun trying different colours on the chairs - everything looks good..

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  5. The " Gossip chairs " turned out perfect. A good name for them.
    So happy to see your Aussi grandson. At least he lives close by!
    Did he get to take the puppy home? I so wish he did, although the care of the dog will have to be done by the parents for several years yet .

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    1. Not sure about the puppy, Mette, but I think it will move between the farm and Aussie's place, and be an adaptable doggie! They will see plenty of each other :)
      We have not yet had a gossip in the chairs - maybe Sunday night!

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  6. I love your Gossip chairs.. they are so much sought after these days.
    How your Aussi grandson will love his little pup..
    I agree Betty. our grandchildren are gold.
    Magnificent ancient antiques from Afganistan..
    thanks for this nice post..
    val..

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    1. Thank you Val, I am pleased the chairs are sought after. I was unsure about that, and hoped I had not over spent on them.
      The golden ancient jewellery was absolutely gorgeous, and in perfect condition, too. Gold lasts forever!

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  7. The chairs look stunning, Patricia! They look brand new! As for grandchildren, I can only envy you...

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    1. Hello Val, it sounds like you have no grandchildren (yet!) - we waited a long time for them, and are so grateful we now have three little boys to love. The chairs do look brand new, and I was most impressed with the craftsman - they are at least 80 years old.

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  8. Patricia, the chairs are lovely and waiting for elegant gossip, or possibly elegant gossipers. Love the shots of little Aussie and his dog.
    p.s Are you collecting Valeries from all over the internet?

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    1. Elegant gossip? I like the sound of that, and will have no trouble accommodating it :)
      You have noticed! I think the Valeries are collecting me, Val, and I am quite charmed by the idea.

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  9. The chairs look great! Can't believe what new upholstery can do! Your Little Aussie looks like he's having a blast with you!

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    1. We are loving our chairs; I wonder how many different covers they have had over the years...Little Aussie is a little darling boy :)

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  10. Chairs look great, what a difference new upholstery makes. Little one and dog having great fun by the looks of it. x

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    1. I forgot to take a 'before' photo, but they looked really bad in a very dated 70s fabric - they are transformed with the new look. xx

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  11. Really love those gossip chairs. My parents inherited two of them from my mum's parents, so I am going to start calling them gossip chairs too! The new chair fabric looks fabulous xx

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    1. I always liked these chairs - they are comfy, and don't take up much space. It seems they were quite the fashion back in the olden days :) xx

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  12. The chairs are lovely, no wonder you wanted to have them redone so you could keep them. Looks like you were well entertained by your grandson too.

    Darla

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    1. Thanks Darla, I like the continuity of passing a good item down through the generations. It was worth the $$$, probably the most that was ever spent on these chairs!

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  13. Patricia the chairs are divine. I too have "Cup of Tea" chairs and hop ethat in the future my children have them recovered as you have done. Imagine if those chairs could talk , all the conversations they have been witness to over the years. Priceless !!!

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    1. Glad you like my chairs, Shell. Yes, just imagine the conversations - they would go back to the 1930s or 1940s, I think!

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  14. I remember those chairs too Patricia - all families seemed to have them somewhere in the house!

    Little Aussie is so sweet - what a shame your don't see more of him - hard on you when the others are in Canada... I know how that feels.

    Thank you for your visits - I got my computer back today!

    hugs
    Shane

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    1. Yes, these chairs did seem to be around a lot when I was a kid, Shane. I must admit I've had my eyes on them for a long time, and was most happy to get them last year. Little Aussie is moving closer to us, and we will see more of him. Which will be wonderful! xx

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  15. The chairs are gorgeous, Patricia, but I would never dare to have white upholstery or I'd be cleaning it forever. :-)

    Little Aussie is growing up fast isn't he? You obviously had a wonderful day with him.

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    1. The white fabric is treated, and cleans off well. There have been chocolate accidents .... and we don't use these chairs all the time.
      Little man is quite gorgeous - we can't wait to see him again. And the baby in Canada is walking already, well before 1st birthday!

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