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Vintage Porcelain Elephant: I Can Fix That!

Have you ever seen a 130 year old elephant?  How about a 130 year old porcelain elephant?  How about a 130 year old porcelain elephant with a missing leg?

My Gramma gave me this elephant a couple of weeks ago.  She likes to give me things, as any grandmother does — just like when she gave me an “old bowl” that turned out to be Waterford crystal.  She gives me things and tells me to take good care of them, and that saying of hers really applied to this sweet elephant.  You see…

broken leg
*Gulp*.  How sad, right?  And he had been missing his leg for twenty-some years.  My Gramma told me I could take him home, and I promised her I would fix him right up.  So, with a little bit of E6000, my sweet elephant friend was standing on his own four feet again.  ;-)

elephant tall

elephant long
I need a name for him.  Do you have any ideas?



Vintage Waterford Bowl + Pinecones

Hey there, friends!  Happy December!  Can you believe we are already there?  This season is going by so fast, it’s unreal.  I am attempting to do a lot of decorating and nesting so that I can really enjoy this season.  :-)

I have an easy Christmas decorating idea for you this morning.  I changed out the centerpiece on our coffee table, all with the help of some pinecones and a vintage Waterford crystal bowl that has been passed down to me from my grandmother — the bowl is over one hundred years old!

pinecones in bowl, close
Last week I showed you my centerpiece on my coffee table that consisted of berries and a really beautiful vase that my mother-in-law got me, and that has since been relocated.  I like to keep our coffee table really simple so that it is not distracting to my husband when he watches The Walking Dead, lol.  Because, Heaven forbid!  ;-)  The pinecones came from Target, and they smell like cinnamon — amazing!

pinecones in bowl, very close
I like that there are all sizes — it really made the zhushing process a lot easier!

coffee table and sofa
Now, let me tell you about this bowl.  It’s kind of a funny story.  I was over at my Gramma’s house one day and we were looking through some of her things.  She grabbed this bowl and said, “Do you want this old thing?” and I thought it was beautiful, so I told her that I would.  She told me she was going to go get the box, and when she returned, she had a Waterford box that this piece fit perfectly inside of, and she nonchalantly mentioned that the bowl was “old.”  Upon further research, I realized that it is old — like 100 years old!  

I love having this bowl.  My mom says that she remembers my Gramma putting pretty ornament bulbs in it around Christmastime.  I think I will end up doing that later in the season, but for now, I’m happy with the sweet pinecones.

room further away
I’m looking forward to passing this down to my daughter someday, if we have one.  Or maybe a daughter-in-law?  We’ll see… ;-)

Do you have any surprise family heirlooms that have made it into your home?  What else would you put in this bowl?


*I featured our 2012 Christmas tree last Friday!  If you would like to see more of that, head on over!*

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