My mother is very musically talented. She has been playing the piano since she was about 8 years old. She also plays the organ and accordian. All she has to do is hear a song one time and she can play it…playing entirely by ear, she reads very little sheet music. I always wished I could do that! When I was a child, I wanted so badly to be able to play the piano like she did.
In 1965 when I was 4 years old, I asked for a piano for Christmas…I can remember seeing a toy piano in one of the Christmas catalogs and I wanted Santa to bring me that piano so badly! Unfortunately, by the time “Santa” ordered it, the piano was no longer available. None of the local shops had any pianos either. My mother was determined though that I would have a piano for Christmas…so, look what Santa brought!
Ok, so technically Santa brought the piano to ME for Christmas, but only because my MOTHER really wanted a piano for herself. LOL!
Here it is in my home today. I’ve been playing around this morning with different vignettes on top of it. Sometimes I have a hard time with vignettes because the top is so narrow. Most items have to be basically lined up on top.
While browsing through the thrift store Saturday, I found this wonderful gold lyre music stand. Oh yeah…it definitely had to come home with me! I bought it for a song! (No pun intended – LOL!) . I’m debating trying to antique the stand…what do you think? Antique it or leave it as it is?
It’s now holding one of my favorite pieces of sheet music – “Fairy Kisses” – circa 1908. This was an eBay find many years ago. I love the graphics on the cover…the romantic Victorian lady with her Gibson-girl upsweep and tiny fairy hovering next to her!
Two of my most favorite pieces are my antique German bisque piano babies. Both are unmarked and were made in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.
Their little faces are so beautiful!
Featuring handpainted roses, this Victorian ewer is another favorite piece. Many times they were found in pairs and were used as decorations on fireplace mantles. When I play around with a new vignette on my mantle, this will probably be moved there. I also added some of my decorative marble eggs to the piano top.
Years ago, I found this beautiful piece of vintage needlepoint for a piano bench on eBay.
I finally got it put on my bench earlier this year. Gorgeous roses and a scrolling border…I’m totally in love with this!
The center design is petit point and the stitches are so tiny!
Someone spent an incredible amount of time making this…she must have had great eyesight!
I would so love to know who made it…what did she think about as she sat there stitching?
Was she making the piece as a gift or for herself? Guess I’ll never know.
My next project is going to be trying to antique the mirror hanging over the piano. I’m not loving the bright gold! I’ve been watching Marty at A Stroll Thru Life antique items using Mixwax and I think I’m going to give it a try.
I’m so glad YOU visited me this week! I hope you’ll come back again soon.