Thursday, April 1, 2010

Homemaking: Desk Corner & Mink Teddy Bears


In one corner of our living room stands an antique desk of sorts which belonged to my uncle and beside it is a thrift store find of an antique rocker which I had reupholstered.   I then covered the desk chair in the same fabric.  The little ottoman is from TJMaxx.
Sitting on the rocker are a pair of teddy bears I had fashioned from my mother's mink stole and hanging on the wall is an oil painting of a mill which I did years ago.
To get in touch with the woman who stitched these bears, email her at vicandang@comcast.net. Her fee is most reasonable.  The bears are jointed and the signature monogram, which was on the inside of the stole, was incorporated into one of the paws.
The desk is a perfect loca
tion for a display of family photos such as the one here of my mother wearing her "new" mink stole on Easter in 1958.  

34 comments:

Jenn said...

The bears are REALLY neat! How wonderful to incorporate tangible memories like that!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The desk is wonderful. I love the mink Teddys. They are just fabulous. What a great idea. Hugs, Marty

Aine Butler-Smith said...

Wonderful corner 'scene' you have there. The teddies are wonderful! What a great idea and a way to hold onto mementos.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love the desk...and your blog design is GREAT...After a hard week, spending a relaxing hour of blog hopping.

So glad I stopped by your blog. Happy Easter

http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

The Little Red Shop said...

Your corner looks like...home, sweet, home.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend!

: )

Julie M.

salmagundi said...

That's wonderful to have your little bears; and then to also have the great Easter picture. The whole corner is so inviting. This is my first time visiting, and I'm loving your pictures on your side bar. I've been to London and Paris at that same time of the year - magical. Sally

alwayslearning said...

love to see people decorate with MEANINGFUL objects like that. great job on the bears.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The desk is such a beautiful piece and those bears are so creative. I've never seen anything like them, but it is a brilliant use for an old mink. There are not many events where a mink is appropriate, so this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Tina @ www.commoncentshome.blogspot.com said...

What a great way to use and old heirloom. I wish I had some of my grandmother's old ones. I really like the idea.

Sherry said...

Your desk is so cozy. And the mink teddies are adorable. Really pretty!

Beth said...

I love the mink teddy bears. I have one too but the dog managed to get ahold of it. :-(

LuckyStarHeather said...

I love this idea! My granpda just passed away recently and my cousin just said we should make some teddies for the great-grandkids from his clothes. Not mink, but so cool! I hadn't thought of that before, but I think it's such a good one :)

Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

Shelia said...

What a lovely corner. Your olden desk is lovely and those little bears - adorable. Their chair is so nice as well as the ottoman!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz said...

What a fabulous idea!! And a great way to save a memory in a useful way!!

~Liz

P.S. beautiful desk and rocker!!

Tricia said...

Your antique desk is lovely -- what a great place to display all your photos and other memorabilia! And I love the idea of making teddy bears from your mother's mink stole! Such a fun way to keep those memories going.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is such a lovely corner of your room and the desk is just stunning and so beautifully accessorized. The chair is fabulous and the mink teddies are precious. Such a great way to preserve an heirloom. Everything is gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

What a nice way to re~purpose the mink stole. The bears are adorable!

I love the desk and the rocker. Just beautiful.

I'm so glad I stopped by!

xoxo
Jane

Atticmag said...

Your desk is super. Reminds me of something I'd expect to see in a historic home. But seriously, the mink teddy bears are priceless. My grandma had a stole just like your mom's. -- Jane F.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

How sweet to make teddies out of your mom's coat. Those mink stoles used to be the absolute must have item. Your little corner is cozy looking.

Flory said...

i like the idea of putting small photo frames together on top of your desk...nice corner. cutie bears too!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I am so thrilled that you joined the party. This is the perfect tabletop vignette. Such a gorgeous and inviting corner. Hugs, Marty

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a special way to remember your mother's mink. I would have never thought to re-create it into teddy bears, but that's a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

What a wonderful way to use the mink...the bears are adorable...love the picture of your mother.

helenabelle said...

What a wonderful way to always have a part of your mother with you. I love your teddy-bears. Thanks for also posting the contact information of the seamstress who did such a lovely, lovely job making your sweet bears.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love the bears, what a fun idea!!!

Dana and Daisy said...

my momma would shoot me.

shabbyrosetreasures said...

The furniture is beautiful and the bears add the personality! Adorable, I love it! If you have time stop by my blog at http://shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com/
I am giving away a free teapot in April!
Hugs,
Olivia

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

How cute, cute, cute those teddies are! Mink? WHOA! Now I really am admiring them! They must be just so soft.

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

Your corner is beautiful! I love the color of that chair... and those sweet bears are precious!

Room to Inspire said...

My Mom did the same thing with my Grandma's coat and I just love the teddy bear - so cute and such great memories! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.

Chelsea

Lady Katherine said...

Love the desk and chair! The ottoman is great too! I love your Mother's in her hat and stole. What a great way to keep her wonderful stole as a treasure! The bears are darling!
So sorry I'm so late, my daughter told me on Tuesday she was getting married on Friday I had to do a reception. I been so busy! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time Tuesday.

momstheword said...

Wow, what an awesome idea to make teddy bears out of that! Such a great way to be able to have them out all the time where you can enjoy them!

I love the old mill, you really have a gift. I tried to paint a fish once but let me tell you, it was not a good idea, lol! Thanks for linking up!

Faith said...

Thank you so much for participating in my link-up! I LOVE this corner of your home :)

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

I love your mink teddies. What a great way to make a memory last!

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