May 2, 2008

Show & Tell Friday - Shoes Part 2



I really loved all of the visits to my Show & Tell last Friday. So many wonderful people commented on my Grandmother's shoes and gave some great ideas on how to display them. This week I have another pair to share with you.

On July 26, 1903, my Great Grandmother Adams wed my Great Grandfather Adams. This would be my father's grandparents. I really need to post a picture of them together. She is the most breathtaking woman I have ever seen. Her blue eyes just speak to you from her pictures.

These were her wedding shoes. They are so tiny and are made from the softest leather. She had them imported from France and they are just so elegant.


They are in very good shape, being over a century old and I just love all of the details. Again, I would love to display them. I think of how the light and elements would hurt them, but then again, why keep them locked away in a box when they can be looked at and enjoyed.




This is the lace from her wedding dress, the shoulders. I have no idea what happened to the rest of her dress but this is the part I inherited. I wanted to incorporate some of it into my wedding dress, but I didn't have the heart to damage it in any way. Instead, I had some lighter colored roses to represent my loved ones in the center of my rich, red colored rose bouquet.




So much beauty in this 100 + year old lace. One day, I will do something fabulous with it. In fact, the idea has occurred to me while writing this that I can place these elements, along with some photos of my grandparents next to the rose colored glass items I have that are engraved with their wedding date. The glass is in my china cabinet that is full of china we hardly ever use. I think I should make my china cabinet into a display for items such as these.
To be continued....
Next I will show you my father's baby shoes, gown and dumbo. They are precious and I have a picture of my youngest in his gown.
Have a great weekend and remember to not only treasure those family heirlooms, but to enjoy them in your every day life.
Rhonda...


13 comments:

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Rhonda! The wedding shoes are absolutely amazing...so sweet and beautiful! Your blog is very pretty as well, and I have seen many things of interest that caught my eye! The ledgers for one! My dad bought out an old country general store 20 years ago, and the ledgers were still there! Oh course, I didn't know any of the people with the accounts, but I loved those old books! The writing was so precise and neat! And the prices listed for items was unbelievable!

I've got to run to volunteer, so I don't have enough to time to look over your blog like I would like to! So I hope you don't mind that I am adding you to my favorties list, so that I can find you and return! I am so looking forward to browsing your posts! Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope that you will come again! ~Rhonda

Ivory Spring said...

Wow - Rhonda, what treasures you have there!!!! Thanks for sharing!

shawn said...

What a piece of history! I don't know anything about preserving history or how to not damage by sun or elemnets... but how about take a very beautiful photo of them to frame?

Jean said...

What wonderful treasures. Yes, you should get them out where you can enjoy them.

Abbie said...

Hi Rhonda!
Oh, those shoes are fabulous! It is no wonder you have such a love for all things fabulous, so did your ancestors! Loved browsing through the pics of all your antique and vintage papers.. so much fun!
Have a fabulous weekend!
xoxo~
Abbie

Constance said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your grandmother's lace and wedding shoes! What a treasure! You're right, they have to be displayed, so that they can be appreciated for their charm and beauty! Thanks for sharing!
Connie

Rebecca said...

What amazing heirlooms you have. They are so special!!!

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, Rhonda, the wedding shoes and lace from your grandmothers dress are spectacular! What a treasure.
Kathy

MammyT said...

Those are just amazing! I am pretty sure there are now products you can get that will safely help to extend the lives of these old fabrics. I don't know where to start, except perhaps a dry cleaning shop. The might be able to steer you to some resources if they don't have them available.
Nancy

Tiffany said...

What a priviledge that you are able to have these treasures!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Rhonda, I know I have just discovered your blog, but since I was recognizing my favorite blogs, I included yours anyway! I can already tell we are kindred spirits, from your posts! Your home and collections are beautiful and I have enjoyed them so much! And afterall, we Rhonda's have to stick together....come by and get your awards when you get the chance! ~Rhonda :)

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness what gorgeous shoes! I'd wear them every chance I got--if they weren't so delicate. Great share!

Cathy :)

Ariel said...

Wow… So cute. These shoes are looks comfy and fabulous with ribbon tie and designed buckle.