Monday, December 29, 2008

Blue Monday - Flight to Egypt

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This is one of my most precious Christmas pieces. It's not very well made, and it's not the most attractive thing I own. It's been broken and repaired more times than I care to remember. But my mother made it especially for me in 1972. Notice the blue, her favorite color, and she knew that it was my favorite color too. I keep it on top of my little roll-top desk in my Living Room.

I used to hold my granddaughter on my lap when she was only nine months old, and let her touch the pieces while I named them over and over for her. Her mother couldn't believe that I allowed Lauren to touch each piece, but she only touched while she was in my lap. She never broke a thing. Lauren is now nineteen years old, and every year when I unpack these pieces, I remember my mother making this for me and those special times with Lauren.


Three years ago, I found this figurine of the flight into Egypt. I couldn't resist getting it. It's sitting on top of the chairside chest in my Family Room.



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54 comments:

ellen b said...

Oh I love your flight to Egypt figurines! I had one in the cart at an after Christmas sale but when I put in 2 nativities too I had to put something back...Next year Lord willing if I'm still around I'll add a flight to Egypt piece. Trust your Christmas was good Sally. Have a Happy New Year and thanks again for hosting Blue Monday!!

Lana G! said...

Great pieces Sally! Truly an amazing story of our Lord Jesus and what that little family went through!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally! I don't know that I've ever seen one of these. How neat! Thank you for sharing...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sally, what lovely figurines. What great memories also with your grand daughter. I bet one day she will be doing the same with her grand daughter and telling her the story.
Happy Blue Monday.
Love, Ann

imjacobsmom said...

Great pieces! My Mom is way more lenient with her grandchildren and her decorations than she was with us - her own children. ~ Robyn

claudie said...

How lovely, and to think it's been broken and repaired so many times. I love it. I have some "not as memorable" pieces that have been broken. I pick them up, get the crazy glue, have a little "oh no" sigh and place it back on the shelf.
Nineteen years is a long time WOW
Love it
Claudie from Canada
xoxoxo

The Muse said...

Not just lovely pieces...but grand works as they now carry with them cherished memories that can never be undone :)

Happy To Be said...

Oh I hope I did this Linky thing right Sally..thanks this should be fun..hugs and smiles Gloria

Bridget said...

I love the piece your mother made. What a treasure.
Bridget

CC said...

Such sweet memories of a grandaughter...I too have those memories..and just like it was yesterday..only I blinked my eyes, and my sweet grandbabies are almost grown. *sighs..but precious memories they are. Thank you for sharing Sally and thanks for hosting all us blues..:)

Judith said...

my word Sally you certainly do have some amazing pieces - maybe you ought to do tours of your house and charge an entrance fee!!? lol take care, Judith

jeanne said...

Sally both of your 'Flight to Egypt' pieces are beautiful. The one your mom made you is still lovely even if it has been repaired. Your memories of Lauren are priceless as is your mom's gift to you.

You have a soft heart Sally. So do I and today two of my grandsons are coming to visit along with my daughter and their new dog Tanner. Remember my daughter's dog that ran out in front of a car? Well now we get to meet Tanner the coon hound. LOL. We can't wait.

Happy Blue Monday Sally.

Hugs...Jeanne

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful keepsake from your mother to pass on! I've never seen a figurine of this story, only paintings. I'll have to get one!

Chris said...

I can see where that first piece is your prized treasure, with all those memories you have. Have a great day.

Hugs,
Chris

Andi said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally!

What beautiful pieces and what special memories that are attached to them. I enjoyed reading your post.

Hugs, Andi

artis1111 said...

This is so lovely!! Kathy

Mojo said...

The value of a piece is always determined by the artist. Some artists are prized by the world at large, others only by a select few, but to those few they could be Da Vinci or Michelangelo.

White Iris Designs said...

Beautiful piece holding lovely memories for generations!
Happy New Year!

Beverly said...

Happy Blue Monday, Sally.

Your pieces are lovely, and I understand the sentimental value. Your Lauren is a very special young lady. And, your mother must have thought you were quite a special lady, too.

Melissa Wertz said...

Sally I love those pieces and Lauren has wonderful memories of times spent with you learning about these pieces. Thanks for sharing.

The Blue one your mother made is especially special.

Mamapippa said...

Very beautiful Christmas pieces ! And self-made by your mother. Waw !
Greetings from Belgium !

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I have never seen "flight to Egypt" pieces..... they are just beautiful..... such soft blue and the expressions are just lovely..... what a treasure...
HUgs
Linda

Darlene said...

Those are beautuful pieces and what beautiful memories for you.

splummer said...

Hi Sally,
They are beautiful pieces! I have never seen any like that around here. My Blue Monday is posted. Have a great New Year!

Sherrie

Melissa Wertz said...

Sorry Sal. I will figure out this blogging thing one day.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love your 'blue' Sally... The bluejay and the figurines are gorgeous. They don't make me feel blue though.

We're headed to Hendersonville, TN to check on George's elderly parents today. Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love your 'blue' Sally... The bluejay and the figurines are gorgeous. They don't make me feel blue though.

We're headed to Hendersonville, TN to check on George's elderly parents today. Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Lorrie said...

Hi Sally, I linked right up today--thanks for thinking of my. I just love the nativity figures that you shared with your granddaughter. I am very sentimental about things like this, and that piece with its wonderful memories would be a treasure for me too.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Sally,
I'm late getting my post up, but finally did!

I love your 'Flight to Egypt' pieces, but really enjoyed the story about your granddaughter! I know you cherish those memories! Your pieces not only remind you of Mary Joseph and Jesus, but the special times with your granddaughter. What can be better than that?

Have a great day,
Diane

onangelwings said...

You have so many beautiful pieces of art.

char72 said...

They're both beautiful and what wonderful memories about the first one. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Happy Blue Monday.
Charlotte

squawmama said...

What a beautiful collection... I can see why you treasure them so much... Thanks SAlly for showing them to us...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh Sally, your piece is gorgeous ! I never put anything up high when my boys were little . I started teaching them not to touch when they first stared walking and they never touched and never broke anything.

Lisa said...

It is so nice to have such beautiful things that hold meaning.

Charli and me said...

Dear Sally, What a beautiful post. You have a rare and wonderful treasure. I would love to have something my mother made especially for me. It's so lovely. I like the way you shared it with your granddaughter. It's so important that our children and grandchildren come to value the things that are truly the tresures in life. Thank you so much for sharing this very special gift with all of us.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh your pieces are beautiful..and the memories make it priceless. I didn't get a chance to post on Blue Monday today..:-) but plan to next week.. hugs my friend..
~lynne~

jlshall said...

Sally, you have such a lovely figurine collection! And it's so nice that you also have those personal memories to go along with them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

salmagundi said...

Those are beautiful and such sweet memories. Sally

Picket said...

Morning Sally...I love your beautiful pieces and the one that your mom made is just beautiful and such a 'treasure'...I too have let my grandbabies touch many a thing when they were babies and tell them about it and watch as their little faces would light up as they so gently put their little fingers on it....oh how blessed we are to be mama's & grand mama's..thanks for coming by girl...Happy New Year to you & yours dear friend...hope it is your best one so far!

Melissa's Cozy Teacup said...

Happy blue Monday!

Shimmy Mom said...

Beautiful Nativities. I hope that you had a WONDERFUL Christmas!
*hugs*

bj said...

Oh, I love your blue pieces..and how special that your mom made that one for you. I love your grandchild story, too...
Happy Monday, bj

Cathy said...

Both pretty and sweet pieces, Sally ~

Barbara H. said...

Those are lovely, and what sweet memories!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Lovely keepsakes! Those things mean more and more to me as the years roll along.

Thanks for hosting Blue Monday. Health happiness and love in the new year, to you and yours.

jsprik said...

beautiful!! Happy Blue Monday and Happy New Year!!! God Bless!

Linda said...

I love the figurine you Mom made for you. Such a special treasure!!
The flight into Egypt is also stunning.

sara said...

most of my favorite pieces come with a memory!!! true treasures!

nikkicrumpet said...

Both pieces are absolutely gorgeous! It's so cool to have such treasures.

Alex said...

Hi Sally...happy blue Monday. btw, I added you to my blogroll. Thanks for letting me know I missed you. =/

The Muse said...

I want to simply say Thank You for all you have done to bring people together!

Kim said...

What a lovely post, Sally. You have so many lovely things it seems from your mother and grandmother and I look forward each week to seeing what you will post next. Your flight to Egypt figurine is gorgeous and seems to be quite rare.
Happy New Year!
*smiles*
Kim

Happy To Be said...

Wonderful pieces Sally..and here it is almost 10pm and I am still trying to visit everyone..I had a great time with BLUE Monday and will do this one again..it was so easy with mr.Linky after all...thanks Sally...hugs and smiles Gloria

tammy said...

Beautiful!