Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Musical Chairs

I am working on genealogy -- trying to find my roots.    I'm not dedicated.   I hit a roadblock and then I put it down for a while.    So it's been a slow process.     I rediscovered Cousin Janet a few years ago and she promised that Cousin Lena had genealogical information and that when she found it . . .

She found it and I headed north and hopefully, Cousin Lena had a treasure trove of family history!

But Janet also said that she had a surprise for me . . . besides the information . . .

And what a surprise it was!!!!

Two sweet old chairs -- I'm not sure of their age but it appears that the back is handcarved and there is also carving on the legs.

The seats are covered in needlepoint -- and I can't think of a better seat covering than needlepoint and I adore the pink roses which are perfect for our bedroom.

She said they were family chairs -- from Cousin Lena who got them from her father, Uncle Eli, who got them from his mother, Elvesa.     Or so the story says.     Elvesa lived from 1856 to 1936 and was married in 1872.     The chairs -- I'm not sure of their age -- but I do treasure them.    She told me that she didn't have room for them and knew that I would appreciate them.    And she was right.

They replaced . . .

Cousin Grace's Chairs -- or at least two of them that were in our bedroom.

Cousin Grace's chairs are old as well and I think the styles are somewhat similar.    Cousin Grace's chairs got moved to . . .

 The breakfast room where they replaced

The Duncan Phyfe  Chairs that we painted black a few years ago.     I like the wooden chairs with the table in the breakfast room because the sideboard is painted black and it's a better contrast I think.

It's Monday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday.    It was fun to play "musical chairs" this week when I brought my gift home!!!!

Oh, and the information of Cousin Lena's that I got from Cousin Janet opened doors on my genealogical quest!!!!     I'm still whirling from the information I found with the leads I got from Cousin Lena!!!


On Crooked Creek said...

Musical chairs, indeed! Those are so delicately beautiful. I adore all the handiwork of past generations craftsmen!Finding your roots must be quite interesting...good luck on your quest!

Southerncook said...

First of all, your new to you chairs are absolutely gorgeous. Do you think a family member did the needlepoint seats? The needlepoint is just gorgeous and as you know I dearly love needlepoint and do a lot of needlepoint myself. I have dabbled in family history as well and have learned something that you may already know, the Morman Church in Salt Lake City, they have a website that is a wealth of information, They have info on every family in this country. I know you must have seen the advertisement on the TV, welllllllll, it is true. Check it out if you haven't already.


Ben said...

Martha, you have the loveliest home! Your new chairs are a perfect fit. Congratulations on a great acquisition.


Pondside said...

Hi Martha - I like your sort of Musical Chairs. Isn't it funny how one things leads to another, just like dominoes.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Martha,
Wow, what special chairs! I love the needlepoint. I wouldn't let anyone sit on them, I would say you my look but don't sit LOL
My Mom, Dad,Sister and niece are the ones in my family that have worked on our genealogy.
Its wonderful you and your cousins are working together to trace your family tree.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth