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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Keys To the Past

Look what I found!! I love old skeleton keys. Not only are they beautiful and decorative, but it's so fun to think about their past. What were they used for, where did they come from? Did they unlock the door to a really old home? Perhaps the dream home of a once newlywed couple. Or maybe it was a prized china cabinet filled with sentimental pieces from a favorite auntie. An antique armoire filled with fabulous linens? The possibilities are endless and as I place these old keys here and there, the imagination is free to run wild with thoughts of years past...
Enjoy your day!
xo,
Kathleen

18 comments:

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

So interesting. And you've displayed them in such beautiful ways.

Yes, old keys can send us to lovely wonderings. Like old photographs can...

But to me, old photographs which have been abandoned in a shop ~ always make me sad, too. Not so, with keys, though.

Aunt Amelia

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I too, love old skelton keys,ran across a couple the other day. I love your display.. an idea I might have to borrow.. Have a super day my friend..hugs ~lynne~

Kasey said...

love em also.
I came across a bunch recently...\
xxo

Blue Muse said...

Great find! I love those keys - there is something so secretive about them to me, and of course, beautiful.
I love what you've done with them - have fun finding more places that can be graced by them.
xo Isa

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love them! I like to hang them unexpected places. You have displayed your beautiful. I love those kind of touches and the imaginings they inspire!

Frippery said...

I love them too. I also am inspired by the old lock, I just came across one yesterday and I am going to go dig it out and display it now. Thanks, Pam

paige said...

i just found your lovely blog!
the still life you created with the keys is fabulous & i think i need some toile wellies...who knew?
xo

Olive Rue said...

If you love old skelton keys, you would have loved the one I found at Feathers today. It was a large wrought iron key that hangs on the wall.

I think about things like that too. I'm so interested in things of the past. When I see an old house I wonder who lived there, did they have children, how many etc.

Love how you captured the photos. Very creative.

Melissa Miller said...

I do like them as well.
They are very pretty! :)

prof en retraite said...

Ohhh I love them! But I have to wonder..they all seem much the same...do you suppose anybody could just unlock someone else's house?...lol..Love the old locks, too...Debbie

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Kathleen,

Your photographs of the old keys are lovely. I often wonder about old keys and their history - there is something timely and very enduring about old keys.

Have a beautiful week.
Blessings,
Erin

Whispering Pine Cottage said...

Great ways to dispay keys! Angie

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh my gosh, can I borrow some? I have this fab little bureau that we can't get open with the 3 keys we have. So irritating.
Cool, cool photos.

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I love old stuff...I love old mason jars too! I collect old coffee tins!

LuLu & Co. said...

I just found your blog and so enjoyed it. Crazy thing is today i was contemplating if i should spend the money on grain sack pillow and felt to guilty and up pops your blog on how to make them! it was meant to be, thank you so much. i don't have a sewing machine so I will attempt this my hand just love it...
LuLu

Tee said...

I know what you mean... I too have collected skeleton keys for years now... I absolutely love them... and I have them lying on a silver tray along with candles... each one has a story, and some of them I know!!!

Have a brilliant sunday!

Chrissy said...

O.K. can you please move to Canada, and buy the house next to ours, and we will be kindred spirits???? I love all your posts, but this one is sooooooo lovely!!!!

nannykim said...

I still have those keys in my bedroom doors and in one of my dining room doors--I forget they are there!!