Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Finn

Hello, Dear Ones!
Well, here I am again showing you a piece of  my Mother's furniture that we brought home instead of placing it in storage because it's very important to her and to me.
 Meet 'The Finn'!
Do you see the top of this piece with the mirror?
Well this is the top of an olden pump organ that belonged to my Daddy's parents.
I don't have a clue what happened to the bottom half with the keys and pedals.

I think the carving is so nice, don't you?
Well, my grandparents gave the top to my Daddy when he and my Mother married and they kept it forever.When my Daddy passed away 16 years ago, Mother had the bottom part made.

She commissioned a friend to build the bottom and his last name was Finn so that's why I named her 'The Finn' for Mother. The top is oak and he built the bottom out of oak too. 
I think he did a great job on matching the stain.
Mr. Finn is in Heaven with my Daddy now.

Here's the little wooden motif he added to the doors.

 See the beveled edge on the mirror?
I'm thrilled to have this in my home and we placed it on the sun porch.

 I had a hard time decorating it though.
I didn't know what to put on that narrow little shelf.
My Mother had poked all kinds of tiny things there.

 So I poked some little books on the shelf and then placed some greens on top.

 Then on the top of the bottom piece I poked these things.

 Here's the other side.
 Any suggestions on how to fiddle with this piece, I'd appreciate it.
I had always intended to paint the frame on that picture white that's hanging above the Finn
 and now I'm kinda glad I left it golden.
I think it looks pretty nice with The Finn.
Oh, I forgot to show you what I poked inside The Finn.
Guess what's in there?
Give up?
Dishes!! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Every Thing I Own

You sheltered me from harm.
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, Set me free
The finest years I ever knew
were all the years I had with you

I would give anything I own,
Give up my life, my heart, my home.
I would give everything I own,
just to have you back again.

You taught me how to love,
What it's all, what it's all.
You never said too much,
but still you showed the way,
and I knew from watching you.
Nobody else could ever know
the part of me that can't let go.

I would give anything I own,
Give up my life, my heart, my home.
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again.

Is there someone you know,
you're loving them so,
but taking them all for granted.
You may lose them one day,
someone takes them away,
and they don't hear the words you long to say

I would give anything I own,
Give up my life, my heart, my home.
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again.
Just to touch you once again
~ sung by Bread


  1. Shelia, you did some great poking to the Finn! It is decorated beautifully.

  2. How wonderful yo have this sweet heirloom, Shelia. Loved seeing how you styled it.

    Love you,

    Me... The other shelady

  3. A beautiful treasure to cherish and love. I can just imagine how sturdy and wonderful the wood must feel when you run your hand over it.

  4. That is such a beautiful piece. I love that it blends old and new. I think your decorating looks nice.

  5. The Finn looks very nice and knowing the history is really special. :)

  6. It's so beautiful! I have a little ledge on my dresser to put small things. I have a bluebird of happiness! Hugs!

  7. Very pretty piece dea Shelia! Treasures like this are what they are, specially because they belonged to our parents and the mirror on top is such a pretty plus! I love how you decorated it, you always make such lovely and warm vignettes. I love your cloche just like you did it...I never know what to place inside them, I just look around my stuff and that's it!
    Have a great week and I hope your mother is doing better.

  8. The Finn is a beautiful piece Shelia. What a beautiful way to use the old top from the organ. I'm glad you are able to enjoy it in your home now. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Pam

  9. I'm sure your mom is comforted knowing that this treasured piece is with you rather than in storage. It's a nice piece for your sun porch.

  10. Such a beautiful piece and treasures to have!! Love the detailing in it!! xo Heather

  11. I guessed that you had dishes stored in the "finn." ha ha
    It's a lovely piece and one to treasure for sure.
    I love the pops of red you have decorated it with. I know it's a precious addition to your sunporch.

  12. What a beautiful and special piece happy you have such a perfect spot for it. You've accented it beautifully!!! Thanks soooo much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  13. What a fabulous treasure!! She is lovely! Laughed when I read that you put dishes in there!! A girl just cant have too many dishes!!

  14. Oh I love your Finn! Here's something interesting for you! I have the BOTTOM of that organ containing pump, bellows and ivories. It is stored in our garage until my son takes it. We don't know what ever happened to the top piece (well, until today-that is!;>) It is a great old piece and I had it in my home for many years until we moved here.

    I think it is wonderful that you have married it with the other piece. They look great together. Nice job, Shelia. xo Diana

  15. The Finn is amazing and I'm so glad it came to stay with you. Love all the items you poked on it and of course it has dishes in it!!


  16. LOVE this post, beautiful pics, awesome decorating, sweet memories....and absolutely positively that song was my favorite when I was in the 8th grade.

    Every single solitary one of us had The Best of Bread album.....I know have the CD instead and actually played it a few weeks ago. It reminds me of my Mom and always makes me cry.


  17. It's so nice to meet "The Finn". It's a beautiful piece of furniture and what wonderful memories you have attached to it. Those are the pieces that we will keep forever, aren't they. I have one piece that means a lot to me. You have styled it very nicely, I think, but if you're not happy with it, then keep playing with it and you will love it very soon.
    Hugs, cindy

  18. Shelia, you have some beautiful, precious memories there with "The Finn" and also with the dragon tea set.
    I'm sure you'll enjoy these pieces for some time to come.


  19. Sheila, I am so glad you brought home that wonderful deserves to be seen and loved. Good job!


  20. Shelia, this is such an unusual piece, and you have set it beautifully. All your poking was perfect.

  21. You inherited a lovely piece of furniture have decorated it perfectly! I hope my children treasure some of my possessions that mean so much to me, as much as you treasure your mothers.

  22. Shelia, That is a beautiful piece of furniture. Finn is gorgeous and you have decorated it so well. As always your "pokin" has turned into beauty. Family heirlooms are so precious, certainly a treasure to pass from generation to generation. Thanks for sharing Finn. Hugs to you sweet friend, Karie

  23. This story so touched my heart, Dear Shelia. I love the story behind this beautiful piece of furniture and love that it is now in your home. I hope you have a blessed week,

  24. This is so sweet! I love it and you decorated it very nicely! Having such a special story attached to it makes all the difference!

  25. What a loving story attached to your dear 'Finn'. This piece is magnificent and I wouldn't part with it either!
    I love being introduced to your olden furniture Shelia as there's so much over there that I've never seen here, very likely its not here unless someone has had it brought over, so it's a thrill to see!

  26. I think you've done an excellent job of making Finn feel at home. I have no doubt she'll join in the fun of celebrating the different seasons with all of the other pieces of furniture.

  27. What a handsome piece -- I would love it in my home and I know your mum is glad it is in your spot. Everything is splendid all together!

  28. What a special piece, Shelia. I'm so glad you brought it home with you. The cabinet maker did a beautiful job of matching the organ top. That organ top is just so special, and I think you've decorated it beautifully. I wouldn't put much on that little shelf, because it has that wonderful mirror and carvings that shouldn't be covered up. I love the reflection of your wire cloche in the mirror. laurie

  29. well, you decorated it just fine....because you did it with a lot of LOVE.

  30. How beautiful and what a lovely story behind it! I think it looks beautiful just as you decorated it. It's really lovely!

    Blessings - Julie

  31. Oh that is gorgeous and such sentiment Sheila. Love the bird cloche, I have one similar and never thought of the plant under it:)

  32. What a beautiful piece of furniture to receive! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back. Nicole

  33. I'm happy to meet The Finn, it's a wonderful piece and such a treasure to now be sitting in your house. You have done a great job decorating it, I like the plate and the cloches.

  34. The Finn is nice it must be to see those gorgeous pieces and think of your parents...the sentimental pieces of furniture are the best of the best...You have adorned it beautifully...

  35. Oh! Finn is wonderful! I love the story behind it. You did a fabulous job of decorating it.
    And Of course you have dishes in there! What else would you put in there? :)

    Have a great week! :)


  36. How wonderful that you brought the Finn home to live at your house. I wonder if you might use a few small framed photos on easels on your narrow shelf. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  37. Shelia, I hope your mom is doing much better. What a gorgeous piece! It is so pretty! I would love if you come by and share it at this weeks party!

  38. Sheila, I love the Finn and all the pretties you have placed upon it! What a beautiful piece! No wonder you and your precious mama love this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  39. This is a lovely piece, made even lovelier by the history you detailed. We just moved my mom out of her house and the silver lining has been being able to go through all of her treasures, with her, and displaying them. Great post, I am following you now! :) Have a great day!

  40. Shelia, what a great piece of furniture. I'm loving the greenery on the tiny shelf.
    Come over...I'm next to you on Maria's party!:)


  41. Shelia,
    Great furniture piece and oh, the memories that accompany it!!!
    You did a splendid job of decorating the top!!!
    I'm with you, dear friend, dish storage gets my vote!!!

  42. What a beautiful and sentimental piece, Shelia! I think that you've perfectly "poked' it, too! :)

  43. I think you poked it just fine! Love the books and the plate on the little shelf. Such a cute piece! Finn did good work! :) Hope you are enjoying your summer, Shelia!

  44. What a beautiful heirloom Shelia...beautiful vignette too!!

  45. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    That is a beautiful piece of furniture....and the name is wonderful! Its very special that it was made for them and now you can adore it in your own home for your mother. It would mean lots to you because you know the piece. I also saw other beautiful pieces with the tea service and the pretty glasses too.

    I am happy your mom is feeling comfort where she is and you can feel good about that too. I would imagine she isn't living too far from her.

    All best...lots of good news and happiness..

  46. What a beautiful piece of furniture, Sheila... an awesome heirloom!

  47. What a treasure to have "the Finn" in your home to enjoy, Shelia. You've decked the piece out beautifully. I hope all is well with your Mother. xo

  48. Thank you for introducing the Finn and sharing its delightful story! Love your beautiful vignettes and styling! I agree the golden framed picture is just perfect with the Finn!


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