Mom’s Room – Shabby Chic Before Her Time

Shabby chic before it became a “thing” was what my mom was all about.  This room is dedicated to her love of all things white, roses, pansies and peonies.  She loved the Victorian era and just pretty things.

Tussie Mussies

Mom was an avid gardener, and many people would stop and talk with her about her flowers.  She grew many that she could dry and send to me for my early days of craft shows.  I always loved to craft and had the glue gun ready.  I dabbled in country painting and prims, but I will never forget one particular craft show I did in New Hampshire.  I made Tussie Mussies.  Small little bouquets of dried flowers from mom’s garden.  The outdoor show was held on the green in the town of Exeter, NH on a beautiful sunny fall day.  It was in the 1980’s when crafting was all the rage.  I  had a large basket of tussie mussies made.  I would always bring a book to read during the quiet moments of the sales and at one point I looked up to a crowd of people wanting the little bouquets.  I couldn’t believe it.  I never had that much attention paid to me at any of the shows.  I sold out in a matter of minutes and it was a rush.  I was taking money left and right from people and one woman even asked where my shop was.  That was a defining moment in my life that I will never forget and cherish always.  My mom was thrilled.  In the past, I had dreams of having my own gift shop.  Recently I found a drawing I made that had the plans all laid out.  Now at my age I could not imagine running a shop and having to man it 24/7.  I need my days for hunting and love the adventure of finding treasures.  There is nothing better than getting out the house on an early, sunny Saturday morning with a list of sales and auctions nearby, anticipating the thrill of what I will find and who I will meet.

Mom’s Favorite Book






Mom in the Garden







Vintage MacKenzie Child’s vase works well in this room.  I cherish my little miniature tuffet by MacKenzie  Childs from the early 80’s.  Perfect napping spot for a little house mouse!  Painting is Missy Bunny  by local Bucks County artist Dott Bunn.











5 Replies to “Mom’s Room – Shabby Chic Before Her Time”

  1. Anne,
    You took me back… not many people are familiar with the term Tussie Mussie.
    I have two Tussie Mussie Bouquet Holders, one sterling silver and the other porcelain. They are very cherished. You’ve inspired me to use them.

    Your tribute to your mother is a lovely gesture, I’m sure she would be honored.
    As always, your displays are beautiful!

    Keep sharing!
    Thank you.

  2. Well, I echo all of the above. This room speaks of love and joy. I have the same MacKenzie-Childs vase, a Valentine’s Day gift from my husband in 2001. Your glass front cupboard is charming filled with your special MacKenzie-Childs Honeymoon pieces. I’ve only a few pieces in this pattern, so it is a treat to see your collection. Your mini tuffet is adorable. I never bought any of the miniature pieces. Wish I had!

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