Friday, September 5, 2008

Show and Tell Friday!

The wonderful Kelli over at "There's no place like home" has started this friday feature, here's what she had to say:

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, a new antique find, an old love letter. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!


If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you remember that back in May of this year, I went home to South Africa. Home to my family after being away for 10 years. It was wonderful and I brought back so many great memories, but I also brought back some typical African souvenirs for my home.

I thought I would share some with you today.

These glasses were given to us by my brother Miguel and my sister in law Hayley. They are the big five and I just LOVE them!

The big giraffe wooden spoon and fork were given to us by Hayley's mom, Auntie Val. Aren't they just the cutest things? She also gave us some amazing placemats, I'll show you pictures of those another time, I forgot to snap the photos.


We picked up this Giraffe at a local flea market. Seriously, if you love african stuff, you would go absolutely nuts in one of those flea markets.


Couldn't come back without an african drum could we? Curt actually brought back some smaller ones to give as gifts to his Chief at work.


This giraffe painting is waiting to go up on my wall.

The ostrich egg in front, I brought with me when I moved to the States 10 years ago, it not only survived the air trip but it's survived two kids and some military moves LOL


One of the things you'll find a lot of back home, are the vendors selling these oil canvas paintings.

My dad and stepmom got us this one while we were at the coast, they were actually selling these at the hotel we stayed in.

I just need to get some wood framing so that I can hang it up on the wall.


This is one of my favorite pieces from the whole African collection we have. My brother Paul and my sister in law Lilian got us this one, at the same hotel and same vendor as the one above.

Just to give you an idea of how big it is, Jasmine is holding it up from behind and it's completely covering her LOL

It's just gorgeous, I can not wait to get it up on the wall.


So there you have it, just a few of my African Pieces that make me feel closer to home.


Mary said...


Your African souvenirs are awesome. I especially love those glasses. Thanks so much for sharing all of your beautiful things.


Dawn said...

You just gave me a great idea for a future S&T! My DIL is from Kenya and I have missionary cousins in Mali - and have met many missionaries through my work at church. I have some wonderful souvenirs, but have never been. I need to go to Mombasa to meet Angie's parents.

Danielle said...

WOW, those are cool!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Carrie said...

Your African items are truly outstanding. I had never seen any glasses like the ones you show.

Anne Fannie said...

I love your African treasures!
Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog too.
Love, Ann

Mari said...

You have some great pieces. They are even better, because they are a touch of home for you!

Carla said...

WOW those are incredible! Especially the last to paintings! Wow!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love your pieces Sandra. They are wonderful!

Jean said...

What wonderful treasures! I love the paintings. Jean

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Wow -- amazing pieces! I love Show and Tell -- miss those days. Remember how absolutely FUN Fridays were in elementary school? lol


Charlotte said...

Very interesting African artifacts. I especially like the elephants on the next to the last one. Thanks for sharing your treasures.

MoziEsmé said...

I LOVE that beautiful BIG painting!

A Hint of Home said...

You have some amazing things from Africa. I'm sure they'll look great framed and on the wall.
Thanks for your visit today.

Penless Thoughts said...

All of those are absolutely wonderful pieces. Thanks for showing and sharing them with us.

Lisa@UnexpectedJourney said...

Those are just fabulous looking pieces! And I love the paintings!

The Apron Queen said...

Are you sitting down Sandra?! I was so pleased to see that it was your name drawn! You won the camo apron over at the Apron Queen! Yea for military wives!!! :)

E-mail me at jmlsdi3 at yahoo dot com woth your address and I'll get it right out to you!


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like your African collection! I would love to collect giraffe, but they wouldn't match my decor! I think they are so stately!


Kelli said...

What beautiful treasures from your trip back home, Sandra! I *love* the giraffes!

Lisa Ann said...

Very cool collection!

Gattina said...

I love these paintings, and the egg ! My son would probably go crazy on such a market he loves African artwork and has a lot of masks and drums and little sculptures !

Tammy said...

Incredible African collection!
That is some place I would sure love to visit some day!

JanMary said...

A wonderful collection to remember Africa with.

Thanks for sharing :)

Chez Nous said...

What lovely pieces! The giraffe is my favorite - it fits perfectly between the two prints on the wall.

Ivory Spring said...

Love those safari accents, I enjoyed looking at them!

Hill upon Hill said...

I do appreciate these.