repurposing to create meaningful, memorable treasures

When I shared my recipe for the Autumn Cheese Fondue, I did so with this image of our dining room table:

autumn cheese fondue // © Tina Vega Photography

There is a backstory to those ornate coasters.

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That involved a trip to New Mexico.

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After my father-in-law passed away, my husband and I traveled to his winter home to gather personal belongings and to tie up loose ends.  We discovered a side of my father-in-law we had never seen in the details of this sunny retreat.

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It was full of color.  And had a clear southwestern vibe.  His friends shared stories about how he had acquired the custom copper sconces and hammered switch covers.

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The fireplace mantel had been carved by hand.

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And we heard he had been proud of the recent tile work that had been done on the bar, fireplace, and kitchen.  So when we stumbled across a box of “extras” in the garage, we packed them up and had them shipped to Minnesota.

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Once home, Tony found some felt sticky dots at the local hardward store and added them to the back…

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Creating meaningful “coasters” for his siblings and himself.  Every time I set the table, I am reminded of my father-in-law.  Especially, the side of him we had never fully known about until after his death – his appreciation for details, entertaining (karaoke!), color, and home décor.  It’s like having a little piece of the home he loved, in our home.

And that makes me smile.

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