Focus on Life: Week 15 - Aged Beauty

***The Bead Soup Blog Party 2nd and 3rd Reveals were postponed one week so today is the 2nd Reveal (instead of the 3rd Reveal).  Please hop on over to Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog to see all the participants and get to hoppin' !
Please come back here next Saturday, April 20th, for the 3rd Reveal where my Bead Soup Blog Party Partner, Francesca Watson and I, along with a slew of other bead-chefs will be
serving up some great soups for you to taste!!
Now,...On with the weekly photo challenge:
This week our prompt from Sally over at the
Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old,
but of the natural.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

"There is always something so intriguing about old things. Whether an heirloom or flea market find we are always intrigued by the back story of the piece that has caught our eye and the thrill of a possible story of family history, lost love or travel to forgotten worlds. In the rust is character, scratches and dents are their badges of courage and the bare metal exposed by peeling paint is acceptance of time.
Aged pieces have a beauty all their own, a beauty that draws us in to look a little deeper into a past time.
This week focus on the aged beauty that may be an old building or an aging vehicle in a parking lot, items in a local barn, flea market, garage or in your jewelry box and snap a shot of a vintage beauty! "
So, here's my take on "Aged Beauty"
This is the violin that my Uncle
gave to my Dad.
It's 100 years old.
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I thought of having it restored but I don't think I want to do that.
To me, that would take away all the
'life-prints' of everyone who handled this.
These 'life prints' as I call them, are what makes this "Aged Beauty" so special to me.
Please hop on over to the Studio Sublime and see the different types of
Aged Beauties
everyone else has captured this week!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Sentimental Aged Beauty!


  1. I agree, the beauty IS in the history and restoring it would take that away. Lovely item for this week's prompt.

  2. violins are just so photogenic, aren't they? but you've proved the case is just as much so! i LOVE the sepia shot of the handle! a great post and have a wonderful week :)
    no. 21

  3. This is a particularly meaningful post, Shel. Love the connection to 'life prints' on things we love. Remember the children's/adult book Velveteen Rabbit?? The goal to have all your fur loved off by the end of your life.


  4. The case and the cane! What a shot. What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing.

  5. what a perfect phrase "life prints" It so perfectly captures what is special about aged beauty, and all the memories they hold!

  6. I've always been attracted to the older things in life; some people have gone as far as to say I'm an 'Old Soul' which I quite enjoy ^.^

    That violin is incredible! If you were planning on playing on it, then I'd say have it restored but if it's just for show I say definitely not! The age adds mystery and beauty :)

  7. Love it! The life prints are all so important!

    I took pics for this week, but been too busy to write out a post :( Maybe next week..

  8. Oh no never restore it it is beautiful with all of it's life prints, besides it looks like it is in very good shape to be 100.

  9. Wow - such a wonderful gift. A 100 year old violin... did you play?

  10. What an incredible family heirloom! The violin is beautiful, in all of its aged glory. :-) And to think of the stories it could tell, or music that was played with it!

  11. Oh, wow... that's indeed some beauty. I love this week's gathering, it's like having my own virtual antique show! Lovely violin - thanks for sharing both the pictures and the memory.

  12. Great instrument, lovingly photographed!!

  13. Such beautiful photos with wonderful memories . Love the old leather and ring pic. Such textures.

  14. "Life prints" what a beautiful way to describe the evidence of its use and usefulness! I'm right there with you regarding items that have been passed down through family.

  15. Well, how amazingly cool is THAT! This has been one of my favorite prompts; what great stories and photos!

  16. What a beautiful old family keepsake! Some things just need to be left as they are.
    Your photos are just incredible!

  17. Michelle! I love the phrase "life prints"! The composition and the way you captured the beauty of the violin and case is amazing, I wouldn't be able to restore it either.


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