Tuesday, June 29, 2010

If Swings Could Talk

My parents received a wooden swing many many Christmas’ ago.  They both loved and enjoyed spending evenings just swinging.    After my Dad passed away, my Mom asked if we could move it to the back of their property and that’s where it sat for almost four years.  When my Mom passed away, I asked if I could have their swing.    


I was so excited when my husband and I brought it home.   I power washed it, and  stained it to match our deck. 


The first time my Dad power washed it ,  he actually engraved my Mom’s name, Mary on one leg of the swing stand and his name, Leon on the other with the power washer.   



I purchased outdoor fabric from Jo-Ann’s  and made the seat cushion and these pillows for the swing. 


I love having their swing at my home. 


Now when I sit in their swing, I think of them both and just wonder if only this swing could talk and tell me the stories my Mom and Dad shared on this very swing.


P.S.  Today I’m linking this blog post to Jan @ Bobbypins Boardwalk for The Boardwalk Bragfest, Domestically Speaking for the Power of Paint Party and A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.   



  1. Such a sweet post Gail! I love the swing and the fabrics you chose for the seat cushion and pillows are lovely! A nice way to honor your parents :)


  2. What a wonderful place to sit and remember your parents! I have the best memories of long talks with my grandmother sitting in the swing on summer evenings when I was a little girl!

    Have a beautiful day!

    I have so enjoyed my visit here today!

  3. I love stories that link to memories. This was a nice one. So what did you use for the inside of the seat pad?

  4. What a precious post my friend. And, what a BEAUTIFUL swing. My hubby and I are looking for one.

    And, I'm sure...if swings could talk...you'd hear so much about the LOVE your parents had!!

    What a priceless treasure.

  5. Oh girl ya have me crying. What a sweet story.
    I'm sure they come and swing with you sometimes.

    And I'll have to add baby shower to the list of themes for my altered books.

    Thanks for your sweet visit. Blessings ;-)

  6. Oh my gosh, this is the sweetest story and I love the swing. Every time I sat in, it I would probably cry. At least until I got used to having such a wonderful memory to remind me all the time. I still miss my parents so much. You are so lucky to have the swing and it looks beautiful. A true labor of love huh? Thank you for sharing the best memory ever. The initials are the dearest thing I can think of.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  7. Not only have I been wanting a swing just like that, I love it when items are connected to family and memories.

    How lucky you are- and I love the title of this post!

    White Spray Paint
    I linked to the same party and I am now a follower.

  8. What a touching and romantic story! Swings are magical things. We have one too. I love to sit out and watch the lightning bugs!
    You did a gorgeous job making the pillows for your swing... now it is not only fun and memory filled, it is comfy!

  9. Listen closely to your heart and you will know all they shared. I promise! :)

  10. Such a lovely story of your parents and the swing! Such memories! The swing looks wonderful! Love the cushions and pillows! I know your going to enjoy it so much.

  11. I love your swing and the fact it holds so many precious memories of your parents is wonderful. It is amazing how these things become a comfort to us. I have several things that were may parents & sometimes just a touch makes me feel closer to them.
    I am glad you are posting again.

  12. That is so sweet, my dad who has passed away had a swing that he sat in all the time. My mom is still alive but nobody sits in it anymore. What a great idea.

  13. Oh Gail,
    That is so sweet. It really brought a tear to my eye. Do you have a pic of them together on the swing? I hope so!

  14. What a wonderful memory. My husband and I have my Dad's 40+ year old cast iron barbeque and we think of him every time we use it, which is almost every day in the summer.Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a sweet story. I love that he put their names on the swing. Very romantic!

  16. perfectly wonderful!
    Happy 4th to and yours!
    hugs from Savannah, Cherry

  17. I love that....especially the names! So cute...a very special piece.

    (Come on over - I'm hosting my first giveaway now!)

  18. I love swings. My mom used to have two on her porch. They are so relaxing! How precious! Gail

  19. That is just the sweetest story and the engravings are just priceless. It looks new again and the pillows you sewed are great! Love this post! Lezlee

  20. What precious memories, and you've preserved those yet still made the swing beautiful. Thank you for linking to the party, Gail. Glad to see you, my friend!

  21. Made such a great difference. Love it

  22. What a great piece, full of memories, to enjoy! Have fun making new memories there.

  23. Glad you are back, Gail!! You have been missed!

    Isn't it funny how something like this can comfort you? I love how their names are powerwashed in it. I also love the fabric you picked out for it- it's looks so relaxing!

  24. My friend, I wanted to stop by and let you know that your project has been featured from Wednesday's Boardwalk Bragfest. Congratulations on your wonderful "bragable"! The swing turned out beautiful and the story that came with it is priceless. You can view your feature here:


    Please feel free to take a "featured" button, and thank you for sharing your project. You don't know how nice it was to have you link this beautiful swing to my party -- what a treasure -- both the swing and you!


I love comments. Thanks for stopping by and leaving one.

Related Posts with Thumbnails