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Saturday, November 10, 2007

~ ROOTS~........A Thing of the Past

I had so many nice things that belonged to my children's great-great grandparents as well as things from their great grandparents and grandparents. So many of the items were small and I was afraid that , over the years, they would be lost. I decided to make them each a ROOTS MEMORY BOX to hang on their wall.

That's my mother, dad and me....and a few of her sewing notions. I think I've told you how well that lady could sew?



That pretty piece of crochet, the crochet hook and the picture belonged to my mother-in-law. I found the crocheted purple rose in her sewing machine drawer after she passed away.


The watch belonged to my father-in-law......





My mom, as a young "flapper"....her glasses and some of her lovely jewelry....





That's my dad and some of his pocket knives and a silver dollar he had for years and years.











The lady and gentleman in the left, top corner, are my children's great-great grandmother and grandfather...the glasses in the area beside them belonged to her and the glass bottle stopper is from a bottle that was in his saloon, so many years ago. The two gentlemen holding that PRECIOUS baby girl...in the right corner...that's both my grandpa's and they are holding ME !! :)




ROOTS....they are so important! Hang onto them with all your mite.....they really are A THING OF THE PAST.
HAPPY WEEKEND...
















25 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a beautiful way to display and keep safe of those wonderful memories. BJ, you really have a terrific eye for setting up vignettes!

Nunnie's Attic said...

That is a GORGEOUS display. The time and love you must have put in it is endless. Your children are so very lucky!

Love,
Julie

Mary said...

Oh, bj, that's so lovely! What a beautiful way to keep memories alive for your children and grandchildren!
xoxo,
Mary

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

WOW! What a lovely way to display things that are so special. Just think of how many times these wonderful things will get passed down.
ginger

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

BJ, thanks for inviting me over. I love your blog. I love this memory box. I love all your photos and stuff. I love Rudy's animals. But where are the quilts? I can't find them. --Susan

alice said...

Love the boxes! You have so many neat things to display and I love the way you've done them. The older we get the more we love things from our past. Love you, Alice

Michelle said...

What a terrific way to showcase your family. You are so talented.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful idea! I love the way you displayed all those lovely pictures and pieces from the past.
Penny
p.s. thanks for saying such nice things about my mosaic tea cart!

Nan said...

WOW.......Those are great! You are so good at vignettes. How special to have those memories of your family. Hum, makes me stop to think about what I might have tucked away. I have my Dad's pocket watch, Mom's rhinestone jewelry....
Good idea, my friend.
Star Nan

Cottage Contessa said...

BJ, this post gave me goose bumps just reading it, it's fabulous! I really love family traditions, family stories, family anything really. The heritage. Beautiful display. I think my daughter would love to work on an idea like that with me. Thanks sweetie for sharing with us!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Anonymous said...

Oh, BJ, How wonderful! A great idea and what a wonderful gift for your your children and your grands. You are the best! Christy427

T*mmy said...

Just wonderful what you did with all of your memorabelia!

Jackie said...

You have made an absolutely lovely display of all your family mementos. I have pictures of my great grandparents and my great great grandparents. They are displayed in my hallway for all to see.

PAT said...

These are amazing, BJ! What a wonderful gift for your children and grandchildren.

Pat

Anita said...

How beautiful!
We lost so much of this sort of thing in the tornado, I won't have much to work with, but I'd like to try to make one like this!!

Picketfences said...

Hey BJ...been gone all day and super busy these last few days but I just had to get back over to your blog and so glad I did...BJ this memory box is the sweetest most moving thing...That is so me!!! Girl I have seen things like this at antique mall not even half as detailed as your and they are expensive...and here you have one of the prettiest arranged ones ever and it is truly all your family history with such sweet little nuggets of life!!! Oh girl how could anybody look at this and not be moved..I have got to make me one of these..I still have old love letters from hubby and bits and pieces of my family's past..this is such an inspiration girl...You truly have the prettiest layout for a blog I have ever seen..thanks for sharing this with us BJ...I give you 5 stars and a golf clap..oh sorry, wrong site!!! lol lol Have a great weekend sweetie!!!

Terri and Bob said...

Thanks for coming over to see me! I love this idea... been thinking of what I want to do for my nephews on my side of the family, this might be the very thing.

Hope you visit again, soon!

cargol said...

BJ, this is such a touching tribute to all your loving memories, thank you for sharing it with us!

Allison said...

That is such a great display and such a wonderful way to preserve and honor your family and their memory. Great job BJ.

allie
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hello bj
So nice of you to come visit me again and so sorry I have not been over for a while..
As you know I love things in box frames and this is just gorgeous.. what a lovely collection of mementos and you have displayed them so beautifully.
In answer to your questions..
A lolly stick is the wooden stick inside an ice lolly or is it a popsicle over there?
I don't drive.. but I walk a lot.. and my man is my wonderful chauffeur when I need to go long distance.
Best wishes
Michelex

Anonymous said...

That is a wonderful way to display antique keepsakes ! If you don't mind, I would like to "steal" the idea to my grandparents things in.
Tammy

Julie said...

I made shadow boxes for each side of my family and tresure them! Like yours I used jewelry, watches, hand made lace items etc. Yours is truly beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

What a priceless and beautiful way to have keepsakes like these displayed. You never cease to amaze me BJ.
PJ

Darly Dolittle said...

Hullo BJ!
So nice to meet you. Thank you for leaving the flattering comments on my blog. Now it is my turn;
I adore this superb shadow box! What a wonderful idea to preserve your families heritage. I am going to start collecting family items and make one for my son.
That said,on to more of your blog. God Bless,
Darly, (Pearls 'n Peapods)

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

I love these BJ! This is something that I have wanted to do for years and just haven't done it! These are pure treasures and will be cherished for many more years I am sure!
Barbara