Friday, August 31, 2007

Creating a memory jar

I had to run over to IKEA this morning to pick up some mirrors for an idea I have for our bedroom at the cottage. While I was there, I saw this glass jar on sale and bought it also. I came back home and had fun putting together a 'memory jar'. I have placed sentimental items in the jar. Under the jar is a doily crocheted by my grandmother. This is much nicer than simply having the special items tucked away in a jewerly box where they are rarely looked at. Now I can see them each day.

I wanted to share this with you since I really enjoyed making this. Perhaps it would be a fun thing to put together this weekend for yourself? You use items you have that are special to you so you already possess what you need with maybe the exception of a pretty jar.

Next week, I will share more of the changes I have made in my bedroom. I gave it a makeover by borrowing items from other rooms in our home.

The contents of mine are:

  • Two pearl necklaces given to me by my parents.
  • My grandmother's silver wedding band.
  • A cameo given to me by my mother.
  • An amythest ring given to me by my mother which is my birthstone.
  • A watch with amythest to symbolize passing time also a gift from my mother.
  • An angel pin as my mother says we are my father's angels (we used to have really pretty ones but my mother and I placed them in my sister's coffin when she passed away) .
  • A little lace doily which my sister bought for me in our favorite restaurant's gift shop when she went there once without me.
  • A silver cross that my father had made specially for me while he was in Thailand.
  • Three items to remind me of the three most important women in my life ~ an old framed photo of my mother as a girl, a framed photo of my grandmother as a young lady and a bracelet which was my Aunt Janey's when she was young.

If you make a 'memory jar', please share it with us. I know I would love to see it!


Tammy said...

I LOVE this, Heidi! As I was reading the list of things you included in your jar, I was thinking of several things I could include in one of my own. I'm looking for a jar today! :o)

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful idea.. I have things that are put away.. which I
can display and enjoy everyday..
Thanks for a great blog and super ideas..

Tracy said...

That's a lovely idea! I'll have to make my own memory jar sometime.

Anonymous said...

WOW: you are one verrrry special girl. i am sooooo happy you are my daughter.
love you, mom

Catherine said...

Wow!! What a fabulous idea!! I always hate when you have little memento's ,& treasures, but you put them up, then as the saying goes out of sight, out of mind, this is such a great idea. I was thrilled the minute I started reading your post..excellent idea!~Can't say that enough! Thanks for sharing!

Mel said...

Heidi, the memory jar is beautiful and a wonderful idea! I will have to see what I can rummage up around the house...or else I will have to keep an eye out for a beautiful jar.

Terri said...

That is a sweet idea Heidi.

Kristen said...

What a wonderful idea! I just love your room! One of the things I love about moving all the time is that it makes it so much simpler to put things in places I might not have considered before.

Nunnie's Attic said...

Good Morning, Heidi,
I found your blog through Dena's at Swaddle Cottage. I just love the memory jar. And you couldn't be more right about precious items being stashed away only never to be seen. This is a fantastic idea and I think I'll be making one. Please stop and visit my blog if you have a chance. Glad to meet you!


Nan - said...

Lovely idea, Heidi. So often those little special things are tucked away somewhere. So much nicer to be able to look at them all the time. My birthstone is also amethyst. What day are you??

Andylynne said...

Sorry my comment is so late. But I love this idea and just had to tell you. I have just the items to but in a jar. I will have to come up with something fun. Thanks again for a beautiful blog.