Sunday, February 21, 2010

Martha, Martha, Martha

I couldn't believe it when I opened my Feb. issue of Martha Stewart and saw these.




I have been decorating with sentimental objects for years.



When Big Sister was born I made this shadow box.  It has the blanket, booties, and bonnet that she came home from the hospital in.   The photo is one of the first ones  we took of her once she was home. 



 I later added the lock of hair from her first hair cut.  I love having these things all in one place.



When Little Sister came along, I did the same thing for her.



This is the gown my dad and his brother's and sister's came home from the hospital in.  It is also the gown I came home from the hospital in and that I brought both my girls home in.


This lovely was a gift from Sweet Daddy on our honeymoon. 



I have a beautiful collection of costume jewelry that was my Grandmother's.  Some of it is on display and other pieces I still wear.




This pretty little purse was my mother's when she was a girl, each of my girls had their 2 year old pictures made with it.





Every time I walk by one of these it brings back sweet memories.  I was so glad when I saw in Martha that other people appreciate art made out of their sentimental treasures.
Do you decorate with your treasures?

Cha Cha


63 comments:

Between You and Me said...

I love all things sentimental. love!!!! thanks for the post!

Allison Shops said...

Lovely additions to your home. I have three baby dresses worn for christenings in a guest room. I love seeing family pieces around the house. I also have a handbag (not shown). You can see the dresses this week at AtticMag on the tour of my home. The guest room is in tomorrow's post.
Allison

gypsyrose said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful momentos

Low Tide High Style said...

Cha Cha, what wonderful and treasured mementos you have and I love the way you have them displayed. It looks like Martha doesn't have anything on you!

Kat :)

Shelia said...

What a precious post! I love all of your sweet sentimental things and you've done a very good job at displaying them.
Be a sweetie and Martha has nothing on you!
Shelia ;)

momstheword said...

Oh, what a sweet idea! Do you have them all together on the same wall?

If you had a boy what would you do with his lock of hair? Would you just glue it on without a bow? (I have boys).

Thanks for linking up!

Sheri said...

Oh how wonderful! I've been thinking about shadowboxing my Christening Gown for years, but just haven't done it. (My only girl was born too big to wear it! I was teeny she was ummm...not LOL)

Jane said...

I do a lot of decorating with sentimental treasures and pictures. I so love having them out and displayed vs. having them sit in a box.
Love the items you have displayed!
Jane

mary'smom said...

I always wanted to do this...I have the items, but I haven't purchased any frames.

Chaos Cottage said...

Oh, I love those shadow boxes. I especially like the one of Martha's with the ballet slippers. I want to do that with dd's. I know I was keeping them for some reason. lol

Sewconsult said...

Oh, you have done such a great job... inspiring. Martha wouldn't be doing so well if it weren't for all the other talented folks around her.
Keep up the great ideas.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Maria said...

Your art pieces with family treasure are precious...
Maria

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Just beautiful! Love that lock of hair. So sweet.

The Little Red Shop said...

I do! What a blessing it is to have "treasures" which are passed down through the generations!

God bless you! Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hello.

: )

Julie M.

Me said...

I love the purse and how it fills the frame. The lock of hair in a frame is darling too.

glor said...

What treasures and so beautifully displayed. Great way to enjoy and keep them.

confused homemaker said...

I've never done a box like this, but I do keep treasures around the house. I love them. I also love your boxes & pictures, how pretty.

Joyfull said...

I have never done this, but am inspired to be on the lookout for ways to do this. Beautiful and meaningful treasures that you shared. Loved them!

Bobbie said...

I saw this in a house once a long time ago and have since wanted to create my own, but never have lived somewhere that I wanted to decorate....Thanks for the reminder!

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Ellen Grant said...

Girl, you are GOOD!
thank you for your sweet comment. i love that God has brought others into my life (in person or in the "blog" world) to show me that i am not ALONE. even though it can really feel that way sometimes!
I love the name Audrey...always glad to find others with it, too!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

What a great idea! I want to do more of this, but didn't know where to start. Thanks for the inspiration!

The Bearded Lady (Laura) said...

Very sweet idea!! You did a great job!! Thank you for the encouragement to get all of those sentiments out of a box!!

Jessi said...

I love the idea of putting some of my grandmother's costume jewelry into a shadow box! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

This Photographer's Life said...

I love the hairdryer!!! your framing is fantastic!

Meg said...

That left me a little teary eyed. It makes me want to find something of my children's treasures to frame! They grow up so quickly and it's nice to have reminders of those precious moments. Wonderful idea.

Kaysi said...

That is just so cute! Apparently you know what you're doing if you beat Martha, so next time when I need a good idea, instead of going to the magazine I'll go to your blog :)
Kaysi
Keeping It Simple

Sherry said...

Oh, how sweet. There is nothing more precious than baby treasures. Your daughters are just adorable with those little purses.

Tracey said...

What wonderful treasures! Those final two portraits are so lovely!

Angela said...

Wow, great ideas! I especially love what you did with your mom's purse and taking the photos of your daughters with it.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I'm sentimental, but I have trouble figuring out what to do with things. Thanks for the great ideas!

Lesa said...

What a beautiful to preserve such treasures. I'm heading to hobby lobby this weekend...think I'll look around at shadow boxes and frames and possibly make a few of these myself. Thanks for the ideas.

Kim said...

You are too smart for me, Cha Cha! I've seen this done, but have never done it. What pleasant memories - who would have thought - the blow dryer!

Courtney @ splashing grace said...

we decorate with sentimental items all the time, but I have yet to make any shadow boxes. Seeing yours (and Martha's ) I'm inspired to put some things together now.

Kalleen said...

I've always loved the look of shadow boxes. I'm going to have to fight my sisters for a framed doll that belonged to my great-grandma. It is one of my favorite thing hanging in my mothers home. I'd like to follow your lead and frame some of the precious things I have around my house.

As for the plates. I will show you how I did them. It doesn't require good drawing skills. You could do it. If you don't believe me, I would make you some. Of course the thought of sending you some of my real work scares me. Pictures can hide flaws.

Treasia Stepp said...

Your shadow boxes are beautiful. I love those. What a wonderful idea that you've given me now. Thanks so much for the inspiration of this one.

Linda said...

I luv how you have displayed all your beautiful treasures! Hope you have a wonderful week:)

Blessings,
Linda

Tausha said...

ohhh-you should make a button and put it on your sidebar and have it say "I am way more creative than Martha!" Then, when you make it, let me know cause I want one too! Love your ideas with the jewelry and blow dryer! Too cute! Now, I am off to look at the bed reveal. I am hoping it will make me get out my hot gle gun again! Thanks as always for the great inspiration!

Susan S. said...

What great art pieces you've come up with! I saw those Martha's magazine and liked the idea too.:)

Kim -today's creative blog said...

beautifully done.

this blessed nest said...

i'm not surprised at all to see these gorgeous sentimental treasures framed. it ALL seems so like you. they are all just beautiful. i just saw a really really modern looking photo, in a modern looking house BUT they had their baby's dress & booties framed front & center. i loved it. it doesn't matter what anyone's style is - these are timeless pieces.
i think like you & your friendship you must offer all your real life friends. you are timeless & classic.

hope all is well at your "relax" house!
xoxo
kellie

p.s. i noticed your framed hair dryer on the "makeover before & after post" in the background. i KNEW there was a story there!!!

Debbie said...

The hair was so cute! And that little purse...what a great idea!

jellybean02 said...

I love the way you displayed your treasures! I have one from my wedding, but I still need to make them for my two kids...you have just inspired me to get it done!

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

Very pretty. I have all of my kids' things like that in boxes, but it has always been my intent to frame them like that. And I have my daughters first ballet shoes and leotard to put in her some day I hope studio in a frame. Thanks so much for sharing-I love these!
-Tiff

Susan said...

What a lovely idea!! Your girls will appreciate that when they grow up and have families of their own. What sweet memories.

jennifer said...

I saw that same article and it inspired me to create a shadow box that I'm going to share next week.

Your shadow box art is precious! Lovely treasures all.

Countrygal...At Home In Texas said...

I'm inspired to frame and display
many collectables I have acquired!
Your work is beautiful.

Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs said...

Your treasures are just beautiful...what a good idea to display them instead of keeping them all locked up in a closet or chest somewhere...I have some things that I think I need to make a shadow box for now! Thanks for the inspiration!


Blessings, Grace

Lori said...

How beautiful! I need to do this with some of my things.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join the party next week!

Lori

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I cannot think of a better way to be thrifty than to use what you have! And like you, I am sentimental. I love to be surrounded by things I love. Things that hold meaning. Things that are our family history. I think it passes that importance onto our children.
Fabulous Thrifty Thursday!
Thank you for linking up!
HUGS!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

featuring tomorrow!

Wendy said...

What a great way to capture memories! I love how you saved a piece of history and using it to decorate! Very inspiring!! And you did it before Martha!!
Wendy :)

Leanne said...

I love all these beautiful displays. What a great way to decorate.

Summer said...

What a sweet idea and a super great collection!!

Happy Friday
Summer :0)

Lesli said...

omg.. I am in love with this idea.. thank you so much for sharing.. I would love to do something like this.. do you do the framing yourself, anything special I would need.. this would be a great tutorial post..hint, hint..lol. Love your blog, it is soo cute!! Hope you have a great weekend!

Denise Marie said...

I'm a sentimental sappy too, girl. I love your cherished pieces. I have the gown hubby and the suit that both boys came home in. I have it out but have considered shadow boxing it myself.

Irene said...

OMGosh! What a terrific idea! I never thought of that before, but now I know what to do with the few items I saved from my baby's first year.

shopannies said...

what great treasures

Cheryl said...

Real treasures!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

OK, I'm going to have to start calling you Martha! Your boxes are so sweet!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! I look forward to more of your great ideas!

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

I love your shadow boxes! They are beautiful!! My favorite is the frames with the locks of hair in it.... I definately want to copy this. At one model home we were looking at we saw a shadow boxes with vintage hats in them in a little girls room. I loved this idea and am now searching eBay for just the right hats to recreate this! Thanks again for sharing your shadow boxes... oh, I homeschool my daughters too. It's a decision I don't regret at all..in fact, it's the best decision I've ever made! Have a great weekend! -April

Lisa B. said...

I love what you've done to display your keepsakes. Great job.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Now this is fabulous~ Well done!

The Harris Family said...

Beautiful shadow boxes and memories.
-Crystal

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