Cherished Family Keepsakes

Greetings Friends! Are you enjoying your weekend? I have been basking in the gorgeous weather here.  First, we received some much needed rain and now some glorious fall temperatures...finally! Recently my mother gave me several treasured keepsakes; among them her high school typewriter and some family photos from my childhood.  Feeling sentimental as the holidays approach, I was looking for a unique way to display both--maybe you can relate. Today I am sharing my solution...

I found this rustic galvanized box at Hobby Lobby 50% off.  The divided spaces instantly appealed to me for my photos...

Family keepsake box

The family sign I placed at the very top was also a 50% HL find.  I knew the colors would be perfect and it says, "Family is one of life's greatest blessings." Don't you love that? I had all of these bright colored frames on hand--the only one I painted was the largest one with me and my dad  in the bottom center. They were originally from Michaels and Target but I found them and the mini chalkboards at yard sales. I attached magnets to the backs to keep them in place and added a tiny bit of white detail by dry brushing the ornate edges. The baby shoes belonged to Youngest Daughter and fit perfectly in the tall narrow spaces.  

Family keepsake box

My mom got this 1950s Royal portable typewriter when she was in high school. When she asked me if I would like to have it, there was no hesitation in my enthusiastic "yes!" Of course y'all know how I feel about Vintage typewriters but knowing my mother used it makes me cherish it even more.  Dear Firstborn made the lovely cross stitched piece for my birthday. The piece of lace visible in the corner is a handmade baby cap that has been in my family for generations. With all of the childhood remembrances, I liked the idea of adding a timepiece and found this Vintage clock--you guessed it--at a yard sale :)

Family keepsake memory box

There are childhood photos of me with each of my parents and even my uncles. I am currently drying some flowers that Favorite Son sent. Once I add them, my memory box will also have a memento from each of my children. My "new" vignette is just outside my bedroom door so I see it daily and treasure the sweet memories.  As I write this, I am nostalgic all over again! What makes you sentimental? 

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  1. What a sweet way to display some family treasures. I recently downsized my Mom's home and have received so many family treasures I need to find a way to display.

  2. Wonderful treasures Cecilia ... and displayed so beautifully. The rustic galvanized box is just perfect. I know you will enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. I love it Cecilia! The galvanized piece was perfect for corralling your family photos and precious mementos. I love vintage typewriters and have two. But, none of mine have a family connection. How fabulous is that? Glad you'll be sharing this with SYC.

  4. I can understand your feelings about the holidays. It is so funny I have made a memory board that I will be sharing soon. I love the metal box idea. ((HUGS)) Jo

  5. I just love your memory box Cecilia! And the typewriter is perfect sitting underneath. I love to have things from loved ones in my decor. So special!
    Have a great day friend!

  6. Very cute! I love the black & white photos. They balance the bright frames nicely. Thanks so much for joining the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  7. What a sweet memory box! Love how you displayed all the treasures! I cherish my old photos too. I guess things that remind me of simpler times make me sentimental..

  8. Awesome project!!! I love this sweet idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  9. Love the typewriter, the keepsake box, and your turquoise personal items inside! Lovely.

  10. Oh how I wish we had a Hobby Lobby here in Montreal - what a gorgeous way to display your photos !

  11. That is a lovely and colorfull vintage cornes! You are so lucky to inheritage youre mothers old typewriter! It makes for lovely decoration:) I read about you over at the Vintage Inspirational party! I allso was feautured:) Thanks for this great inspirational and colorful ideas:)

  12. What a beautiful way to display your keepsakes. Such wonderful stories behind each of them. I would love if you would share these at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday lives!

  13. What a wonderful way to display and share precious keepsakes. Love everything about it. Thank you for sharing and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays. This post has been shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful weekend.


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