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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Heirloom or Hairloom, You Decide!

I'm still playing with my new toy, the heirloom photo family tree I introduced a few weeks ago. I've added some new items to it. Above is a silver treasure chest. On the front it says, "The love between a Grandmother and Grandchild is a priceless treasure." I added charms for the birth months of each of my grandchildren. Each charm has a Swarovski crystal on the front, and the name of the month on the back. I made a little montage of my five grandchildren for the frame inside the chest.

There's plenty of room left in there for some of my tiny keepsakes from my grandparents Kerr:
  • an odd little bead from Evelyn's collection of doodads--it's a replica of a bar of soap, and it says "IVORY" on one side and "Proctor & Gamble" on the other. I hope it's not real ivory!
  • a little watch that's lost its chain and doesn't work anymore--it's about ¾" across and is engraved "EK" on the back. I've photographed this watch and used it as a page trim in my digital Evelyn and Rosmer scrapbook.
  • Rosmer's Put & Take spinner--I wrote about it here.
  • Evelyn's St. Anthony icon--I wrote about it here.
  • Rosmer's racy peepshow ring--I wrote about it here.
The next item has taken a little time to put together. It's a big "Mom" locket, and it's loaded with really neat stuff!

Starting with the outside:
  • the little blue locket that contains snippets of my grandfather's moustache--you can see the inside here.
  • a charm that I had engraved with my mom's initials after this picture was taken
  • a locket charm just under an inch in diameter--I made a tag with her name on it to identify the contents, which we'll get to in a minute . . . aw, you know what's comin', don't ya?
  • an October birth-month charm

In the outer locket, I put pictures of my mom and dad together, one at the very beginning of their relationship, and the other after they'd knocked out quite a few years. (A 50th Anniversary picture? Off the top of my head, I'm not sure. I'll try to remember to update here if I find out.)

Finally, the inner sanctum:
  • upper left locket charm--that's me, and a tiny lock of my hair tied with a tiny turquoise ribbon
  • upper right locket charm--my sister Kathleen, and a tiny lock of her hair tied with a tiny kelly green ribbon
  • lower locket charm--a tag identifying a tiny lock of Alvina Tobian Schulte's hair tied with a tiny pink ribbon. Alvina was my mom's great-grandmother.
  • and now you can see at the bottom, in the locket charm with my mom's name in it, a tiny lock of her hair tied with a tiny baby blue ribbon. You can read about Alvina's hair and my mom's here.
I'm thinkin' I could use another dozen of those locket charms!

Speaking of charms, I've also added my mother's charm bracelet to the tree. That's my happy little face you see in the globe charm!

There's also another locket on the tree now. It's the same, front and back.

Inside, I've put pictures of my son and daughter.

There are three other new photos on the tree as well. I'm in the process of making an identification key for all the photos. But that's tomorrow's post!


Wendy said...

The tree is really wonderful, and the photos and charms you have added are gorgeous. That definitely looks like alot of fun!

Cheryl said...

Oh, my goodness. This is just fantastic. I can see what you have been doing to occupy your time. I am so impressed.

Joan said...

Gad Zooks! I do love your heirloom tree ---- every single item on the tree is just wonderful beyond words. You are an inspiration.

Heather Rojo said...

This is so cool. I love teeny treasures and miniature things. I still have my duaghter's dollhouse, and all the teeny things we collected for it. That bar of ivory soap would look cute in the little bathtub! Someday she'll want to have the dollhouse for her own little girl....

Jasia said...

Oh what a great job you've done putting all those lovely pictures, charms, and keepsake pieces together! How about doing a tree like that for me with my family in it? Pretty please!

T.K. said...

Hi y'all, thanks for stopping by!

Jasia, I'd be tickled pink to help if you want to do a tree. You'll need a fat bankroll, though, as the parts are spendy! More discussion about that in the comments on my post, A Key to the Tree.

Cheryl, I'll catch up with you soon by email!

Apple said...

LOVE it!

Nancy said...

I love your tree. I have one like that sitting on my piano but it doesn't have many photos on it. You have given me inspiration to decorate it with some antique grandmother and grandfather brooches and some old lockets I have. I also belong to a Lifestyle writing class where our assignment this week is to write about an heirloom.
Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing.

T.K. said...

Nancy, if you write a post about yours, let me know. I'd love to see it!

Apple, congrats on being in the Top 40!

Lori said...

I love it even more and it is an heirloom! I have the "mom" locket and you have given me some great ideas on what to do with it.

Barbara Poole said...

I can't believe I missed these blogs, but am glad I found them. Your work is great, they look as though they are displayed in a museum. So lovely. Thanks.

T.K. said...

Lori, you'll have a great time fiddling with that locket. So many possibilities!

Barbara, thanks! My photo secret is white paper and ambient light. I'm using my iPhone camera these days so the pix aren't as good as they would be with my Olympus, which is currently dysfunctional. I gotta get that thing fixed!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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