Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wall of Memories

{Andrew and Wesley's newborn hats and booties.  Seems like just yesterday they fit into these.}

I have a problem.  A really, really bad sickness.
I. Am. a Packrat.
There,  I said it.  Admitting it is the first step, right?
I'm getting much better, but in the past, I've saved anything that had a memory attached to it.  A bottle cap here, a pebble there, a matchbook here, a ticket stub there.  For some reason, I cannot let go of memorabilia.  My photography problem only adds to this clutter. I usually have a hundred digital or old-school photographs to go along with each of these saved things.   Thank goodness for the digital age and external hard-drives!
Now that we are parents, I have an entire new collection of keepsakes.  What to do, what to do...

Self -Prescribed Therapy:
I saw this great idea in Martha Stewart a few months ago, and although my attempt at the project will be on a much smaller scale, I LOVED the idea.  Tangible memories were collected in white shadow boxes (lots of shadow boxes)  and displayed on shelves in a room.  I knew immediately that I wanted to try this with some of my "things".  I also hoped that I'd be able to let some of my other "things" go through this process.
I plan on displaying this memory collage in our bedroom, which we haven't touched since we moved into our new home a year and a half ago.  It'll be a long term work in progress.  With me going back to work in a week, I'll have to take my time with making curtains, painting, finding an old door to refurbish into a headboard completing these frames and ripping out the teal carpet (blech!) 
Dan and I went to IKEA up in Hamilton, Ontario yesterday and I began purchasing my shadowbox collection.  When the handful of shadowboxes/frames are full, I'll get more.  Here are some of the things that I've put together so far.  I absolutely LOVE them displayed this way, and it's so much better than having them stored away where I don't see them too often.  I have a feeling there will be A LOT of things of Andrew and Wesley's that will be lovingly put into these frames ;)

{Hydrangeas from our Wedding Day.  Dan filled our bedroom with them so I could enjoy 
them as I got ready with my girls.}

{My Banana Republic wedding purse. A gift from Missy, my Matron of Honor.}


  1. HA! I saw that Martha issue! I thought it looked like a great idea but then I took out all my stuff that I would do it with and it stressed me out. So I trashed it all... project FAIL! Well for me at least, but for you SUCCESS! Love it and I love your posts! Kisses to you all.

  2. Fabulous! I saw the shadow box exhibit on Martha's show & in the mag! The ones you've done so far are soooo adorable!!

  3. Hi Double the Giggles! sorry to leave a long, unrelated comment (wasn't sure how to email and wanted to be sure to answer the question you left on my blog). While the Americolor web site oddly doesn't have white listed (no idea why, good catch), they definitely have it. It's called "Bright White." You can't order from Americolor directly unless you're wholesale, but if you click the "links" on their page, it leads you to shops that carry their product, or you can go to amazon and search for bright white Americolor soft gel paste. Bright White WILL turn yellowish frosting white. You absolutely need it if you are decorating cookies with white. But it takes a lot to make white, so I have the bigger bottle. Thanks for visiting my blog!


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