My family has had the recent opportunity to come across some very old, very meaningful items from our family’s past. We have opened drawers and boxes and bags that haven’t been opened in 40-60 years.
Something we’ve come across that’s meaningful, but completely impractical, are three dresses and an old apron. When I say old, I mean an apron from the turn of the century and the dresses from the late 1940s, early 1950s. What makes these items so special is that they were made by my great-great-grandmother. The dresses belonged to my grandmother when she was a little girl.
Obviously, there’s no way we can just toss these old, sweet mementos. But what are we going to do with some dresses and an apron that would likely fall apart if we tried to wash or use them?
Well, I grabbed a pair of scissors, a coolish iron, and a divided picture frame.
My grandmother is now the oldest living person in her family. It was only fitting that this should hang on her wall.
I could see this frame idea working with lots of items that don’t get practical use. That birthday card with the sweet note in it from your grandfather? Maybe frame a piece of wallpaper from an old house that you moved into and renovated? What about ribbons from your daughter’s hair that she’s too old to wear now? The framing possibilities are endless!
How do you preserve family mementos?