Monday, March 8, 2010

a special keepsake...

I wanted to make something special to wear to the funeral in honor of my Grandma. I found drawers (and drawers and drawers) full of costume jewelery and a few of her vintage shirts that she had stashed in the closet. I've always known that creating and crafting is my way of dealing with stress, so to make the time pass as we were sitting with her over the last several days I used her necklaces and pins and old clothes to create this:


I was too anxious to wait to wear it and thought it would be a good way to keep her close to me when I wasn't sitting there with her at the nursing home so I wore it the next day to run some errands. My nieces fell in love with it, so I put them to work on sewing the yoyo flowers and picking out the pins and such that they liked and we got busy :


I made one for my grandma's sister as well and she has worn it every day since being here. I have a few more to make for more relatives so we'll be busy today creating more. I love that we've created something unique that we can each keep in her memory.





21 comments:

  1. What a great tribute. I think these would be great on a clutch bag.

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  2. What a special keepsake. So often that type of vintage jewelry ends up forgotten in a box but you have thought of a lovely way to display it and keep it special.

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  3. These are fantastic!!! Keep making them! They look vintage, and yet so modern and wearable! Great job!

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  4. super creative and meaningful idea :)

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  5. that is so creative! I bet she would have loved the idea!

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  6. Jen-
    Love 'em, super cute! I re-made some necklaces with jewelry from my grandma and made old clip earrings into bobby pins...so much fun and you guys will cherish these pieces always!

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  7. A lovely tribute to your grandmother!

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  8. Beautiful! What a great way to remember her.

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  9. that is such a great idea. What a wonderful way to remember your grandmother

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  10. These are a lovely idea, Jen. So personal and special for you and all of the girls. Phil

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  11. How beautiful! and such a special memento too.

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  12. How special and wonderful. I love that you could make something SO meaningful!
    Sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with your family.

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  13. What a great way to remember your GG! Im sure they are super special to all who see and wear them. I love jewelery that tells a story! And I am sure there is one that goes with each piece you've made.

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  14. What a great idea!! I have clothes from my sister that I have wanted to turn into a quilt, but these might work with extra pieces. Your GG will always be in your heart and now even closer to it with the necklaces!

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  15. Those are absolutely beautiful. I love them all, and what a sweet tribute to GG!

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  16. This is so beatiful and so special.

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  17. What a great idea! Beautiful!

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  18. Beautiful... a wonderful way to remember your Grandma. So special..

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  19. Very cute necklace, and a great idea.

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

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  20. That is so wonderful - what a great tribute to your grandmother!

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  21. I just love this project! I'd love to have you link it tomorrow at my do-it-4-you party! It's a celebration of using our talents to love on others...

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