Close to nine years ago, my mom shipped me a box of “stuff” that she cleared out of her attic. The box contained my old baby clothes, a few toys, a Timex Sinclair 1000 computer (yes, I know), and a few other odds and ends. My first thought was, “Why is she sending me this junk?” Irritated, I packed the box back up and put it in the storage space – for some reason I didn’t have the heart to throw the things out.
Fast forward to 2014 and the start of my “decluttering the home” process, I ran across that old box. This time around, going through that box was like discovering a treasure chest. Those old baby clothes I previously rolled my eyes at, had me wishing I’d come across that box much sooner! Ohh, the missed photo ops! There are still a few items that my daughter can fit that I’m determined to get photos of her in.
Not wanting to just pack them all away again, I decided that I would frame one of my baby dresses, along with one of my daughter’s infant dresses. Since I’m still decorating her room (over two years after her birth), I figured this would be perfect!
To get started, I purchased two shadow box frames and a pack of adhesive nylon dots tabs from Michaels. I painted the frames to better match Petunia’s room’s décor – with a little help from Petunia herself.
I selected a tea dress with embroidered flowers that I wore as a baby, and one of Petunia’s infant dresses to frame.
The final results…
I know framing and preserving baby items is nothing new. With time, I’ve come to realize how special it is to have family items that can be passed on to a new generation. I just hope that as my daughter grows she will always have an appreciation for the items, and not after re-discovering them in an old box after she’s had a daughter of her own. Who knows, maybe she’ll get to add a new dress to the collection. 🙂
Do you have a special family item that has been passed down from generation to generation?