Saturday, November 01, 2008

Hatboxes

I hope everyone is recovered from a fun night of ghosts, goblins, princesses, and witches. Now you just have a few weeks of sugar highs with which you'll have to deal!
It's the first Pink Saturday of November! Beverly, from How Sweet the Sound organizes this carnival every week and people have so many cool pink items to share. I love the stories that go with the pink things, whether it's a pair of Crocs or a family heirloom. Be sure to stop over and see what people are showing off this week!I have 2 hat boxes today. The bottom one is made of a heavy cardboard and is very dark blue with pink flower vines all over it. It is from the 1920s and still has it's cord attached. It also has the hat shop name on the inside cover. For some reason I didn't take a picture of that for you. It belonged to my paternal grandmother, who died in 1947, and my aunt has held on to it all these years. When she downsized a few years ago it was one of the things she was going to toss, and I snapped it right up!
The top hatbox is a reproduction from about 25 years ago and it is from my maternal grandmother who died last year. My mother took it from the house for me because she thought it would be nice for me to have a hatbox from each grandmother. It is cream with big pink and red cabbage roses all over it, and the lid is padded.
I keep this little display on the bottom landing of my stairs. IMy silk scarves from when I was bald are in the small hatbox and the bandana style scarves in the big hatbox. I thought I was just storing them away, but having them right there I sometimes grab a scarf for a headband or in the summer to hold all my hair off my face and neck, so it turned out to be a pretty convenient thing!
Even though it is not pink, I kept the bear in the picture because this is the way I have them displayed every day. He was made for me by a co-worker and is a canvas autograph bear. All of the staff and students who had been in any of my classes signed it and it was a gift when I had my second bone marrow transplant.
Do you have anything special from either of your grandmothers?

31 comments:

Bridget said...

Happy Pink Saturdays!
I am having another contest. I hope you will join in!
Hugs, Bridget

She'sSewPretty said...

I collect hat boxes. One of my biggest is full of treasures. I have my grandmother's china coffee set and a gorgeous tablecloth she crocheted. I have a few other items. I tell my family that I am collecting things so I have treasures to leave them. It's a good reason to collect. ;o)

squawmama said...

Wow my daughter collects boxes and hat boxes... she would love these... Thanks for putting them on...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Smilingsal said...

No, I don't have a single thing. My father's mother died before he even met my mother. My mother's mother died when I was 8. My mom did give me a hanky of hers, but I have no idea what happened to it. I was too young to understand enough to really hang on to it. Happy Pink Saturday!

Stephanie said...

Pink, pretty, sentimental AND practical. Wow!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Stephanie

imjacobsmom said...

Your little landing holds a whole lot of precious memories! I have few precious things from my maternal Gramma, but I sure have an awful lot of precious memories. ~ Hope you enjoy your Pink Saturday! ~ Robyn

Ma'dame French said...

My grandmother was a seamstress, she bought a model Singer, it was the last year they had been manufactured in Germany...it's my pride and joy my mom still has it in storage for me and one day soon I hope to get it here! French;)

Hope you'll be joining the festivities at 8pm in Blogge'ville;)

Chris said...

I know you must treasure those hat boxes. The only thing I really have from my grandmother is dishes.
I could have have so many more items from her, but being young and I guess stupid, I said I didn't want that stuff. Oh, if I could turn back time.

Hugs,
Chris

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I wish I was a pink person. I have some great old aprons, handkerchiefs and recipes from my grandmother.

Angie said...

I have lots of things from my grandmothers... I love them! Hat boxes are fun. I have a couple that I use to store vintage hats in. I covered them in wall paper to match my room.

G. Bloom said...

What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing! My grandmother had a huge collection of hat boxes in so many colors, I used to love to look at them!
Gina

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Elizabeth.

I love your post - it makes my heart smile. All of these items are treasures for your soul. I can tell that you are a good and kind person.

I do have items from my grandmothers that are treasures for me, too.

Bobbi Jo said...

Elizabeth,
I love the little bear on top of the boxes and the boxes are lovely. Wow that one is in great shape especially for it's age. That is great you have something from your grandmothers, what treasures.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a bit behind today with working on putting up all my fall decorations.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Bobbi Jo-AZ

Virginia said...

What a lovely post!
Have a wonderful & Bless weekend,
Virginia

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love hatboxes, but these are even more cool because they are vintage and something that was passed down to you by your grandma! I was so young when my grandma died so she didn't give me anything of value, but I own some of the things that were passed to my mother. I do have a teddy bear that a babysitter gave me that were part of a family of teddy bears that my mother's adoptive mother gave me. They were my most treasured possession growing up!

Kady

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi Elizabeth,
The hat boxes are wonderful...can't believe how old that bottom one is...that's amazing! The bear is precious, also. Thanks for sharing these on this Pink Saturday. Susan

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Susan, That is so beautiful. I love having items that are sentimental. Those are a piece of your heritage. And I love the teddy bear. How amazing a gift to you. YOu must have felt so loved! Second bone marrow transpant! You must have been through a lot! pink hugs, Ellen

~Leslie said...

What a beautiful post.
Happy Pink Saturday!

WheresMyAngels said...

My great grandmother on my mother side made all kinds of blankets. They are my favorite. We had at least 15 of them. Over the years, I have used them up. They were the only blankets I would use since I was a child. Now there is only 2 left and they are in very bad shape. I need to cut them out and make something out of them to remember them by.

Refer to this post for an odd thing, I love from my grandma
http://wheresmyangels.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-favorite-antique-pee-boy.html

TattooedMinivanMom said...

I love pink!

Yes, delicious recipes and a mixed mutt heritage. Which I happen to love too.

KatCollects said...

Hat boxes are great to store things in. I hope you had a happy pink Saturday.
Kathy

Joy said...

Your hat boxes are beautiful. I have a hard time walking away from a pretty box!

mannequin said...

Those are so beautiful...how appropriate for holding your scarves. I'm sure your grandmothers would approve.
I have only memories of my maternal grandmother. Unfortunately, it was one of those deaths in which relatives scurried to gather her goods. I can admire my mother though; she said no thank you.

Ma'dame French said...

Elizabeth wanted to say a big thank you for stopping by last night;) Hugs French;)

Queenie Jeannie said...

That was a lovely post! The only thing I have from my Grandmothers is memories and genes, but sometimes that's just the way it goes.

I hope you are feeling better now?? Sounds like you've been through alot!

Jeannie

blueviolet said...

I have a wonderful pink and white afghan that my grandmother knitted for me when I was a child. I had it on my daughter's bed for a long time but now it's safely stored away in zippered bag.

Fifi Flowers said...

I have lots of wonderful things from one of my grandmothers. And unfortunately I no longer have many things from another grandmother because of a home burglary... UGH!
LOVE those hat boxes!

robin said...

Very pretty! I love family heirlooms. It's so nice that you have something of your grandmother's... that way you can think of her every time you see it.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Loved your comment... I cheat on the Gym and the Pool with chocolate ALL the time! Hee hee. Please visit again soon!
BTW, great blog!
:) Robin
cinnamon & honey

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

Very pretty. I have several hat boxes too, but none from people I knew. That makes yours very special. I have a couple of quilts from my grandmother as well as a few other things, which I treasure.

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Beautiful hatboxes and a lovely story to go with them. My grandmother's passed their wisdom and some recipes on to me. It was all I needed. Thanks for sharing your treasures. xxoo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It is so precious how you have a hatbox from each grandmother.
I am very blessed in that I have many tokens from each grandmother, but more importantly are my treasured memories. :)