Amuse Bouche #16-Sentimental Objects

Amuse Bouche (ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh): literally translated into “mouth amuser”.  Wikipedia definition: a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.

 Jodie’s use of the term: a small hint or clever tip!  (Think Hints from Heloise!!)

sentimental item storage

Sentimental Object Display

As we get older in life, there seem to be many sentimental objects that get relegated to the basement or attic.  Should we keep them, toss them, give them away?  My answer to the things you just can’t get rid of is to display them.  My thinking is if items are important enough to keep in your beautiful home, then make it part of the decor.

That being said, I had this frame which I was using to display my dental certificates and decided to recycle it for a collage of my husband’s & dad’s baby clothes!  I didn’t keep all of the clothes that had been saved, but just a couple of cuter items.  I realize for most of us, it’s extremely hard to throw out/give away sentimental pieces.  But one should try to consider how is saving something enhancing your life?  So much psychology to consider, so little time!

For this example, I took the picture of me standing next to the collage to give some perspective on the size of the frame (it’s about 25″ by 31″).  Since the backing in the framed piece was a poster board, I pinned the clothes to it with straight pins to keep them in place.  The process did take a couple months because I arranged the clothes without pinning them, took a picture of it and gave myself some time to evaluate.  (Ok…now everyone can laugh at me….during this time of evaluation, I put the frame under the guest bed.  Then when I was ready to finalize it, I slipped it out from under the bed, pinned the clothes, turned it over and replaced the backing.  Once I had hung it, I noticed a brown spot on the upper right white “dress”—-it was a dead spider.  And needless to say, I’ve been too lazy to take it out—that’s just keeping it real for you)

Examples:

Here are a couple options of shadow boxes you could use for your sentimental items:

Room Essentials™ Shadowbox Frame Target (here) about $10 size about 9 inches square.

or for a larger one:

Frame USA Shadow Box Elite Picture FrameSears (here) around $130 at 24″ x 36″

Another option is to keep a lookout for shadow boxes if you happen to be at a thrift store or garage sale!!!  Or for those of you who are handy, you could even build your own.

What do you do with your sentimental objects?  Again, a huge thanks for reading!  This week’s theme for styling will be the white ruffled blouse!

  • nancy siegel

    Which clothes are your Dad’s, Jodie? My mother never showed me any of your Dad’s baby clothes. However, I am not surprised she kept them as she was a “saver”. She sent several things of mine to Joy when Olivia was born. The “Shirley Temple” dress was my favorite (it is 79 yrs. old and still in good condition). I framed one of my mother’s tatted hankies. It turned out beautifully. Maybe I will frame the Temple dress. Your idea is very clever. Your scarf is most elegant and a lovely color. Aunt Nancy

    • We couldn’t figure out which clothes were dad’s & which were Rob’s. A couple of them were stained so those were probably Rob’s—you know grandma would have gotten the stains out!! You don’t recognize any, huh?

    • We couldn’t figure out which clothes were dad’s & which were Rob’s. A couple of them were stained so those were probably Rob’s—you know grandma would have gotten the stains out!! You don’t recognize any, huh?

  • I like the idea of displaying things that mean a lot to you… because the boxes upon boxes of sentimental things I keep are just getting ridiculous… and I’m not even that old. Asking yourself, do I love this enough to hang it on my wall is a pretty good test of what you should keep and what needs to go.
    Chic on the Cheap

    • And then for the things you do finally decide to get rid of, I’ve found that if you take a picture them, at least you still have some memory of them! Thanks for reading, Lydia!

  • dan

    Very nice idea!
    Funny story about the spider!! Probably you have been evaluating for too long…. 🙂

  • Girl…I laughed out loud about the spider! Love your hair!!
    Darlene
    http://whosaprettygirl.com

  • Ha ha! Love that you left the dead spider inside. Adds a whole new physiological layer to the piece
    : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • I like looking at it that way….much better than I was too lazy to take it out!