What's in your closet? Hmmmmm?

Okay, I’m not talking about skeletons! I’m talking about memories. I’m talking about items with sentimental value. If they are in your closet, take them out and find new and inventive ways to display them in your home.

And this post is going to help you with that creativity! It just has a twist. I would like YOU to tell me about something you’ve kept over the years and why.

The older we get, the more memories we have; and hopefully, the more people our lives touch with each passing year. And as we get older, our grandparents are gone and our parents are most likely gone on to their reward and have left things behind for us to treasure.

What is your most sentimental treasure? The one that tells the most memorable story. It can be an item that reminds you of a person, a time, a place, or of just a memory.

I’d like you to write the story behind that special treasure. Why have you kept it? What does it mean to you? How often do you look at it? Is it on display? If not, then why not? Even painful memories are important and better than no memories at all.

I’d also like a photograph of that object, and make it as photogenic as possible. Get creative. Use fabrics behind it or a beautiful bedspread or piece of wood or furniture as a backdrop. Or an outdoor scene.

And along with that, I’d like your permission to share your story (edited by me) and your photo (which I will also edit if needed) on a special readers’ blog post.

I think it will be fun and interesting to see what kinds of things our readers have kept and why!

EMAIL your submissions to:
DEADLINE: August 31st

Please attach your story as a Word Document. Please submit photos with the largest dimension being 800. If you don’t understand what I mean by that, ask a question in the Comments and I’ll be glad to clarify.

Go ahead and leave comments here whether or not you plant to participate, and if you hate the idea, go ahead and tell me that, too.  My feelings won’t be hurt, and that way I can stop checking my email box every five minutes and go do something productive with my life!

Okay, everyone! Get busy writing and photographing. I will have a surprise for you when we’re finished!


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  1. I’ve been planning on doing some pics on my cast iron cookware that was handed down from my granma and the rocky horse cookie jar she gave me. She was an inspiration to all of us. I’ll try do do something up as I have time.

    That sounds great, Joan, but looks like you’re the only participant! Oh well . . . ..

  2. Hello!! I’m here and would love, love LOVE to put my 2 cents in. I have so many things but it will take me some time to come up with a worthy picture (s) but I’m aiming to try.

    Ok, I was hoping you would! I’m waiting – —- patiently——-sort of!

  3. Just want you to know that I’m thinking of doing this but will not be able to post a picture…..since whatever I use will be back in LA somehwere! I’ve just got to think of what I’d like to write about.

    Even without a photo, I’m looking forward to the story! I sure do miss you!