What kind of mementos do you have from past years? I’m talking about the small things that we accumulate over the years that mean something to us. You know, items with far more sentimental value instead of monetary. Hand made things, collectibles, little gifts, stuff like that. For me, many of those things are located in my dining room, in the curio cabinet. That’s the top half of it up there in the terrible picture.
Breakables take up the most room in there. I keep my snow globes in the cabinet. A couple of these I bought for myself, but most of them were gifts from others. Small wedding favors help remind me of one of the most special events that can take place in someone’s life. The snow globes range in size, but actually aren’t what takes up the most room in the cabinet. What takes up the most room in there are small collectible animal figures. Some I bought, and some I was given. The majority of them are cats, because I absolutely love cats. Other breakables include a miniature vase, a candy jar and a small candy dish. These live in my curio cabinet. There’s a couple of books of matches as well, in the candy dish. Also located in that cabinet are vases. I have two vases of different sizes in there that came with flowers I have received, and another vase that I received from my Mom.
Something else I have is a good amount of artwork done by my children. They’re sort of standing up, leaning against the glass of the back wall of the curio cabinet. They’d surely look far better on wooden easels but there’s not enough room in there to display them like that. I knbow they’d take up less room in a photo album, but then I wouldn’t see them nearly as often so I won’t put them there.
The next item in the curio cabinet, and one of the most popular, is pictures. Over the years I have received several small decorative picture frames, with a child’s photo in them. The frames are cute and sometimes I think about updating the pictures in them, but I feel sort of obligated to keep the photos that came with them inside them. Like most people, I’ve also received a lot of loose pictures. I don’t keep those in the curio cabinet, they’re tucked in a drawer.
Last but not least, I have a few stuffed animals as well. There are a couple of miniatures. One of those is from a long time friend of my family, and it’s a miniature Steiff. The other is a small stuffed animal that used to belong to my mother-in-law. There are also three medium sized stuffed animals that were gifts from my children.
I’d love to hear from you on this. Where do you keep those little items that are close to your heart?