I do not come from a family of collectors. We have very few “family items” that have been passed down throughout the years. Unfortunately, that has turned me into a master collector and I want to save everything! I want my kids to have items with stories and prized possessions or collections to pass on to their kids for generations upon generations. Call me crazy, but I love items with a story.
One thing my family has passed down, is the tradition of keeping the first pair of shoes for each child and a tiny baby ring, which I have attached to the shoes.
With these shoes and rings, I have created a shadow box frame made of a collection of their baby items, and a baby picture for each of my children; a small vignette representing my babies. They are very cute and layered with memories, each very different.
I bought my shadow box frames from Hobby Lobby, some extra sewing pins and gathered items for each child that really resembled their babyhood. I used fabric from ones bedding, ones going home from the hospital outfit, handprints and footprints, tiny jewelry, hospital bracelets, important toys, pacifiers, etc. and a baby picture. Be creative!
I think these are such a fun way to show each child a little glimpse into their lives as babies. I stop and look at them frequently, which brings a smile to my face and helps me slow down and really remember the new mom moments that I never want to forget. In the future, I plan to create one for all of my immediate family members to hang on my gallery wall of our family history.