Hi everybody!As I didn’t find a moment to finish the little bag from my last post, I’ll tell you a story that has been waiting too long!
I made this bag two summers ago and without any second thought it became ‘Memory Bag’ because it has so many pieces from the past. But the story begins from something really different …
… looks quite awfull or what! But if you use your imagination, it’s not rubbish. We found this trunk from the road in the village. It looked bad. We don’t have many possibilities to find old used furnitures, vintage things or re-cycled treasures. So when you see something, you think hard if it could become useful.
My hb was so kind to make all the fixing for the wooden parts. He made even new ‘legs’ in the corners because old ones were totally eaten by worms. He painted it outside. I tried to take out the old glued paper from inside, but that was just impossible. So I trifted it as much as I could and then just painted over everything.
It’s really perfect place to hide all my yarns! any way most of them … or at least some …
And there is that wonderful box to keep all the needles, hooks, felting needles and other things for knitting and crocheting! So you see it became good enough and very useful, too!
But this is not yet the special story … in that side box there were something …
There were an old post card, old pair of knife and fork and a beautiful piece of lace!
It seems to be that a Greek couple had their Honeymoon in Napoli in Italy and sent a post card to someone in East Africa! And the year was 1961 – when I was born!
So that unique lace found a place on my ‘Memory Bag’. That beautiful blue ribbon was found from my mother’s sewing box, straps are made with fabric from my sister and the lining is my hb’s shirt. That was ‘our’ favourite shirt with those wonderful colours, but it had ‘an accident’ when working in the garden. I have made some hand stitching, too.
Someone has made this adorable piece with so much care and with the most thin yarn! I wish she could know that still someone admires it!
I love stories and I was so happy and exited when I found these small special things from that old trunk and ‘recovered’ part of someone’s life-story at -61!
So here you have my simple summer bag full of little mysteries – my ‘Memory Bag’!
Thank you for stopping by and reading this small story!
If you love quilts and pets, how about visiting ‘Lily Pad Quilting’ – I just found out that there will be ‘Pets on Quilts August 2012’! Sounds so much fun and still enough time to prepare our pets and quilts!
Teje! What a wonderful story! I love things like this! You and your husband did a wonderful job restoring the old chest that someone thought had no life left in it! And to find some bits of history in it makes it even more special. Your memory bag is beautiful. It makes me think of the quilts my grandmother made from the old dresses her daughters grew out of.
Fantastic story! My FIL was born and raised in Ethiopia (to greek parents) and I hear there was a big Greek community there. How wonderful for you to have found a window into history, you have really done the lace justice.
You did a great job re-purposing that trunk. Just make sure nobody is sleeping inside when you close it up! I would think a kitty would find a box of yarn a great place to take a nap. Love your memory bag too. What a treasure.
What a fantastic find! Your box looks very heavy. I bet it has a lot of stories to tell, if only it could speak. There must be a way to find out more. Thank you for sharing your lovely story Teje🙂 Avis x
That is just lovely story, Teje, and those once probably treasured items have now a new, wonderful owner and brand new life! I am so happy – and that trunk is just so special, you’ll be treasuring it for years to come!
Teje – I love to drop by when I can. Dropping by Greece is not that easy, you know – you’re half way around the planet. But I love this story, and the discovery of the lace. I have lace from my grandmothers, and have not yet decided how to use them, or share them with the sun. They sit in boxes – so you have taught me something. I laughed to find that you are ten years younger than I am. I don’t feel that old. I feel thirty two. But I’m not. I love to visit here. – thank you for sharing the wonderful things in your life.
Thank you Kristen for your sweet thoughts! How funny that I thought you are younger than me! I start to feel about fourty three. I use to ‘save’ that kind of treasures and dont’ dare to use them. But if we add them to crafts like this, we can take them off and use again some where else if we like! x Teje
What a wonderful story. I love when you take things you love, and find, and make something new and wonderful. It also pays homage to a fellow crafter, from another time and place. I love your bag!! You’ve given me some ideas on how to use the lace I’m storing that my Grandma made!
What a lovely way to incorperate different elements into one charming bag. The last picture with the tiny lavender flowers is neat. The trunk was a super find–I would need one the size of a small truck to corral all my ” stuffs”. I wonder what I am thinking sometimes!
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what a fantastic story teje! i love that you restored the trunk and now it’s given a new life for your yarns and things. and the treasures you found inside, it is indeed a treasure chest!. thank you so much for sharing this lovely story!
Teje, thank you very much for visiting my blog! I love your “memory bag”!! so beautiful! so nice crocheted square and blue ribbon!
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