Posts Categorized: Found Memories

Found Memories | Dancing Shoes

March 4, 2017 Found Memories, Home Sweet Home 4

“Found Memories” is a series of little vignettes featuring a few of our favorite things and the memories associated with them.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my once-upon-a-time ballet “career” (after having dug out an old show program + backstage pass from our novice production of Stravinsky’s The Firebird). Well, I’ve been tidying up a little more in my hobby room, and I stumbled across a few more ballet souvenirs — including a few very beat-up/well-loved pairs of shoes.

Pictured here: character shoes, split sole slippers, my first pair of pointe shoes (the super gross pink ones) and my last pair of pointe shoes (the slightly less gross peach ones). I guess it might be a bit odd to hold onto old broken down torture-shoes… but a lot of blood, sweat, and tears — yes, literally, all of that — went into these babies.

Well, TBH I have no idea what to do with them. It isn’t as though they will fit into a scrapbook. I don’t want to just take a photo and toss them, either, because a large part of their memory-appeal (to me) is their physical, tactical qualities. So I’m open to suggestions! Have any of y’all managed to “archive” stuff like this?

Found Memories | The Herd

February 10, 2017 Found Memories, Home Sweet Home 6

“Found Memories” is a series of little vignettes featuring a few of our favorite things and the memories associated with them.

Did you collect anything when you were a kid? Like toys that you didn’t play rough with (or play with at all), comics that you kept in special sleeves to preserve them, paper-dolls you couldn’t bring yourself to cut up, that kind of thing?

For me, it was model horses. Breyers horses, specifically. I mean, I had other toy horses, the kinds that had brushable hair or posable legs or cute little accessories. Those were quite fun to play with. But these that I’m talking about today were “models” rather than toys.

They were a little pricey and harder to come by in my hometown, but I was smitten. They were all so detailed and lovely! Every one came with some little story or certificate or something — in fact, I remember that one of them actually came with a VHS tape featuring the pony that it was modeled after. The ones pictured here are a fraction of the ones that I collected over the years.

I was one of those girls that was rather horse-mad for a while, though I never did riding lessons or anything, just occasional trail rides on vacation. And now I still have some souvenirs from that little phase.

So — talk to me. I can’t be the only weirdo kid that collected stuff like this!

Found Memories | An Armadillo Quilt

January 23, 2017 Found Memories, Home Sweet Home 7

“Found Memories” is a series of little vignettes featuring a few of our favorite things and the memories associated with them.

Armadillo Quilt

I wanted to start off this series with something impressive and unique, so of course I had to show you my beloved armadillo quilt!

This quilt was made by one of my mother’s oldest friends, who is a nurse and a loving parent/grandparent as well as a talented quilter. She and my mother used to take me and her own daughter on a yearly shopping trip to the outlets to stock up on clothes and school supplies at the end of the summer. It was both fun and a kind of endurance test!

One year, on a late drive back home, we saw an armadillo in the road… and promptly ran over it. I’d never seen a (temporarily) live one before, and told them so — and so, the armadillo became a long-standing kind of theme for our little group. Hence, the armadillo print!

This quilt was gifted to me for my high school graduation. I’m so impressed that she managed to even find a rainbow armadillo fabric, on top of being impressed at the lovely pattern on the front and the high quality of the stitching. It was made with love and care and good humor, and I’m extremely proud to have it!

Do you have a favorite quilt or a blanket that was made just for you?