Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sentimental Riches

I am slowly tackling going through mom's belongings. (For those of you who are new to my blog, my mom passed away recently of breast cancer.) I found some wonderful things mom had hung on to that brought back many happy memories. I swear the older I get, the more sentimental I am becoming.  

As a kid I would spend hours looking through my grandpa's jewelry box. Among other things, in it, he kept merit medals my mom and aunt had earned in school.

Grandpa's jewelry box also had several pins.  This is one of them.

Because they originated in what was at one time known as Russia, nesting dolls were BIG in Cuba.  Nearly every household had a set.  

My aunt left Cuba in the early 70s.  When she came back to visit us about 10 years later, she brought my mom this bear charm. It had a creamy perfume inside. I wore it all through high school. I think it's now an Avon collectible.    

My favorite thing I came across with was grandma's recipe book by Nitza Villapol. Nitza Villapol was the Julia Child of Cuba.

It brought tears to my eyes finding grandma's favorite recipes still marked (probably from grandma herself since mom was not much of a cook lover).

I love the binding (or lack there of).

I tied it with twine to keep it safe and added vintage silverware for good measure.

Mom did not leave monetary riches, but something much more valuable.  Little treasures filled with memories instead.

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{northern cottage} said...

what a gift to receive these treasures...my heart is with you as you go through the items! My mom passed away this fall (& my dad last july) as well (we are closing on selling their home this friday) so I, too, am lingering over the lovely items that they treasured and left for us! enjoy the moments & the memories!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Yanet I know going through all that stuff must be hard for you, but man you found some really great stuff. I love the way you are displaying that old family cookbook:) Now I want to google that cookbook author and learn more about the Julia Child of Cuba!

helena said...

wonderful old book and I love the way you have displayed it - great images

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

It's no great honor to have to be the one to tie up loose ends, in fact, it's really hard. So I'm glad your finding these little treasures. I hope they're making it all a little more bearable.

Holly said...

Treasures, exactly, in every sense of the word. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Life in Rehab said...

I love what you did to display the cookbook; so very sweet.

My heart goes out to you, I know this is a very difficult time. Let me know if there's anything you need or anything I can do.

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gina3 said...

Oh I know how hard yet sometimes wonderful going through parents' things. I went to mom's house every weekend for months and went through one room at a time/one room each weekend. I uncovered some treasures and yes, most of them are not worth a lot of money but they are priceless to me. I love how you appreciate the family history and treasures. That's such a gift to pass down to your boys.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a wonderful post. So glad you are finding happy memories among her things. Real treasures to be past down to your kids one day.

diane said...

these are fabulous photos and such a wonderful story, too. A true treasure.

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

love the treasures,great things to pass on to your kids

Aquashell said...

wonderful photos! what great history and memories for you. I really like how you used the cutlery on the cookbooks.

A Box of Chocolates said...

Yanet how special that you have these wonderful momentos from the past, so special for you. I love the cute little bear and that wonderful book tied with twine ooh lovely. But the pin that was your grandpas that is so sweet when my dad passed away 7 years ago now we have so little time to clear out his house that I didn't keep many things at all, I have his fishing hat though and some certificates he won for pigeon racing of all things haha I love them.

Teachinfourth said...

I ended up keeping one necklace of mom's...I love it. I keep it in my car or in my pocket. Usually, it's just so it's there.

Karrie said...

You awakened the sentiment inside of me!
Completely shallow note I am almost embarrassed to notice amongst your gorgeous photos, your nails have that "crackle" look! My daughter and I had some time to kill waiting for food so we stopped inside of CVS who had the crackle polish, we had fun testing it :)
Back to serious; these are treasures you will forever behold and what you did with the book and twine is delightful!