September Boxes

Each September, my mom and I swap a cigar box full of goodness with each other. Sadly this is only our second year to do this. We should have started YEARS ago!

The story behind the new tradition and our first boxes can be found here. I jokingly told someone on Instagram, we have spring birthdays and this ties us over until Christmas, but that does pretty much sum it up. pinMy favorite part of the September box is watching my mom open it and look at each layer and item with care. She oohs and aahs.

My second is putting it together. I love seeing how all the things I’ve been collecting go together and fit in. I like to embellish with ribbons, pins, lace and envelopes of vellum. tiny treasures aqua bottlesseptemberbox

I collected things all summer. Whatever doesn’t fit, gets saved for Christmas or another special occasion, or gets wrapped up nicely and put on top of the box!

insideinside lidI found a beautiful vintage floral runner and I used it to be the theme of her box and matched all her items to it. I folded it and placed it on top along with a spool of ribbon to match. mom's box

When I got to my parent’s house my mom had my box sitting on the dining room table and it looked beautiful! Not just a pretty cigar box. She had covered my box in vintage papers, painted it and gave it a beautiful texture and added a hydrangea print. She lined the inside with fabric selvages. outside coverinside of box

When I opened the box the lid was lined with a fabulous hydrangea quilt!!! Beautiful. inside lidShe made me a garland out of vintage maps with black and white cording. It’s so great! I love old maps AND garland.
vintage map garland

Inside was a little tin full of tiny little squares of quilt blocks! I admired hers hanging in her sewing room window and she made me my very own! So very special. These are 2 inch squares.

quilted squareShe made me gift tags using playing cards and glued or sewed papers on and tied ribbons. They are precious. tagsthe inside

There was a little tin that said “a message in a can” full of little slips of paper with words typed on them. message in a can

I pulled them out and tried to guess the message. It was a years subscription to Artful Blogging!! Such a great gift and so very clever.

My mom is such a source of great encouragement to me. Her message in the tin also said I could be in the magazine too.  (I debated about sharing this, but wanted you to know about Dian, the encourager!)

My Mom and her new typewriter. There is no stopping her! wisdom


Pearls of Wisdom.

I received a September box full of treasures made from the hands of my mom. Everything made so special with care but the pearls of wisdom circle my thoughts around. It’s been years that I’ve considered her a friend and not just my mom. And at least that many that I considered you wise! I’m blessed on both accounts.

Thank you Mom.