I love to encourage people to surround themselves with their favorite things. My grandmother used to send all different kinds of knick knacks to me as a child. When she would hand me a delicate gift it made me feel special and trusted even as a small child.
I never had a sippy cup when I was little. My mother always had me use glassware. She found smaller cups that fit in my hands and she took the time to teach me how to be patient and careful. Because of my mother, I prided myself on keeping all my treasures in good condition even with the countless hours of play. Now that my grandmother has passed away they are a sweet reminder of her love towards us. It’s funny how certain object manage to become so important to us. These little knick knacks seem to be tiny extensions of my soul. Each one has a memory or a story attached to it.
I needed to find a way to honor those little treasures and to display them proudly. However, I began running into some challenges. I did not like any of the display options I was finding online. I was struggling to find the perfect solution and that was when the perfect solution found me.
I was driving home one day and I passed a house with a bunch of various things on the street with a sign that said “free”. Unfortunately for me, most of the items were junk. My husband comically refers to me as a dumpster diver, however, I always come home with cool and useful things. I was getting discouraged when I uncovered two end tables sitting underneath some boxes. They definitely needed some TLC and I was up for the task. They were both in the shape of a heart and when I looked closer it was a set shadow box tables. They were practically begging me to take them home.
I loaded them into my Jeep and drove home. A scrub and a few layers of polish later, they looked amazing!
I brought up my trinket box from the basement and began rummaging through my old childhood memories. What a wonderful way to spend my afternoon! I brewed a cup of camomile tea and started unwrapping my tea sets, glass boxes, and a variety of other little items. I eventually came across one item in particular that filled me with joy. It was a little heart shaped ceramic box that was just big enough to fit a tooth. As a child, I always hoped the tooth fairy would see the little box under my pillow holding my teeth and smile. Now, I’m 26 years old and that little heart shaped box takes me back in time and makes me smile. I carefully filled the tables with my treasures and once they were full I placed them next to the couch.
At the end of the day I like to sit down and relax. I get myself a cup of tea and glass of whiskey for my husband and then we cuddle up on the couch. As I place our drinks down on the end tables I am able to reminisce and relive those memories. I am completely relaxed, happy and channeling my inner hygge.