Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hourglass Urn

Most urns are designed to disguise their contents. But what about not only revealing the ashes, but making them symbolic?

This hourglass urn by In The Light Urns makes "ashes to ashes" literal. It's a bit humorous, a bit memento mori, and completely appropriate. After all, we all run out of time sooner or later.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Lighting a candle in remembrance of those we love is a familiar and comforting gesture. Yet we rarely give much thought to the candle itself. I love these votives by maryink because they are reusable. Any time you want to send your love, just light a candle!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Keepsake Necklaces

Here are some lovely keepsake necklaces from Gems By Emily M. Their polished simplicity has a sweet, almost utilitarian sensibility. I think these provide a unique way to keep someone's memory quietly close.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Mourning Rings

We wear rings to honor a marriage, but what happens when death ultimately makes us part? This beautiful solid gold Victorian mourning ring (1882) offered by Things Gone By, is a precious reminder that although a loved one may be gone, devotion remains.

Here's a contemporary ring that could also be worn as mourning jewelry. This locket ring by Good Girls Studio provides a little chamber to keep something precious close to us.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Life for a Loved One's Sweater

What can be done with clothing from another generation? We can wear it if we're into vintage. We can donate it, or we can store it in the back of the closet. Not the most creative options. This blog has been devoted to finding new lives for heritage items. And clothing has so many opportunities for reuse.

Making teddies out of inherited mink coats is a popular form of upcycling, yet we shouldn't forget about the more simple clothing items like sweaters. Pogo Shop creates cute little creatures out of old sweaters. Whether it's a knit from your grandpa or your own sweater that you'd like to pass on to your children in a way that they can keep forever, Pogo's bears are a wonderful way to keep heritage clothing close to the heart.