Just Life

Family Treasures.

…if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this teaser photo last Friday.

sorting through old photos

My mom had a full weekend of “family fun” planned for my visit. We sorted through two drawers of memorabilia – photos, newspaper clippings, county fair ribbons, 4H project booklets, Boy Scout trips, Girls/Boys State, letters, … it was a true walk down memory lane for my mom and dad. For me, a lot of it was brand new territory. I brought home a pile of photos and documents to scan (and then share with others).

Today, I wanted to share a few of these “new-to-me” treasures from my mom’s side of the family.

First, here’s my grandfather, two years before he married my grandmother. I had no idea he ever played an accordion!

By 1930, they were married and living in southern California.

1930 at the Pacific Ocean (they lived close by)

A few years later they had children. Here’s my grandfather and my mom (about two years old).

My mom gave me this sweet picture taken at the same time in the frame it’s been in “forever” (which of course means it has no stand; I had to prop it inside a larger frame…and I love what it’s added to this corner of my desk).

And finally, not a photo, but a small embroidered bag. I think the fabric is linen, with a silk (or cotton) drawstring. That note was tucked inside (my grandmother’s handwriting).

Seeing as it carried dancing slippers I thought it would make a perfect project bag…for knitting socks; my mom agreed and gave it to me! The bag really is the perfect size for a sock project. I think it just needs a good soak (or maybe even not? what do y’all think?)

There were plenty of wonderful discoveries from my dad and his side of the family, too. I’ll share those next week!


  • Bonny

    These are the most marvelous family treasures! I'm so glad you got to spend time with your parents wandering down memory lane together. There is a real poignancy to black and white pictures that makes faces, expressions, and details stand out. I love that your grandfather is playing the accordion with a jug (wine?) and a pineapple, wearing a suit, no less!

  • margene

    My sister and I have been going through family pictures. They mean so much and tell the stories of our lives. How wonderful you have many of your own. The little bag is charming. My guess is the ties are cotton, but the embroidery is silk. Wash carefully if you wash at all.

  • HonorĂ©

    What a treasure: the mementos and especially the opportunity you had to "meet" those memories with your parents there to flesh out the photos, etc. Thank you for sharing that precious time with us.
    Love the little bag and it should be great for your sock knitting project. If you can 'test' the bag and the embriodery before you give it a good soak, that'd be best. Otherwise, you might be safer not 'soaking' it all. Good luck and enjoy.

  • Linda

    I love the picture of your Grandfather playing the accordion. My Mom used to play it! Wish we had pictures – but we don't! She loved to sit on the porch and play it – right when my date was going to show up – LOL!

    Linda in VA

  • dbshade

    Mary, I loved that you shared your photos. It must have been a nice few hours with your mom going through all those things. Very sweet.

  • Vicki Knitorious

    Oh, that's WONDERFUL!! My favorite thing to do at my grandmother's was to sit down and go through the old photo albums she had that were put together by her mother! Every once in a while, she'd pull out something new… so fun to see those "old people" in a new light.