Memories. . .

Tomorrow will be the official first day of Fall.

Although we will be putting summer behind us, we will always remember the memories that were made. . .


I have been on a week long quilting retreat with some of my friends.  Creating memories. . .one might say.

At one of the local shops I found this wonderful memories box.  I could hardly wait to bring it home and play with it.


I quickly filled it with some mementos of this summer.


A memory that I will always cherish is that of traveling to Spain and Portugal with my husband.  Walking the Camino and spending 17 days with our youngest daughter and SIL.  The large vintage key was a found treasure in a quaint little street side shop in Portugal.


Garden pots will be emptied and the Rosemary will be brought indoors.  Soon the feathery ferns will turn yellow and remain for Winter interest.


On the 17th of July I celebrated a milestone birthday.  Hubby and kids threw me a fun filled party full of laughter.  Certainly a special memory!

All that remain of my beautiful Pink Cone flowers are the seed pod centers.  Soon they will be but just a memory.


This was a summer busy with home improvement.  Decorating our basement consumed a good share of our summer.


My new rose garden brought me beautiful blooms that brought such delight!


Spending time with family and friends always adds to my list of favorite memories.


Soon these drawers will be filled with more memories.




I love funeral baskets because they evoke special memories of my mother and loved ones that have passed on.


In the background you can see my fun new door that ‘welcomes’ you to our newly finished basement.  Originally it was a solid door.  To me it felt as though you were walking into a closet.  The windowed door is so much more inviting!

This is some of what I have been working on this past week.  I have 55 blocks completed.  I am making it to fit my King bed.  I still have thirty or so more to go.  Can’t wait until the making of this quilt is just a memory!


I hope you are creating some wonderful memories of your own!



I will be sharing with these lovely parties:

Sunday View for Inspired Sunday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party


Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Jan that quilt you are making is going to be gorgeous. What a beautiful memory box. I love all the little memories you talked about with each one. That is really special.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

What a sweet memory box. I haven't seen one like that....and each of your precious items...loved the stories!!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your memory is so pretty with all your memory items in it. Great post!!

Michele said...

Awesome post, jann- love your memory box, and neat reading about your special things this summer past.

As for your quilt- wow- that is going to be spectacular!!! You are so talented, lady!!

Hugs. said...

Jann, your box is so pretty, and made even more beautiful with the goodies you tucked inside of it:)

Fran said...

I love the way you filled that box. Thank you for sharing your memories! Your quilt is going to be beautiful, but I agree with you--when I complete a large project, my happiest memory is finishing it! Have a wonderful week :) --Fran

must love junk said...

I love your momentos box and the special treasures in it!

priscilla said...

Love your new memory box ! Another great find ! Your quilt is beautiful ! Can't wait to see it finished :)

JILL said...

the box is great. I'm afraid I might have to find one now. It was such a fun week, thanks for the memories. :-)

Kris said...

Hi Jann. I am here to play catch up. Been a long and busy week of planning and prep for Nana's funeral. We held it yesterday and it was beautiful! Your memory box is so charming! I would love to hear more about your week long quilting retreat!!!! And I cannot wait to see more of the finished basement!!!!
xo Kris

Susie said...

Jann, The memory box is a true treasure. I love the key. It doesn't take huge gifts to remember a great time. I like the colors of the quilt. xoxo,Susie

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Jann. What an interesting and loving post this is! Truly enjoyed visiting and thinking about my own memories made this summer (my favorite season...ummm, I think. Maybe Christmas? Maybe fall? Maybe spring??). Thanks for the inspiration. ~Zuni

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your new memories box! It is just sweet and the 'memories' you have put in it are so pretty. Your new quilt will be gorgeous! What beautiful colours you've chosen. Happy Fall to you. Have a wonderful week.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the memory box! Your quilt will be so pretty.
Have a great week.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I remember reading about many of what is now your memories! :)

NanaDiana said...

Jann- What a wonderful memory box- I have not seen one like it anywhere. I am so glad that you were able to go on a retreat with your friends. Love it- xoDiana

Unknown said...

The memory box is great but I bet the memories are even greater...:))) Sounds like some great ones! What a neat find!

andrea@townandprairie said...

WOW...I envy your sewing ability. That is going to be one beautiful sweet fall quilt! You color choices are lovely. I wish I was able to do that on my own. I just entered, this past weekend, a raffle for a vintage quilt. I am SO hoping they pull my ticket!

Susanne said...

Love your memory box and the stories you shared about the item there. Great post, Jann!

living from glory to glory said...

I think that quilt is gonna be so pretty! And that it will bring many memories to those who see it many many years from now.
I also loved those glass doors leading to the basement.
And your memory box was very sweet!
I hope you had a wonderful time with quilting friends.
Blessings Always, Roxy

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful autumn decor...great new basement door (ours also is the glass paned door to our basement)...& Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your quilt retreat...and what a great memory box to display your treasures. Happy quilting!

Blessings & Aloha!
My husband is of Portuguese descent. One day we would love to travel to Portugal and the Azores.