Imagine it: The house is ablaze. Flames lap at the roof, nibble at the windows’ edges and creep beneath the door. Everyone has made it outside (pets included), and you have precious minutes to grab your most prized possession and escape to safety. What would you save?
Today we present three Etsy Blog readers’ most nostalgic objects, all passed down from a beloved family member. Be it a cherry pie recipe or a snuggly quilt, these heirlooms will not be left behind.
Liane of enhabiten: I have some of my Grandma Alice’s hand-written and well used recipes. When I see her handwriting I remember her so clearly. These were the recipes she wrote out, made often, held in her hands. The swing of her cursive and the splatter of past meals help me to feel her presence. These are about real, everyday life. They are entwined with the act of cooking and feeding family and friends. They are about making things by hand and honoring tradition. They help me maintain a connection to her.
Diane of CraftyPod: My mom made me this quilt for my fortieth birthday (which is on Halloween, hence the theme). It was her most ambitious quilting project ever at the time. If you look closely, you can see that the quilt block is designed so that you can see a cat facing either way!
I snuggle in this quilt all the time, and on a bad day it always makes me feel better. There are hours and hours of love stitched into here. Incidentally, my cat loves it too, though he assumes it was made for him.
Faythe, director of Handmade Nation: As an only child with a small extended family, my folks are incredibly important to me. They’ve shown constant support throughout my life and provided me with massive inspiration. Without knowing the other had done so, they each gave me their wedding ring within months of one another. My mom’s wedding ring also has the diamond from my grandmother’s engagement ring. These would not be left behind.
What would you save?
To participate, take a photograph of the object that means the most to you, then compose a short, personal paragraph on its significance and submit it to the Saved From the Fire Flickr pool. Stories will be chosen for feature on the Etsy Blog.