Making Use of Keepsakes

Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.

My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.

When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.

And I had an idea!

I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…


…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!


I decided to make something from these keepsakes that I could use in several areas of my home, if need be.

In about 2 minutes flat I simply glued the jars in between the saucers and…voila!


So CUTE, right? Such and easy project, but so much meaning behind it! The simple saucers from my Grandma, anchored together by mini Mason jars that remind me of her strawberry jam. Doesn’t hurt that they are “Heritage”  mini Mason jars – just another little reminder of my Grandma.

I can use these for jewelry in my bedroom…or clothespins in my laundry room…or set it in the guest room for guests to make use of, as well.


Best of all, I’ve taken a keepsake that reminds me of someone special and put it to good use in my home!

What keepsake can YOU put to to work in YOUR home?

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8 thoughts on “Making Use of Keepsakes

  1. Your DIY keepsakes look really good. I’ve never tried to make my own and you gave me a nice idea. I will definitely try to make my own keepsake.

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