Monday, July 2, 2012

Creating a Heirloom

Most family heirlooms are things that have already been passed down from one generation to the next. In my case, I've been lucky enough to receive my Great Grandmother's silver tea set, my Grandmother's china, and some of my mother's jewelry. I hope to eventually pass all those items down to Ashlynn or other future children, but I am excited to add my own prized possession to the mix.

When I was 1 year old, my Bopo (paternal grandfather) built me a cradle by hand.  He had already made others for all my older female cousins, but he continued his own tradition making one for me, the baby girl of the family.  Growing up, I loved playing with the cradle whether it was rocking my baby dolls to sleep, storage for Rainbow Brite, Starlite, and all the twinks, or later the perfectly sized bed for my American Girl, Kirsten.

The cradle, which is still in amazing condition, also has my name engraved on the bottom, which always made it feel extra special when I was growing up.  A toy that was made just for me.

I've now passed on that cradle to A.  We even were able to get some portraits with her in it!  I know my dad really loved those, since it was his father who built it.   I hope she has as much fun playing with it growing up as I did and maybe too, feeling a special connection for a toy only our family has.

Lastly, months, no seriously, months ago I posted this teaser post and never followed up.  There was one thing the cradle was lacking, updated bedding!  The sheets and quilt I had grown up with were almost 30 years old.  I thought it'd be a fun project for my mom to sew new bedding for Ashlynn that would not only coordinate with her room, but also add another dimension of  made-by-family hand me downs.

I actually love the white paisley fabric my mom chose to back the sheets with just as much as Spoonflower pennants.

I hope Ashlynn loves this cradle as much as I do and will someday pass it down to her own children.

Have you had any family heirlooms passed down to you?  Do you plan to pass down anything that you cherished from your childhood to your (future) children?


  1. It's absolutely stunning - What a beautiful thing to be able to pass along. Having a boy, I'm not so sure what I'll be able to pass down, but I've always loved the idea of passing along engagement rings, etc.


  2. love this so much :) thanks for sharing!

  3. Such a lovely story girl! I think this is one of the best things that you daughter will be able to pass this cradle down to her own children. Xo

  4. That's so awesome! I have an old wooden crib that was mine when I was a baby too. It was slightly bigger but I ought to see if my mom still has it and make sure it doesn't get thrown away!

  5. That's so sweet, it might be the pregnancy hormones flaring but I teared up while reading this.

    My mom has a lot of stuff of mine in her attic that we are going to go through next time we visit them. I have a toy chest that my dad gave me as a little girl that I plan to put in our little one's nursery.

    Little things like this really mean so much!


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