Wednesday, August 29, 2012

To Remember


When I was a kid, my parents used to give each of my two sisters and me a small amount of money to spend on vacation souvenirs.  I still recall the excitement that I felt when I heard the words gift shop, and I also remember how much fun I had choosing just the right token of remembrance for whatever particular place we had been visiting.

I picked up the monkey desk blotter a short time ago.  How times have changed!  I don’t recall seeing any desk blotters in any of the souvenir shops I’ve been to lately-or in the last several decades, for that matter.  But I love these monkeys, and they do have a special place on my desk-even if I didn’t have to visit New York in the 1930’s to bring them home.

I was cleaning house yesterday in preparation for the arrival of my husband’s parents who are coming today, and I decided to tidy up the sewing room.   And as I was refolding fabric and putting it away, I was struck by the stunning contrast of this green 70’s barkcloth and hot pink polka dot cotton upholstery fabric.


And then, much to my delight, I found these three flower buttons in a bag of buttons I got earlier in the summer and had not gotten around to sorting yet.


They are perfect!  Next week, when the house is quiet with company gone back home, and Amy and Stuart back to school, I’ll make a market bag with these fabrics and buttons.  I am already thinking that this bag will be a souvenir of summer, which is rapidly coming to an end.


There is one reason though, that I don’t mind the end of summer-my beautiful hibiscus blooms!

What do I miss most about summer coming to an end?  Having Amy around during the day.  How about you?  What do you miss most?


  1. Haha, I guess I'm craving sweets, because those monkeys look like they're made of chocolate and edible.

    Yes, my parents always did that w/ souvenir shops on trips too, and we've continued the fun little tradition!

  2. Lisa, they do look like chocolate...milk chocolate, no less...They should be afraid now. Very afraid...

    We did the same with Amy. She always loved choosing her souvenirs, and we still have some of them too:)

  3. I have never seen blue hibiscus.. wow stunning! Do they have a scent? I always smell the flowers :o)

    We love souvenirs shops too .. but sadly they are not what they used to be. I remember getting a "human bean" bean bag when I was in 4th grade in AZ. It was a different time. Of coarse .. I HaD to stop at the shops in Oly Nat Park this past week. I love the books. and the post cards. and the fun pencils & pens .. ♦

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  4. I feel for you - the loneliness of Amy being gone. I had another week off with the kids last week and I loved every minute. That bag is going to be gorgeous just like that hibiscus!