Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter Monday!

How time does fly as the winds of March blow in the springtime. Gardens are getting planted, pollen is in the air, and the bees and hornets are becoming pests again, especially when you sit outside, drinking something sweet. Then some cool temperatures and lots of rain change plans and make you shut your windows again. So as the season changes and plans are being made for summertime, all of the projects you had going on during the winter take a back seat. But instead of this happening, particularly regarding your Family Museum, this would be a good time to evaluate what you have achieved so far.

This is also a good time to make a list of the events planned for the summer and what those times may result in new items to put into your museum.

Because space is always an issue, be selective in what you want to add to your museum. If space is an issue, perhaps during the summer you can look for another display unit that can become an extension of your Family Museum.

There are so many yard sales, estate sales, and antique store sales, you may very well find that special unit that will fit in nicely with your d├ęcor and offer a new place to display and protect you heirlooms.  

For the month of April, I will blog some unusual days including “Record Store Day,” ”Children’s Book Day,” and the familiar Earth & Arbor Days. Every one of these days can evoke memories and maybe an heirloom or two that you can put in your Family Museum. So enjoy these last few days In March and get ready for good times in April.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Celebrating another year . . . .

I almost missed it! And when you miss an occasion that celebrates a personal achievement, that is not a good thing. So today, being about 3 days late, I want to mark this day to acknowledge this month of March 2016 being the third year of my blog, “How to Create a Family Museum.”  Last year I posted this blog and would like to offer it up again for you to peruse some of my favorite posts from 2014.

In keeping with the spirit of recalling, I would like to offer a selection of favored posts from 2015 and this time to make it convenient to review, I added the link that will take you directly to that post. One thing I have  learned over these past years blogging is that the longer I blog the more I learn how to write it better and figuring out all the nuances of blogging. Being self-taught, it is taking me some time to figure it all out, and hopefully I am will continue to get better at it as time goes on. So enjoy these blogs from the past year.
Thank you for taking the time to read these pasts posts and I hope that they have inspired you to create Your Family Museum.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Quirky things in our Family Museum . . .

My posts for this breezy sometimes windy month of March will be about some of the more odd and usual things we saved in our Family Museum. These items attract our guest’s attention when they see the museum and inspire many a conversation filled with memories.

First quirky item is my husband’s Risdon Key-Tag Pin from his Navy days. Here is a picture of the 5” nickel-plated brass pin.

As the story goes, Keith handed me this pin and asked me if I knew what it was. “A very large safety pin,” I replied, handing it back to him. Then I asked, “Where did you find it?” Laughing he said, “In my tool box.” “What was it doing there?” Fiddling with the pin, Keith said, “Don’t know. It was just there.” Handing me back the pin he asked, “Do you want to put it in the museum?” “You bet!”

Here is a little history about the pin. It was issued to Keith when he enlisted in the Navy in 1972, along with his uniforms, personal items and duffle bag, as well as the pin and laundry bags. Keith was efficient in handling his personal laundry, not like other recruits whose mothers and sisters took care of their laundry. Here is a picture of him folding his clothes.
There are many other items from his 27-year Navy career retiring as Chief Petty Officer. He still has the duffle bag, somewhere, even some uniforms that no longer fit him. There are albums of photographs from many Ports-of-Call, medals, ribbons and Certificates. All of this memorabilia is important to him and our family. 

As you select and display your treasures for your Family Museum, take special care of the military careers proudly serviced that made and continues to make America great!