Priceless Memories Our Accessories Hold

This scarf holds beautiful memories. And they just keep coming. I fished it out of a sale bin at Neiman Marcus over 15 years ago. It was the brightly colored tubes of lipsticks…marching around the edge that caught my eye. They still continue to make me smile when I wear it…but the memories it holds, make me far happier than how it looks.

Last summer I wore it as a do-rag while my daughter and I made wild blackberry jam at our home on Vancouver Island. It was a great way to keep my hair back. She labeled our jam “WanderLust” to celebrate her year of whirlwind traveling.
Those memories become all the sweeter now that we’ve sold the house.
I’m treasuring the few jars I have left and now the scarf holds those memories.

Yesterday my new grandson James, snuggled down for a nap on me, nestled up to my scarf.

It was the first time I had him all to myself for over an hour. While my exhausted son and daughter-in-law took naps, I lay on the couch with sweet baby James. Cooing softly, rubbing his little back, telling him how special he was.
When he awoke there was a tiny spot of baby drool on my scarf.

I’m feeling pretty smug and content holding this bundle of joy and hope.

I’d never thought about it before now…but that scarf is priceless.
It holds such beautiful memories.

I may never wash it again.

Just kidding. It’s not like Elvis whipped his brow with it!
{Carbon dating myself with that comment :-}

The memories are inside.

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  1. June 26, 2015 / 9:50 am

    It’s amazing how an item can hold such strong memories. I just love babies. You’re lucky I’m not there or I would swipe him from you…and the scarf if it had been any where near Elvis.

  2. Life's a shoe
    November 27, 2013 / 4:47 am

    pretty scarf! your grandson is the most adorable baby ever!!! so precious!

  3. Marsha Splenderosa
    November 9, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    My goodness, that baby is gorgeous!
    I’ve never connected clothes with occasions, but I think this is such a good idea. I’ve got lots of memories locked up in some of them. What a delightful post!

  4. November 9, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    Love this post! You wear that scarf so well. I love the idea of clothes and memories and haven’t thought about it much until now. Will have to think about which items in my closet would be hard to part with because of sweet associations. What a beautiful baby! Congratulations. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  5. Marcia Pilar
    November 8, 2013 / 2:50 pm

    Very chic grandma. 😉
    So precious. I’d be tempted not to wash it too.

    Stopped by with my cup of coffee today, the way I like to visit my favorite pages…unrushed.
    So I’m off to catch up a little and browse a little more.
    Stalker alert. 😉
    PS-LOVE Bette Davis and your quote is PERFECT for me right now.

  6. November 7, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Love your scarf & the sweet memories! (Dawn Lucky AKA fashionshouldbefun)

  7. November 7, 2013 / 12:48 am

    What a happy post. I loved the photo of you and your daughter, both glowing. And that picture of you with Baby James made me melt. He’s so perfect. And that’s a great photo of your son holding him. I can only imagine what’s like to hold a grandbaby. I’ve been having fun catching up on your blog. Cute selfie. I wish I didn’t feel so weird taking one. Sometimes I think I’m quite a bore.

  8. November 6, 2013 / 7:52 pm

    I love your sense of humor, how you cherish the good times and above all cherish your family. Wee James is absolutely precious and he is a fortunate boy to have you in his life! Your scarf is pretty darn special.

  9. November 6, 2013 / 4:44 pm

    I just read your comment on my blog and clicked over to yours – LOVE THIS POST! And can I say that your grandson is such a little cutie – warms my heart to see your pictures with him. Imagine all the memories you will make with him? I am excited for the day when you are out shopping with him and pick up a piece of clothing that will hold the memory of one of your first shopping trips together. 🙂

  10. November 6, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    What a beautiful scarf and beautiful memories! I love it! That scarf would look great framed too!

  11. November 5, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    Love the scarf!

    I have one gorgeous black, white, and red scarf (covered with high heels) that was given to me as a gift by the man I love. I save it for very special occasions and feel fantastic whenever I wear it.

    But the grandbaby on your scarf? That’s even lovelier. 🙂

  12. November 4, 2013 / 5:02 am

    So beautiful! Beautiful scarf but even more beautiful baby!

  13. November 4, 2013 / 2:52 am

    Oh my dear … this is my favorite post of your to date! it is infused with such reality … and love!

    PS- such an absolutely gorgeous picture of You with your beautiful daughter!

  14. The Style Crone
    November 3, 2013 / 3:10 am

    Memories tucked away in pieces of clothing or accessories are easily accessed just by wearing them. Sometimes they beat photos for impact. The scarf is a beauty and I thank you for sharing it at Hat Attack.

    Your grandson is darling!

  15. November 2, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    Lovely post! Beautiful scarf, but your grandson is the real gem here today. I love that his name is James. I have a favourite James in my family, and I love that the name is coming round again.

  16. Catherine Staat
    November 2, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    I love this post! I am not a keeper of things (but am a keeper!) or very sentimental about stuff but this…this is one of those items you treasure and…feel the love whenever wearing the scarf. As described above, your scarf captures the fabric of life and that is a keeper! 😉

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    xo Cat

  17. November 2, 2013 / 6:39 pm

    What a beautiful scarf and even more beautiful memories to go along with it!

  18. Paula Ruta
    November 2, 2013 / 2:02 am

    Soo cute; all of it from the cute head wrap to your adorable grandson! Xoxo

  19. November 1, 2013 / 11:42 pm

    Tha’t such a cute scarf and I know exactly what you mean here. An item of clothing can hold memories of a particular event or happy time. Your new grandson is absolutely gorgeous.

  20. November 1, 2013 / 8:23 pm

    This post gave me the shivers-so sweet. These precious moments with you and ‘Sweet baby James’. Your story of your scarf captures the fabric of life beautifully.
    Happy weekend my friend!
    xx, Heather

  21. November 1, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    Such wonderful memories and what a cool scarf! I love it.
    Your little one is just precious. That hair!

  22. November 1, 2013 / 2:19 am

    Lovely post, truly! And what a dear little guy you have there. . . . isn’t it perfection, being a Granny!

  23. Coulda shoulda woulda
    October 31, 2013 / 10:18 am

    Jennifer – this now has to be one of those family heirlooms!! And each generation can wear it almost like a christening gown PS you look very hip with that as a headscarf

  24. October 31, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    So much emotion tied up in this post. Just like your scarf memories…
    Now that your home on VI has been sold what’s next?

  25. October 31, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    This post brought tears to my eyes as did the one announcing your grandson. The simple things we hold so dear are truly priceless. I am new to your blog and enjoy your posts.

  26. Tabitha
    October 31, 2013 / 7:21 am

    That’s lovely, the scarf is a poem to you, I am so unsentimental, I sometimes think I’m a man trapped in woman’s body!

  27. October 31, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    What a great post. This is everything I love about scarves–they catch your eye with their pattern and colors and then you wear them and they become imprinted with memories as well. James is a gorgeous baby, that little cowlick in his hair reminds me so much of daughter’s hair when she was new. And the hair shade was very similar! Congratulations to your son and daughter-in-law, and you, what a precious time for your family. Enjoy Halloween with little James! XO, Jill

  28. October 31, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Put your lipstick on…kisses for everyone. Always inspiring to see such pure joy Your family is beautiful.

    • October 31, 2013 / 1:43 pm

      I know, I know about the lipstick. My children used to look like they had jam all over their faces…from my lipstick smooches.

  29. October 31, 2013 / 10:12 am

    Love these pictures!!! He is beautiful, as are the two of you together! And your daughter as well. Love that circle of life and scarves – so precious!

    You sold the house! No more sorties to Canada for you (unless you decide to visit east!). It must be a relief and a feeling of sadness all mixed up – the end of an era!

    • October 31, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      It is bittersweet. When the realtor called to say all subjects had been removed, I burst into tears. Be careful what you wish for, and all that. Now the fun part…packing:-/
      It is the end if an era for us and the beginning of an adventure. Not sure what that will be yet.

  30. October 31, 2013 / 8:26 am

    Your post made me all warm and happy. He is sweet baby James indeed. What a wonderful scarf, you look beautiful in a do-rag.

  31. October 31, 2013 / 7:47 am

    Beautiful scarf. There is nothing that can compare with holding a new born grandson in your arms. It is simply magical

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