Dont throw it away blog hop

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I’m excited to be taking part in the  I Didn’t Throw It Away Blog Train hosted by Agy.

“Is there a story behind every item that we keep? How do we form that special connection with them, and why does it last so long? “

Having signed up for this fun blog hop I scratched my head, did I have an item 20+ years old to share?? Considering the fact I love to upcycle and value what I have I was amazed that I did not have a number of objects spring to mind, twenty years is not that long ago surely?!


Gradually it dawned on me that I graduated from a HND in Craft (almost a degree for those of you who are not english) back in June 1995, very nearly 20 years ago. I have very little of craft work from that era, in those days it was popular to take slides of your work. How times have changed in such a short time. However I do have the fishing tackle box I bought for carrying sewing threads back and forth to college. This purchase was fairly pivotal, early on in the course I really wasn’t sure it was for me. I had until week 13 to make my mind up whether to stay or give it up in terms of funding – this purchase was the moment I has realised that I was staying! Is is wearing well, and continues to hold all my threads.

Sewing box

The other items I own are my Gran’s – I have her sewing scissors (admittedly they could do with a sharpen), her sewing basket, her jam pan, and her weighing scales. These hold sentimental value as they were hers, the last time I saw her I remember showing her my portfolio for art college and her real delight, interest and encouragement in me developing my creativity. It is so precious to me that I am able to use her sewing equipment now.

Grans sewing box

Tomorrow Andrea from LittleDidYouKnow will share with us the stories behind the things she didn’t throw away. I am delighted to find Andrea’s blog, she shares some inspiring refashions. Andrea is a stay-at-home mum who loves to sew and travel. Please do visit her, you won’t be disappointed:)




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  1. January 10, 2015 / 11:23 am

    Wow, Vicki, I have the same fishing tackle box with my embroidery stuff in it! Not as tidy as yours I must add! I think they were the “thing” back in the late 80’s early 90’s, I remember my Mum having one too.
    I’ve loved using things which belonged to my Mum and Nan too, it really helps to connect you to the past doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing your lovely things.
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    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Amazing you have the same fishing tackle box!! Good old Woolworths:)

  2. January 10, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Vicky, I have to say that your stash of sewing things is extremely NEAT! Puts me to shame. I bet your grandma was proud of you when you showed her your work! Thank you for joining 🙂
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    • Vicky
      January 10, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks for the invite to join in:) My Gran was proud and interested, a great memory to have:)

  3. Elizabeth
    January 10, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    A really lovely post Vicky.
    It’s wonderful how these craft skills/ hobbies link us to previous generations. I didn’t really get into sewing until after my Grannie died and but I still get a lot of pleasure from feeling that connection.
    This post also made me think of the books I have on my bookcase, which I keep because they were my grandfathers and he rebound/ covered them so very dear to me. xx

    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      How lovely to have some of your Grandad’s recovered books:)

  4. January 11, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    Aww what a lovely theme for a blog post. It must feel really special to use your Gran’s things and think of her using them all that time ago, inherited object that are still useful are the best!

    Great idea to use the tackle box for your threads too! x

    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      It is, and lovely to think we have interests in common:)

  5. January 11, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    What a lovely post and what a lot of threads! It’s so nice that you have some of your granny’s things, I love the basket! Xx
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    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks Suze – I’d completely forgotten when I wrote the post that my Gran made the basket, even more special:)

  6. January 11, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    When I first started reading, I couldn’t think of anything from 20+ years ago but you reminded me of all the little things I have in my sewing box which came from my Grandma and are well over 20 years old!!!! Thank you for jogging my memory 🙂

    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      You are very welcome:)

  7. Blue forest jewellery
    January 11, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    This blog made me think! I have sewing stuff which is now vintage, but now i mostly make jewellery. I have difficulty throwing anything away, which is why I need a larger house!

    Have a lovely crafting week, and happy 2015 to you and yours.
    Alison x

    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      I dread to think of the consequences of moving somewhere smaller!! Happy 2015 to you too Alison:)

  8. January 11, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Like the others have now thought of my things which I have had a long time – I regret throwing away my first wooden sewing box which my husband bought me when we were first married. It opened up sideways and had three compartments each side – it probably only needed mending really as well. So hard when decluttering to decide between recycle and throw out sometimes!
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    • Vicky
      January 12, 2015 / 3:44 pm

      I do agree, really hard to decide sometimes what to keep and what to part with:) I suspect you are better at decluttering than myself!!

  9. January 11, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    I have a similar box to yours but mine is a tool box that I keep paints etc in, it’s the one I used at art college.
    I’ve given so many things away when I get in a de-cluttering mood but I still have quite a few bit’s and bob’s hanging around.
    I’m off to follow your link 🙂
    Jan x
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  10. January 11, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    What a wonderful way to share your memories. I love your collection and have you have preserved it for many more years of crafting!

  11. Auntie Shan
    January 12, 2015 / 1:04 am

    ;-D *ONLY* 20-years..?? You YOUNGSTER! At this moment, I’m leaning on a Cushion that I did [cough!] *40+ years ago! — I really DON’T throw anything out! I tell People that I was likely a “Curator” in at least *2* “previous lives”… And probably have enough *STUFF* for another two!!

  12. January 12, 2015 / 4:53 am

    such a sweet post… you reminded me of beloved things from my Granny that are 20+ years old. thank you for sharing!

  13. January 12, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    Fab post!!! It is all too easy isn’t it to live in such a disposable world. Something which has stood the test of time is a wonderful thing! I am going to have to go looking for things I have kept for 20 years now!! xx
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