Thursday, February 7, 2008

hope chest: sampler

hopeHopeful Hearts
PIN YOUR HOPES ON ME anniversary love valentines day greeting card with pinYESOUISI )  Womens Aqua Tee
There is Always Hope 8 x 10Gracieux  Necklace
A Vague Hope - Original IllustrationRecycled HOPE Necklace - No. 291
Anatomical Heart Girly T shirt fuschia Hope Mezuzah
Emily Dickinson NecklaceRed Magical Tickets by Sea Dream Studio

when i was little, i remember my grandmother talking about a hope chest -- some sort of fancy trunk where you put all the things you were assembling for your future life. or maybe i read it in one of the little house on the prairie books, who knows. i think it was where you put all the sheets and hankies and quilts and stuff you sewed, but surely it was more than linens -- a place for girls to dream. does anyone do this anymore?

saw a video with my friend bess tonight, and was struck by it -- whatever your leanings, and whoever you support, this is still a beautiful line: "in the unlikely story that is america, there has never been anything false about hope." hope fuels big dreams -- think of all of yours, embarking on your latest adventure!

sentimental, yet worth thinking about: what is your great hope for your wedding day? your married life? what do you want to say yes to, now that you've said yes? write it somewhere and keep it close.

11 comments:

  1. I liked your post. Yes, people still do this. My mother started a hope chest for me when I was around 6 or 7. She would buy various things, like dishes or tableclothes and put them in there. I never really paid attention to it until I got engaged. It was fun to have.

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  2. I've had a hope chest since I was around 8. I'd put things in there my mom made me or that I inherited or people gave me.

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  3. my hope chest was given to me by my ma. my dad made it in his woodshop class in high school i love it!

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  4. I love this post! What a wonderful sentiment.

    (Also, I want that Yes/Oui/Si tshirt, but the link takes me... nowhere. Oh no!)

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  5. In all the hubbub about the wedding, I have to remember to look forward to the marriage. (That ought to be the truly fun part!)

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  6. thanks so much to all for sharing their wonderful hope chest stories! heirlooms and wonderful memories :)

    on the yes/oui/si shirt -- perhaps the listing expired? will keep an eye out for it, but i don't have the shop name in the html.

    lesson: i must stop being lazy and start including shop names on my samplers. thanks, helen!

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  7. Lovely post and lovely comments! Am engaged already but think I'm going to start one myself, beautiful idea. great sampler too, Onesmallstar! Am doing a late night (or v long day...) at work and this has just lifted my morale :)

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  8. please, if anyone finds a link to the tshirt email me! katherinespencer@mac.com. Thanks!

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  10. that didn't work -- here's another go.

    found the seller! see
    the etsy forum

    and i will email katherine as well :)

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