I've always wanted a locket, ever since I was a little girl. Probably every girl who grew up in the 80s did, thanks to the movie Annie. I didn't want just any old locket though. I wanted a special one or one with a story or a very old one or one that was given to me or....something.
I found it.
Here is the thing. I don't wear much jewelry. I'm being very careful about what I purchase and what I bring into my home this year. I didn't need a locket. I certainly didn't need to buy myself jewelry! What about being frugal? What about not spending money on things I don't need? It is only January February and already I'm buying something frivolous?
Well, sometimes it feels good to break the rules. Especially when a sterling locket made in 1895 with original monochrome photos is involved.
No, I don't know who they are. Or, were. I do know that I am keeping their photos together and saving them respectfully. Yes, I did indeed pop them out of the locket to put my own photos inside. Most people react with horror when I tell them this part. I thought about this for a long time and I realized that the worst thing would be for the locket to sit in a box untouched and unused. Much better for me to use the locket and appreciate it. I'm just not that type of person. I don't buy things just for the sake of owning something, I buy things to use them and find joy in their use. So I put tiny photos of my two boys in it and it is the "mama" jewelry I never knew I wanted.
So I've been wearing it with my red glass one and so glad I bent the "only buy stuff I truly need" rules. Oh, and yet another tunic photo! This one is actually a vintage smock though and I bought it many moons ago.
We're just heading out of a cold/flu cycle in our house (as his grumpy little face shows) so I'll be back soon when I'm all caught up. Um, if that ever happens.
Was it horrible to have taken the photos out of the locket? What would you have done?