My wooden chest with trinkets and symbols attached.

Several years ago I saw an interesting mailbox. I don’t make a habit of noticing mailboxes but when I walked by this one…..well….that’s the thing. I couldn’t walk by it. My daughter and I stopped and looked at it for a long time. The entire mailbox was covered with a collection of trinkets, shells, shiny things, tiny things, buttons, and all other sorts of fun pieces and symbols.

Since then, I’ve saved my own little charms, jewels, shells and trinkets. I’ve attached the items to a wooden chest and created my own little wonder. I don’t buy the trinkets to use in this project. I use things we have around the house that are no longer needed, or I find the items. All the shells are kindly provided to me by the Atlantic Ocean.

The broken pieces of shells smoothed out by tumbling in the ocean, hearts, bottle caps, and flowers adorn the top. There are rocks, and stars, and bows. Several earrings that lost its other, a lollipop, a snowflake, and a fleur de lis. There’s a butterfly, a horseshoe, a cross, and other tiny things.

I’m still collecting…….it’s a work in progress. Eventually the treasures that I collect and save on the inside will be on the outside. The entire chest will be covered with symbols, charms, and lots of things that sparkle.

Just because it’s fun.

18 thoughts on “Trinkets

    1. Thank you, Maria. Yes, old things are my favorite. Most of these are not very old things. Some of the items are broken pieces from my daughter’s jewelry or part of something friends gave me. A bunch of memories saved on a wooden chest.

      1. I am reminded of a cigar case full of buttons from my grandmother – and she was born in 1890! I looked at them as a child and now I have them. The same smell from that special wooden case

  1. I used to collect every small broken piece which makes me think of good memories, it’s a pleasure when you look back at them. Not anymore though, with children every small piece has memory. Would have had too much for storage

  2. How lovely! I was just working on a post about a mosaic artist who includes little bits of wonderful surprise finds within her work. Your photo and post is such a happy coincidence. I think the next time I’m up at my Mom’s I’ll be asking about my grandmother’s button jar!
    Keep up the excellent writing Marie. Cheers, L

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