Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Mother's Powder Box ~ A Favorite Thing

My mother's powder box.... 

Oh how I remember dancing to its music
round and round
in her bedroom

I had a doll that was just about as big as me and we would twirl and sing all around her room. I can see that doll so clearly -- she had brown hair like me, and a beautiful blue dress that my mother made for her. It had ruffles and little pink flowers around the bottom edge. Puffy sleeves. 
No doubt she made a dress just like it for me.

The music is a bit slow and crackly now, but I still love to hear it. I don't know the tune but I can hear it in my head even without winding up the music box.

It was a powder box and my mother kept her face powder in it. 
There's still a pink blush inside where her powder puff tinted the bottom. 

I don't care that the metal doesn't shine anymore, or that the paint on the feet knobs has cracked, or that the music doesn't sound so lovely now. It stays on my dresser and reminds me of my mother, 
and the little girl who twirled round and round with her doll.

♥♥♥  Linking my powder box to A Favorite Thing Saturday over at
          Mockingbird Hill Cottage
          and to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

                                      How Sweet the Sound



  1. This is an absolutely lovely post. Love your story and the box itself is beautiful... even in it's aged state. The doily it rests on is perfect too. :)

  2. Such a lovely, lovely memory and so beautifully written!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  3. Really nice! Cute pansy doily too!

  4. Thank you for sharing this sweet story. Love that doily too! Have a terrific weekend.
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  5. What a sweet, lovely post! I would love the powder box too!

  6. What wonderful treasures filled with loving memories. I have my mother's old dresser set that I keep out all the time. Just do not use it.

  7. I've never seen a powder box like that before. Such lovely memories. Best wishes to you, Tammy

  8. My mother had one just about like this one for her loose power. I wonder if she still has it!

  9. Sarah, that's a lovely post! How special to have your mother's powder box. It's still lovely with it's worn patina. My mother had a powder jar/box collection that I now have. I do not know why she collected them, or if any were here mother's or her own. I surely wish I had asked.

  10. I love this story, and I think your music box is beautiful.


  11. What a beautiful story. I can picture the images in my mind.

  12. You brought this memory to life for us! Beautiful!

    hugs, Linda

  13. Awww...what a sweet post :) And what a wonderful keepsake!

  14. I love things that have a story behind them...makes them especially sweet. Thanks for sharing the powder box and story.

  15. Hi Sarah
    Wow! Spotted your entry on Pink Saturday and the musical box jumped out at me! My mom had one and I loved to wind it up too! I don't remember if she still has it! I sure hope so. I'd love to have it one day.

    The colors of the doilies were her Wedding colors.


  16. Beautiful post Sarah! It's wonderful to have such special memories.

  17. What a sweet story and a treasured keepsake.

  18. We had one exactly like it. What a nice story.

  19. What a sweet memory...of a special time in your life. My gramma had one very similar to yours and it's sitting on my dresser right now. I have used the powder well to hold special keepsakes. I love the tinny little sound the music box makes. very special!

  20. Oh, what a sweet memory of your mother. I love reading about things that are so special to the heart. Thanks for sharing this. I have never seen one of these.

  21. What a wonderful treasure and memories to go with it. I like that it still has the color of blush.

  22. Such a lovely reminder of your mother and time spent in her room dancing to the music. My mom has a collection of these musical powder boxes. They are quite fascinating.

  23. Beautiful box. Beautiful post. I can relate. I have several of my mother's old things and I cherish them all.

  24. Sarah,

    I so enjoyed reading this touching story of your mother's powder box. Isn't it amazing how you can still hear the music and see yourself dancing with your loving mother? If that little powder box can conjure up that sweet memory, then it certainly is a favorite thing!

    Poppy :)


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