Double Uses for Family Favorites
My grandmother loved her cigarettes -- it was the 80s and that means I have a lot of beautiful, china ashtrays. I don't smoke so what am I to do with them? Turn them into something I can use!
This photo is from my holiday cooking -- my grandmother not only loved cigarettes, but she made the best riceballs I've ever had and each year at Christmas, I do my best to recreate her recipe.
We keep family members alive in a lot of ways, right? We wear their jewelry, tell their stories and we keep nic nacks around our home to remember the good old days.
Sometimes, the nic nacks don't really have a place in our home but the memories are so strong, we want to keep them anyway.
The best thing you can do? Turn it into something you CAN use.
I sage smudge my apartment about 1-2x per month and these ashtrays are perfect for that ritual. When I moved into my new apartment, I wanted to make sauce and didn't have a spoon rest so I found another use for my beloved ashtrays and one that I think is actually better in the long run because I get to see it much more often than if I just used it once or twice a month.
Traditions are very, very important to me and I believe they are part of your self-care routine.
How do you keep family heirlooms present in your home or office? Tell me in the comments!