Give Your Daughter a Folding Earring Rack for her heirloom pairs
One day, in her 90th year, my mom came to visit, bearing a surprise gift that created a lasting memory, now that she is gone.
She sat down at my breakfast counter one day and called me over to open a flat gift wrapped package. I left the tea kettle to heat and sat down next to her.
Mom was so cute when she was excited
and she was bubbling that day. Mom didn't get out much anymore. She lived independently in a high rise apartment building, enjoying her two bedroom place. The smaller bedroom was her office and craft room.
At 90 she operated her own business online
and it impressed her neighbors in the building she called home, where only those over 55 years could reside, and my friends were astounded by this hardy woman from Alaska. Read some of the articles I've published about her Alaskan Margie and by her other name, Margie Culver Broyhill.
It wouldn't do to delay, so I opened the package
and was delighted and surprised to find a marvelous earring rack. Not only that, but Mom had brought a share of her own earring collection for me.
Mom was known for her beautiful arrangement
of earrings and necklaces that complemented each other and made even her most casual outfit classy. Talk about Retro in 2013, at some point Mom brought out her 1950s pop-it beads and wore them as if they were new again!
She filled the new rack with my own earrings
while I got lunch together. What a fun opportunity for us to reminisce over the jewelry, much of which she had handed down to me over the years. Some of it came from grandma and we both had tales to share about those pieces.
These racks fold up into a small stand
even when filled with earrings. It's a real space saver - just fold it back upon itself and set it aside and my earrings stay organized and dust-free, and it opens up a little space for me to set out my necklace and bracelets, and a little folded scarf. I use every bit of free space in the dressing process, so this rack is a real bonus for me.
I haven't done it yet, but i can see that if I tie a ribbon around the closed rack I could easily tuck it into a suitcase for an extended trip to relatives' homes. For my move, too, it will make keeping my earrings organized a synch.
For less than twenty dollars, Mom gave
me memories that will last a lifetime. She told tales of the special trips she and Pop took to Australia, Ottawa, Las Vegas, and Bermuda, among others. Neither of us knew how rapidly her days were coming to a close, but the day is a treasure that causes me to tear up as I write.
Earrings bear special significance to moms & daughters
and you just might want to create such a memory with your mom or daughter - as a thoughtful gift.
Now that I know from experience how useful my earring rack is, I'm certain this necklace rack would be equally useful.
In case you want to enjoy some of my mom's delight in retrieving her poppit beads, here's a set she would have loved.