My granny gave me my hope chest for Christmas in 2001. I had wanted one for a few years and was quite pleased when I received it. Since then my collection has grown a lot, and now not only is my hope chest filled but also plastic storage containers under my bed and cardboard boxes in my closet as well. :) Of course, that doesn't include the things that don't fit in boxes or the items I'm using right now, such as a few shelves, a quilt rack, my books, etc. Yesterday, I went through all my hope chest stuff and took some pictures of various items so everybody could get a taste of what I have. :)
This is one of several cross-stitch projects I've completed. I have several more I'd like to get done. :) There's also one that Hannah made for me that's she still in the process of framing. I may keep that one on my wall instead of in my hope chest.
A lot of items come from my granny--she moved out of her house several years ago and gave many things to Hannah and me. This cake stand, antique pie and muffin tins, crock with utensils, and cherry pie holder are all from her. The box of utensils at the back are from a yard sale. :) I find a lot items new or in very good condition at yard sales for great prices.
Placemats, kitchen towel set, and the set of pots are all yard sale deals. :) The cast iron skillet, the tablecloth you can see peaking out from behind it, the brand new utensil set (I've got a lot of those!), and pot are from my granny. The box in the middle holds the dried petals of my graduation roses.
Here's a lot of my baby clothes! Several of these outfits either I or my siblings wore. Also, on the right is a playsuit that both my mom and I have worn. The teddy bear was my first birthday present, and the little New Testament was given to me at my baby dedication. My aunt gave me the Little House on the Prairie book.
These are just 2 pieces from my set of china. It was a graduation gift from my granny. I think she got it at an antique store, but I'm not sure. There are several boxes just of that in my closet. :)
My beautiful bread box that Dad made for me is on the left! Right now it's put to use holding some of my books. My dad has made several woodworking projects for me, including a recipe box, a spice/wall cabinet, and the aforementioned shelves and quilt rack.
Besides the pictures, I have pots, pans, various kitchen items, a couple sheets, dish towels and washcloths, several afghans, 2 twin comforters that I use now, a lamp, cookbooks, old letters and cards, a few more clothes, a punch bowl set, a knife set, doilies and another tablecloth, and the notes from a Bible study on marriage that my family went through a few years ago. Whew! There's more there than I remembered! I'm also working on an afghan right now, and hopefully soon I'll be learning how to make a quilt, so those have to fit in somewhere. :)
A great book that has a ton of information on hope chests is The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love by Rebekah Wilson. It really has a lot of ideas for what to put in your hope chest, as well as the history behind them, advice on how to pack them, bridal shower and trousseau ideas, and much more. You can read some excerpts from the book here. It happens that it was edited by Carmon of Buried Treasure Books. :)
If you have any questions, comment and I'll see if I can answer them. :) And stay tuned for Hannah's post on HER hope chest coming up.