The Trinket Box [& internet wilderness]


The Trinket Box
When I'm old and dotty [not long from now] my newly acquired trinket box will come in handy...
Handy to recall where I've stashed all those memories .. Memories that fill my heart with melancholy and joy... Simple little trinkets that represent my stories... Stories of my youth and that of my ancestors.. Memories of family... a mother's love.. a grandfather's courage.. Keepsakes from my travels across this vast globe and reminders of travels closer to home and the sea that beckons me daily with it's salty air.







And jumbled in with all these savoured memories, are vintage purchases holding imaginary adventures to worlds unknown. Imaginary adventures fueling dreams that have become tangled and entwined with my own history. Dreams to be realized and new memories to be stored and revisited when spirits are flagging. Yes this little trinket box will come in handy to store my treasured memories under it's wobbly vintage glass. Memories old and new....

Where I've been, what I've imagined, and history I wish to create.


... I hope everyone is having a lovely week ...
I thought I'd break up the week with a little white contribution to White Wednesday hosted by the lovely Kathleen of Faded Charm. This trinket box is my latest purchase and although not vintage.. I like to pretend it is with it's paint splotched glass and white washed timber. I'll be back later in the week with Sea of Love Part II and more trademark blue of The Andaman Sea.... internet permitting.. Until then.. have a fabulous week and thanks for your continued visits and hello to my new followers .. Just like my memories..
... there is joy to be found in old friends and new ...


Julie b


All text, photography and artwork by me - [Being Ruby©]



Jane said...

I love your box AND your trinkets. What a great way to display them. And I agree it is those little things, often of very little value, which can often have the most meaning. Have a lovely week my dear. xoxo

Bree Oliver said...

Again the light bulbs leave me wanting more!

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Dear Julie,
what a great ides! Your box looks so beautiful! The clocks are so great!!!!!
Have a nice wednesday,
Big Hugs,

Killiecrankie Farm said...

great collection julie - i would never have guessed the box wasn't the real deal ! I still wouldn't say no if i saw it in the shop either :)

you are so lucky to have so many handed down treasures - my ancestors all seemed to delve into moments of madness and destroy things - so many lost mementos

Hey - dibs your it ! just a thank-you :)

the old white house said...

Your photos are beautiful, very soulful, I loved them all! Theresa xoxo

rjerdee said...

Utterly charming, your words and trinkets!!!!!

Jane said...

Such beautiful photos. Your trinket box is so artfully arranged. Even though the items are all so different, the similar color and patina of all of items really turns the trinket box into a work of art. I LOVE it!!

Rebecca said...

I love this in all it's simplicity-!!!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Dear Julie~
I see a sailor's box... taken from beneath his bed & given to a small girl waiting on the dock. One long last look at the sea, then he turned his heart turned homeward to the hills. And later...she, of course, added her keepsakes to his.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Julie, Luv your collections in your box. With your photos makes them look even nicer. Have a great day....Julian

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Every single photo is a gem! Great job Julie! I don't know how you do it!

Marie said...

Hey Ruby - J'adore your trinket box. Beautiful collection of random vintage things. Now I want one too ;) Saying 'hi' from White Wednesday.

oldgreymare said...


You knocked it out of the park...again.

So lovely. (I am coveting that brooch big time!)

Once again, these would be perfect as a series of cards...

Ciao dear friend.....z

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

LOVE this! The eye glasses are perfect. Love it all. You do such beautiful work!
Have a good day, friend.

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*So beautiful Julie!LOVE your trinket box~*~* Hugs, Rachel

desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
Again I like so much your pictures.The clocks are fabulous!!

Sahildeki Ev said...

Just wonderful pictures, and I am sure you have great stories about them...

Unknown said...

Love the whistle and the sparkly pin! I used a similar whistle when I was a lifeguard many summers ago....and well, I love shiny bits too.....smiles.

Sue said...

It is beautiful, I really love it. I think I would need a very big box!

Mise said...

Julie, may we be internationally old and dotty together? I'll acquire a trinket box too and we can sip sherry (or purified water, if you prefer) and swop memories of the dear old blogosphere.

All Things Pretty... said...

Ultra cool and chic... thank you for sharing this! :) mercedes

Jeanne Henriques said...

I love your trinket box Julie...your photos are as charming as ever..little mysteries for us to explore and ponder. I could not think of a better person to own a trinket box. It has your name written all over it :)

Jeanne xx

Carole said...

Nothing wrong with mixing the old with the new. I guess it's what we call eclectic.
To me the little things that we put together have the most impact and always what I'm drawn to in anyones home. It tells their story all in one little place. You've proven that in your gorgeous photos.
Hope your enjoying decorating your new home!


La Petite Gallery said...

Just lovely Julie. Do you have room for me in the box? Memories are things no one can take.
I lost everything, but I still remember all
my photo's in my mind, God Please don't let me get Alzheimers. XXXXX yvonne

simon said...

i have a small collection like that too! :o)

Renée Finberg said...

has anyone told you lately how incredibly interesting you are????

i am telling you.

great post.

Ange said...

What a great way to compile a life history - and with all your usual panache and finesse. Ah Julie, always an inspiration.


annieb said...

Your newest follower thinks your photos are so telling of who you must be. You have the ability to capture the essence of the subject.

Giulia said...

Julie--An excellent idea & it looks marvellous. Once one gets that many smallish things, I thing they really do need to be grouped together. The box is a good idea & I think I'll do the same (well, I need a few but will start with one). The dust in this old apt. is so annoying & I have to move so many things (it should be done every day, that's how bad it is) to dust. I think a few boxes, strategically placed & if done as artfully as yours will help hugely. My mother had two end tables with glass on top, I'm sure you know the kind. Really nice...& she would change the "installations" once or twice a year, just to make sure one still "saw" everything. Thing is, she's not keen on letting me have them yet:)


Susan (& from the Other Julie, too:)

Millie said...

Lovely treasures here Julie, beautifully curated & photographed in your inimitable style!
Millie ^_^

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Julie, What a fabulous display frame and collection!! Very well done and so charming:-)) Love the word dotty!
Thanks for your visit!

Mary-Laure said...

I love all those delicate and old treasures. Especially the ancient glasses - I should get a pair at a flea market some time.

the old boathouse said...

Okay my dotty friend I could not believe it when I saw the whistle....I have one that is almost identical on my key ring it has always been with me...I would love to know if there is a story behind yours or if you just love it as a lovely thing....I am sure we must have some of the same blood haha. I love your box, yours in dottydom katherine

julie miller said...

Beautiful post ~ gorgeous photos!! Simple and lovely! Julie

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Gorgeous Julie such a lovely collection and the frame is lovely xox

Shaz said...

Love your Trinket Box - you are a girl after my own heart - as you know this is what I do, preserve peoples memories ( I think it is so important to preserve your memories, it instantly transports you back or gives an instant insight to other generations of the life you had. I love the way you 'age' your pictures. They look so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hellooooooo Julie way down under! I love your trinket box, the lovlies inside, and especially the stories that go with them. Wonderful!!!
Hope your internet issues get worked out soon.

June said...

A box of love, I do believe Julie. It is beautiful, and holds the best kinds of treasures.
I'm so sorry about your exile dear one.Can't wait till you break through, and are back with us again. Wishes for a wonderful weekend.
hugs to you...

Patyclau said...

I like so much these photografs, little rooms for each thing, very nice.


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

It looked vintage to me..., and filled with stories!

Have a wonderful Sunday, Julie!!

Brabourne Farm said...

Divinely beautiful - no other words required! Leigh

Angie Muresan said...

Love your trinket box, girl. Such pretty thingies!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Julie,
Poor annoying and frustrating. I find it bad enough when my comments won't publish, but to be completely without the internet must be awful !!
Anyway, you have left us with a beautiful post to feast our eyes on....your photographs are so sharp.....and, I love your trinket box, so much so that I am making it my mission to find one for myself !!.....and, my favourite trinket are the pince-nez. I love them.
Hope that you are back in the land of the internet soon....we will all still be here so don't worry. Will be thinking of you in your horrible, frustrating situation and hoping that it sorts itself out very soon !!!! XXXX

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Julie,
Poor you....there's nothing more frustrating and annoying, is there ? I have tried to publish this comment at least 5 times and that's frustrating in itself, let alone not have any internet !!I hope it works this time.
Anyway, at least you have been able to leave us with this beautiful post to wonder at....your photographs are so sharp. I love your trinket much so that I am making it my mission to find one for myself. All of those beautiful little bits and favourite trinket being the pince-nez.
Here's hoping that you will be fully connected soon. XXXX

Pooch Purple Reign said...

sweet trinket box ruby! hope you get back online soon

Pinecone Camp said...

It's amazing how inspiring a gorgeous image of a whistle can be! I love this post. You have the best trinkets. ;)

mermaid gallery said...

so lovely...white on white...vintage enough....

Julie said...

Hi Julie
What a lovely trinket box you have!
I want one too(smile), don't tell my hubby since he wants me to get rid of all my Junk(treasure..)

Hope your internet work is not making your life difficult.

Julie xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Julie...what an adorable trinket box for ally your treasured that brooch!!! Hope your internet comes back soon...Dzintra♥x