Sentimental Fool that I am....

I'm pretty sentimental and I can tell from the comments on some of my posts that most people tend to be sentimental, too. Don't we all yearn for the feeling and emotions of love, nostalgia and idealism? We all hold on to something in the past be it in our thoughts or through a memento. So many things hold a special meaning or tell a story that brings a smile.
The Victorians were notorious for having sentiment and using symbolism. Take for instance this Gutta Percha (a latex produced from the sap of trees) mourning cross necklace. The roses are signifying the person being mourned was a loved one and older as the flower is in full bloom. The person was someone who had been with the wearer of the cross for some time as the daisies have a meaning of youth and innocence. It's kind of like reading a book.

Now I used to think that hair jewelry was gross! The thought of braiding someone's hair and turning it into a bracelet, necklace or watch chain to wear was...well...just plain weird. But then I realized that even in today's time, we save locks of hair. When our dear Collie died a year or two ago, my DH cut a lock of his fur and placed it in his wallet. He's carried it ever since and occasionally pulls it out and smiles at the memory. We save our child's lock of hair after their first hair cut or put a snip of hair in a locket with a picture of a loved one. The list goes on and on.

I like to think that we all want a slower paced time where we can appreciate sentimentality and revel in nostalgia. I know...I'm just a idealistic, sentimental old fool but I think there's one in just about everybody.
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Comments

The word 'sentiment' is not often used in English, we use its other form sentimental. But sentiment derives from the French which means 'feeling'. Some of the feelings we experience are so precious we want to keep them forever and I guess that is when they become sentimental.

I think it is also and indication that we, they, the item, mattered was of significance and we cling to something that gives an indication of the significance in our life.

Ah yes, sentimental old fool . . . that I am . . . but somehow (I will have to ponder this) I am aware that I am less sentimental than I used to be when I was younger. Perhaps it has something to do with being here and now and valuing what is as much or more than what was.

Now I have to figure this out. You have designed the path of my thinking for the day Alicia! Thank you.
Emmy said…
I have never heard of hair jewelry. I must admit my first thought was ewww! But you are right, we do save hair from first hair cuts. But still not sure if I would like it :)
Barbara said…
I never knew anything really about Victorian jewelry, but like the custom of flower-giving, each blossom has a meaning. Or the tip of a Victorian fan, which can be a flirt or a snub depending on the snap of a wrist. Yikes, those Victorians were the masters of subtext, weren't they?? xo B
briannelee said…
I saw that necklace yesterday in your Etsy store. Its gorgeous!!!!

Hair jewelry still grosses me out...
I love that bracelet. I am not sentimental over things...just people
Diane said…
I think the hair bracelet is very interesting. Wish I had knew of it before. My mom died last year and that would have been a nice keepsake. :O)
the cross is beautiful and symbolism is lovely. amazing what the victorians did with hair, i've seen intricate designs all made with hair in framed artwork.
Judy said…
That was a lovely post Alicia. The Victorians had the most amazing things and so symbolic. We seem so plain in comparison.
LENORENEVERMORE said…
Always wonderful to learn & refresh our knowledge from the past/history...Lurrve it!
I've seen Victorian art pieces done in human hair at antique shows...truly amazing! Not to forget, in some cultures they used teeth to adorn themselves! We should bring the trend back...errr???

~xo*
Renee said…
What a heartwarming post and that cross and the flowers and the story they tell.

xoxo
Anonymous said…
Great blog!
Now, i do have to say Mac (collie in blog) is one that i will always keep a picture near by. He was the dog i grew up with. My best friend. Always there when nobody else was... or if i had a problem that seemed so small he was there wagging his tail, giving me reason to smile. When i look at his picture i realize, the only thing he wanted was for our family to be safe and happy. Sentimental value of picture, tokens...etc... is hardly looked upon these days. We all have something we need and want to hold on to, things that can never be replaced. HE is that feeling for me. Great post ma!! :o)
Moonshadow said…
The Victorians went so far as to have special containers that they placed on their vanities to collect their hair for projects called hair receivers. Many looked like the powder boxes only having a hole in the center of the lid to drop the hair in. I don't understand why doing artwork with human hair grosses people out. Does items made from horse hair gross them out? What about any other woven item made from animal hair, wool, angora... it's all hair.
TheChicGeek said…
That's really interesting, Alicia, about the flowers being in full bloom representing an older person and the daisy representing youth. Now the hair bracelet...it is beautiful, but I still find it kind of creepy. I take it the hair is the brown band....what a lot of detail work to create that piece! I can appreciate that :D

Fun to learn about these things. Thanks for sharing with us!

Have a Happy Day!
I love your blog..I always read about something that either makes me stop and think or I learn from...this time it did a little of both.
drollgirl said…
this is making me sniffle a bit, as i am in a VERY sentimental mood today. it happens, and i think it is ok! :)
Teacher's Pet said…
I am so with you on your thoughts on today's blog, my friend.
GREAT blog you have....absolutely wonderful.
Blessings to you from Jackie
Snap said…
Victorian mourning jewelry fascinates me -- although I'm not sure I'd collect it or make any. I guess it's the history ... the time, the people. Sentiment ... it's a good thing.
Sarah said…
Yeah..me too - I shed lots of tears and hold things dear..I love this one hon!!
Thank you for being one of those QB members from the beginning hon..I am so pleased to have become your friend!! Namaste, Sarah
Suecae Sounds said…
I don't think it is wrong to be a sentimental fool. At least to a degree. :)
otin said…
I am very sentimental!
Hey girlfriend!

Love this post...just call me an old fool---just like you! :)

xo...deb
Chrisy said…
Yes I love the idea of mourning jewelry even today...some lovely examples here...
Just Jules said…
absolutely beautiful.... thank you for sharing, especially that first pic.
Vicky said…
No lie, I had no idea that jewelry was once made from hair. The older I get the more nostalgic I get... I don't know what it is. But I find its smells and scents and words and objects... they all take me back in a blink of an eye! Beautifully said!
oh yeah.. I am a sucker for sentimental family items..the good news is, so is my daughter. As it appears I have much of my mothers things..which are going to my daughter I guess when I pass them on.

Heck I have my sisters in laws old chairs, I was shocked when the family members passed on these 100 year old chairs!
A Palmer said…
Snif. That was beautiful about your husband keeping your beloved collie's lock of fur. Boy, count me in when it comes to sentimental. I could go to a funeral where I know absolutely no one including the deceased and be bawling like a baby within minutes just seeing the family weeping. Really thought provoking post. I vote for more time, too.
Nancy said…
I'm pretty sentimental. I have little items that bring back memories, or that give comfort. These items show much sentimentality, and were perfect objects for your post.
Divine Mrs D said…
That cross is amazingly beautiful. I love this post.

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