Tuesday, May 10, 2011

For the Love of Corks and Memories

The outpouring of comments on my heart made out of corks was amazing - it seems as though all of us has caught the cork love bug.  We all seem to agree that corks in a jar or vase or hurricane is easy and simple, but we dream of other uses for our precious wine corks.

If you look closer at our vase or corks, you'll notice something different...the writing.

A few years ago John and I started writing on our corks.  Whenever we opened up a bottle on an occasion we wanted to remember, we'd write the date and occasion on the cork and them plop it in a special vase.  Over time we've collected quite the variety of corks and memories and it's so much fun to peruse them from time to time and remember special times with family and friends or special days in our life.

Some occasions are typical such as our first wedding anniversary and a birthday dinner (complete with lobster made by John).  Others are times we wanted to look back on and smile like an evening of games with our neighbors, a dinner with our parents, or the night John finally made the big decision of where he wanted to go to graduate school.  Then, there are the times that I love reading about the most - the night I was so grumpy it was funny, the first time we made stir fry without fighting, our first night in our first apartment, a much needed lazy evening after John's first wave of grad school exams.

These are the corks I love the most...the ones that conjure up vivid memories of special times and everyday moments.  As we continue to add a cork here and a cork there to our special vase, I find myself looking forward ten years when we still have something to remind me of that evening John made creme brulee, the night we slept in front of the fire, and the day we decorated our first Christmas tree.

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Little Sprinkles Of Fun said...

This is a great idea! So many memories you are keeping track of this way!
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Screaming Meme said...

I have always thought this was such a great idea! I saw another great idea on twitter...


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Adriana said...

Such a great way to remember the everyday moments that make life so special. Stopping by from Tip Junkie! If only we drank more wine!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

What a great idea! I had a giant martini glass filled with wine corks on my coffee table. That is, until my sneaky pooch found a way onto the coffee table to filch them.

Sweet Floweret said...

This is such a great idea...
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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Another fantastic idea from you! Seriously this is great!

Delighted Momma

Rebbie said...

That's such a nice tradition. I think in 10 years you'll need a much bigger container!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

OMGosh! We do the exact same thing and the ones that are the most special are the ones like quitting the yard work we were doing and sharing a bottle of wine instead. I keep mine in big apothecary jar. I've done projects with them too. Great post. :)

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Writing the memories/dates on the corks is such a great idea. Love that :)

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

So great! I have been saving our corks too but didn't think to write on them. My favorite cork is the one from a winery my husband and I went to on our honeymoon.

Also, I have a great giveaway going on for some chalkboard labels and would love if you entered! http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/05/chalkboard-label-giveaway-from-ginger.html

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

what a great idea!

idesign said...

very cute! great idea :)


Unknown said...

My daughter and I have been saving wine corks for a long time. I love this idea. I am sending your blog addy over to her right now. Thanks Kristen.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That is a great idea! Thanks for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday blog party.

Jen @ EmbellishingLifeEveryday said...

Great idea! I made a cork board with mine a while back. I'm saving mine up again for another project. :)


NMgal said...

My husband and I have been writng our memoies on corks for 10 years. I love my corks. Christmas dinners with friends, 5th anniversary in Venice, even a special vacation with an aunt who has since died of leukemia. We always have everyone who is sharin the wine sign the cork(So it's like having a tangible piece of Cindy here to remember her). I love the idea of a beautiful jar to display them in. My corks make me smile. I need to get the displayed and out of my ziptop baggies:-) I love reading about someone else who shares my love for corks!!
Have a great day!

Rachel @ Little Kitchen, Big Bites said...

we have the same thing at home! your heart is adorable...i have a monogram i made with my corks and the heart would be perfect next to it...have to try this soon! thanks for the inspiration!

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