captured memories in a bottle

we aren't well traveled -- it's something we're currently working on. but every time we go somewhere new, instead of souvenirs, we collect ground. since we've been married we've traveled to mexico & hilton head island. each place we've gathered a handful of sand & put it in a bottle for keepsake. not photographed is our dirt from central park. it's still in a baggie because i've yet to find a cute bottle to house it in. not sure who decided we should do this, but i'm glad it happened. this is become a special tradition that allows us to store our memories.

we just collected mulch from nashville & now we're headed to indiana for a wedding. can't wait to collect our sample from there too!

do any of you have any unique or special ways of remembering your vacations?



  1. Love this! I went to Greece a few years ago and actually saved some of the sand in a bottle to bring back. Such a sweet, fun memory!

  2. This is the coolest idea ever! Seriously, so neat. I wish we would have been doing this for years.

    We collect paintings and prints. They're covering our walls right now!

  3. Oh that's so cute!!

    Found you trough blog hopin..

    Love, The mind of an exchange

  4. That's such a cute idea! I collected sand and the cutest little seashells from my last trip to Maui but I never would have thought to collect dirt or mulch. :)

    I hope you two are having a great trip!

  5. this is an excellent idea. I absolutely love this little tradition

  6. This is an awesome tradition! So unique, and definitely something you'll cherish! And I love the bottles you have them in, too! Perfect decoration. :)

  7. You and your hunny are so cute together. Great idea by the way.


  8. OH my goodness! Laurie! I love this idea. :) And that bottle is so cute.
    -Amanda | <a href="http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com>Living in Another Language</a>



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