Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Memory Box

About a month ago we went to an auction at my husband's childhood home (which you can read about here and here) and one of the things we got was an Royal Canadian Air Force jacket that had belonged to my husband's adopted father.  He had been a Tail Gunner in a Halifax Bomber during World War 11 and had taken part in many air raids, including D-Day. 

We don't have any photos of him in uniform so the photo below is just taken from the internet, but you can see the jacket is the same as the one above.

A Halifax Bomber Crew.  The row of bombs on the airplane indicate the number of bombing raids it has undergone (BBC)

Unfortunately the jacket was too moth-eaten to keep so after some consideration we decided that making a memory box with items from the jacket was the best way to deal with it.  

I took the idea and made it a reality by assembling the memory box for Father's Day. I cut some material from the back of the jacket and taped it around a piece of foam-core board to line the bottom of the memory box.  The material was so faded that I used the reverse side to get a truer representation of the colour.  Then I arranged the buttons, one of the badges from the shoulder, the belt buckle, and a piece of the trim from the sleeve and attached them to the material at the back.

It's a nice way to save the memories without having to keep the entire jacket which was long past its prime.  

Men are sooo difficult to find gifts for aren't they?  I have to confess that I'm pretty proud of myself for thinking of the memory box idea.  Did you all think of something wonderful to do to celebrate Father's Day?  

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  1. What a beautiful idea! I love it!


  2. Sorry, Grace. There were some distracting typos in my other comment.

    What I tried to say was, you're an amazingly talented woman. That's a great idea, to decorate with things that are meaningful to your family. Sad that you couldn't save the jacket.

  3. Thanks. I was happy we could find a way to use the best parts of the jacket and keep the memory alive, but not have to keep the moth-eaten jacket itself.