Skeleton Key Fever

Yes, I have it.

I was all excited to post this yesterday but I actually got asked to help work an important edit session at work last night (which is awesome!!  I couldn’t say no!). So though it is a bit delayed, I would like to continue the “stuff we brought from our visits home” week with a little something I got from my Nana. After bragging shamelessly at the family Christmas gathering about my new skeleton key necklace from Walker (I had been wanting one forever! This pic is from the Etsy seller gwendelicious), my Nana told me that she had a skeleton key in her jewelry box from the house where she grew up. Later that week, I went back over to her house and she brought the key out for me. It was so pretty… simple, vintage, and full of memories. She said that in those days people didn’t really lock their doors so her family only had 2 copies of the key. Since one skeleton key could open many of her neighbor’s doors, at night her father would stick his key into the lock from the inside to jam it up. Nana told me that she learned how to use her key from the outside to push the inside key back out of the lock so she could get into the house when she’d been out late!  Probably sneaking out with Papa… ;)


Anyway, she gave it to me and I couldn’t think of a better place for it than next to the “Our First Place” key. I got a worn brown frame from Michael’s for $5 that had a little room between the glass and the cardboard insert. I cut small picture hanging nails with my she-hulk strength and my wire cutters so that the nails wouldn’t stick out the back. Then I placed the nails, hammered them in, and put everything back into the frame/glass. Since the cardboard insert couldn’t really fit back into the grooves in the frame, I was able to secure it with some tape (because it sat flush with the back of the frame). Now our little family heirloom is on display. The more skeleton keys, the merrier!  (Thanks Nana- I love you!)

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  1. Brhea

    January 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great idea! I love having a few of my great grandma’s things around our house. I think using real life heirlooms in decor is so awesome, because it tells a story :)

    • Erika

      January 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Brhea! I agree… I am such a sentimental fool so the majority of the decor I have in the house is from someone I love or reminds me of a certain memory. Have a great weekend! :)

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