I have all my photos and letters stashed in archival boxes — so they're safe and easy to grab if I need to make a run for it — but what of all the precious ephemera scattered everywhere? I've saved ticket stubs, receipts, scribbles, train tickets, coffee punch cards, and other tiny bits of paper that hold a thousand memories. Jessie Phillips Andersen's handmade Memory Bank might be the perfect place to keep them…
Apartment Therapy featured Jessie's Wobble Bowls a few years ago, and I'm happy to see she's still producing intriguing work. Her Speechless Studios in Oakland produces and sells the Wobble Bowls and other fun designs, but the Memory Bank is my favorite. It's so elegant, kind of like a dreamy memory of a piggy bank. It would be amazing to have one for each city you've lived in, or each phase of life (childhood, college, traveling, etc), and it would be cool to start a collection for a kid. Of course, I suppose any of my favorite piggy banks would do (plus that would be a very cute collection), but this one does have an extra-long slot so you can slide in notes and cards.
Do you have a dedicated spot where you stash all your bits & pieces? I hope to keep them safe so that when I'm 90 I can say, "Ah, yes — that teeny cafe in Portland with Jenn. What a good day."