Wordless Wednesday-Hickory, MS

Printer Tray Shadow Box

graves-002Today I want to focus on the details of my last post on this printer tray shadow box. This box was designed in memory of my great grandparents Thomas W Cox and Nellie Gamble.


DSC_0033_FotorThis box features a spoon handle from her silver service. One spoon got stuck in the garbage disposal. Oops! I was able to replace it, and now I have an interesting piece for my box.




This is a copy of their wedding invitation.






December 25, 1921. I made a Christmas box for their Christmas wedding.

Mr. Cox retired from the railroad so I created a train box next to a picture from his retirement.

This is a copy of the signature of a letter Thomas wrote to Nellie. I love how he signed it “I’m Your Friend”!


The bible represents the fact that Thomas and Nellie raised their children in a Christian home, and were very active in their church.

I love how shadow boxes can tell a story. If you have one you have made I would love to see pictures of it! I am considering writing these descriptions down and attaching them to the back of each box. What do you think?

If you want to try one for yourself you can find one here.

If you would like to read my review of this product you can check it out here.

Review-Configurations Print Tray Shadow Box by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

graves-002Today I would like to review for you the Configurations Print Tray Shadow Box by Tim Holtz Idea-ology. You can see here that I used this tray to feature pictures and mementos from my Cox great grandparents.

I really had a fun time creating this. Because it is made of paper, the boxes painted nicely, or they would look great left alone. They did soak up a lot of paint, so it took more paint than I thought.The thing I LOVE about this tray is the boxes can be reconfigured in several different arrangements. There are some sample configuration ideas that come with the instructions.

Tomorrow I am going to talk about the meanings of the individual boxes that I did.

The only cons some people might have is it is fairly shallow, but it was fine for what I wanted. Some Amazon reviewers complained there was not glass so they did not feel it was a “shadow box”. My only complaint is there is not a way to hang it. Here are some specific about this product.

  •  Configurations Print Tray Shadow Box measures 11.5 x 1 x 16.25-inch
  • An arrangement of compartments or elements of a framed box used to display treasured objects or findings
  • Completely customizable
  • Made of 100-Percent paper
  • By designer Tim Holtz Idea-ology

I hope you will have as much fun with this as I did. If any of you make one I would love to see it!

52 Ancestors-Week#3 Bedie Lois Crews

My great grandmother, Bedie Lois Crews, was born  October 25, 1893 . She was the daughter of Peter Jefferson Crews and Mary Delany Rice. She was born in Neshoba County Mississippi.

I know very little about her. There are no pictures of her that I know about. She died at 19 years of age when my grandmother was only 2 years old. I really wish I knew what happened for her to die at such a young age. UPDATE: ask and ye shall receive 🙂 According to her grand daughter, Mary, she died of phlebitis. Thank you Mary!


The first record I have is the 1900 census where she is 6 years old.

She married John Louis Hardy January 16th 1910. The next census record, in 1910, shows her 16 years old and living with her husband. She must have been a few weeks pregnant when this census was taken.

I visited her grave last November and she has a very simple stone. Only her name is inscribed on it. She is buried in the Bethsaidia Baptist Church Cemetery in Neshoba County Mississippi amongst many of her family members.

She died November 20, 1912


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Wedding Wednesday-Robert and Marie Cox

Today for Wedding Wednesday I would like to feature my grandparents Robert & Marie Cox. They were married June 10, 1945. This is a transcript of the news paper write up.

“Miss Jewel Marie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben L Smith of Boaz became the bride of Petty Officer Robert S Cox son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Cox June 10.The ceremony was performed at the home of the groom’s grandmother Mrs. R.O. Gamble, Boaz, with Rev. W.L. Stallings officiating.

An altar of greenery arranged with baskets of white gladioli and pink rosebuds and wrought iron candelabras with burning tapers formed the background for the ceremony. The candles were lighted by Miss Flora Mae Stone and Miss Josephine Gamble.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a white lace trimmed silk pique dress with a sweetheart neckline. Her only ornament was a single strand of pearls. She carried a white prayer book covered with gardenias and rosebuds with satin streamers tied with forget-me-nots.

Mrs. Richard a Wilson, matron of honor, wore and ice blue crêpe dress.

James Earl Battles, shipmate of the groom, served as best man.

A reception followed the ceremony. The bride’s lace-covered table was centered with a wedding cake encircled with gardenias. Assisting in serving were Mrs. Woodrow Wells, Mrs. Oscar Gamble, Mrs. Albert Gamble, Mrs. Veamon Moultrie and Mrs. George Gamble.
Later in the evening the couple left for Mobile where the groom waited assignment to a ship. The bride is now living in Gadsden with her parents until the groom returns.”

Tombstone Tuesday-Robert Sessions Cox


My grandfather Robert Sessions Cox 1925-1995 and my grandmother Jewel Marie Smith 1926-2007. They are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Satsuma, Alabama.

Maritime Monday-Robert Sessions Cox

robert-001Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to an amazing start. For Maritime Monday I want to feature my grandfather Robert Sessions Cox. He sailed with the merchant marines as a young man in the 1940’s. If anyone has any information about what being in the merchant marines would have been like at that time, I would love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful week!

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Fun Friday-Word Cloud

I just wanted to share with you all the fun word cloud I made with all my family surnames! It was really easy, and I am already thinking about other projects I can do with it. You can change up the text, shapes and colors.


I created this over at www.tagul.com for free, or they do have some paid options.

What would you create with a word cloud?