1. Shelia Claudia. Shelia Claudia is the Little Person I received for Christmas one year, way back before Xavier Roberts sold out, allowing the Little People to become mass-produced Cabbage Patch Kids with plastic heads. You can read more about her in this post. I had countless dolls throughout my childhood years but Shelia and Raggedy Ann, who is sitting next to Sheila and looking mighty raggedy these days, are the only two taking up residence in my closet. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I still get all warm and giddy inside each time I see this little pug-nosed face from my childhood.
2. My Wedding Dresses. Both of them, with their very different styles, are hanging side by side in their garment bags in the back of my closet. And the bridal portrait from my wedding to Darin sits on the top shelf on the other side of Shelia.
3. Shoes, Shoes, Shoes. I'm a shoe girl from way back though I did finally break down and part with several pairs back before Christmas.
The ones I seem to favor the most these days are my two pairs of Toms. I don't think I've ever owned a more comfortable pair of shoes.
4. The Boys' Christening Gown. They each wore this gown as babies at their Baptisms and my hope is to pass it down to their children someday.
5. My Funky 70's Diva Costume. I don't always dress up for Halloween but when I do, I fully commit.. This was 2008...Play that funky music, white girl!
6. Tacky Christmas Sweater. This was half folded, half wadded up underneath some other stuff on the top shelf. I wore it to an ugly Christmas sweater party in 2010. It lights up and everything. Ellen Griswold ain't got nothin' on me.
8. Many Boxes of Cards I've received over the years. These two are completely full. I'm a hoarder of greeting cards and miss the days when everyone mailed cards instead of typing quick "Happy Birthdays" on facebook timelines
9. A Box of Cards I mean to send. I'm trying to get back in the habit of snail mailing because I am just as guilty as everyone else.
10. Guess Jean Jacket from 1986. I got this for Christmas my 10th grade year. I don't know what it is about this particular item of clothing that has survived all my many purges but here we are, still together, after all these years. Who cares if I haven't worn it since Clinton was in office? It.still.fits.