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Of all the objects that I lost my mom's nightgowns were the most dear embodiments of her. I am learning how to make paper from Armando Rodriguez and I am using my mom's belongings pictured below to make a replacement nightgown.

photos by Jess Schreibstein

Materials list:

Her Baptism bible
Love and apology notes from her highschool sweetheart
Valentines Day cards from her Daddy
$5 from her Mother
Highschool diploma
Yearbook signatures from highschool and college
Sorority pledge cards and welcome cards
Congratulations cards for graduation
Thank you cards from first year teaching
Congratulations cards for wedding
Congratulations cards for son's adoption
Get well cards from surgery to be able to have a baby
Program from the service when her son was baptised
Congratulations cards for birth of daughter
Her mother's obituary
Cigarette butts
Binaca breath spray
Her Dove soap
Her favorite smelling lotion
The paper towels and toilet paper she always had wadded up in her pockets
Sympathy cards from death of her parents
Mothers day cards
Happy birthday cards
Emails she printed out of fights with her daughter in law
Admissions receipts from Cancer center
Grocery shopping list made by daughter for her mom in last months
Daily log of food she was able to eat in last months
Thank you cards from last year teaching
Get well cards from last illness
Pink flowers from outside her house in Spring time
Original copy of the eulogy her daughter wrote and read at her memorial service

photos by dabfoto creative