My Cigar Box Collection!

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Hello everybody!

Does anybody remember a blog post I did back in January, where I talked about a cigar box that my dad gave me one afternoon and I decided to put my papaw’s rock collection in it? Well, if you don’t, I called the post “The Treasure Box” and at the time I thought that was going to be the only box I would be given from my dad, but I was wrong! Since then, I was manged to have three more and yes, I have started my own little cigar box collection on accident!

Just so we’re all on the same page, I don’t smoke cigars or cigarettes! I just like the heavily decorated boxes! My mom told me, “you certainly have a lot of cigar boxes for a person that hates smoking!” It’s true, but I don’t advocate for it though! And I recently said that I just got rid of a bunch of boxes I’ve used for storage for my bookshelf and I keep getting these suckers! Oh, well!

Okay, the first box I am going to talk about is my biggest box so far! It is a white rectangle box with a thin wrapping all around the top of it. The brand of cigars that my dad likes the most are Cubans, of course! This brand is called “My Father Cigars” and it seems to be in production since 1922 and out of the boxes, this is probably my favorite because the top section below is just beautiful! Very elegant despite the fact that what was stored inside of it was tobacco!

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It might look great on the outside, but unfortunately it does have a couple of downfalls about it. One is the fact that every box has a latch in the front to “lock” the boxes and this one does not close all the way and so the latch is basically useless! The other bad part of it is that it is very thin. You have to store anything that is flat, so that’s why in my bookshelf tour post I did has it down on my lower shelf because it basically has all of my un-important items that I don’t use a lot of the time!


The second (or third) box if you will! I want to say it is the same size of the first box. It’s just not as fancy whereas the treasure box has a more sheen to it and this one isn’t, but I’ll get to that in a minute! The brand of this one is called Nica Puro (I have no idea what it means!) and you see the number “1685” on the box and you automatically think that it would mean a year started production, but I have a theory that it just might be part of the brand itself since it has those numbers all around the border of the box! Like I said, it’s just a theory, nothing’s set in stone here!

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Unlike the white one, it’s not even as decorated as the white one so that part kind of sucks but I do use it for more things because it has more room. I have some cards and envelopes, anything of that nature where if I need it or want to store something for later – I can! On the plus side, the latch on this box is a lot better, probably a little too good since everytime I need it I have to tip it over and unlatch it and flip it back over to get it open.

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Other than that, I don’t really have any need for it, but like with every addiction I seem to have I can’t say no to it!


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My nana has sort of promised me that I was allowed to have a couple of my papaw’s cigar boxes too! So far I only have in possession of one box and this is very worn and it is from a company based in New York called “Nickelby” I kept wanting to say “Nickelback” everytime I saw it. I think the main difference between the first two and this box is that when this one was sold, it only cost 5 cents! My dad has a larger box for his cigars and it was about $80! In ways, I don’t want to know how much the others were before he brought them home to me!

After I came home with this and put it into my bookshelf, my dad became very jealous over the fact that I had an older box, one of my papaw’s or his dad’s boxes (we’re still not sure, because papaw didn’t smoke cigars!). When I told nana about how he was acting about it, she found another box and we gave it to him! He’s happy now!

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So what do you think? Do you collect any boxes or anything like that? 

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My Small Jewelry Collection!

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Howdy!

As somebody with a disability, my wheelchair(s) have always been MY accessory. My electric wheelchair being the bulkest, obnoxious one of all! I’ve always loved jewelry. When we were kids, my sister and cousin and I would be over at my nana’s late at night for a visit and she’d be looking through her jewelry box for a necklace or a pair of earrings. We would find these little gems as treasure because majority of them hadn’t been worn in a really long time, so they had dust or cracks on them. I think Blondie and Kristi tried on a lot of the jewelry back then, especially the earrings. I was the last one to get my ears pierced in 2010. It was a disaster but I did like wearing my little music notes and guitar earrings.

As I’ve explained in some of my posts before, having my condition Arthrogryposis my arms and legs are very skinny. The disease affects my joints, I have hardly any muscles in these areas. The only way I can describe how small they are is by comparing them to a toilet paper roll. I think my wrists are a little bit smaller. I can’t wear rings of course, because of the fact my fingers are so tiny, rings of any size just slip right off. So from a young age I’ve had a serious hatred for them. I can wear rings on my big toes, but I’ve never really cared for them. My art teacher back in Elementary got me one and she said something like “we match now” since I’ve always wanted to be like everybody else this was my alternative. I think I only worn it for less than a week before I gave it back to her. Rings are just not a favorite of mine.

I’ve always loved necklaces and bracelets though! The only problem with the longer chain of necklaces the actual charm or whatever is like covered up by my left hand. 90% of the time my mom has to put the charm on top of my hand so it’s visible. I either need to get a shorter chain or a really long one! I have one that is lost and it’s one I got at Spencer’s one time. It’s silver and has a gothic frame of a Victorian lady in black and it sooo screams me! It has a long chain and it’s pretty heavy, so it actually goes past my hand! Leave it to me to lose it! And then I have my two special necklaces. My mom and dad named me “Meghan” six letters and we hardly ever see anything like mugs, necklaces, etc with my spelling. So I’ve always had a “M” necklace. It works, I actually picked it out at Wal-Mart because I didn’t have one and then a few months later while my mom and dad went shopping they were in the jewelry section and she found MY NAME on a necklace and had to buy it. Unfortunately for both of them, I hardly ever wear them, mostly because of the hand thing.

As far as bracelets go, I love them!! I’m actually okay with the fact I can’t wear them on my wrists. I do actually have one bracelet that can fit on my tiny wrists. I got it for Christmas a couple of years ago from my friend Tabby from England. It is a friendship bracelet, it has this heart charm that has a key entrance in the middle and it is incredibly small but fits like a glove on my wrist! I almost cried when my mom put it on my arm for the first time, because it’s so difficult to find anything that’ll fit.  If I do wear it, I rather have it on my right hand because it’s much lower placed on my body. Tabby has the other one that has the key on it! My mom recently got these animal bracelets she found at CVS, she likes to wear different bracelets and has worn a few of mine before! I have like two, I have a purple/turtle and rainbow/elephants. There are supposed to mean something each one but I don’t have a clue what these two mean so I’m sorry! The first bracelet I ever bought myself was when Blondie was at school up north.  We went into this artisanal accessories store called CeCi’s by this lady, I found this orange bracelet that had spikes glued onto the string. It can be considered a cuff I guess. It fits on my legs like a glove and it’s honestly my favorite bracelet! I regret not getting the red one that day too!

I have a small batch of bracelets that I got in the span of two years I think. I got this pack of bracelets once in Spencer’s again. They came four in a pack, black and silver with different charms. I have one that says “Love,” a cross, skull, and the last one was a bunch of silver studs. All of them have a elastic band so they can stretch and slip onto my feet. My heels are VERY large so this is considered a brilliant invention! I have another bracelet that has skull and spike charms going through around it. It is black and a dark gold shade. It brings out my rocker side! However, not like my big one! I have another cuff I got from that place CeCi’s and it’s huge! It also has giant spikes on it too!! We have a saying in my family, that it can be considered a weapon!! I have to be extreme careful whenever my mom goes to lift me up so that I don’t stick her! This is definitely my favorite of the bunch!

I think that’s all of them!! Hopefully in my future OOTDs I’ll actually remember to wear some of them so you can get a glimpse of what I go through wearing each item I’ve described.

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