What is a fair way to divide family heirlooms with cousins? There was a long-term estrangement with these cousins, and we have tried to make the best of being stuck making decisions with them regarding the care of the person who owns the heirlooms (and is now in a nursing home with dementia and unable to make decisions), but it hasn't worked out really well. Now we are supposed to meet to split things up. Is there any way to make this more fair/easier? More inside. [more inside]
How do I feel better about the heirloom toys my mom designed when I don't want them at my house and when I won't be giving Mom grand kids on whom to bestow said heirlooms later down the line? [more inside]
An older family member has given me 3 pearls that have great meaning to her and asked me to have them made into jewelry to be given to another family member (a 22-year-old woman). What form of jewelry should I have made? Any tips on how to deal with local jewelers to get something that will yield a beautiful and valued gift?
I'd like to find a source in NE Illinois or even Chicago for heirloom seeds and garlic for my Aunt, bricks and mortar if possible. I couldn't seem to find anything promising online, and there are a lot of online places, but I'm in Canada so I have no experience with the U.S. based companies. [more inside]
RugFilter: I have inherited the family bounty of old Navajo rugs. Now, how do I turn them into profit? [more inside]
What sort of heirlooms have parents passed to children? Which are most thoughtful and well received? Which do you wish your parents would have passed to you? [more inside]