TJ’s Household Haiku-Jewel Box

A french 19th century spelter jewel box, a Japanese lacquer box and a metal and wooden jewel box made by the Tuareg people

Lost gems!

A french 19th century spelter jewel box, a Japanese lacquer box and a metal and wooden jewel box made by the Tuareg people
Three jewel boxes. One from Africa, one from Japan and another from France.

I searched my boxes

But my precious jewels had gone!

My children moved out!


Household haiku on a Saturday! Here are 3 jewel boxes from different parts of the world. The gold one on the right is of course French from the late 19th Century and was probably a souvenir of a trip to Paris. Its pink padded silk lining still hints at the lavish days of the Belle Epoque. The little lacquer box on the left is an example of Japanese simplicity but I love the rich effect of the worn gold over the red lacquer. The largest box is the most special. It is a treasure chest made by the Tuareg Peoples who live in the Saharan parts of Niger, Mali and Algeria. These people remain nomadic to this day and are renowned for the metalwork they create. This box would have held valuables on the journeys over the desert. They are also known for their distinctive bright blue indigo fabric which stains their skin blue. As a consequence they are also sometimes know as the “Blue People”. None of the boxes is filled with jewels but I think they are jewels in themselves and certainly a glimpse into 3 different parts of the world.

Last week’s post “Pins” produced some very clever haiku. Do take a moment to check out these great contributions.

Bobby comes to call in this first haiku from the ever witty Annette Rochelle Aben

Kia has taken the prompt and created a post that has a truly important message for everyone. From the badges of courage and service to a challenge to be the good we all need in this world, this is truly a wonderful and inspiring post!

A very unique perspective on the prompt from Life Home and Away this week. The accompanying post is thought provoking!

It’s a bloodbath in the sewing box from the ever delightful Edwina’s Episodes this week!

Ritu has 2 haiku. One on the joys of finding a pin unexpectedly and the other relating to her own photo which I just adore! Who could have thought pins could look so arty!

Three haiku and 3 different pins makes this wonderful trio from Tucked Into a Corner another delightful collection.

Kay Myrman has been the only contributor this week to think of the “pins” we have to remember every day. Oh that I could remember mine! Love it!


You are very welcome to participate at any time over the week and I will feature the contributions in the following week. Simply write a haiku with the prompt as an idea (be as wildly creative as you like) and share a link in the comment section by pressing the black speech bubble at the end of this post. Tagging your post “TJ’s Household Haiku” will help others find your haiku too!



  1. So pretty! I believe my sister has a box my father brought home to my mother (his girlfriend at the time) from when he was in the Navy and out seeing the world. It is very Oriental in nature. We may have to look about for that. ❤

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    1. Very well thank you and welcome back! I am looking forward to seeing your new blog develop but I always freak out a little when people I keep in touch with suddenly vanish. The dour Scottish part of my mix always thinks the worst. Very glad you are back and love the new Nom de plume. Musette – La Boheme? Chaillot? now you have me stumped. Intrigued!


      1. Oh I’m so sorry for worrying you–I, too, tend to think the worst. I was hoping you’d like the new French name 🙂 All I need now is le petit chapeau.

        I do have a request: much as it is so lovely that you list all the contributors’ links for “household haiku” day–I need to be left off the list, in order to stay under the radar. Just having you read my offerings (hopefully enjoying them) will work best for me. Thanks for the Follow–see you soon!

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        1. Just glad to see you back in a new and exciting incarnation. Of course I will respect your request but will definitely enjoy reading anything you care to share.


          1. It is evidence to me of the best reasons to use technology. Sharing friendship and being creative. Two excellent reasons.


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