If you hang stockings as a Christmas tradition, what’s the story behind your family’s treasures? Are they a mix of old and new? Are they handmade? Did you find them in a catalog or fall in love with them at a favorite shop?
I’ve begun to deck the halls, and one of my favorite things is the kitchen Christmas tree.
Beautiful quilts from the Ohio County Historical Society’s collection are on display in Rising Sun, Indiana through April 10, 2021. The setting is wonderful, and so are the quilts.
“Bracelets with Meaning” are all the rage today, and I can totally understand why. How lucky am I to have my Mom’s heart bracelet forever Valentines with me.
Perhaps you have pieces of vintage handwork tucked away that could come to life with some TLC?
I never met my Great Uncle Harry, but his photos are the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks to him, I’ve been able to see my grandmother & great aunts as they were in their youth, with tiny waists, long full skirts, often in crazy hats, and full of life.
My grandmother, Isabelle, learned necessary hand sewing skills to make and repair her limited wardrobe of the times. Her journal is filled samples of her school sewing projects and is such a treasure!
Last fall I found several old grain sacks at Madison, Indiana’s River West Antique Mall. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular that day – “just browsing, thanks.” But these well worn sacks spoke to me. “We would make awesome kitchen aprons for your friends,” they whispered. It’s like they knew me…
I’m a “keeper.” Not a hoarder, mind you, but a keeper. I hang on to those small things that remind me of someone special. A wedding ring, a thimble, a hospital baby bracelet. Little objects that take me on a memory journey of things they’d told me about their lives, stories I’ve heard about them, or moments we shared.
It’s a wrap! The “Flo & Edna. Hoosier Quilters. Family. Friends” quilt shows in Rising Sun and Madison, Indiana are completed. The stacks of quilts, sewing notions, vintage sewing machine, graduation dress, books, and handmade doll clothes are making their way back home. Love is the thread that binds us.