Here is my lovely grandmother and I. She has the sweetest twinkling blue eyes.
This picture is one of my favorites. It hangs over my grandmother's sofa. She aquired this picture when she was a very small child. Her family went to an estate sale and she was given a whole fifty cents. This is what she purchased. Can you imagine a small girl selecting this above all other treasures?
More favorites. These pictures were a gift to my grandmother on her 16th birthday.
She is now 84.
Many of you know that I collect antique and vintage dolls. This photo shows the guilty party who is responsible for that. (Smile) My grandmother ran a doll hospital for many, many years. She still does some special work. Here are two lovely dolls that she plans to finish.
I brought about ten years of projects home with me. First is an entire shoe box full of "yo~yo's" that will make a lovely bed covering.
Next are pieces for a fan quilt. I asked her how she came to have these. She said that she loved going to estate sales and was always so sad to find unfinished needlework, knowing the amount of time someone had invested. She always had plans to finish the quilts, but unfortunately now has terribly painful arthritis. I smiled and told her that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. When I go to an estate sale I too always end up bringing home some doily or hanky that some woman had lovingly created.
Here are more examples of needlework that she has collected over the years. In the coming weeks I will select examples of crochet, drawn work and others that I will write about at length. It will be so fun.
Given that she restores dolls, my grandmother has boxes upon boxes of old lace and trims to embellish dresses, bonnets and such. I must share a laugh. One evening while I was there, we went out to dinner and we both spotted on the diner's community bulletin board a flyer that said "Estate sale". Here I am a thousand miles from home wondering how on earth I am going to close my already stuffed to the gils suitcase and my grandmother already owning boxes of things and I was walking over to investigate with her calling after in an excited voice "See when it is and write down the address!" How sad we were when we realized that the anticipated event had already passed. Then I said, "Like you or I really need anymore stuff!" We both started laughing. Yes, we are trash to treasure seekers to the bone.
This is better than a pirates chest. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Delicious!
I brought home two plates that belonged to my great grandmother Emma. My grandmother said that her Ma (who was of German decent) would only keep a piece of china if it had a German label. Both of theses pieces passed muster. I am so glad.
Last week's quote:
"If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do. "
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author