Home for the Holidays: Part 1 My Grandma

I am home for the holidays. Literally. Sweet Sweet Sweet, tiny pinch of bitter-sweet. There are loved ones that will not be here this year. “Coming home” for the holidays has always been a great time to review all the Christmas Crafts of years gone by. But this year there is more than that to “review”
My Mom is preparing to move, and so there are boxes coming out that have not been unearthed from their hiding places in DECADES.
As I look around, I see signs of the crafting lineage that I am descended from. Is there such a thing as a crafting gene? If there is, I have it, in spades. It is almost more than I can measure up to.
My Fathers Mother (“Grandma”) was so gifted with all the needle sports. She knit some, but her real talent was in embroidery.
She did some pieces that were passed down in the family that are art.
She included beads and other accent pieces to give her work more texture and dimension.
Here is a sampler that hung in my childhood room.
I had not seen this piece in at least 25 years, and it struck a chord in me to see the workmanship, and to see something SO familiar from long ago.

It has been such a fantastic trip in time. And a lovely to connect to my “crafting roots” two generations back.
Next, we will profile my Mother’s Mother.

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2 Comments to Home for the Holidays: Part 1 My Grandma
    • Debie Grissom
    • These are beautiful. I have needleworks that were made by my great-grandmother which includes tatting and embrodiaried dresser scarfs and 2 crocheted piano scarfs that are so unbelivably beautiful. And quilts and afagans that my mother and grandmothers made. A paining that my great Aunt did from a photograph of two paddle boats coming down the Tennessee River in 1951 the same year I was born.

      So, I love to paint and dabble in many crafts mediums so much, that my husband has put his foot down that I can’t bring in any more crafts until I get all my projects done or boxed up until I can do them, honest. Oh well just had to share my story. My mom also wrote a couple of books. And friends are after me to do one of my life. My sister is working on her own book as have 2 cousins.

      Never miss the chance to share your experiences with others because you never know how it might spark an idea for them to be creative. So by all means, play it forward and create.

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