I'm sorry to those of you whose comments I haven't responded to in the past week or so. I'm dealing with some things right now, and I'm going to be taking a brief blogging break. Thank you for all of your support. I will return once I've processed some things.
Since we'll be moving soon, I'm trying to go through everything now and purge what we don't need or want to move to the new house. I've completed the bedroom, and I've started to take on some of the other rooms. This evening I went through an old steamer trunk I have. It used to belong to my great aunt, and I believe it belonged to her parents (my great-grandparents) before that. When it came into my hands it still had a set of Little Orphan Annie circus paper dolls in the bottom. I've never moved it from the trunk. The trunk has become the place where I keep the items that have been passed down to me, most of which are linens. I am happy to be the descendant of several strong, talented women who have left pieces of themselves behind through their work. The dishtowel above is, obviously, my embroidered hand print. I believe my mother made this, but I'm sorry to say I don't know for sure.
The embroidered dishtowels were made by my great-grandmother on my paternal side. The cross-stitch doily is something I did when I was around 10 years old. I don't think it was my first cross-stitch project, but it could have been. I'm amazed I still have it.
I have never used these dishtowels, and I probably never will. Instead, I will keep them in my treasure chest, er steamer trunk, until I pass them to the next generation. As I was looking at these this evening, I couldn't help but think of Alicia's posts the past couple of days. If you haven't read them, I highly recommend it. It is a reminder of the imprint we can leave and also how easily those imprints can fade away.
I know I developed my appreciation of such crafts because of these works from previous generations. Although they do not speak to us in the same way letters do, I hear the voices of my ancestors when I clutch these pieces. They are some of my most cherished items and remind me of where I'm from and inspire me as I move forward.
(my apologies for the poor photo quality. I took these pictures with very little light.)
here's a photo of my current work in progress. you can tell from the title that it's going to be a bird, but i'm trying to not give too much away. i'm thinking of using this for Plush You, but i'm going to have to see how well it turns out. i don't have much time left, and i'm starting to get a bit nervous.
i'll be working on this over the weekend as well as the mother of all works in progress; my quilt. yes, i have a quilt i started years ago, and all i have left to do is the binding. this was the first quilt i ever started, and it was a complete lark. i can't even recall what prompted me to start it in the first place, but it was probably just so i could use some of my stash of fabric. I have found that fabric inspires nearly everything I make. I think that's why I enjoy quilting, pillows, and aprons so much. I can use those as my canvas for using the fabrics I love and usually can't resist. i think i can say with complete confidence that fabric is my biggest inspiration.
i grew up going to fabric stores with my mother, and i think that's where i developed my appreciation of fabrics. i know there are some out there who could never understand this, but i suspect most of you reading this completely understand what i'm talking about. the funniest thing to me is those fabrics i am so attached to that i can't bring myself to use! i mean, how silly is that? however, no matter how silly it may be, i can't keep myself from doing it.
ooh, i made off with some serious booty today. here we are trying to get rid of things to prepare for our move, and i'm going out and gathering more things.
but seriously, could YOU resist this:
they are in such good condition. I was just so thrilled to find them. Oh, but I found more on my treasure hunt:
there were a few new things I couldn't resist though,
both of the above-cards are from eggpress, and i could have bought every single one of them in the store. every single card i've seen of theirs is just too brilliant for words.
and finally, looky here, i finished the bunny!
she was really fun to make, and i sure hope emma likes her.
true to form, i am late getting my birthday package out. i have inherited a dominant gene from my mother: the, "never get a package mailed out" gene. i don't know what happens to me. sometimes, i will even have a whole package ready to go, and never send it out. i bought emma a cute little outfit when she was a baby and never sent it to her. now i've decided to just keep it and use it if i ever have a daughter. once i had a package ready to send to a friend, and it sat in my office for MONTHS before a co-worker finally couldn't take it anymore. He grabbed it and walked it down to the mailroom in the office, and that was that. It is well known in our family, and my mother truly is the worst offender. anyway, emma's birthday is on wednesday. the package will include my little brother's birthday present (from may) and my dad's father's day present as well. i wonder when it will actually get mailed. i'll keep you posted. (ha! get it? posted!)