Friday, March 9, 2012

Sweet Embroidered Treasures

Recently, my Grandma moved to town and it has been such a treat to have her close by.
The kids and I visit Great Grandma Judy every week and she loves it so much.
Last week, she pulled out some treasures that her Grandmother, Ida Flowers, had embroidered.


She said that Ida was always busy with her hands and such a loving person.
Best of all, I was able to pick out a couple of pieces to keep:).
Ida was my 2nd Great Grandmother, so these things are so precious to me.

I chose this rose table runner with a crocheted lace border.
Look at her handiwork...so precise and pretty.


And I loved this dish towel with the angry roosters.



Maybe they're happy??
Either way, it's cute and fits on our farm...even though we're roosterless:).



Lily was lucky enough to get this lovely pillow case.
She thinks Great, Great, Great Grandma Flowers must have liked... flowers!






I really need to figure out how to crochet lace borders!
Isn't it pretty?


Even though I am afraid to stain the pieces, I'm using them for special times.
After all, they were meant to be used! 

Isn't it fun to have tangible pieces from loved ones long ago?
It makes me feel a little closer to knowing who they were and what they were like.
These were treasures to my Great Great Grandmother and I feel so lucky to be able to use them in our home... just like she did.


Have a great day.

~Julia



20 comments:

Snooks said...

I really like these. So pretty and timeless.What beautiful work. I have a few pieces of old family treasures myself and feel so lucky to be able to have and use them in my home.
Snooks @ 3 Beeze Homestead

Cheyenne said...

So lovely. I especially love that dear pillowcase...and yes! they are meant to be used.

I always try and imagine where my great, great Grandma was sitting when she stitched things...were there people around, how was the light..did she have a cup of tea?

So special for you!

Becky said...

What beautiful linens, and such sweet memories.

Jacqueline said...

Such a sweet post! I agree, I love to have things that my loved ones made with their hands it is so special and makes me feel closer to them.

Gone Country said...

Beautiful workmanship and pieces to treasure for sure!

I have some pillowcases that my Grandmother stitched. I know I need to use them as they were meant to be used but I don't want anything to happen to them. Maybe I'll get them out now and enjoy them!

Thanks for such a sweet post and enjoy your treasures!

Gina said...

Wow! These are so beautiful! How fortunate you are that your grandmother kept them. Luckily that generation kept everything. I am sad to think how some younger people (even me when I was younger)don't value those treasures. And handmade is becoming a lost art.:( Enjoy using them. :)

Sally said...

I love your blog so much, but I haven't been on as much with my all-day morning sickness :/ But I popped on today and my heart just went pitter-patter at the handwork passed down. What an honor to have these - your heritage. Love that!

Bevy said...

They are so pretty. And Amen!! Those things are meant to be used. I have a few of those peices... I know the tug of the heart, to use or not to use? for all the same reasons. They're such a gift... but somehow by using them... the appreciation for them lingers around a little longer.

Blessings on your day!
~Bevy

Stephanie said...

I always love it when something functional is also beautiful. Your towels are lovely and so fun. Interestingly, I want to learn to crochet just to have the ability to crochet borders. I am a knitter but crocheted borders are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Debsdailylife said...

As soon as I saw the girl in the flowers, I had to smile. I did that very same pattern when I was a teenager at home. I havent sewn in so many years!! Gives me an itch to go thru my moms dressers and find our old treasures!!

Bonnie said...

I love your Grandma's vintage linens. I have used the ones my Grandmother made for me in my hope chest. I left them there for a long time until my mother said,'They are for using. Get them out." I did and now I wish I had not. They are worn and holy. I think they will be destined for a quilt top. That way I can still remember Grandma.

Anne Marie said...

crocheted borders are not hard to do Julia...I know you can do it!

do you want me to post a tutorial?? others have asked me about that too...but now that is is seed planting and such, there isn't much time to sit and crochet borders - they are so super cute on pillow cases I agree - and added to the girls' dresses

- hope you do it! -
God bless,
Anne Marie

Pur et Simple said...

The linens are lovely, but the real treasure is being able to visit with your grandma every week! Be sure to have her tell all her special childhood stories to your children. :-)

Gumbo Lily said...

What special memories these embroidered pieces will evoke as the years go by. It's such a good thing that Grandma is a real part of the childrens lives.

Jody

Valerie said...

They are so sweet! And while I agree that the real treasure is sharing stories, these tangible items are such a blessing to have when our loved ones are gone...a way to keep our family legacies alive!

Cheyenne said...

Julia,

Some stuff you wrote on your blog awhile ago came to mind last night when I was panicking moving my children`s rooms around. I just really wanted to say thanks for sharing your life. I don`t always comment, but each and every one of your posts is read. I`ve said it before, but your blog is a peaceful spot in my life. I LOVE it.

Wishing you happiness today...!

Cheyenne

Collette said...

These are so beautiful! What a special treasure - both the lovely linens, and the memories that go along with them :) Blessings to you!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

How nice to receive these heirlooms! Loved your post.

Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures we call Life! said...

What a treasure...and now I will pass on a secret that was handed down to me from my mother....BIZ - it is a detergent. But, not just any detergent; when you soak something in BIZ, stains magically come out...and you can soak them for a day, maybe two, until they do. It will not harm the item you are soaking. I have tried other things but nothing comes close...so use your treasures and buy some BIZ at your local grocery store!

Ngo Family Farm said...

What gorgeous handiwork, and how very special. Thanks for sharing these treasures with us :)
-Jaime

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