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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure with Melody

My Treasure today is my Husband's Grandmothers Sewing Basket. Whenever we visited them at their little retirement cottage at Bribie Island she could be found in her favourite chair embroidering or crocheting around a recently completed piece. When we got engaged she worked about 20 pieces for us and even though they weren't fashionable back then in the 1970's I loved and treasured them amidst much nose turning upwards from my friends.
When she passed away anything "useful" was removed from the basket and it was destined for the rubbish. It looked so forlorn divested of all it's treasure except for a few  old damaged pieces of doiley's. I couldn't bare it and so asked if I could have it if it was going to the tip. It was presented to me with screwed up faces and so it came home with me. It just represented so much of who she was and I couldn't see it go to the tip. It reminded me of all the times I sat with my own Grnadmother as she tatught me to embroider.Years later when "doiley dolls" were all the rage the old damaged doileys inside got a new life too.
I still have nearly all of our '20' and I treasure them all. I have 2 favourites one I can't find (if you saw my linen cupboard you would know why. Sshhh!) which is an old fashioned car with a romancing couple taking a spin and the other is the bluebird centrepiece.

I like to think she would be so happy a fellow stitcher has her basket now.
I also am amazed at how the threads of stitchers connect us through the generations.
For other Treasures today visit the wonderful blog of MELODY  from "The house on he side of the hill"
Lastly but certainly not least I wanted to show you my ever bulging Christmas tote (Santa Sack) from my Swap partner Tarnyia in CHERYLL'S Secret Santa Sack swap. Soon the squishing and poking can stop and the fun of opening can begin******
Give your face a  wonderful workout today and smile........
Blessings Michelle xx

18 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful treasure Michelle, that could have been so easily lost. What a work of art those doilies are. I love scouring the op shops for these little bits of gorgeousness. Tracee xx

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  2. You certainly gained a treasure... I love the colors! Those dollies are timeless...yes, I still use my grands...proudly I might add! Hugs

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  3. A real treasure that one Michelle..and I love those doileys...

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  4. Thank goodness you rescued this basket and its doilies. Isn't it sad that her own family didn't treasure it, but thank goodness it has a new home now. I adore old doilies and the bluebird one is very special. Thanks for playing along.

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  5. A wonderful treasure Michelle and very special on too... the doilies are exquisite... mmm that sack is looking mighty good there but not quite full yet;) xxx

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  6. Oh what a treasure indeed.People throw things away all too fast and easily I think. When a few years down the line they wish they hadn't.
    I can see you enjoy the memory of your gran. :)

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  7. The doily's are gorgeous Michelle and the sewing basket is precious and wow it must be quite old now. Hugs Kaylee xx

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  8. It's a lovely basket, but an even better memory.

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  9. That is a beautiful basket and I love that you have it, I think it's perfectly fitting! Those doilies are so gorgeous. I think she would be very pleased too!

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  10. Such beautiful pieces that she made, Michelle! So great that you saved her basket from going to the trash--I'm sure she's happy knowing that you treasure this piece of her life as she lives on in your memories. xo

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  11. You have some beautiful treasures, the basket is lovely and all the doilies look very pretty. Cute little doilie angels too.

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  12. some people don't see the sentimental value in treasures. So glad you rescued it from the tip.
    Gorgeous doilies.
    Your santa sack is looking so tempting. I have very little self control!

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  13. What a wonderful treasure to have. I still have some of my grandmothers work.

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  14. Beautiful story and real treasure. Love the doilies.

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  15. One of the things I love about you Michelle is that you think the same way I do. I would have had to rescue that basket too! There's a lot of history attached to it.

    Amazing stitching on the doilies. She was a very accomplished needlewoman.

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  16. What a shame it would have been to see this treasure lost. You have some pretty doilies. Trish

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  17. The doilies are beautiful. I love that type of thing. The sewing basket is a lovely treasure.

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  18. Beautiful treasures , I love old doilies and have a few of my own , some were my grandmothers .So glad you spoke up and asked for the basket it sure would have been a real crime for those to end up in the trash .
    hugs Sheila

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