Monday, February 21, 2011

X’s and O’s…

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Hello, my friends!

Another wonderful weekend…rainy, but wonderful!

First of all, I’d like to thank you all for helping me to welcome my friend Barb to her new shop, Varinia Rose…and I’m so happy to announce the winner of my Domestic Goddess Giveaway—Ashley of “1942 Charm”!

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Congratulations, Ashley!  Please email me your address to avintagechic2@yahoo.com and I’ll get everything out to you right away!

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Just one project to share with you today, but one with lots of meaning in it for me…

My grandmother, Velda’s, birthday was just a couple of days ago.  She was such a beautiful and vibrant part of my life…and still feels very much a part of my life today.

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I love thinking of her on her birthday…all the things I loved to do with her…all the things she taught me….

My first embroidery, crocheting and knitting lessons were by her side…

…washing the dishes together, learning how to clean properly, how to be a lady…going through family heirlooms, telling me her stories…

…supporting and encouraging me in my years of piano lessons, schoolwork, and…everything!

Even on my wedding day, she was there by my side…giving me her love, her support…and the twinkle in her eyes that let me know she approved of my choice and was happy…

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Every year, I could count on a sweet card from her (and my Grandad!)…usually with a check inside to get myself “a little something”…but my favorite part? 

All the “x’s and o’s” that I knew would be at the bottom of the card…an “xo” for each year of my life…

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…accompanied always by her phrase, “Love you the mostest!” 

She did this up till the year she died…each year the xoxoxoxoxo’s got a little shakier…but ever more precious…and were always carefully counted out and present on the card.

Such a tender tradition…one that my mother carries on…

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…I will do the same.

A new page for my heritage scrapbook made yesterday…

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This beautiful portrait shows Velda as a young woman…recently married and a new mother around 1940…so much excitement in her eyes…so much life ahead of her…

I always think of Velda…Grammie, as we called her…when I see or smell violets.  Her grandmother, Polly May, gave her gifts of violets each year for her birthday…once in a crystal basket…

…so, a few “sugared” violets created with this sweet, old-fashioned gift in mind…

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…a pretty vintage needle packet from Crafty Secrets’ “Sew Nice” Creative Scraps to represent the things she taught me…

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…along with a little cut-out and popped-up image of Velda when she as about  1 1/2 years old in 1917…

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A little tuft of soft, old netting, dyed with purple & blue Glimmer Mist to mimic a violet’s shades and tucked just behind Velda’s portrait…

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…and, of course…an “X” and an “O” made of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons in honor of her sweet tradition…

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A few months after she passed away, I woke in the middle of the night with thoughts and images of “x’s and o’s” in long lines in my head… 

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I lay there wondering why, and then I suddenly remembered that it was Velda’s birthday…and it struck me that it was an “I love you” message from my grandmother…just for me…

I quietly whispered “I love you”, and went back to sleep…

Another loving gift from my mother this last Christmas…a little remembrance given to young girl Velda from a childhood friend…carefully kept (as she kept everything), all these years in the original gold box it was given in…

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…a soft, silky pink handkerchief rosebud…never removed…on this beautiful Art Deco-style card from about 1925…thank-you, Mom!

A sweet and lovely gift made for One World One Heart received yesterday from the beautiful Cindy Adkins of “Whimsical Musings”…

…thank-you so much, Cindy, for your generosity, friendship and inspiring creativity!

Well, that’s it for me today!  Hope your day is beautiful and filled with every wonderful thing…

Julie  xoxoxo