Thursday, March 3, 2011

First Lessons…

(Vintage image found online)

Hello, my friends!

Another blustery day here in my part of California…hope your weather is improving!

Just one project to share with you  today…another inspired by those I love who came before me…

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I have so much fun with these amazing 3D Shadowbox cards from Crafty Secrets!  As I’ve told you before…they are wonderful creation of the very talented Vicki Chrisman

The subject of this shadowbox…early childhood needlework lessons…

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Many, many loving (and patient!) lessons on sewing were given to my young mother by her mother, Velda…

I love this newspaper photo & write-up…while a bit younger than Karen (Mom) would have started her sewing lessons, it’s such an adorable photo of mother and daughter together…

Other memories…

Anna Ostlund

Mom’s grandmother, Anna, giving her first knitting lessons to Karen (Mom) when she was just 4 years old…

(image found online)

Anna took two nails--just the right size to be held by chubby, little-girl hands--filed them down so they weren’t too sharp for her little granddaughter, and began to teach…

Karen with her dolly

…a photo of Mom about that age, holding her beloved doll, “Czechoslovakia Sue” (quite a name to be chosen by a little girl!), wearing her first knitted creation (with LOTS of help from Grammie Anna!)…a sweet little purple vest, which the doll always wore.

*(In just talking to Mom about the name of her doll, she remembers that it was about the time of the start of WWII, and she recalls hearing “Czechoslovakia” on the radio a lot, and guesses she just liked the sound of it!)*

Anna was the one who also presented my mother with a precious sewing keepsake…

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Anna, born in 1882, was given this beautiful silk sewing kit when she was about 10 years old, in 1892…

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We don’t know who gave this little kit to her, as her mother passed away the year previously…some kind and motherly benefactor, most likely…

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One year short of 130 years old, this hangs today in my mother’s room on her armoir…no hiding in a box or cedar chest…heirlooms always out in the open for all to love and touch…such a gift to FEEL history…

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…loved through the years…a bit threadbare in places, but beautiful, nonetheless…When I was a little girl, I remember taking it into my room, sitting on my bed with it, and carefully feeling the softness of the silk, looking through the beautiful blue bead in the light of my window…a treasure, carefully kept…

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…a silken cord-wrapped bracelet with simple blue glass bead attached…the perfect size for a little girl’s wrist…

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The lovely pink, silk pouch with bone toggles, and just a little bit of embroidery left to be seen…

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…still containing three VERY old pins…

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…and the little snips kept in their own pouch…

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…still sharp as a razor (I tried them!)

Karen & her Grammie's doll, 1946

Here’s Mom about the age she was when given the sewing kit by Anna, around 1949…holding Anna’s childhood doll that she was given that I’ve told you about before (even older than the sewing kit!)

Such precious treasures entrusted to one so young…but one who understood and kept them ever so carefully to share with those she would love in the future…

More of my Shadowbox card…

All three images used are from Crafty Secrets’ “Sew Nice” Creative Scraps (LOVE this set!)

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Here’s the center panel, with 3D frame…complete with curtains, of course!  (Sorry about all the shadows—no sun today!)

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…a little “tie-back”, courtesy of Platinum Stickles…

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Topped off with three homemade (and imperfect—just the way I like them!) rosettes of lovely, old seam binding, dyed with a few shades of Glimmer Mist…

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…the same seam binding gathered and tied in a bow on each side panel…

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…finished off by a row of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, stitched with the same color…

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What loving first lessons do you remember being given? 

That’s all I have for you today…hope your day is beautiful in everyway…

Julie