Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Memories and what to do with them.......

I've been lucky this week and seen our grandie 3 out of 4 days. She is very inquisitive and I have been explaing to her who the people are in displayed photos. This seemed to work better than previous discussions and I think she got it. Anyway, this of course got me thinking about these special people that have been in my life and the things that remind me of them. Which is what was still in my head when I got to my sewing room in the pm.
Sorry to be long winded but there will be a point.
Anyway, I remember when I was 8 or so my Mum and my sister who is 8years older than me, spent most nights embroidering for her 'hope' chest. Now of course at the time I had no idea what this was but all I knew was once the various doiley sets, runners and table clothes where finished they were sent to my Grandma for the crocheted edge. I loved how they were startched and put away for 'hope'.
My Mums' goodies from her hope chest where used on her dressing table, the dining table and on special occassions the beautiful table cloth came out for afternoon tea and dinners. I being a teenager of the seventies never had a hope chest and the doileys I inheritated have a special place in my heart.
Sooooooo, instead of having most 'put' away I decided to display them by making this ..........


I tea dyed some homespun and the colour is lighter than shown in the photos. The dressing table set must be at least 40 years old but I'm thinking closer to 60. My Mum always kept her things immaculate and I'm sure this is why they look so good. Of course there is wear but I get such warm and fuzzy feelings when I see these creations completed by these two wonderful women that have been in my life and who are both
sadly gone. 
They are on display for all to see plus they put a smile on my dial.


I have to stop 'finding' new projects and get myself organised for our impending trip. It'll happen.....

Sharyn:)

8 comments:

shez said...

ohh Sharyn i love this post and how good do they look displayed and i am impressed with how you are displaying them,what a great idea.xx

Val Spiers said...

What a nice idea. Much better to look at them and think about how they were used than to store them away. They may not last as long being out in the light but I think it is much more important to use them as story starters for your Granddaughter and your own children so the memories last forever.

Marilyn said...

Very creative way to display your special doileys, Sharyn.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

What a fantastic idea. hugs

Tracee Perry said...

That's a fantastic idea and such a beautiful post.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love, love, love it. What a beautiful way to keep them close. Exquisite work.

De said...

Wonderful idea and it looks gorgeous.

Christine M said...

What a clever way to display your lovely linen.