Monday, December 12, 2005

grandmother's treasures

as Christmas gets closer and closer, i think more and more of my grandma. the holidays were so great with her. Every Christmas Eve, we would go to her house, have dinner, sit with family and open some gifts. my grandma was such a wonderful person. so fun. i really miss her. she told the funniest stories of her childhood - the drawstring coming undone on her homemade underware while getting on the schoolbus - burying her sisters doll because she was mad at her. and the best thing of all "Jimmalee" she would call my grandpa when he was in hot water.

she was so beautiful.

so today i thought i'd share a few silly little things that once were hers, and now mine.


isn't this cute? it's small....might hold 6 quarters. it's an old cosmetic jar. it has avon in the glass on the bottom. i have no idea what used to be in it.... several months ago, i found it at grandpa's house. i thought it was charming - cute. i wonder why she kept it. it was empty. but for whatever reason, she couldn't throw it away.... so it sit's atop my jewelry box in my room.


this is a tablecloth. my great grandmother embroidered 4 roosters - one in each corner. my grandmother later added the crochet edging. it hangs in my kitchen. i love it.

grandma also gave me the gift of crochet. she taught me when i was a kid. although i put it down and didn't start again until after she died, i still remembered how. i haven't been able to put it down since. grandma could knit, too. although this is something she never taught me, i knew one day i wanted to learn (and have) so i took her hooks and needles when grandpa offered them. i love knowing they were once hers.

one other important thing grandma gave me... her name. Elizabeth is what i chose to name my daughter. after her, of course.



Kari said...

She was a lovely woman.
Avon used to (and may still do) sell perfume in creme form in fancy little containers, my Aunt has a couple about that size. Could that be what it was?

Julie said...

It could be lotion, too - it's bringing me some memories of my grandmother, so whatever it was she used it too.

Thanks so much for sharing the photos!

Life's a Stitch said...

I think it held Skin So Soft cream. Seeing the jar, I can remember the scent from my mom when I was little.

Wendy said...

You look just like your grandmother. I was thinking lotion or powder...very nice.

margene said...

Your grandmother lives on through your memories of her. What a lovely person she was and yes, she was beautiful!

DAWN said...

What a nice piece on your grandma to share with everyone. I love old photos. She was very lovely.

lenise said...

Wow, I can see a lot of her in you. I got my grandmother to try to teach me how to crochet so many times but I never got it. I wish I would have tried harder. Now she's blind. I would give anything for her to be one of my crocheting buddies.

Anonymous said...

I love that picture. I don't remember it, so it was nice to see. She looks sooooo much like us, or rather we look sooo much like her. I miss her daily and I love that you crochet it makes me think of her. She would be VERY proud of you. Hang on to her and teach your children what a VERY special person she was.

One of my favorite things grandma used to say was "I am going to say a dirty word..... MUD!" She was the best. Cookie jar memories and lunch trips to K-mart. We were lucky.

Thank you for posting such a special tribute to such an amazing person.


ladylinoleum said...

What a great post! I love the rooster embroidery. Big surprise there. LOL

sherry said...

What a great post and tribute to Grandma. My favorite saying of hers to Grandpa was "do you know what I like about you? not onnnnne thing!" She was a wonderful and generous person and I miss her dearly!

~drew emborsky~ said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing! :)

Jewels said...

I love reading people's treasured past stories. It's lovely that you have some treasured to hold as well as treasured memories of your grandma.

Karla said...

That was a lovely tribute to your grandmother.


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