My Grandma was a spunky lady. She was confident and beautiful and she always had just the right amount of tough love to dish out. She had a far more extensive shoe collection than me and really any other woman in the family and she took great pride in how she presented herself, but she was always salt of the earth.
My Grandma was an excellent baker and passed her knowledge on to my mom. My mom, in turn taught me. I love baking and I hate to sound snobby, but I'm pretty good at it. A store bought pie crust or brownies from a box are almost taboo words in our house. Every baked good that comes out of my oven is made with love from scratch. My Grandma taught us well.
Another thing my Grandma did, with love, was quilt. She made each of her four children a hand-stitched quilt, as well as many of her grandchildren. As our family grew, she worried that she would not be able to gift a quilt to every grandchild and great grandchild. When she passed away she left behind many quilts that she had only just begun. Some have just a square or two hand-stitched or piece together with straight pins, some are a bit further along with much of the pieces stitched together and ready to be quilted. I believe there is just about one for every family member.
Sewing was her most cherished hobby, aside from her roses. In her sewing room, up on the 2nd floor or her adorable white house, with the pretty shutters and pristine rose garden, was where she displayed her prized antique miniature sewing machines. She began collecting them many, many years back and when she passed, she had close to 50.
In her will, she gifted each of her granddaughters a part of her collection. I have ten. Each one is unique and beautiful and they all remind me of my beautiful grandma, with her big heart and strong head. She will be missed, but her legacy will live on forever.
Here are some of my favorite machines.
I love hearing stories from people that have been around awhile. I find it fascinating to hear about what it was like before I came along. Do you have someone in your family that tells amazing stories or that has passed down a skill to you that you really enjoy?
Keep your eyes and ears open, you never know what you might learn.