The Old And The New

My mother passed away over a year ago.  Since that time, my sisters and brother and I have been helping my dad to clean the house and go through all the things our mom had saved through the years.  With a mixture of sad and happy thoughts we found ourselves knee deep in dress patterns, old magazines, half started craft projects, mystery novels and much more.  All of these things were a part of who our mother was.

At one point we came across this bit of fabric she saved from curtains she made for our home back in the 50s.  You could hear us ooooh… and ahhh and say things like, ” I LOVED those curtains!” or  “I remember them so well!”

I made the choice to keep this swatch because it was such a fond memory. I remember the fabric strip my mother carefully sewed on the back of the fabric to hold all the curtain hooks. It fascinated me the way the hooks would then gather up and pleat the fabric perfectly.

My mother seemed to be able to do anything with her sewing machine.  She made all our dresses for a while and many of the other things around the house. She loved decorating our home! She even made a slip cover for our couch that I remembered thinking was both beautiful and amazing!  Because of my mom I have a love for fabrics, yarns, and color color color!

My sisters and brother are also very creative.  We find there is no end to the new and exciting possibilities life has to offer the creative soul!  New ideas, new combinations, new new new!  It is all so fun and inspiring!

Still, there is that vein of  “the OLD” in us.  I say this with respect and honor.  Those “old days” partially shaped us into who we are today.  I am forever grateful to our parents who took the time to love us and encourage us in all things, new and old!

Well done Bob and Ann~!

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