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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cross Stitch, Table Cloths and Family

This is another cross stitch table cloth I found when cleaning out my Dad's house.  I like this one a bit more then the blue one in the previous post.  I assume it's done by the same person, but am not 100% certain of that.  These colors work in my decor, but the size doesn't work for my table....so
Currently, it's on the rocker in the living room.  The chair is one I've had for a long time, it was from my Great Aunt Irene, and I think she's possibly the stitcher.  I think that because we know she once made a cross stitch framed piece that was the serenity prayer.  She was my Dad's Dad's Sister.  So, if my logic is right, it seems fitting that her stitchery is being displayed on her chair.  But, you can't see the whole thing........anyone have thoughts about what else I might do with this cross stitched tabled cloth/family heirloom?
This is my Great Aunt Irene Mader.  She was the only sister who didn't marry.  She worked at the Post Office, had a really fun laugh.  She was my Dad's favorite aunt.  He'd stop and see her coming and going from dates back in the day.  I remember them both talking about that in years past.  Which is another reason I think the heirloom stitching pieces are hers.  He would have been more inclined I think, to keep stuff from her.
A cropped photo from her grade school picture.
For my knitting and crochet friends.......here's an idea.  I really like this idea, particularly for when you're using up ends of skeins.  If you roll a ball it gets away from you on the floor, or you end up sitting on it if you try to keep it in your chair.  I often keep it in a zip lock bag in a tote on the floor, but sometimes it doesn't unwind well.  Sometimes I use my yarn bowl, but I like that this is right with you at the same height almost vs being on the floor.  This would also be a huge plus for people with pets.


This is the most recent movie I watched.  I'm not sure I would recommend it...it wasn't bad, but it wasn't real memorable either.  It was a bit odd, sorta the odd that when you start you think maybe you won't finish it, but it's odd enough you wonder what will happen next so play through.  Anyone seen it?  What did you think?  If anyone watches it, let me know what you think.  It was on Amazon Prime.

No new pictures of my shawl, cause it doesn't look much different.  I thought I would be done by now, but life has gotten in the way.  Dad isn't doing well, so have been busier doing things connected to him and his care at the Assisted Living Center, and frankly getting some things in line, as we believe his time with us won't be very long.  Trying to take care of details, dotting i's and crossing t's where we can to make things a bit easier on all when the time comes.  Hospice is seeing him more often now, which is helpful.

16 comments:

  1. Dear Sandy
    That's a lovely tablecloth. I have seen them cut up and used in patchwork - cushion covers, quilts etc. which are more likely to be used. However, doing that can take away from the original use and beauty of the item.
    Sorry to hear your Dad isn't doing so well.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  2. Thanks Ellie for your thoughts and suggestions on the table cloth. Need to give it all some thought. Thank you also for your thoughts on Dad, much appreciated.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear that things aren't well with your dad, it's such a hard time and though we know the inevitable will eventually come, it doesn't make it any easier. The tablecloth is beautiful and I love the photo of Great Aunt Irene, old photos are very special.

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    1. Thank you Jo, appreciate your kind comments. Right you are, the inevitable, but still. I too love old photo's. I love how they feel.

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  4. That tablecloth is beautiful, it's a shame you can't use it on your table to show it off, I too have seen them made into other items, but seems a shame to cut it up.
    In the comments on my blog you asked about controlling the slugs in your garden. The copper tape works brilliantly on pots but obviously not in borders, although you can buy copper mesh, I have used slug traps in the past, you put beer in them to attract slugs and snails and put them close to your plants, worth a try, but only use cheap beer, lol. Good luck :-)

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    1. Thanks Maggie for the visit and sweet comment about the table cloth. I don't think I want to cut it up, but have already changed my mind about it several times, lol. Thanks for tip about the slugs, much appreciated.

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  5. Hello Sandy...nice to met and look forward to getting to know you. Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself. I love you blog and will add you to my list!

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  6. Hello Gracie, thanks for the visit. Will get you added to my blog log as well.

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  7. I have a hand embroidered table cloth that my mother-in-law did - it doesn't fit anything I have but I can't part with it. I can relate to holding onto a hand crafted thing that belonged to a family member even if you can't be sure who did it. I think it is important to hold on to such kinds of items that connect you to your past.

    Thanks for letting me know you commented on my blog and didn't see the comment. I back checked and couldn't find the first comment anywhere anywhere. Not sure what happened.

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    1. Thanks for your input on the table cloth. I agree, couldn't part with it, but am trying to determine how best to use or honor it. Probably some blog gliche on the comment.

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  8. I like your idea with the yarn. It probably makes it a lot easier to work with. That's a very nice tablecloth, too!

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    1. Thank you Sherry, always nice to have you visit.

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  9. So sorry your dad isn't doing well. Hospice is a wonderful organization we have sadly used many times. They are kind and helpful. As to the tablecloth, I actually did a stamped cross-stitch for my mother years ago. I have it though probably use it as much as she did, which is seldom. A lot of work to sit in the closet. I'm glad you've found a place for yours.

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    1. Thank you Sandie, appreciate your thoughts on both Hospice and the tablecloth.

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  10. I forgot to say I've seen the toilet paper roll thing used for yarn a few times this week. I have often thought of giving it a try. That said, the other day I ordered a basket on a stand from an Amish place that I think will work. *fingers crossed*

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    1. Keep us posted. Always in search of stuff to make our yarn work easier. I have bowls which I like for my high end yarn, but not WW, so thought this was a good idea.

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