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Monday, May 13, 2019

Family Heirlooms Tell Stories

Another family heirloom I couldn't part with.  Once again, like the Mader Doily, I wish I knew for certain who in the family made this and how old it is.  I don't have any memories of being with a relative and seeing them stitching beyond my Mother and I know she didn't make this, or the Mader Doily.  

It's pretty, 2 shades of blue, which I hope shows up against my gray comforter.  I don't have blue in my house, so it really doesn't go with anything, but I remember blue china, whose?  Unknown.  Once upon a time, Mom said she was going to put stickers on the back of the family china pieces with names, but sadly she never did.  There were 2 or 3 of these plates around the large living room bay window.  Dishes from several generations ago.  Some were decorative pieces and some were what was left from someone's china set.



Thought I had a picture looking at the bay window, but this is all I could find.  You can see how large the window is with shelves all around.  This is after we purged for the house staging.  But these blue dishes were on one of the shelves.  Looked great with the blue wall behind it. Would so love to know the stories of whom and where for the dishes, the doily, and cross stitch table cloth.
Haven't started a new series, now that I'm done with McLeod's Daughters, but did watch this movie the other night.
It was a good "chick" flick, and perfect for a night when I was here solo, as hubby was out of town on business.  Did you watch it?  Did you like it?  I did not read the book it references...50 Shades of, not my cup of tea, I'm sure.

One of the boutiques I was able to make from the large bunches of flowers my Darling Daughter sent me for Mothers Day.   I love the white and green!!  The light from the window didn't make for the best picture.  I have a boutique on the mantle in the living room, and a smaller one in the bedroom on my dresser.  Truly gorgeous.  AND my Darling Daughter flew in Sat night to spend Mothers Day with me.  She made a fantastic brunch for me.  Was a very short visit, but still very precious.  Thank you!  Love her to pieces.

Making progress, but had hoped to have this shawl finished by now.  It's grown 2 more pattern repeats which is 2 more points, thus 20 rows.  Probably 3 more to go.  Looks like I may be able to get at least one more section where the dark gray/black yarn will appear, which I like.  I like the contrast.

Cute idea for someone you want to gift yarn to.  Though I'm not sure how you keep the second tier of yarn attached.  Thoughts????

16 comments:

  1. Yeah, best to avoid 50 shades of smut haha I think I've seen plates like that at my grandmother's.

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    1. I think those blue plates were "the thing" back a few generations ago, made in Holland I believe.

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  2. I hadn't seen that movie but I plan to - based on the cast. I figured it wasn't great theater but probably a fun way to spend the evening while knitting. Your shawl is looking wonderful.

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    1. Right you are, not great theater but fun and perfect for watching while knitting. Thanks on the shawl, I'm getting there.

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  3. It's a shame to inherit things without knowing their history, a lesson there for us all I think. I saw Book Club advertised but didn't know whether to bother with it or not, I may give it a go at some point.

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    1. Right you are Jo, we all need to review the stuff we have and write some things down if we're going to pass things along.

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  4. Dear Sandy
    I have a love of blue and white china which came from visiting a friend's house - they had Spode Blue Italian as their crockery. We inherited some blue and white crockery from a family member and have added to it over the years. It is used every day.
    Your shawl is looking great.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Very cool Ellie, glad you have such nice china and use it. People tend to box them up and not enjoy them.

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  5. That last one is a cute idea, but - like a pretty birthday cake - you can only enjoy it briefly before the attack.

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    1. True, but the yarn will last longer than a real cake and is lower in calories, lol.

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  6. Your Mother's Day flowers from your daughter are lovely. Family heirlooms are so precious. Their value is priceless.

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and sweet comments. Going to add you to my blog log.

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  7. Love the blue and white dish. There are a lot of that type that were done in Japan during the war days. Don't know if this would be one of them. The fabric piece is beautiful. Perhaps a tablecloth? I think the second group of yarn must just sit on top of the bottom round and the candle stuck in the middle. Nice idea. I've seen yarn bouquets before. I'd love to get one! :-) Your shawl is coming along. You have so much going on. I wouldn't be surprised if it takes you a while to finish it. You'll feel so accomplished when it's done.

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    1. Right you Sandie on finishing the shawl. I expected to be done before now, but as you know...my time isn't really in my control. I know how you love blue. These blue plates were from The Netherlands, though there were some pretty ones from Japan and Germany, and The Czechoslovakia.

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  8. The family heirlooms are wonderful. We have pieces from both sides of the family to pass on to our daughter.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Marie, glad you too have some family heirlooms for yourself and to pass along.

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