Thursday, December 24, 2009
I am so proud of our dining room. Bryan and I scraped the popcorn off the ceiling, tore the wall paper off and painted the walls, changed the light fixture and put in hard wood floors! Now I can add the items that make the basic walls/floors/ceiling feel like home with the treasures that grandmother makes!!! I love how patient grandmother is... she actually tried to teach her left hand granddaughter how to crocket. Obvisously it is a wonderful skill of hers that this lefty could not master!! Fortunately I have items to cherish!!
Bears Blanket, Camouflage Blanket, and Furry Blanket with matching Pillow
Thank you for all the memories over the years. I have always loved my blankets (especially the Bears of course), and P.D. has loved them almost as much. I love you and hope that you have a great Christmas.
-Love Ric and P.D.
Grandmother - I love the seasonal things you make for me!!! When I put my tree up and put the snowflakes on my tree, it always make me feel happy, warm and loved!! When I decorate my dining room table, I love the runners or dollies I have to start the decorating off with!!! Now that Sarah Catherine helps with decorating, it is fun to see the things she likes to do and is always careful to include the items that bring memories and warmth to us!! Thanks for always being a caring, loving grandmother!!!
This is my favorite blanket-even though I did not know granddad. I love it when I have it out and mom tells me about the big fish fries you guys had, or the time granddad took her fishing and she fell in the lake trying to hold onto the boat for granddad! But most of all I love the soft blue fabric the best! When I used to love on my thumb with my right hand, my left hand loved on the soft squares on the blanket!!!!
I love on cold evenings wrapping up in my throw, drinking hot cocoa and enjoying the small moments with my family!!! Being wrapped up in a blanket made for me with love makes the moment even more special!! Thanks for always making me feel part of your family.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Grandmother and Mom came to visit us when we lived in Costa Rica (which is a testimony to her sense of adventure). As always, Grandmother took many pictures. Imagine my surprise when I unwrapped this treasure! She had taken a picture when we were strolling the beach at Playas del Coco. Couldn't imagine a better gift. It brings back many fond memories of the quaint fishing village we lived in for five years. (Painted in 2001)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here's the landscape quilt that Mother made after our Vancouver trip. She saw one in a shop window there and came back inspired. Also she came back with LOTS of flower prints--we had fun shopping for flowered fabrics to make these quilts. It is, of course, one of my favorites. I remember the fun Mother, Carol, and I had on that trip every time I look at it. Remember those wonderful pastries on Granville Island? Kiwi and Strawberry...yum....
And now for the quilts--I love all of them!! Each has its own personality and reflects some of what Mother was thinking about when she made it--and a lot of what Mother thought I was thinking about when she made it! I love the way she puts colors together and the way she keeps experimenting with patterns--not to mention the fact that if a particular pattern isn't fun to make, then she just leaves it and goes to one that is. Colors, textures, pattern--these things say a lot about life, don't they?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This quilt (and the ones Mother made for Don and Rosy) helped us get through the first Christmas without Daddy. Of all my "Grandmother's Treasures" I treasure this one the most. I still remember the feeling I felt when I opened it--the way we cried over our loss--and the way we laughed when we shared some of our memories of the best times.
Aren't we all glad that Daddy liked blue so much that our quilts have great color and pattern?
Everyone in the family knows that Mother and I share a special love for Christmas--matter of fact, she loved Christmas so much that, according to Mama Dennard, I was nearly born at home on Christmas Day. Mother refused to think that she would miss out on Christmas at home with Daddy and Rosy, along with other family members, to give birth to me. Over the years, Mother has made me a number of special Christmas or birthday gifts that have a Christmas theme--three of my favorites are shown here.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Mother is a master of crochet. It would be hard to pick out my favorite piece, but the bowl has to be one of the best gifts ever. I've filled it with Christmas ornaments and with fake fruit. I've left it empty. No matter what, it looks great. And the doilies have been on tables in lots of different rooms in lots of different houses--always bringing a touch of home.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Mother says that she used every stitch on her sewing machine making this crazy quilt. I absolutely love the lush fabrics, details of embellishment, and Victorian look. And I like to think of Mother at her machine playing with the stitches and fabrics. No surprise it is one of my favorites.
Mother, John, and I went to Maine and saw as many lighthouses as we could in one week. It was a beautiful, warm, July week; we had a great time together. Later Mother painted two of the lighthouses for us. Every time I look at these paintings I remember the trip and how much fun we had eating lobster and crab, going whale watching, and taking pictures of all those lighthouses.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
For as long as I can remember Grandmother was always making us things. She made our "jams" when they were fashionable. (I don't really know why they were fashionable.) For several years I got boxer shorts.
As a kid I wondered why my grandmother was making my presents. Like any kid I probably would have preferred the newest toy from the store, but now that I'm older, I realize how lucky I am that my grandmother loved me so much to devoted countless hours, days, and weeks to make something that was so close to her heart.
I still have my American Flag fold-up quilt, as well as other quilts, afghans, and, of course, the "Granddaddy Quilt." I have the fish watercolor, doilies, and these wonderful snowflake ornaments that currently decorate my Christmas tree.
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