Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy Birthday to Mom...

Hoping that the New Year is treating you well! I'm hoping to get back to regular blogging soon.  I miss it, and I miss all of you.   

Today would have been my mother's birthday, and so I have her very much on my mind.   I was trying to think of something I could share with you, and thought of this.



When my mother moved to a nursing care facility, my sister acquired our parents' former home, the house they built themselves, that we grew up in.   She recently sold the house and gave me some special remembrances I was allowed to choose.  

This was top on my wish list.   



It's what I remember my mother using as a sewing box when I was very young.

My mother was a wonderful seamstress.  She made our clothes when we were young, made us suits when we went to work, maternity clothes and baby things as we started our families.   She made a wedding dress for our cousin and madrigal costumes for many students in our home town.   I have curtains in my house I'm using still that she made when we moved to this house over 20 years ago.   

When I look at fabrics, I think of her.  As I collect beads, she loved her fabrics.  I still love looking at the patterns and feeling the textures, and often buy pieces even though I don't sew!  


She outgrew this little sewing box and gathered others to keep all her threads and tools and sewing supplies in.   

I'm not sure where she got this.  I turned to the bottom to see if it might have been  candy tin at one time.   Expecting to find it had been "Made in China" as most things are today, I found this stamp instead.


Her family was from Germany, so still no clues to me how she obtained it.   I never really thought about that before today.  I just know it's a treasure to me.   

I wonder what "treasures" people will make of the things that surround me some day?   

Happy Birthday to Mom.   Happy New Year's to the rest of you!

Sharyl




12 comments:

Carole M. said...

I'm glad you have that wonderful treasure that keeps you so in touch "connected" with your Mum, Sharyl. It's a lovely container and in such good condition too. Best wishes for 2014

Marti C. said...

What a wonderful treasure from your Mom, I love pretty things like that. Thanks for sharing your sweet tribute...

AntiquityTravelers said...

What a lovely post, and so wonderful to have a treasured memory of your mom - Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday to your mom

Alicia said...

A beautiful treasure, Sharyl, it's wonderful you kept it (and shared it with us). I have a similar box from my grandmother, my mom just sent it to me in the last package... it has been my mom's sewing box for years. I'll check the bottom :)

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

What a beautiful box, and a lovely remembrance of your Mother!

Sharyl said...

Thank you all for your lovely words and kindness! I'm touched!

Alicia, how wonderful you've inherited a similar box! I'd love to learn what you find on the bottom!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

What a priceless treasure, full of memories!

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

That is a wonderful treasure and precious memory of your mom. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. It's as lovely as you are.

PyxeeStyx said...

Beautiful post. A lovely tribute to your mother. Happy Birthday mom. :)

Shel said...

It is truly a lovely box! I'm touched by the beautiful memories you've shared here Sharyl and wish your mother a wonderful birthday as you remember her today. :-)

Sharyl said...

You all are so sweet, you bring me to tears! My mom would have loved you all too!

Here Bead Dragons said...

Wonderful post. I do know how you feel. My brother recently sent me family things that he does not want. In the box was what looked like a scaled down trunk that our father welded together and stamped his initials on it. It is very well made and I use it to store beads for mens projects. I don't ever remember seeing it before. My dad was born January 12.
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