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!