Monthly Archives: September 2014

Old Things Made New

This needlepoint was on an old stool that belonged to my grandmother. I decided to frame it. It really stands out in the white frame. When I was putting this piece in the frame,  it was interesting to look at its back side.  It was a knotted and jumbled mass of thread.  It was amazing to turn it over and see the perfect pattern that came forth from such a chaotic mess.  This speaks to me of our lives and how miraculously God can turn our imperfect lives into something quite beautiful as we yield to His work in us.102_2716

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Old Needlework

Lately I have been interested in old needlework.  Perhaps I am realizing how much time must have gone into these antique treasures.  It is becoming more rare to find things these days that took such time and detailed work.  I remember doing cross-stitch pieces when I was a young woman. It took many long months to make the  North Carolina Tarheel Mascot, Ramses for my husband’s 30th birthday.  It now proudly hangs in the office next to his college diploma. We must cherish these heirlooms  from our family and remember their labors of love.102_2569

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All Things Aqua

Here is a chair I painted with chalk paint.

Here is a chair I painted with chalk paint.

The colors of nature make homes tranquil and calming. It is best to surround ourselves with colors that we love. Most often, we choose colors that we enjoy wearing as clothing. I love anything in sky blue or shades of green.  I have always loved turqoise jewelry. One of the most popular color choices for chalk painted furniture has been102_2645 (2) duck egg blue. I have begun adding touches of this color into my home.

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French Country Themes Abound

102_2664102_2663 (3)I have been a subscriber to Romantic Homes Magazine for many years. I love the feminine touches with florals and soft pastels throughout the pages.  I especially enjoy the old-fashioned decor as I have always used antiques to decorate my own home.  French Country influences most often speak to me and I 102_2662 (2)find myself copying ideas with a French-inspired theme.

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Jewelry Making

One of the crafts I enjoy is jewelry-making. Here are some of the many pieces of jewelry I have made through the years.102_1913

Here is an assortment of bracelets. One is wrapped in fabric strips and the other two are made from wire and beads.

Here is an assortment of bracelets. One is wrapped in fabric strips and the other two are made from wire and beads.

Here ia a necklace I made from fabric yo-yos and buttons.

Here ia a necklace I made from fabric yo-yos and buttons.

Some flower brooches to pin on a jacket, handbag or hat.

Some flower brooches to pin on a jacket, handbag or hat.

Some bracelets made from old clip-on earrings and buttons.

Some bracelets made from old clip-on earrings and buttons.

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My Family Tree Photo Collection

042There is a stairway in my house leading upstairs into the office from the back door.  On the wall I have artistically displayed black and white photos of my family.  There are pictures of me when I was a baby, when I was growing up, and when I was a bride.  There are pictures of me with my husband and children, and pictures of my parents.  There are also pictures of my grandparents.  There are not many pictures of them because it was expensive to have a professional portrait made back then. I treasure these pictures and am comforted by their memory each time I look at them.  Of my many possessions, these are perhaps the most cherished because they link me to the past.  The smiles on the faces of my family are a constant reminder to me that I have loved ones that have passed on that are among the great crowd of witnesses that are interceding for us in heaven.

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Quilts

Here is the multicolored patchwork quilt that my grandmother and I made together. On the underside she embroidered our initials and the year it was finished, which was 1979.

Here is a multicolored patchwork quilt that my grandmother and I made together. On the underside she embroidered our initials and the year it was finished, which was 1979.

Here is a red and green star-patterned quilt. It is small and is only a quilt top since it was never completed.

Here is a red and green star-patterned quilt.
It is small and is only a quilt top since it was never completed.

Featured Image -- 45I have inherited a collection of quilts that were in my mother’s family. I love to look at the different patterns and color combinations. Recently, my mother let me take an old red and brown quilt home with me that was in one of her old cupboards.  Mother was tempted to throw it away since it was in bad condition. I took it to a quilt lady who is restoring it for me. Mother says that her great aunt made it some time in the 1880’s or 1890’s.  The fabric probably came from clothing that was worn at the time.  The pattern is known as Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  The quilt lady is using reproduction fabrics to applique over the damaged areas. There were bits of old letters attached to the back of each quilt piece.  She has saved these so that we can hopefully discover more of our family history through piecing letters together. I will be very excited to get it and add it to my collection and display it in my home.

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