Monday, November 24, 2014

Dotted Rick Rack Dishtowel


This towel turned out so cute! I thought it would be fun to attach the larger rick rack with French knots and and I love the way it looks. BTW, my favorite stitch for monograms is the chain stitch. This stitch creates a thicker line, which I like. I often find ideas for monograms from this site called the Daily Drop. There is just this one towel because the knots were a bit tedious, but still a fun addition to the pink and brown set for the hope chest.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Eyelet & Ribbon Dishtowels


I've started the next kitchen set - a pink and brown floral set. The fabric in the background is for the apron. These have to be the absolute easiest dishtowels I've made so far and I like them a lot. They are very simple, but still cute! All it took was to sew down the edges of the eyelet lace and then thread the ribbon through. I've used this technique along the hem of pillowcases for my own linen closet and you may remember it on this sheet set for the hope chest. They are so quick that I think I will make some for me!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Going Forward - My Beautiful Grandchildren


I guess I'll finish Family History Month with a picture of my beautiful grandchildren! It certainly took some doing to get such a great picture and I'm grateful to my three lovely daughters-in-law for their considerable trouble. Kate Mower is a truly talented portrait photographer. If you are in the Phoenix area or can drive there, you'll want to dream about what your own family pictures might look like.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Heirloom Cameo Pin


This is a cameo pin that belonged to my grandmother Aurora Kathinka Burke Bunnell. It is beautiful and I'm so glad that it came down to me. Heirlooms are wonderful aren't they? I think it is lovely that I have a few heirlooms to put in Miss Abigail's hope chest.

Aurora Kathinka Burke Bunnell 1903-1989

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Heirloom Crocheted Bookmark


In honor of Family History Month I wanted to show you this crocheted filet style bookmark. My grandmother, Minnie Irene Anderson Clements, made this for me when I was young. She made these bookmarks in different colors, for all of her grandchildren and many of her great grandchildren. It measures about 7.5 inches long and is about 2 inches wide. The thread size is probably 30 and the hook size was probably a 12 or 14. Very tiny and hard to work. This is a treasure to me.

Minnie Irene Anderson Clements 1886-1978

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October - Family History Month


October is national "Family History Month" and I am chin-deep in organizing and working on our family history. I have created two scrapbooks for Miss Abigail of her baby and toddler years and am working on other projects related to genealogy. One project will eventually be a scrapbook called "The Women You Come From" with stories to go along with these pictures. I love these women. Each of them are strong, beautiful and inspirational. I want to tell their stories to my children and grandchildren.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Peek Inside - Handwoven Tea Towels


Miss Abigail and I went to the Heart of New Mexico Fiber Gathering over the weekend and found these beautiful handwoven tea towels. We couldn't pass them up. Abigail is loving orange right now and my favorite color is green. I think they make a very pretty set for the hope chest!
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