One of the things that happened during that hard time in May is my dad started giving things away. He wanted to make sure that the people he loved got the things he intended for them, and the things they wanted.
My dad was a gunsmith so many of the things he gave away came from that part of his life. But, he also had a box just for me. A big box saved from his mother, who was a crafter, for his crafty daughter.
In this box I carried back to Colorado came so many things…aprons, table cloths, doilies, napkins, handkerchiefs, table runners…a stuffed chicken. (She kept that chicken in her kitchen & it later lived in my dad’s kitchen. I guess it’s time for it to live in my kitchen now.Some day that thought won’t make my eyes tear up.)
Some of the things in the box are store bought, but many of them are handmade or hand-decorated. They’re crocheted, embroidered, and sewn.
Now, I pulled things out of the box to use…a couple table runners, towels for the kitchen…but this box is big and I can only use so much of it. Instead of closing it up and storing it for a later generation to…what? Put it in their attic too?…I decided to do a little something different.
I opened it up and started thinking about the things I could repurpose into gifts for my loved ones. What can I do with these cloth and crocheted doilies to make them useful for a generation that doesn’t use doilies?? Got any thoughts? I’m all ears! There’s plenty to go around!
For about a month the wheels in my head have been turning. Finally, this week the sewing machine has been humming and the first couple of projects are coming together.
I’ll be sharing those projects right here and I’m determined to slowly but surely spread the wealth from granny’s box.