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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Time Just Passes


Happy Valentines Day to you! I thought the day needed some pretty, and for me that often means a few linens and a bit of china to look at.






A handful of pretty cards seemed right too.








I love giving away vintage linens as gifts. But I also wanted to show you an old piece of lace that I've had for many years that was made especially for me by my grandmother that I've had put away. 




A hundred years ago it seems, I saw this heart pattern in Country Living magazine. My Grandmother used to crochet everyday to relieve the ache and stiffness in her hands, and one day I asked her to make this heart lace edging for me.



My intention was to make a linen tablecloth for this beautiful lace. At the time, I was home raising kids, and doing a lot of sewing and handmade work myself. My sewing machine was always set up in those days.




But not long after this lace was made disaster struck. There was a break-in and my machine was stolen. But that occurred only after we had already lost our house in the downturn of the eighties. 







But that was long ago and far away, and tons of water under lots of bridges. Through it all I kept my lace tucked safely away like some pioneer lady trekking in a wagon over the miles and ups and downs of daily wilderness. Time just somehow marched on through our prairie lives. Years passed. My grandmother died. The children all grew up. And I never did return to a sewing machine. But once in a while I brought out the lace, made in a rectangle to my specifications.




I have found a few nice pieces of damask and homespun vintage linen in recent years that would serve nicely for my lace. But all urgency is somehow long gone too. My DIL Emily even gave me a refresher recently on how to thread a sewing machine again. And I wonder if the earth will shake when the time finally comes and lace and material meet after all this time.











It all feels imminent. But I am left to be amazed over how the times just passes. . . .


























I hope your week stays sweet!

Jacqueline



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42 comments:

Kristin_Texas said...

Beautiful photos, and I love that tea cup. You have the prettiest china.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

That is beautiful lace especially because it was made by your grandmother!

Candylei said...

What a wonderful heirloom keepsake! Your posts are overflowing with romantic photographs! Love the rose tea set! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Ana Beth Lima said...

Fotografias lindas e românticas. Rendas maravilhosas e muito mais lindas por terem feitas por sua vó.
Uma semana doce,linda para você também. Um beijo enorme.

chateau chic said...

Inspiring writing of memories, some happy some sad, yet remembering what's lasting. Lovely photos as always.
Mary Alice

Boriville said...

Lovely photos. The cards are beautiful goes great with tea set.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Beautiful and elegant
sigh
Love it all
xo
Pam

Betty Sneeringer said...

I just love your style and pretty things!! You need to go for it - finish that long ago plan with the cherished lace!!!

Betty

Pat said...

Such beautiful photos. I think you missed your calling as a pro photographer. Nice story about Grandmother making the lace for you.

June said...

So much pretty here today! Your lace edging is beautiful! I am so glad you still have that treasure.
I went a few years without a sewing machine after my daughter dropped mine and broke it. It feels good to be sewing again.
I hope your day is wonderful!
hugs...

jeanetteann said...

Yes it does,too fast for regrets. Our life experiences, good, or not so good,make us who we are today. You are a Beautiful person, I can tell, as I can't stay away from your beautiful blog. Once again I am mesmerised by your beautiful words and images. To open a lavender scented drawer lined with tissue and look at that beautiful lace with its memories, would be lovely. Doesn't matter about a cloth, just enjoy it as is.
Hope you have a lovely day Jacqueline xx jeanetteann

Susy said...

Thanks for sharing your linens and lace today. No one does it better. Happy Valentine's Day.

Olive Cooper said...

It is delightful that through it all you kept the lace. Thanks for your insightful comment today. xoxo,olive

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, what a sweet and touching post.

Your Grandma's lace is amazing, what a talented lady she was!

I know you will treasure it, and if it is made into something or not, that's ok...........the love in each stitch (?)will be there always.

Beautiful loveliness.

happy St. Valentine's Day to you!

debi huntsman said...

What a beautiful and touching post! How wonderful it is to have such a beautiful heirloom treasure created by your sweet grandmother, especially for you....whether it ever becomes part of a tablecloth, or not.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh I think you should do it! Make that beautiful table cloth.
I want to make one too... I made a long (yards) piece of lace similar to your (only not hearts) that I always intended to embellish a quilt top I also made from my MATERNITY CLOTHES. Both have been trucked from house to house... and I so want them married and gracing my bed.
We should take up sewing again!
Just because.

thanks for stopping by my blog today--
Pat

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a lovely keepsake from your grandmother. Don't you wish you could slow the passing of time?!

Pamela Gordon said...

Very pretty photos Jacqueline. I think it's wonderful that you have that beautiful lace edging made by your grandmother and I do hope you'll find the fabric that will be perfect for it and make something beautiful. Enjoy the rest of the week. Pamela

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is great that you hung on to the lace. Great photos.

Danielle said...

Hi Jacqueline,

What a beautiful post. Your grandmother's lace is divine. I can tell it's even more special because it has stayed with you all these years - through ups and downs. I know someday you will make it into something even more special. It's never too late.

Danielle xo

PS love the tea cup and cards too. Your photos are always so pretty : )

Sarah said...

You could do it! Beautiful images, Jacqueline. Happy Heart Day ~ Sarah

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi J, what a wonderfully sweet story of your grandmother and the lace. The tangible memory suffices for now. when the time is right you'll know. Beautiful photos, china, and papergoods. Hope you're having a sweet Valentine's evening! xoxo

Sharon said...

That lace is beautiful ! All the more beautiful because of where it came .

French-Kissed said...

Everything is so perfectly sweet and what a cherished treasure you have in your grandmother's heart lace. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day.

Jermaine

Cottage and Broome said...

What a beautiful keepsake from your grandmother, and touching story. Everything looks so beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us, Laura

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

What an amazing thing to have...from your own grandmother's hands. Oh Jacqueline, the urge will strike one day and then the beautiful lace will unite with its linen and it will be an heirloom to pass on.

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day,
Judy

Anna said...

Che meravigliose immagini!!! Buona festa dell'amore anche a te!!! Anna

Carolyn said...

I love this post-so beautiful!

Carolyn

Claudia said...

This lace must be priceless to you - made lovingly by your grandma. I marvel at the patience it takes to work in such tiny loops. Beautiful.

xo
Claudia

Curtains in My Tree said...

So beautiful

I love old white cotton lace nothing prettier. I know you love it also

A Cottage Muse said...

So beautiful!
I have a few pieces of old lace that were my Moms...she used them as tree skirts for her little Christmas trees all over the house! I think I'll pull them out today!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Beautiful images who doesn't love lace a lovely pink & white china? Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind words on my blog I'm a new follower.

Diann said...

Beautiful photos and such a lovely post. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Anna Lantligt på Svanängen said...

Lovely photos!!! Anna

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Your grandmother's lace is something to be treasured Jacqueline. It's beautiful whether it is on a table cloth or just on show as is. That's a really sweet post... time does march on all too quickly as we get older.

Donna Heber said...

What a gorgeous post and perfect for the occasion. Your handmade lace is stunning. Happy belated Valentine's Day to you!

Biljana said...

Absolutely beautiful:-)
Have a great day, hugs Biljana

Nancy Reinke said...

What a lovely post. Your photography is so delightful. Love the heart lace edging. Your grandmother did beautiful needle work. Thanks for sharing these feminine images. God bless.

Deena said...

What beautiful linens and the cup too. I too have some things from both my grandmothers and cherish them. I hope you will stop by and join my NEW blog to read about farm life, decorating, cooking, projects, and much more.

wendy said...

Oh so very pretty. !!!
btw...my sister is named Jacqueline.
And...she knows how to TAT, kind of a lost art. It is an amazing talent, and she has done me some very precious doilies. LOVE THEM.

gosh , I haven't touched a sewing machine in years and years. I used to sew for my kids when they were little, and I even used to sew all my own cloths...but that seems like a whole other life time ago.

that lace made by your grandmother is priceless and how wonderful to have this from her.

Haworth said...

Hand-wrought gifts are such a treasure. Thank you for sharing your grandmother's handiwork. It's so beautifully made and is the perfect finishing touch to your pretty table.

Bella said...

Well you are a busy bee lately!
I hope you make the tablecloth, what a treasure!
A crocheted row of hearts... that is as sweet as can be:-)
Hugs...

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