Hello dear Sparkfriends,
This big wooden box moved into my apartment a few weeks ago. But it had always been there in my memories as a child and teenager.
It used to belong to my grandmother...
She was an amazing amateur sewer (she sew my mother’s wedding dress), who also made her own hats and all kinds of embroideries, tapestries, etc. Her box is packed with sewing ‘things’ like lots of threads, beautiful old very fine needles and lots (LOTS!) of buttons...
There are 3 levels.
There are several boxes that, in the 50s, used to contain sore throat tablets. They are full of threads or buttons.
I am not sure but maybe this sewing box belonged to my great grandmother before my grandmother (it looks like it is from the 19th century, and my grandmother was born in 1911)...
In any case, my mother grew up with this box, and I did too as my mother used it after my grandmother (this is a picture of my mother and I last August).
When my mother’s Alzheimer’s badly deteriorated, a couple of months ago, and my father said he couldn’t care for her anymore, we had to choose a nursing home for her. I mentioned worry and tears on several occasions in my blogs these last few months, because it was (and still is) heartbreaking. I know several of you will know what I mean, and I am very sorry you have to experience this as well.
I cried when I first opened the box and found these. I don’t know if these look the same where you live, but in France you sew these on clothes for children going to summer camp for example (you can see mine!) or for old people going to a nursing home. ‘Astolfi’ was the name of my mother’s mother (who also had Alzheimer’s). Underneath, there are the ones of my two other grandparents. And ‘BB’ was my great aunt, Berthe. My mother really kept everything!
It is partly because of this box that I decided to go back to sewing and joined a sewing club in September (I found this picture of a sewing club on the Internet but it could be mine, except that our room is huge and there are about 10 of us!).
I used to sew a little with my mother as a teenager, but apart from making a couple of curtains, I hadn’t for years.
The picture above is of my first completed project! I finished it a few days ago (and as you can tell, I am very proud!) I know several of you already saw it on my page, but I couldn’t resist showing you again!!! Now I am about to start sewing a laptop case in this Liberty fabric, with a mauve lining:
Apparently, I am crazy to have chosen one with a zip, but nothing can scare me! ;-) Here is the pattern in case you are interested:
Why do I tell you about all these? Because my aim when I joined SP was: ‘Towards a lighter life’. And SP definitely has helped me and is helping me reach that goal! Joining a sewing club was a great idea, because it is a lot of fun and it helps me think about my mother and grandmother in a positive light rather than focus on Alzheimer’s all the time.
Two weeks ago, when I reached the place where I had gone hiking, I realized I had forgotten my hiking book! Ugh. So I went to a sewing fair in the area and, although nothing can replace hiking for me, it was lovely...
One of the stands there sold old sewing material (which cost a fortune!).
There was even the needles set that used to be my grandmother’s, in a basket of roses (on the right).
Of course I thought of my sewing box then, and when I went home I opened it and looked at it even more carefully. There are so many beautiful things! Let me end with these pretty sights...
I hope you didn’t mind that today’s blog was more personal than usual, and wasn’t about hiking for once!
Let’s close the box for now...
Thank you for reading!