Over the last year I have really began to fall back in love with sewing and crafting. I did a bunch of sewing in college and early in our marriage, but as I graduated from college and went out into the “real” world, all of my crafting really hit the back burner. Since I’ve been able to stay at home this time around, I’ve really come to find sewing and crafting as a great escape and place of expression.
What I’ve also figured out is how incredibly gifted my Grandmother Ida was. My grandmother Ida lived in Oregon and was from that generation of immigrants who took every scrap of anything and made something amazing from it. I was very lucky as a kid and was able to go visit her many, many times growing up (even though she lived on the opposite coast) and I do have a ton of memories of her. I also have a ton of awesome quilts, blankets, dolls and a million other things that she has created that were mine when I was young and I’ve now been able to pass down to my little chick. Over the last few months as I’ve started digging out more and more of my bigger girl toys for little chick, I’ve become overwhelmed with amazement at her talent and gratitude to my parents for saving all this stuff.
The pictures above show me and my Grandmother at her house in Oregon and the other is a picture of me with 3 of the giant dolls she created. The Annie doll on the right is the most amazing. She not only sewed the doll, but made a whole wardrobe of clothes for her that matched many of the clothes in the movie.
I only hope that in the years to come that I’ll be able to create things half as awesome as her to continue this great heritage for generations of our family to come. I surely hope she is smiling down in heaven as I sit at my sewing machine and think of her.