April 12, 2011

Objects of my affection - a Tuesday Theme


Not a very good photo of something so old.  116 years old in fact.  This little frame is something that means a lot.  It is a sewing sampler done by my late grandmother when she was quite young.  I'm not sure exactly, but I know it was done in primary school. 

I didn't meet her, she died before I was born.  My Mum was the youngest (by about 10 years I think) of four siblings.  So her mum would have been a fair age when she was born.   Strangely enough this trend has perpetuated, both my mum and I were both older first time mothers.  So that is why I now have such an antique memento  of my grandmothers'  early days.   

Actually this is just my way of justifying the fact that I really am not that old.  Those of you with grandmothers who were born many many years later will find this difficult to work out.... but it's true!

I love this little sampler.  So neatly done.  Something that my grandmother laboured over, either in the classroom or by the gas light at home -  is something that I cherish.  I'm just glad that my Mum thought to have it framed and that it wasn't just stored away somewhere.  

Oh yes and I have (not very expertly) covered up her name which was also embroidered.  Somehow I just don't think that she would have liked it on the internet.

Cheers for now
Wendy

5 comments:

HAZEL said...

Poor Grandma's head would reel if she even knew about the internet. LOL
That is very special and you are right to cherish it.

Nelly said...

Its lovely and lucky you to have it.My gran was 42 when she had my mum my mum was 18 when she had me I was 20 when I had my 1st and she was 16 when she had her 1st lol lets hope it doesnt go down even more next generation.

Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

What a wonderful momento. And you are right about removing the name, there are some things that should be kept just for you and that the world soes not need to know.

sophie...^5 said...

What a pure treasure for you to own. The history behind it and love that went into must make you feel all tingly inside. You never Grandma just may be more open to spreading her name all over the world...lol!

duchess_declutter said...

Thanks for your comments, I'm happy to have it too - and cannot possibly imagine how my grandmother would have felt about the internet!