Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Great Grandmother's Heart



This old velvet pin cushion belonged to my great grandmother.
My Mom gave it to me along with some other sewing items this week.

I love that it is heart shaped and that the original pink has turned a lovely mauve brown color.
There is just a remnant of silk pink ribbon at the top.
It has old steel pins still embedded here and there.





I remember my great grandmother Laura and my great grandfather Sidney as well.
He used to play the harmonica and dance around the kitchen when we were very little.

I love that I have this treasure that once belonged to my mother's grandmother...
my Nana's mother...the lovely lady who I was named after.

Internet access is spotty up here at the lake...

This afternoon was lovely...
Rain falling tonight...
...cool and comfortable...
...at peace.

Hope all is well!
:)

33 comments:

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Laura,
Your weather sounds so comforting and peaceful.

It is truly a gift to have those memories of grand and great grandparents. I too have them and know how blessed that makes me in having the remembrance of times gone by. Your heart is really a precious, time worn piece full of beautiful color!
xo

Beach House Living said...

Such a lovely treasure. It's those little things that we cherish isn't it.

afistfullofweeds* said...

That is just so sweet! Love it..

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Laura! Oh how I wish we had your temperatures right now...we're setting records two days in a row here in Kansas at 109 degrees. What a treasure from your Great Grandmother...to think she held this in her hand and used it. Something else that is special is that it means so much to you. I'm sure your Great Grandmother would be pleased. Have a wonderful Wednesday...Maura :)

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

What a lovely heirloom! I adore hearts.

-Danielle

Sarah said...

Laura, this is just the kind of thing that I adore. Passing down little pieces that once belonged to special people in our lives is one of the things that helps keep us connected. I have a biscuit cutter that was used by my grandmother, then one of my aunts, and she has now passed it on to me. I use it each time I make biscuits, and each time I think of both my grandmother and my aunt. How wonderful that these sewing treasures are now in your hands to cherish until you pass them on to another. ~ Sarah

Angela said...

How precious to have that memento.

Lisa Madden Bass said...

Laura,
This is precious, and the fact you have it is just wonderful! I wish I had a sewing notion of my grandmother's...she was the one who taught me to sew.

Diane said...

What a beautiful treasure, thanks for sharing. Hugs, Diane

Bella said...

Hi Laura... I have a vintage velvet heart pincushion too.. Very charming! Mine of course has no sweet memories like yours, a true treasure, something used by a loved one :-) A soft rainy day is just what I have been craving... I feel like fresh air and a quiet day:-) Enjoy yours!
Bella

It's me said...

What a great treasure ........beware it safe !!!

Happy day darling......love Ria.......

Dorthe said...

It`s so beautifull, Laura---
a wonderfull treasure, and such a fantastic colour.How lovely a gift, from your great grandmother.
xo, Dorthe

Jacqueline said...

Dear Laura,
You have so many treasured family heirlooms and each one has a story to tell. It is wonderful that so much has survived.
I love your Great Grandmother's heart pin cushion. Yhe colour has mellowed to a beautiful hue. Do you use it or is it a little delicate noe ? Just think of all the stories that pin cushion could tell !!!! XXXX

misselaineous said...

Laura, What a perfect sweet little treasure. The color is perfect and the fact it belonged to someone special makes it that much better. Love it! *elaine*

Annemary said...

joli trésor prends en bien soin !!!!!!!!!moije n'ai rien de tout ça ....dommage alors je fouine dans les broc's pour me trouver des ....souvenirs !!!!mes parents sont d'une époque ou l'on ne gardait RIEN pffffffffffff mais alors moi je garde tout !!!!!belles journées au lac !!!!!doit être si beau !!!!!!comme dans mes livres de belles histoires .....de paix et de Bonheur et de tranquillité

Diane said...

So blessed to have these items from your great grandmother...
Blessings, Diane

awal.ny said...

How wonderful that you have little tidbits that bring wonderful memories of your grandparents. I have tins filled with buttons that were once my grandmothers, she was a wonderful seamstress.

beth said...

What an heirloom...it must make you feel so connected to her again!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Such a sweet pin cushion:) It's so special to have something from a family member. They mean so much. We are supposed to have 90 degree weather today, which is fine with me, but we reaaaaaalllllllly need rain. Have fun.
~Debra
Capers of the vintage vixens

Olive Cooper said...

What an absolute family treasure. Some folks in our family do not understand why I "carry on" about family pieces.
olive♥

trash talk said...

To be able to sit and hold in my hands something my family had held in theirs would be heaven. Your mother gave you her heart in that gift.
Debbie

AshTreeCottage said...

What precious treasures!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Mélanie A. said...

wonderful treasure

gail said...

Hi Laura-Thanks.....I think I'm leaving you a comment....so simple....I'm so lame!
Thanks for all your help and again, your blog is wonderful!

Sussi / Sussinghurst said...

It's a lovely heart, wonderful color.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Faded colors are the best! And coming from family makes it even better.

Suz said...

Laura,
You have been gifted with some absolute treasures from you Mom and your MIL lately. This is so beautiful and your pictures, as usual, are stunning.

We are "on the road." We are in Sioux Falls and going to see Jud's mom and Dad in Yankton. The internet is spotty in this Holiday Inn!I have to go sit in on place in the room and then I can get a connection! We will just say a prayer that this gets to you!

Thanks for the beauty.

Hugs,
Suz

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

What a great gift from your mother...a treasure!
Enjoy the lake this week!
xx
Carole

Elyse said...

lovely & sweet post.

i love the word "nana" -- i had one, too.

xo
elyse

Jennifer ~ Mi Vida Loca said...

How priceless...love how something that may seem simple to a stranger can evoke so many fond memories. I also had a Nana. She was the best!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi laura,
Memories are the best in treasures. Beautiful vintage that with age will never fade as old fabrics fade.
I have afew of my grandmorthers things and they do have there way of adding soul to your collections.
love this post:)

Keep inspiring us with your beauty!
xx
Blessings
Dore

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love vintage sewing stuff, buttons, tread, pin cushions. I wish I had my grandmothers

Carol

Anitra Cameron said...

What a wonderful, wonderful treasure! Think how many times her hands touched it, and your grandmother's, and then your Mom's, and now yours...what sweetness.

I have my grandmother's sewing basket. Everything in it is really quite ordinary, but I know that my uncle threaded all the needles that are stuck in the underside of the padded lid for Grandma when her eyesight got bad. It turns the ordinary into extra-special somehow.