Last year for my birthday, my mom put together a collection of some of the notions and sewing related items that belonged to her mother. I think was probably one of my favorite birthday presents ever. Love the old thimble, the wooden spools and the old needle case.
This was at the same time I was working on my daughter’s pink, aqua and red retro quilt. So my mom tied the gift into that color scheme. Until I pulled out these items again, I’d forgotten she’d included this vintage hankie. I need to do something with it to go in my daughter’s room! Maybe frame it?
This item was probably my favorite – my grandma’s needle book with her name on it. Roma – don’t you love that name? It was probably always a little exotic for her era. My grandma would be 101 right now. She was a classy lady – and probably an iconic 50’s housewife. I extra love that it’s in the aqua and pink color scheme.
My mom also included these items from the slightly-less-vintage-but-still-dated-era of my own childhood: the 1970’s. I remember helping my mom make clothes with this pattern for my own My Friend Mandy doll. We made a blue dress and bonnet with the coordinating white eyelet pinafore. That enfamil can was from when I was born and my mom used it for years to hold her own sewing notions. I still remember it sitting next to her sewing machine. Throw in the fact that it’s pink and it was a very appropriate addition to this three-generation-sewing nostalgia.
I love this kind of stuff. But I love it even more because of the family sentimentality. (I don’t know how many of my grandma’s other grandchildren would have got so excited about a bunch of old spools of thread.) I’m so glad she didn’t just throw them away. There’s something cool about handling and using something one of your fore-mothers used. I like it.