Ode to a crafty lady

I've been hanging onto these photos for almost three weeks and I can't take it anymore!!! As I have recently shared, I think an awful lot of my mom. She is an amazing woman for so many reasons, one of which happens to be her extreme craftiness. The funny thing is, she has never been the kind of person who picks her medium and sticks with it. In fact, it may be quite the opposite.

Why sew with a machine when you can do it by hand? Why use pre-made fabric when you can weave some yourself? Why just weave when you can spin your own yarn? She paints, she does stained glass, I could go on and on.

I have to say, writing that makes me laugh because as I sit here processing, it's all starting to sound strangely familiar... I can't just crochet, I have to knit too. I can't use an apple peeler, I should try doing it by hand first. If I'm going to write a book, I need to illustrate it as well. Oh, mercy. At least I come by it honestly. I don't know if this realization would give my husband comfort or make him shudder in fear!

Alas, how can we complain when as a result, we are blessed with all of these beautiful treasures that Addie will hold so dear forever.

At our baby shower, Mom gave Addie this blanket that she wove on her loom. It mostly adorns the glider in Addie's nursery and warms us during late night rocking sessions.

But it is also the perfect size for snuggling just about anywhere, including on Mommy and Daddy's bed.

There are two cross stitched bibs that I couldn't bear exposing to potential spit-up stains. I strategically placed them at her changing table and in her bathroom--the places we would see them most.

And last but not least, the piece de resistance... My mom took the bottom half of this dress (the one in the middle, of course)....

And turned it into a christening gown...

Handsewn from 100% silk that I wore on my wedding day, this new family heirloom is priceless.

Thank you again, Mom for these incredible handmade gifts and for the eclectic crafting gene that I hope has extended down at least one generation more!


Dennis said...

I suppose I won't see a blog that says, "See what skills I got from my dad. I can change oil in 15 minutes." or...I fixed that dent in the wall from Addie throwing a toy at it with some dry wall tape and spackling compound." Na....never will happen!

sara said...

Oh don't count yourself out so soon there, mister! I see a blog titled, "Check your fluids" somewhere in the future.