Thursday, February 12, 2009

Something To Treasure

I love handmade things. I think it's so personal and special to receive something that is handmade. I come from a long line of talented women in the needle arts--my term for crocheting, knitting, quilting and sewing. My Nanny and her sisters were/are amazing. Unfortunately we lost my Nanny 6 years ago, but her sisters carry on in the way of the seamstress. I posted about my Aunt Sadie and the aprons here, but today I want to talk about another of my Nanny's sisters and the beautiful gifts she has given my children.

My kids are blanket kids. They love blankets. I could be 110 degrees outside and when it's time to sleep or cuddle in for movie watching they go looking for a blanket. We have conditioned them because of all the wonderful handmade afghans and Aunt Ruth's quilts. My mom can crochet a mean afghan, but I'll save that for another post.

I have had the good intentions to talk about Aunt Ruth's beloved quilts, but I am just now getting around to it. Each on of my children have gotten a quilts from Aunt Ruth at the time of their birth. Nathaniel's is in the box of his things that I can't and won't part with. Makiah, had to have a quilt and a matching doll quilt, because, well girls need one. I had a doll quilt and she must also. Makiah's is an Irish Wedding Chain design, in pink and antique white. Beautiful, but I'll let you judge for yourself. Samuel was bestowed his beloved 'noopy blanket (see picture for explanation), which doesn't leave his sight for long. He doesn't carry it everywhere anymore, but it is always within his sights, at easy get to, should he need it. I was very anxious to see Daniel's and was just as thrilled when he got his. Music anything is very fitting for this family. We are already breaking him in on loving a good blanket.

I am very thankful that each kiddo has something special to hang onto. I still have my quilts that my great-grandmother made for me. There is just something special about cuddling into a handmade blanket or quilt. Something so comforting.

Thank you Aunt Ruth for your loving gifts to my children.

Heart Tip: Slow down--running around all time keeps you from relaxing. Relaxing is an important part of your heart health. If life has you always hurrying from here to there and back again, cut something out. Most of us pack our schedules so full we can't even think by weeks end and the weekend is so full that before we've breathed, we are back at Monday. Take time to relax and do something you enjoy.

1 comment:

Mainly a midwife said...

Handmade are SO special. I treasure each quilt and blanket from my mom and aunties.