May 13, 2009
This weekend I finally took down the last Christmas decoration. No wait, I still have gold stars on the tiffany fixture but those don't look explicitly Christmasy. The red, white and green quilted applique wall hanging, with "Welcome" written on a scene with a sled pulling cut evergreens, stayed well past its welcome but I just wasn't sure what to put up in its place.
The creative juices were really flowing on Mother's day, I had the day off to do whatever I wanted and I mostly did photo related computer stuff. But at some point in the day I decided I wanted to make something beautiful with my hands for my home. Something other than taking a pretty photo that might someday get printed and then might someday be framed and then might someday be hung on the wall. I'm calling it my easier-than-easy heirloom wall tapestry. Or maybe I'm calling it my new favorite wall hanging. Either way it is now gracing a previous blah corner of our living room and just looking at it makes me happy. Maybe I've seen this idea in a blog or magazine, though I don't recall.
My grandmother, who is now passed away, made this linen tablecloth many years ago. I think she gave me a note with it but I can't find it right now. But I'm guessing the tablecloth is at least 60 years old. She embroidered the flower design and hand crocheted the lace edging. I can't imagine making something so beautiful. Its beauty in fact was why I didn't use it as a tablecloth. What with 3 kiddos and spills and stains... I'm so happy I've found a way to display it and make a pretty corner in my home.
Everything I used to make this was already existing in my home so it was very easy & cost nothing. I challenge you to do the same but the supplies wouldn't cost much if you can't find them around home, especially now that it's yard sale season.
I can't say enough how pleased I was in making this. It took me maybe 15 minutes, including ironing the tablecloth. (And this project was double the fun because I was equally pleased with the photos I took of it this morning.) And now when I'm sitting at my computer desk (as I am right now) or knitting at a chair or helping my kids with a craft in the learning room I look over to that corner and smile... and remember my wonderful grandmother. And isn't that what an heirloom is for?
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