Nanna's Sewing Box

I had every intention of clearing through my Nanna's Sewing Box and making room for some of my things...
But i can't bear to do it.
It's not as if everything is 'vintage' - she was a Thoroughly Modern Millie. I just love to finger through her life. Her old buttons. The scissors she diligently used. Old Clothes labels.
My Nanna was a cross-stitcher. She loved birds and animals and her garden. She stitched until she was so blind it became impossible. I love her for all that tenacity.
And look! i even found the pattern she used to stitch my awesome Christmas Tree picture. This is so precious to me. The picture is beautiful.
Aaahhh, you know how it is. Still missing her in gentle waves.
Handmade items and things she held, bring so many more welcome memories
than photographs and financial legacies.
maybe i'll clear the Sewing Box next month.....?

19 comments:

Pink Milk said...

Bless you Ms Fish, such a wonderful post. Needle wielding is obviously in your genes.

Hx

Mrs B said...

x gentle waves x float x grab a friendly buoy x keep your eyes on the shore x

Lucy Jackson Designs said...

What a great picture, i spy Jemima Puddleduck in there, i love the story, i have china jemima. :)

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

I can imagine you can't bring yourself to empty that sewing box. What wonderful treasures you have there!

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

oops my comment went to the wrong post I think! try again - I was jusst saying that I bet your nanna's box has a special smell too and that if you tidied it up it wouldn't be 'hers' anymore, I think its good to keep things like this just as they are if you want - it's a little bit of treasure and a little bit of your nanna that you don't want to let go.

bekimarie said...

What a wonderful treasure box, a constant reminder of your Nana.

B xxx

Pink Blossom Creations said...

Oh what a lovely post. A fab needle box. I had my great Aunts sewing stuff and have inherited all her crochet hooks.
Lots of treasures in that box for keeps, happy memories
Caroline x

ClareBears said...

I also inherited my Nana's sewing box and whilst I cleared it out many years ago (she died in '91) I still think of her whenever I use it. And I like to think that she knows I use it and is there whenever i make something.

Bigbluebed said...

Tears came to my eyes when I read this post.
It is lovely that you have your Nanna's sewing box.

Realicoul said...

What a beautiful sewing box, I'm sure you will treasure it forever and pass it down to little fish. Lovely post x

PaperFish! said...

i am so touched by you guys ))(( i needed some nice words more than i realised x

Cate said...

ah, i like to open up my great uncle's sewing tin every now and again for a rummage and a good whiff - it still smells like his house, it really gets the memories flowing!

cate, x

Muddy Puddle Crafts said...

You really must treasure that box, how wonderful. please pop over to my blog where an award is waiting for you x

SallyF said...

Oh lovely Fish, maybe what will help is not so much to clear it out but just to give it a little tidy,a bit of organising,putting same things together in boxes and tins... that's about as much as I could manage with mine for at least a year. In between times just slowly dipping to have a good look at what was there was enough. Step by step fishy... x

Menopausal musing said...

I still have my mum's. The stuff that is in it has such history and is a link I love. All the things from days gone by: button thread, hooks and eyes, an old suspender button.......... things I shall never use but still need to keep.

Victoria said...

I have got my Grannie's sewing machine and one of her sewing boxes, full of bobbins and thread, thimbles, odd pins and quick-unpicks, a few buttons,....
I have still not got around (5 years later) to mixing the stuff in Grannie's sewing box with mine.
Still miss her too...x

Arty Adventures said...

Hello i regularly read your blog and would just like to say her legacy is far more precious than a sewing box its the love of sewing and making stuff she passed on to you. And you are sharing that with so many via your blog, shop and events. Its an amazing gift.

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PaperFish! said...

ArtyA - that is such a lovely comment and thankU xx

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