Gentle Friends, usually I talk about SF on Wednesdays, but not much is happening in my little old life here by the Bay that would be of interest - however, yesterday I was reading over on the 123 Board about a subject I thought was very interesting. I read that Board daily, I might not comment often, but I read through most of the Posts every day. There was a post about a stitching gift that wound up in a Church Bazaar and how upset the stitcher was. That brought lots of reply's with examples of stitching gifts finding their way to thrift shops and garage sales.
It also got me to thinking that I really never gift away my stitching unless someone specifically asks - either for something specific I've finished or that I am working on.
On the weekends I am always out Thrifting as you know and going to Estate Sales, and the mountains of stitching I see at the Salvation Army stores and Goodwill's and various thrift shops is just crazy. I usually take a look at the pieces and think of the hours of work put into them, and at the same time think how sad it is for it to end up in a pile with framed prints or empty frames for a couple of dollars. It's especially sad to see names and dates on things, marriages, anniversaries, birthdays, christenings, birth announcements and other things.
After my mom passed and we broke up her house last year one of the things I made sure to do was to gather up the framed stitched pieces I had given her to make sure I got them back and they did not go into the Estate Sale. One of the nicer things that happened during all that hubbub was one of the women friends of my mom's that had helped her out so much stopped by while my sister and I were there. We were standing around talking and reminiscing I mentioned that I wanted her have something from my Mom's house as a sort of remembrance.... she immediately walked over and picked up one of my stitched samplers I had given my mom - she didn't know I had made it - after she found out that I had stitched it she was really happy about that, and I was thrilled to let her have the piece.
Here's one of the pieces I made for my mom that came back to me.......
... I took this picture in my mom's house, you can tell by the dark paneling behind the piece that was in the family room ..... I remember what a pleasure this was to stitch and it's nice to see it in my house and know that I made it for my mom and that she enjoyed it - I was a travelling piece and I was stitching on it on one of my trips home and she and totally asked for it, it became a Christmas present.
I know that when I'm gone that the stitching I've done will probably end up on a pile somewhere, but for now I enjoy seeing the things on the walls - and can only hope that what I've made will end up in good hands..... just something to think about.
That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.