Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I was inspired by Dawn Edmondson over at The Feathered Nest in her recent post regarding all of the beautiful hand-stitched and embroidered linens she has accumulated. What loveliness ,there is in the details and fine workmanship. I decided to pull out some of my "pretties", the handkerchief collection that was left to me by my mother.

Mama was born in the early part of the 20th Century when Southern ladies were expected to always carry a clean handkerchief with them wherever they went. Over the years she collected quite a few...Look at the beautiful trim of hand-embroidered violets above. Isn't it lovely?
Hand-wrought lace...Just looking at this makes one feel like slowing down and having more feminine movements...and putting on perfume.
Above are some homemade hankies.

Kleenex is handy and sanitary, but it doesn't make one feel beautiful. Whenever I tuck away one of Mama's "pretties" the whole world seems a much more gracious place.


The Feathered Nest said...

Elizabeth, your sweet linens are beautiful!!! I just love them all! I'm always drawn to them at an antique store or sale ~ I just have to tell you, that last photograph of your son smiling is ADORABLE!! You should frame that one ~ wishing you a wonderful Sunday sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

Trish said...

wonderful photos and memories too, right? How delicate the trims on those hankies and how special each one is...was.

Boondock Ma (Kim's Mom) said...

I love your blog! It's just beautiful, as are these photos. They remind me of my Grandmother. They also make me wish I had some of her hankies. Perhaps, with the frugal and green interests these types of things will come into use again?

Anne@Rosydreamer said...

Hi Elizabeth!
I made my almond butter, and blended it with honey before storing it, so I don't use any jam. My friend visitng me asked for nectarine jam with her almond-buttered toast. I think any jam you like would be good. I'm just enamored with homemade nectarine and plum jam right now!

These are so beautiful. I collect hankies; I have one or two from each of my deceased grandfathers, as well as pretty old-fashioned feminiens ones. I never use them, but there is something about having a clean hankie in your pocket...I don't know why.