Here is a treasure that my mother has hanging in the guest bedroom of her condo. It is a christening gown and pair of booties that were passed down through her family. Her grandmother and aunt wore them first. Then she wore the dress as a small child during a baptism ceremony. Pictured below are both her and her aunt wearing them. The other picture is of her grandmother as an adult since no photograph was found of her as a child. I had the gown, booties and photographs mounted in a shadow box for a gift to my mother one Christmas. She was thrilled as she has been the family historian and geneologist for many years.
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My mother gave me a box of old lace awhile ago. I saved it just in case I ever got inspired to do something with it. There were lace trims and collars from dresses worn in the early 20th century among the lace scraps. Some were very yellow. I soaked them numerous times with Oxiclean and a special solution that my mother had purchased in an antiques’ store. One day, I spied a collection of lace collars that had been framed under an old window in a thrift shop. That was just the inspiration I needed! I decided to frame three of the best collars under glass. Here is the finished product that I hung up in my daughter’s old room that is now our blue and white guest room.
This needlepoint was on an old stool that belonged to my grandmother. I decided to frame it. It really stands out in the white frame. When I was putting this piece in the frame, it was interesting to look at its back side. It was a knotted and jumbled mass of thread. It was amazing to turn it over and see the perfect pattern that came forth from such a chaotic mess. This speaks to me of our lives and how miraculously God can turn our imperfect lives into something quite beautiful as we yield to His work in us.