Made by Hand

I love all the gifts I received for Christmas,
but I have a special fondness for the handmade ones,
and my mom always delivers in that category.

I know I’ve bragged on my mom before,
but I just have to do it again.

Every year I request hand-sewn things from her.
Most years, I ask for a new supply of potholders.
I love the ones she makes and
she always picks the best fabrics for them as well.
I use them daily, so each year I’m ready for new ones
that don’t have spaghetti sauce stains on them.

At our previous house, I had the perfect kitchen window,
and she indulged me
by sewing a different valance for the window
for every month of the year.
And then I moved…
New house….new sizes of windows…you get the idea.
And she didn’t threaten to kill me.

This year, I gave her a vintage tea towel
that I wanted to have turned into
2 pillows and a vintage tablecloth
that I wanted turned into curtains.

She indulged me again, finished them
& sent them back to me,
along with other Christmas gifts
and I just love them!

Look how cute the pillows turned out!

 I wanted the covers to have envelope backs
so I could remove the pillow forms and
wash the covers.  She made special pillow forms
out of osnaburg fabric for them, since the aren’t
a typical size of pillow form.

Here are the curtains she made from the
vintage tablecloth.
She’s pretty darn handy with a sewing machine!

 The tablecloth is fairly bright white, against
the antique white of the Bible pages on my walls,
so I may tea-dye the curtains to give them
a more aged appearance.

 I had my husband hold them back to see how
it would look and I think I may try to come up
with something to make them into tie-back curtains.

I’ve already given her my
birthday/anniversary/whatever request…
a new bed coverlet made from ticking, to go along
with the sweet little ticking pillow
I got at the thrift store.

I told you my mom is the best!
Thanks, Mom!

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  1. She really does make you some wonderful things…and I love how you work on things together!

  2. How wonderful to have a mom so talented and creative! I love the pillows very charming. Hope 2012 brings great things!

  3. I love those pillows with the barn images! One-of-a-kind for sure!

  4. You are so lucky to have such a talented and loving Mom. Love the pillows. hugs, Linda

  5. your mom has the “gifted needle” as my mom did! my mother could make anything,repair anything and get any stain out!! i should have paid more attention!!

  6. The design on the tea towels transitioned really well into pillows. I LOVE the pillows! Thanks for sharing at Show & Tell.

  7. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says

    How sweet of your mom to continue to sew those delightful gifts for you, Angie! I have a tea towel almost identical to yours. I stored it away some time ago to use as a pillow cover. Maybe I’ll actually get mine made during this new year. 😉

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

    Happy New Year!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  8. Angie, What a wonderful gift from your mom! Thanks for linking to the Open House Party and Happy New Year.

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