Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Around The House

This is a picture of me and my mom, around 1971. We lived in San Diego, I was 10 years old and we had just moved to this house. This is a story about the picture behind us. I know it's kind of hard to see but it's a field of daisies and each petal and stem is made with yarn.


My sisters are six and eight years older than me and they said this was a kit that our mom bought and she'd work on it at night after I'd gone to bed. It's fairly large, around 22" x 18" and they said it took her quite a while to make. Course she had 3 small kids at the time and was going to school to get her high school diploma.

We moved out of this house the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school and I never saw this picture again. It never hung in any of the homes we lived in, I never saw it with any donated things... I actually never even thought about it again.

I got married and Chuck and I moved from San Diego up to the Seattle area. My mom moved up here for a few years but ended up going back to San Diego. She eventually moved to an assisted living facility and passed away in 2005.

About a year after she died I was walking through an antique store here in Seattle and saw this hanging on the wall. 


I just stood there staring at it! I called Chuck and told him that no matter how much it cost I was going to buy it! (Thankfully it wasn't that much!)

I remember as a little girl touching the flower on the far right because a few of the 'petals' were a cream color while all the others were white. I remember that so clearly. And this one is the same! You can see one flower has just a few cream 'petals' on the bottom while the rest of the flower is white. That's exactly how my mom's was.

I was in that same antique store a few years later and saw another picture just like this and I immediately checked out the flower... it was all white!! 

Now, I don't know if this is the exact kit my mom made. Maybe many of the kits didn't have enough white yarn... maybe there are hundreds of these around and I just happen to find one. I don't know.

But I like to think it is. 

I think this is the exact one my mom made, sitting in our living room all those years ago. It now hangs in our den, along with the small photograph of it hanging in our dining room in 1971. 

Do you have something that brings back memories of childhood? 


betty said...

I like to think it is the same one your mom had made. A lot of love and time and talent went into creating it I do believe.


Barb said...

Hi Cindy~ Oh my goodness, I'll bet it is the same one too! What a great story, Cindy, and I love that you bought it and now hang it on your wall. I hope one of your girls wants to keep it as well, especially because of the story behind's beautiful!

Rebecca Jo said...

OK - that is CRAZZZYYYYYY!!!!! It HAS to be the same one, right? I have chills.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is a beautiful memory and so happy you found the one in the antique store. I use to do crewel art back in the 70's.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What a wonderful story, and yes, I believe you found the same picture that you mother did. Why it was there only God knows, but it was meant for you to find it and treasure it as you have done. I know I have found things at yard sales, etc. that reminded me of home and if it was reasonable, I bought it. Sometimes we just need that special something to touch base with. Thank you for sharing this story. It is very special indeed.

Cathy said...

How sweet is that!

Terri D said...

I am just sure that is your mom's!! Our God works in wonderous ways. You were led there! How wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us. xo

Lovely said...

How wonderful! Such a beautiful story and I'm really glad you found it.

ellen b. said...

Wow! What a sweet find and how wonderful that it is just like the one your mom made...or maybe it is the one your mom made. Fun to think it is...

Sara P. said...

I love this story! And I just know it’s the same one your mother made. Thanks for sharing!

DUTA said...

Amazing story! It makes us think about the treasures that have to be passed on to the next generations.You were lucky to find your Mom's piece of work in that antique store.