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Friday, December 2, 2016

A Gift from Grandma

My grandma passed away in January 2014. She fell ill on Christmas night and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. From that night, she slowly faded away. 
We spent time with her at the hospital and during her hospice care.

While we all met to clean her apartment, I found this ...

I gave this embroidery kit to my grandma the Christmas of 2012. To find it finished setting on top of her embroidery basket while cleaning her apartment made my breath catch. What a special last gift from my grandma.

 My husband helped me frame it in a barn board shadow box.
I placed twinkle lights around it.


 "Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every
taste bud, making you wish it would last forever."
Richelle E. Goodrich

25 comments:

  1. This piece is beautifully done, but it is how you found it that I love the most. Better than in a fancy wrapped package❣️Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  2. What a special handcrafted gift from your late Grandma.

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  3. Wow, Carla. I just got chills. What a wonderful memory and I love how you have it displayed.

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  4. Oh my goodness. Like a small miracle. I do believe I would have dissolved into tears. You have done it so proud! It is showcased beautifully. She would be so proud and happy that you are displaying it.

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  5. This really touched me Carla. My grandma was special to me and I can imagine how finding this made you feel. It's beautiful, and the way you've displayed it makes it even more so.

    xxx

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  6. What a beautiful keepsake finished by your grandmother's hands. It must have touched her to receive this gift from you and now it's more beautiful than ever, for you to enjoy. Years ago all young girls did embroidery.

    Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. What a beautiful gift. You picked the perfect way to display it.

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  8. That is awesome. I know you will treasure it.

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  9. The embroidery is awesome... I'm also feeling to embroider something now after a long time..

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  10. Carla,
    I got goose bumps reading this special story. What a great find and wonderful memory of your grandmother.
    This time of year is always hard to lose someone special but now you have this special memory to remember her fondly on Christmas. Beautiful and heartwarming.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  11. Your grandmother did beautiful work. I can only imagine how emotional it was to discover it, like a blessing.
    Amalia
    xo

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  12. The "little things" are really the BIG things. This is a "God winked" moment. Lori

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  13. How lovely - a real memory and heirloom now to treasure.

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  14. She is smiling down at you right now, such a lovely gift.

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  15. I can only imagine the emotions when finding this treasure.
    I absolutely love how your are displaying it.

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  16. This makes tears come to my eyes...how wonderful that you have this to cherish for years to come. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  17. Oh, Carla, this is beautiful! And I think it may just be a little gift she left behind. Think of it that way every time you look at it. I'm working on two embroidered 'mitten' ornaments for Elsie and Madelyn. I hope they will grow up thinking of me when they see them on their Christmas tree.

    I'm going to be shopping for my wrapping paper, gift boxes and little bags this week...I'll be sure to share some bagsdone up with my reindeer stamp!! There are some cute stamps at Michael's but they aren't cheap. I find one and stick with it and a few different ink pads...well, just red, green and brown. Brown looks sort of rustic!

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

    Jane

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  18. You absolutely touched my heart this morning Carla! This is absolutely beautiful - what a wonderful gift to find and lovely way to celebrate your Grandma! 💕💕💕I love the quote you ended with too!

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  19. What a sweet story, Carla! It was a thoughtful gift for your grandma, and I know you were so happy you found it completed. That puts a smile on my face! Nice job framing it, too. You'll enjoy that for years to come!

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  20. That is so special. You brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful and I'm so glad she finished it.

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  21. What a treasured gift that is, Carla. A real joy. xo

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  22. Oh, Carla! This post is the best! How precious is that hand embroidered "Joy to the World", and to think that you gave it to your grandmother and she finished it. Gives me chills. I love how you and hubby framed it. Now it's a family heirloom. It makes me think about my granddaughter and the quilt I made for her birthday a couple of years ago. I hope she will keep it always. These things mean so much more when our loved one passes. Hugs, dear friend. ~ Nancy

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  23. This is so, so special.
    It made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck just reading about this.

    Wonderful

    All the best Jan

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  24. What a wonderful, wonderful post! A gift that your grandma left behind for you. You have framed it so beautifully, and the twinkle lights just set it off perfectly.

    For a long time now I have been trying to make and give handmade things to my kids and grandkids so they will have something to remember me by. (I had actually seen, and loved, that "Joy to the World" design somewhere!) Your post just reinforced for me that I need to be doing this. I would like to think that my last handmade piece left behind would be a gift for one of my loved ones. Thanks so much for sharing.

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