Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cherished Keepsakes...

We all have those things that we hold dear to our heart - something someone made, maybe an item we purchased on a special trip, or a craft project made by the sweet lil' hands of our children. Things that bring back wonderful memories each year when we pull them out of the box. These pretty lil' carolers were crafted by my grandmother. She made each of their outfits and all the lil' things they are holding. Unfortunately over the years, I have lost some of their books - but that's o.k. - they are still perfect to me. I'm so fortunate to still have all of my precious grandparents - what a gift. But as their health begins to decline, every moment becomes more precious. I will treasure this Christmas- another wonderful blessing to be able to share it with them.

Would you share with me an extra special Christmas decoration in your house? I know we've all got them.

Blessings for a great Wednesday!
Cathy Cobblestone


Melinda said...

I have a ceramic Christmas tree, one of those that has the little plastic bulbs and is lit by a lightbult, that my Dad made for me shortly after I got married, it's probably 25 years old now.

Every Christmas it gets a place of honor in my house. One Christmas, I couldn't find it, I thought my husband had probably broken it and threw it away, and I went nuts. Everybody had to stop what they were doing and search for it. Thankfully, we found it, I don't remember where, but somewhere it shouldn't have been. My daughter and husband said they couldn't understand why I was so upset about it. It was just a tree.

I was so upset because it's the one thing I have that my Dad made just for me,with his hands and that he put his heart into, because he's been deceased for 15 years,

Now I refuse to put it away with the other decorations, it has a place of honor by itself in my hall closet, and it's the first thing I pull out and set up when the decorating starts.

The older I get, the more precious these things become.


Linda said...

I have some lace pieces on my tree that came from the lace my mom and I hand sewed on my wedding dress. Our first Christmas married, she gave me several pieces of the lace we didn't use - big leaves - all covered with green glitter and a crocheted hanger on them. They are the tackiest looking things, but priceless to me!!

Ribbons -n- Rags said...

Hey Cathy,

I love your carolers and yes grandparents are such a blessing. I still have one set--they have been married for 71 years this month!!
My favorite Christmas item is an ornament made by my very first Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Perkins. She loved to crochet. This ornament is pair of ice skates-hand crocheted with paper clips as the blades. They are small but have a large meaning. Every year I place them in the same spot on our tree.
Mrs. Perkins had 8 children and they all had many children and every year she crocheted continuously in order for every member of her large family to have a handmade Christmas gift-stuffed animals, sweaters, scarves, etc. What a display of love and dedication!!

Nancy said...

Cathy, how wonderful that you have them and still use them! What a treasure! Nancy

Cathy said...

What a treasure!

After my mom died, I inherited a pinecone Christmas tree that was made by Aunt Nodie who was an incredible crafter. Every year when I pull it out, I think of where in hung in my childhood home and brings back great memories.

Thanks for sharing your carolers with us.


Nancy said...

Hey Cathy....your tassel will ship keep a look out! Thank you so much!!!! Nancy

Tamara Jansen said...

Your carolers are just beautiful! What a talented grandmother :)

No time for christmas decorating yet....too busy with poinsettia shipping :(

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Yes...I know what you mean. My fave is two little angels..a boy and a girl...(My dad got themfor my Mom) One is a wind up music player...and while he twirls around at some point he kisses the girl angel..I remember always setting them out as a little girl...which reminds me I need to get them out NOW. Love your carolers. cherry

Sandel said...

Love your blog. Your salt dough ornaments bring me back to child hood :) Love it all

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Thank you all so much for sharing your sweet stories - sounds like we all have precious Christmas decorations we will hang on to forever! And Tamara - you have my dream job!!!! To travel around the world looking at flowers - oh my - what fun!!!

Blessings, Cathy

Susie Homemaker said...

HI Cathy,
I know how much your Carolers must mean to special. One of my cherished ornaments is a glass Santa...It is just his head and he is touching his nose with the tip of his oldest daughter and I were out shopping together when she was only in junior high...I saw the ornament and fell in love with him right away...I couldn't afford him at the time, so reluctantly I left him sweet daughter took her babysitting money and bought the ornament as a suprise gift to me...he is the last one I put on the tree each year...up high, and out front!