September 28, 2010

Vintage Tuesday

Today I have for your pleasure an awesome set of doilies that my Granny Ida made around 65 years ago!  I was given these as a surprise gift about 15 years ago from a neighbor in my community.

I had gone to the beauty shop that morning and when I walked in my friend Shirley was leaving.  She asked me what I had planned after I was finished at the shop and I told her that I was going back home.  She asked if I would come to see her before I went home and I told her that I would.  She said there was something she would like to give me.

So after I got my hair done, I went to see her.  Her home should be in Southern Living Magazine so the first thing I asked was to have a tour.  She graciously showed me her amazing home!  It was breathtaking!  She then left me in the den for a few minutes and came back with something in her hand.

She asked me if I recognized them and I told her that I did not.  She said that my granny Ida had made them for her granny over 50 years ago.  I was amazed at what I was looking at because I had never seen this pattern done by my granny before.  Of course, they were before my time and anyway, when you are little, you know your granny makes things but you really do not pay close attention.  I have a set of doilies but they have the stand up cups around the outer edges.... but this design really made me look at my granny's work differently!  I thought to myself, I wonder just how many different designs had she done in her lifetime!

Granny Ida lived to be 94 years of age and she crocheted and quilted up until her late 80's!  There are tons of things she made floating around the world and I wish I had every one of them. (selfish - yes, I know)

Well, Shirley stretched these awesome doilies out to me and said she was gifting them to me.  She wanted them to come back to my family and she knew I would take care of them as they should be kept.  I immediately started bawling!  I mean bawling like a baby!  This gesture touched me so deep that it is hard to put into words.

I just know that they have lived with me for the past 15 years and will remain with me until I go to see Granny.  I miss her so much!  She was a wonderful granny!  My granddaddy died when my mother was 4 so granny lived with us for many years.  That is why I always tell people that I grew up under a quilting frame.  It was just in the cards for me to love quilting the way that I do!

She also loved to watch John Wayne movies, play rook and dominoes!  There was never a dull moment around my precious Granny!


Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

What a precious gift from your friend, Thearica, how blessed are you with family and friends like these around you !~!

Anonymous said...

Thearica, this is your cousin? I am thinking you are his cousin Larry keller your Aunt BEA's oldest son's wife Sheryl we lived in Chicago... I also have one of the grape scrafs Grandma Ida made. Are you Aunt Sybil's daughter???? my email is

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Thearica said...

Sheryl!! It is a small world sometimes! Yes, I am Syble;s second daughter! How in the world did you ever find my blog?

This is so awesome!

Cathy said...

I am also your cousin...Dalton & Faustine's baby daughter, Cathy.
Aunt Bea's daughter, Janie told Mom about your site & Mom asked me to look for it for her. :o)
My fondest memories of Grandma Ida are her crocheting & playing the game "Aggravation" as well as Dominos & Rook.
Grandma Ida made some beautiful doilies.
I remember the the grape pattern ones well & I am 46 y/o.
Mom had some until their house burnt in 1987 or 88 but I remember the grape doilies well.