Thank-you and giveaway :)

I just wanted to say thank-you to everyone who reads and comments on my blog new and old because this past year has been really tough. Last September I lost my Grandma suddenly. Plus in the following months my uncle had a major brain aneurysm forever changing his life, my mom broke her hip, Miss L broke her arm and lastly my Dad going missing by trying to kill himself in a  motorcycle accident, UGH. It has taken a lot out of me. I haven’t really said anything much on here but if you look at the amount of projects I made this year compared to others you could say that I drowned my sorrows and worries into fabrics. Creating and learning new things. Your comments encouraged me and helped me. You put a smile on my face when I just felt like crying. I never thought that I would make blog/sewing friends but over the past year I have! Near and faraway. I have to give a shout out to the sweet quilting/sewing community on IG too!

Back to my Grandma. Throughout my life my grandma taught me so many things. I remember her just sitting and showing me how to carefully shade with pencil crayons. I remember her trying to teach me how to cross stitch. I remember making tons of cookies with her. Laughing, crying, just being me, I could go on… lol. I have so many things that are part of me because of her and I miss her dearly!

I often made her things as gifts growing up. My last handmade gift that I made for her was after she had passed. While we were going through her things I came across a hankie carefully folded in a jewelry box. It must have been special but no one really knew why. It was suggested that I embroider her initial on this hankie to put in her hands in the casket. I was hesitant. Emotionally raw but during the few days prior to her funeral I did it. I used her colors. I felt her love. I later slipped it into her hand, that was hard.

Here is what I stitched for her on her hankie. I am finally able to write about it and share it with you!

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I am grateful for all the little things that remind me of her. My oldest daughter is named after her too. (Well her middle name that is.) I have a home video of her holding Miss L and saying how proud she was that her first great grand daughter was named after her. It is precious to me. Look how little Miss L was, four and a half years passed by really quickly! Sorry for being sappy but it has to happen once and a while. I think that my Grandma would be proud of me and all that I do. Well I know it. I am forever blessed that she is my Grandma!

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If you are still around I would love to offer up some goodies as part of this thank-you. I have four fat quarters of some Waterfront prints. All you have to do is make a comment telling me how you follow my blog or if you are a follower of mine from IG that is cool too, just let me know! (If you are a non reply blogger please leave your email address!)

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I will close this giveaway by Wednesday the 25th . Thanks again for all the love and support!

*****Giveaway is now closed! Thanks for all your sweet comments!*****

18 comments:

Arita said...
September 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

What a lovely story of your Grandma, the hankie is gorgeous. I recently started following you on IG.

Renee said...
September 22, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I follow through feedly. The embroidery is beautiful! I'm sure she would be honored to have it. :-) I named my daughter after my grandma as well (middle name)--she died in 2000, 10 years before I had kids, but I am sure she would have been ov.er.the.moon for them--as I'm sure your grandma was about your kids! :-)

Jessica said...
September 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I am an IG follower! I am so sorry to hear about your tough year. Things can only go up from here. The story about your grandmother is wonderful!

Poppyprint said...
September 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I follow you on IG and check in here too. I'm sorry that you had such a difficult year but so happy that creating brings you peace and comfort. Your work is beautiful; a wonderful testament to all that your grandmother taught you. Xo

Laura C @ littleandlots said...
September 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

What a lovely post, Samantha. The hankie you made your grandmother is beautiful; what a lovely way to honor her. I'm so glad you felt ready to share it.

In the past, I have felt frustrated by the sewing-blogging community, like it is so hard to get into, feeling like I'm sewing-writing into a void. And suddenly, just like that, there's this amazing collection of people all OVER the world and I'd love nothing more than to share an evening at the sewing machine with them. Thanks for being there for me (us?) too. :)

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...
September 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

What a bittersweet post but sounds like you found a great outlet for yourself! I'm a bloglovin follower! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Megan said...
September 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I'm sorry you've been having such a rough year. I understand using sewing as an outlet; I've lost both my Mom and my Grandmother recently, and I've sewn more in the past year than ever before! I hope things are looking up for you!

btw I follow you on bloglovin :-)

Emma's Daughter said...
September 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Such a sweet story about your grandmother. Isn't it wonderful what all they've taught us? I enjoy you on Bloglovin'. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

KR said...
September 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss and your tough year Samantha. Life sure is hard sometimes! A good friend once said to me when I was having a tough time, that this is a season of my life, and this season will pass. It gave me hope that I would get through it, and I hope it helps comfort you in some small way too. Kind regards, Kelly. PS. I follow you on bloglovin.

DeborahGun said...
September 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM

So sorry to hear of your tough year. Glad that you are able now to write a tribute to your Grandma - and your embroidery is beautiful.
I follow you via Bloglovin and on IG :-)

sarahquilts.com said...
September 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

What a sweet post! I work out my emotions in my sewing too. With 2 toddler boys those emotions are usually frustration and exhaustion.

2014 is sure to be a better year for you!

I follow on bloglovin'

Mommytobe said...
September 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

So glad that sewing and crafting has been able to help you get through such a tough year Sam. While you will never not feel the loss of your Grandma it does get easier to bear. I can't believe that it has been 10 years already since my Mom passed away and it sneaks up on you at so many moments about how much they are missing of your child's life.

I've followed you from the beginning on blogger :)

RobotMomSews said...
September 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Oh man...you've been through a lot this year, that's for sure. I lost my grandma last year and it was really hard too. I love what you did for her on the hankie, it turned out beautiful and what a great tribute to her! Sewing is a very good outlet. Sometimes you just need the sewing machine and let your brain turn off for a while.
I'm a follower on Bloglovin. :)

Martha said...
September 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

What a sweet post Samantha. I'm sure your grandma is proud. Two years ago I lost my mom to breast cancer and not knowing what to do with myself I dove into sewing to keep my mind occupied and forget about the heartache. It is really what you did for her with the hankie.
I'm a follower with blogloving.

Julie said...
September 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I am so sorry to hear about your Grandma - what a year you have had. You have done beautiful embroidery on that handkerchief for her. Treasure those memories you have. You are on on my daily reads list with my morning cuppa in my bookmarks. Thanks for the chance.

Liz said...
September 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

It sounds like it's been an incredibly tough year. That's a wonderful picture of your grandma and your little one. I hope that this year is easier! (I follow you on bloglovin and instagram.)

Gill said...
September 25, 2013 at 1:06 AM

What a lovely story - I love the thought of you stitching that hanky for your Grandma, I'm sure it was a comfort to you too
I follow via GFC

Michelle said...
October 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

This is so lovely Samantha. I'm very sorry to hear you had such a rough year. Next year will have to be an improvement!

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