Making connections between generations
My daughters, mother, and grandmothers inspire me to
buy and make handmade. As a child, I have many memories of my grandmother Sarah's knitting bag. It was always
in the same place, right next to her chair in the living room. Her house was filled with afghans she had knit and
quilts she had sewn by hand.
My grandmother Rita loved to crochet, sew, and craft. She and my
grandfather made Christmas ornaments to sell at their church fair and my grandmother crocheted afghans. I can
still see them working at the kitchen table surrounded by all of the ornaments they had made. My own Christmas
tree is filled with their ornaments.
I had forgotten about the clothing both of my grandmothers had made
for my beloved Cabbage Patch dolls over 20 years ago until my mother brought them out for my girls to play with
and I saw the outfits they had sewn and knit for my “babies.” Those little outfits are something I can cherish
and are a way for my girls to connect with my grandmothers, whom they were unable to meet.
I make things
by hand so that hopefully a little part of me will live on for my family members to cherish. I buy handmade
because I value the work of other women and men, I value each item's uniqueness, and I value the piece of each
person that becomes a part of their craft and brings that craft alive.