Monday, October 15, 2012

The Things Our Grandparents Made

When I taught Fahrenheit 451 to 10th graders, I'd begin the unit by asking students what material items they'd save from their homes in the event of a fire. 

I mean, really think about it. Aside from the obvious old photographs, baby books and valuables, what items would you scramble to salvage?

For me, it's all about the irreplaceable things our grandparents made. 
Today, I'm paying tribute to 15 family treasures that will forever radiate love and happiness in our home.

The first four items were made by my grandmother whose specialty was in crafting stained glass pieces. 
This gorgeous lamp in my youngest daughter's room creates stunning colors against the wall.
Who knew that this stained glass display would be so perfect for my mushroom huntin' fam?
This bold rug makes me so happy.
I just love the way this stained glass sun glows when the light hits it.
Our Grandma GG is far too humble to admit it, but this woman is a complete master at sewing and quilting. Her skill is beyond comprehension- definitely one of her many superpowers.
My husband and I both teared up when we opened this unbelievable quilt on the day after our wedding.
Each of our daughters has her own alphabet quilt.
Made from the clothing of family members, we had Grandma make this quilt into a wall hanging. Amazing!
And then there's Grandpa GG- a magician when it comes to woodworking. Every piece he creates has a folk-like precision and charm.
Although Grandpa made this house for the birds, I love it so much that I can't bear to put it outside. Sorry, birdies!
This dulcimer is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever seen.
Our daughters adore these rockin' rabbits.
Because sometimes woodworking just isn't enough to scratch Grandpa's creative itch, he makes JEWELRY as well! He even made my husband's wedding band!
This angel stays on display all year long.
Our eldest daughter received a homemade xylophone for her 2nd birthday.
Both Grandma AND Grandpa GG were involved in creating this mind-boggling dollhouse for our girls. What a team!
And the harp Grandpa made especially for me is one of my most prized possessions. 
Oh, these items just make my heart so incredibly happy. Each piece serves as a reminder of the enduring love in our lives. Of all our material possessions, these are truest treasures...

Aren't they lovely?

Johannes Brahms said, "Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."

How thankful am I that our grandparents found such wonderful crafts to manifest and preserve their inspiration! These are the most priceless pieces, saturated with creativity and love, sure to withstand the test of time.

What items have the most intrinsic value in your home? How do you celebrate their worth?
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours

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