Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sorta Stitchery Related

Have you ever had a fragrance or odor that brings back to your memory, a person, place, or time? 

This week, I've been working on ridding myself of some very old areas of clutter.  I re-discovered how much I was earning and paying for rent, in 1978! Yes, nearly 40 years ago.

Well, that's not the stuff that brought about odor-memory, it was this tin, 

or rather, what was in it.  This was my paternal grandmother's embroidery / crochet tin.  Upon opening it, I was immediately in the presence of my Grandma from the fragrance within.
 There is also a second tin.
 I don't know how old this second tin is, but it's well worn and has an attractive scene on it.
It originally held a fruit cake according to some small print on the side.  The blue tin has no markings at all other than the scenery on it.
 There was a complete tangle of a fine yarn and some loose threads and wrapped floss.  I untangled it and rolled it onto the small balls of blue yarn already in the tin.
 Small amounts of fine crochet threads, that apparently,
 made these.  You can see by the 1" grid cutting mat that they aren't very big.
 There were buttons (@ 29 CENTS), a couple snaps (those were 10 cents) and some needles (@ 25 cents), a crochet hook and a flimsy aluminum tweezers.
 The floss was a mixture of shiny rayons and standard cotton.
 Why yes, that skein was only 5-cents.  I wonder how old these are?
I may have to do some Google-ing to see what I can find.

Back to the fragrance memory, it's a wonderful memory, something I've experienced when I come across the letters or cards she sent so many years ago.  Grandma passed away in July 1986, but I can still see her, hear her voice and the way she pronounced our names.  She was a wonderful, loving, Christian woman who always had a lap or hugs available when little, and loving words no matter the circumstances. The smell of coffee and pepper are other smells I associate with Grandma.

I've no idea what I will ever do with this.  I've had it for a very long time.  What would you do with it? Use it? Keep it as is? Toss it?  Leave it for my kids to discover (I put a note inside explaining what it is.)?


  1. Scent memories -- yes. Sometimes I get a clear picture, other times a faint recollection. Daddy Bill and my Gramma were both smokers so, unfortunately, many of my scent memories would be unpleasant to most, but remind me of home.

  2. Oh, and the tin? I'd leave it as is. Love seeing what things used to cost.


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