How do you remember your grandmothers (assuming they lived long enough that you can remember them!) I remember two grandmothers, two great-grandmothers, and one great-great-grandmother with great fondness. One thing I do not remember is any of them playing with kids. They may have held a wee tot. They may have read to a young child. They may have let a child help them with chores (gardening, cleaning, sewing, cooking). One thing they never, ever did was to play with a child. Thus, since I learned how to be a grandmother from my own, my grandchild and great-grandchildren surely don't think of me as playful. Today, I will be re-confirming that for them when Hunky Husband and I attend a celebration of Next Generation 1's and Next Generation 2's birthdays at a gathering in their home. (NG1 hit age 5 on the 6th, NG2 hit age 4 on the 12th.)
What will their gifts be? As usual - a check - for money. I always got money from my grandparents (of whatever degree) and that's what I pass on to our grandkids (of whatever degree). How boring. When we received the invitation to the joint celebration, I knew that there had to be something for the boys to open! It won't be games, it won't be candies, it won't be terribly frivolous (engineers are practical people!) It will be small feather pillows from The Company Store, with pillowcases made by Grandma that feature whimsical critters - frogs and toads on the green background - turtles and fish on the blue background.
All four pillowcases are shown in the above photo (the second pillowcase for each pillow is under the opening of the pillowcase containing the pillow) with the edge turned up - demonstrating that each is unique. Each pillowcase has a brightly-colored band on the inside of the opening. Why? For practical reasons. When I have identical items of clothing or linens I always try to even out the wear. How can I do that if I can't tell them apart? The boys' parents may not care; but, if they do, they can tell each item from the others.
The boys still seem to enjoy using the quilts (photos, below) that I made for their births, so I'm hoping that they will likewise enjoy using the pillows and cases.
In case you can't tell (resolution not being great), the main fabric of NG1's quilt features a wizardly cat while the main fabric of NG2's quilt features a whimsical dragon.
My own paternal grandmother taught me to sew in 1943, using her treadle sewing machine (I think it was a Singer, but don't quote me!) The first item that I made was a sunbonnet for myself - the old-fashioned, two-pieced kind with crown and brim being separate pieces. The second item was pajama bottoms for my uncle (who had physical and mental developmental anomalies and who lived with Grandmother) - on which I showed a certain flare for the unusual by sewing the legs together! I learned to hate taking out stitches at an early age.