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Saturday, June 10, 2017
But she never did any decoupage. Nope, even though I remember her showing off this unusual, personalized metal lunch box made into a special purse.
My Sis read my original post (in italics, below) and corrected my faulty memory. It seems back in the early 1970s or so, one of Mom's bosses had this one-of-a-kind decoupage purse made especially for her as a Christmas gift. While Mom admired it, the darn thing was heavy and a bit clunky. Maybe Mom never even used it, Sis says. My guess is she used it a couple of times when going to work, just so the boss could see that she appreciated his thoughtfulness.
My lesson learned: Always ask family before recording the history of a so-called heirloom.
Which brings up a question for Sis: If Mom never made this decoupage piece, why the heck do we still have it in our possession after all these decades?
MY ORIGINAL STORY, now debunked by Sis:
In her late 40s, she (Mom) became interested in the craze for decoupage and decided to create a purse from a black metal lunch box (the kind with a domed lid for a thermos).
Here's the result, featuring magazine pictures she liked, cut out, and added in painstaking layers. Mom would be happy to know how much her descendants treasure these hand-crafted items, now family heirlooms!
Monday, April 1, 2013
Here's a crewel piece Mom did on black velvet fabric. This has been in the family for about 60 years, and the colors remain beautifully vibrant. Now it's Sis's turn to enjoy it in her house. She's going to have it reframed and include a note about who made it and when.
Hermina Farkas Schwartz, my grandma and Daisy's mother, was a talented seamstress who helped to support her parents and siblings by working in a tie factory when the family came to New York City from their native Hungary. Grandma (known as "Minnie" to her sibs) sewed most of her niece's and nephew's clothing as well. We grandkids still remember playing with her treadle sewing machine when we were tiny tots, opening the little cubbyholes in the cabinet and taking out the extra belts and accessories. I still have some of Grandma's hand-embroidered linens, which I treasure.
Grandma's and Mom's love of the needle has been passed down through the family, and the next generation also enjoys embroidering and crocheting the heirlooms of tomorrow.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I didn't live nearby at this point, so the first time I met "Heder" was when her mom and dad took her to visit me, at age 1 week. She slept in a drawer lined with soft towels. What an angel! Sentimental Sunday, indeed.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Surnames: Burk, Birk, Schwartz, Volk, Mahler
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My younger sister embroidered, did needlepoint, crocheted, and was good at many different hand-crafts.
My mother taught us to crochet before we started school (I now quilt as well) and my twin sewed a lot of her clothes during high school and college. Now one niece is an expert crocheter and another loves to embroider. The tradition of needlework continues!
I still have some items embroidered by my grandmother and mother, which I treasure and take care of so the memories and stories of their talents remain alive.