My Crafty Grandma and Great-Grandma

This is my Grandma LaNier as I remember her.  I wish that I had some pictures of her from when she was my age, but I don’t.  She is holding my daughter Princess in this picture.  My Grandma died a few years ago.  I was so glad that I could go see her shortly before she died.  I love my Grandma LaNier very much.  She was the first person on either side of my family to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or “Mormon” church.  So I have gratitude that she had the courage to embrace something new that has been a blessing in my life.  Also, she passed on her crafty heritage to my mom, who then passed it on to me.  My Grandma’s mom is the one that taught her about embroidery, crochet, knitting, quilting, and sewing.  It is meaningful to me that for many of us, this needle craft legacy is passed from one generation of women to another with love, and sometimes there is a man or two in there that is courageous enough to learn as well.  Whenever I make something, I can know that many women that love me, enjoyed doing the same thing, and are maybe even watching me from heaven and take joy in knowing that they are a part of what I am making.  That’s pretty special.  So, here are some of the things I have that they made:

Wedding quilt that my Grandma gave to Mr AC and myself on our special day.
These are two pictures of a set that my Grandma cross-stitched.  I have several others that all hang in my hallway.
These doilies were made by my great-grandmother, Gertrude Laughlin.  They are made with tiny thread and tiny stitches.  I don’t actually have these on display anywhere in my home right now, but they are put up in a drawer until I find a good spot for them.  On the small one you can see on the upper-left side that one of the flowers has either come undone, or deteriorated in some way.  But, other than that, they are beautiful and flawless.

I still haven’t seen any pics or stories from all of you about your crafty heritage.  I really would love to though!  Don’t forget, you can leave comments here or post stories and/or pics on my Facebook Fan Page.

Also, I now have my new Etsy store up and running.  I even had my first sale sometime during the night.  Yay!

Happy crafting!

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  1. Wow! Congratulations on your new Etsy store and on making your first sale so quick! That's awesome!I enjoyed reading about your crafting heritage and especially enjoyed the pansy doily picture.I don't know if anyone in the LDS Ravelry group participated, but there was a huge Knit and Crochet Blog Week last spring via Ravelry, and one of the topics was how we got started. I participated, but not many crocheters did. It drew mostly knitters. I even tried to drum up some support in some of the crochet groups because I wanted to read more about crochet! But I didn't have much success.Anyway, your last three posts would have fit in nicely! I think they are planning to do it again next spring.