What are you saving it for?

Has someone ever given you something special, made you a quilt, embroidered some pillow cases, or anything along those lines?  Do you use them?  Do you display them?  Are they hidden away for no one to see but you?  My Mom used to be like that.  My Mom’s grandmother, some of my friends  do that and even my husband does that.  I made him the nine patch quilt year before last  and he was so proud of it.  I was proud ot it but it isn’t being used.  It isn’t even out where he or someone else could see it.  I’m disappointed!!  Not because I wanted to show it off, though!  I made it with love and to keep him warm!  He says he doesn’t want to get it dirty.  For heaven’s sake, it’s washable!  It’s made of fabric and polyfil.  It’s warm!

9 Patch w red backing quilt 001

The following quilt I made for our bed about five years ago and was my first attempt at piecing a complicated pattern.  I loved it and I wash it about every two weeks and except for fading a little it’s still like new.  I wash it so often because Sassy our cocker spaniel sleeps between us and the quilt desperately needs the washing after two weeks.  But, like Eddie’s quilt it’s beautiful, it was made with love and I made it to be used, not stuck in a trunk waiting for me to die!!

rita's first quilt

I have beautiful dishes that belonged to my grandmother, Eddie’s aunt, my Mom and yes, I show them off but I always use them too!  Things of beauty are meant to be used, shared, admired.  Don’t stick them away!!  They may not be as admired when your gone.  They may be sold, passed on, handed down but for heaven’s sake use them!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

8 thoughts on “What are you saving it for?”

  1. I agree. I have my grandparents China from their wedding in 1902. For years, my cousin had them and never used them. I use them all the time. Same thing with the quilts made by my grandmother. They are used all over my house. Use those precious things now!

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  2. I couldn’t agree more. But I have had to accept that when I make something for someone else, they might not love it quite as much or it might not fit with their sense of style, even though they appreciate it. I haven’t figured out how to deal with this except to know it can happen.

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    1. I understand and agree. My Mom used to drive me crazy when we bought her clothes for Christmas and birthday and she would put it back for a special occasion. It was amazing when she passed away the clothes she had bought herself or we (her children) bought for her that still had the store tags on them. For me, special occasions are EVERY day. We should make the most of everyday and make them as special as possible.

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