This was a blog post that I enjoyed so much. It has returned to my thoughts so often since I viewed it, I felt the need to re-post it for others.

The Nature of Things

During much of her life, my mother enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was one of those people who could knit a sweater or whatever while watching the tv, and I think almost everyone in our family received, at one time or another, a gift of her handiwork. She did the most beautiful embroidery and needlepoint and even dabbled in rug-making for a time.

She rarely made anything for herself. I suspect that much of the pleasure she got from these pursuits was in the giving. And of course she was in her element when our three daughters were born. My father once wrote to me, “The knitting needles are out and little booties, shawls and matinee jackets are popping up all over the house!”

Our house is full of reminders of the hours she spent on these crafts, from crocheted doilies and embroidered tablecloths to framed crewelwork on the walls…

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  1. Thank you, Susan, for those kind words. Whenever I share this story about my mother I always hope that it will inspire others in a similar situation to keep trying and never give up. Mum had a sign taped to a wall in her room that said, in large letters, “JUST DO IT” and she certainly stood by that motto right up until the end of her 96years.

    • Those works of art deserve to be shared. I’d love one on my wall…if you set up a site on Redbubble.com you’d be doing the world a favor. Let me know if you post them “for sale”…I want to get in line!

  2. I haven’t seen paintings that I’ve loved so much in a long time. Sometimes I wonder what I might do if I didn’t have writing or knitting to occupy me. Now I know–I can paint! Thanks for sharing these precious paintings.

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