Do you know Jodi and her lovely blog Pleasant Home? I do. Well, maybe I should qualify that by saying I know who she is. I've been a fan of her blog for a few years, but I'd never actually met or spoken to her.
Then one day, some weeks back, there she was ... in my Inbox. Just like that.
Seems that when she saw these pillowcases I made with reclaimed vintage handmade lace (which I'd bought on eBay several years ago),
Jodi decided I'd be a good home for "some lace" she'd inherited.
I was - and still am - stunned. It's gorgeous. Beautiful. Many times finer than anything I'd ever handled before.
This lace was (probably) made by her great-grandomther, Stella Sinclair. She was born in Dot, Klickitat County, Washington - 4 August 1889. (on the right)
Was married in 1906. (on the left)
And she passed in Gresham, Oregon - 6 August 1982.
This handmade lace is exactly the sort of thing I'd always wished had made its way through the generations of my own family. But my ancestors come from very modest means and such things as this simply didn't exist.
I'm deeply honoured, thrilled and excited to be the newest custodian of Jodi's great-grandmother's hand-crocheted family heirloom lace ... but also a little nervous. It's a huge responsibility and I do not take it lightly.
So now I need to come up with something really special. And I have to get it right ... the first time ... no running back to the store if I mess up!
Thank you again, Jodi. :) xo