We talked about their grown up children and their daughter's recent wedding. I saw the photos. They talked about Christmas in their family when their children were young. They lived outside Sydney and each year they walked into the forest and chose the biggest tree that they could find. The children and parents would battle together to fit it in the house, laughing with the fun of it all.
Most importantly, they talked about the of making memories. I still remember them saying that as their children grew older, life inevitably brought them difficult times, but it was the collection of memories created in their family that helped each of their children always remember they were loved and that life can be good.
I think about the making of memories often. At those moments of shared joy in our family, I hope that we are wrapping each other in a protective blanket of love and beauty that will last us a life time.
So this week we are making memories...
I am also making memories for my Mum. She has her 70th birthday in February and I wanted to make her something special. I was inspired by the 39 squares Project. Amy from Inspireco embroidered 39 one inch squares in the lead up to her 40th Birthday. She hosted an amazing Sew Along and the Flickr Pool is gorgeous. So for Mum I am doing a "70 squares Project" A 2 inch square of embroidery for every year of her life. Each square will represent something important to her - my Dad, her children, grandchildren, sons and daughter in law, special dates, places she has traveled, places she has lived, her passions and interests.
And so it begins...
A few close ups:
The shell is for Mackerel Beach. You already know how special this place is to our family!
The suit case is a reminder of Mum's passion for travel.
Those three little circles? Well they represent her love of hanging plates on the wall. Collections of her own, her mother and her aunt have always been a feature in her home.
The little dog belongs to Will. Dog was one of his first words and he loves every dog he meets.
And the apple? Well that is a reminder of a great trip Mum and Dad had to New York.
She has enjoyed holidays in Italy (gelato), Eastern Europe (Matryoshka Doll) and the United Kingdom (Union Jack).
She used to embroider little flower pots just like these onto gaberdine pinafores for Caroline and I to wear to preschool.
An Ohio star, a quilting block Mum has often used, a blossom branch for my Grandfather Pardi (Mum's Dad) who had a truly magnificent garden and 24/5/63 is my parent's wedding anniversary.
I have sewn 2 more blocks today so I will keep you posted when I get a few more done.
I hope that 2012 is a fantastic year for you and your family - a great time to remember and make memories.
Happy New Year.