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    Posted 2 months ago

    Watchsearc…
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    My Granny made many crocheted doilies; several, including this one in pic 1, have been passed down to me….. they are little reminders of her working very nimbly with just a crochet needle and a ball of thread to produce something very pretty.
    The ladies’ hanky was hers but I don’t know if she made it or if it was gifted to her from a friend. She always carried a fancy hanky in her purse.
    I made these pottery pieces in a college art class in 1989. They all started as a ball of clay and an assignment to create a functional teapot, a serving dish, and a niche with something inside it. Various pieces of equipment had to be mastered- I especially remember a pug mill to smoothly mix clay and a slab roller to roll a slab. ;^D
    But prior to tackling those assignments, each student had to create a stamp to mark their work. Pic 2 shows mine.
    These were some of my creations from that class…..
    I hope you enjoy them! Comments welcome and appreciated.

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    1. keramikos, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, Beautiful. <3

      In that personally hallmarked teapot, you have something of your own making to pass on to the next generation. :-)

      People used to devote hours to enhancing even mundane objects via handicrafts.

      Just within the last couple of decades I recall visiting elderly relatives, and sleeping on a set of elaborately embroidered and crocheted lace-trimmed bed linens.
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Keramikos, I know what you are talking about with the hand-embellished bed linens! Those same relatives likely had a handmade quilt available and a bouquet of fresh flowers in the room.
      Thanks for appreciating these little projects and for leaving the sweet comment.



    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Gillian and Vynil33rpm, thank you both for the loves!
    4. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Your grandmother's crocheted doily is absolutely gorgeous. Talent runs in your family, great job on the teapot and niched flower! Art projects are great fun for a young person, I remember making a large foo dog in ceramics that was glazed cobalt blue, loved it til it got broken - perhaps started my interest in feng shui tho :)
    5. keramikos, 2 months ago
      Watchsearcher, I'd embroidered a few pillowcases in my youth, but when I saw this sheet set, all I could think was, "I am not worthy."
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      >LOL< Keramikos! I understand that feeling!
    7. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      Newfld, that’s such a nice compliment- you and Keramikos are right—there are several family members who are very artsy and put my projects to shame. I can just imagine your foo dog creation and it’s loss. :^(
      I’ve only read a bit about feng shui….just enough to try to position stuff in certain ways but I got concerned that my front door and back door are in a straight line with each other and that is unadvisable. Any advise about that?
    8. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Hi Watchsearcher, same here I only read a bit about feng shui years ago by author Lillian Too, she was the first & easiest to understand. As I recall, the front door direction is most important, it's supposed to be energized by wind chimes etc. Decorating is all about directions & colors, things like East for health, North for money, NW travel and SW romance - I remember we were newly married & a good bedroom was West with the bed & things like pictures showing pairs (doves, double bouquet of flowers never three) are luckiest. Some call it superstition, I thought it was alot of fun :)
    9. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      ;^) I’ve gotta get out a compass to see how bad everything is situated. At least I have the wind chimes!
    10. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 month ago
      Wonderful family mementoes! Crocheted doilies are something of the past, my older sister made beautiful ones too. I crochet, but mainly scarves and blankets and throws, ( when I have time)
      I remember making a “sun” in ceramics class in High School. When it came out of the kiln, it was blue! ( was supposed to be yellow with red spots) My parents loved it so, it went on the side of the Ranch house for decades until a heavy screen door hit it and down it came..
    11. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 month ago
      That’s funny about the color but, but as I recall, glazes go on white but firing in the kiln brings out the color.
      Parents treasure things we “kids” might not have any attachment to.
      I still have a little heart shaped cardboard box covered in glued-on macaroni noodles and painted gold that my son made for me in first grade….it is safely in a curio cabinet with other things I treasure. :^)
    12. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 22 days ago
      Thank you to everyone who dropped by and left a love!

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