My mantle is all dressed up and ready to go for the 17th! (I'm thinking it looks a bit sparse though... maybe needs some different colours added to the mix. I'll have to be on the lookout for some extra things to add to the collection between now and next year.)
I stitched this piece in 2009, but this is the first year I've had it displayed. Didn't have it done in time to have out that first year, and last year it was packed away while we did our renos, so when I unpacked it this year, it seemed like it was brand spankin' new!
by Bent Creek
This mug is very special to me. It belonged to my Nana and I can still see her sitting in her chair with her hands cupped around it drinking her morning coffee. I know her and my Bampa made a trip to Ireland once in their married life (I don't remember when, so I'm thinking it was before I was born), so I think this may have been brought back from that trip. I never noticed the band of little shamrocks (so cute!) until it came into my possession when she died. Now, I don't drink coffee or tea, but I still love it and the memory behind it.
This sweet little gem also came from Nana's house, in amongst a pile of other hankies. Did it come from that same trip? Did she buy if for herself, or was it brought back as a souvenir for her daughter Dorothy? I guess it's something I'll never know, since my Dad and his whole family are now gone...