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Friday, January 22, 2010

Thank You Sweet Jeanne .... Apron Give-Away .... Pink Saturday

Welcome to Pink Saturday ladies..and to my apron give-away..To see more pinkies, simply click on
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For my Pink post, I have to tell you a bit of background.
Years ago, when I was little, I had a mother,grandmother and a very large group of their friends (the ladies),and they all believed that young ladies should be able to do everything. From sewing, cooking, baking..etc..all the needleworks, from embroidery to quilting and all in between. One of my favorite things to do was crochet and to embroidery with the beautiful silk thread my grandmother had. Ahhh,those beautiful colors. I can see them still. There was certain things like..making small quilting stitches, even tension crocheting..etc, and to this day,I can hear their gentle voices and almost feel their gentle touch on my hands, always guiding me and cheering me on. There came a time, when I could crochet well enough and close enough to my mothers work, that we began a tablecloth out of crochet cotton thread..not the fine tatting thread, just regular crochet cotton .. but after several hours of crocheting, you would almost have to put it down for awhile, just to "rest your eyes". One or the other would then when they had time, pick up the work and keep going..round after round. The tablecloth was a very large one..big enough for a large farm style older table..and it took a long while. I always loved the tablecloth...and later, after I was married..I was given the tablecloth..and since my hope chest was also full..and a cedar chest of pretty things that we had all made through the years..was passed to me..given to me. Now, comes the time when I get a bit more personal..and ummmm, maybe I shouldn't, but I will anyway. Many years later, when my first husband and I was in the process of getting a divorce..yes, that dreaded word, I was very thoughtless..maybe careless, maybe just not thinking...and until I could get settled in my new apartment, I left my cedar chest..my hope chest, filled with all those wonderful and beautiful things from all those ladies I loved, I had to leave them in the care of my soon to be former husband. It was a very,very serious mistake. It was the last I saw of my things...from crochet books and patterns, my grandmothers applique, my silk embroidered pillowcases, my tablecloth..quilt tops...well you probably know the rest. They were hacked up, cut up, sold, given away, burned..whatever he could do to them and with them, he did. I was heartbroken..and I mean heartbroken for so long and then slowly, I began collecting slowly..slowly, the things I remembered. From vintage crochet patterns, aprons..pretty embroidered linens..as near to what I remembered as I could. But in all that time, I could never find a piece of the crochet, nor a tablecloth nor a pattern for a crocheted spiderweb anything. That is, until Pink Saturday and a post of sweet Jeanne's of Backyard Neighbors. Jeanne was showing a picture of herself and her sisters..and as I enlarged the picture to see all the pretty things she was showing, I had to look again and again..for there in the picture was a small piece of spiderweb crochet..and I almost cried. I was taken instantly back to my mother and myself, crocheting away on that tablecloth. I left a comment for Jeanne, telling her it was like a cloth my mother and I had crocheted, and she replied instantly..then you should have it. It belongs with you.
And so ladies of Pink Saturday.... a sweet lovely angel lady named Jeanne set about sending me this pretty piece. I just got it today, and had to sit down and open it..and look..look !!!! It was wrapped in hot pink paper with some glitz and glitter..and in that pretty paper, was the two pieces of crochet you see below. The longer one with those pretty points is the spiderweb..and Jeanne thought that the other might be a spider web also..and she's right. Both are beautiful..and will never leave me.
I can never thank Jeanne enough..she has to be one of the sweetest ladies out there and I will always love her dearly. I have found a new friend and that's so special and I wanted everyone to know just how special she is. So, I dedicate my Pink Saturday to Jeanne of Backyard Neighbors. If you haven't visited my new friend, you should. You're missing somone special and kind and gentle.


Is this not the sweetest little doily you've ever seen?? If you look closely at the stitching, you can see a bit of a Spiderweb stitch...and look carefully at the sweet picot edging.I love this sweet piece..

 Thank you Jeanne and thank all you Pink ladies. You've welcomed me into your group and I have such great fun with you all.
 Now, I know it isn't pink, but my vintage apron give-away is a deeper shade of pink..ummmm, o.k. it's red. And I wat to give it away. So all you have to do is comment..that's 1 entry. If you follow me or already a follower, just let me know and I will enter you twice. I will choose a winner next Pink Saturday at 11 p.m. and post the winner on Sunday. I've never done a give-away, and I hope I'm doing it right..and that lots of people join in..
Hugs to you all..

44 comments:

  1. Count me in on your giveaway because I already follow you! You are doing your giveaway right if it is what you want to do! There is no rule set in stone. I am glad to know you and I am glad we meet through Beverly and these awesome Pink Saturdays. Thank you for sharing, I love those beautiful handmade doillies you displayed. You have a very lovely blog! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Such a sweet and sometimes sad story. Lovely crotchet. Lovely new friend you have. What a sweetheart is Jeanne!

    I do follow you CC. Good luck to all in the apron giveaway!

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  3. Dear sweet friend, I am happy to already be a follower and to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I appreciate you honesty and you are not the only one who has lost family treasures at the hands of a soon to be ex. How sad but how wonderful of Jeanne to give you those precious pieces of crochet. I will go visit her right now.

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  4. Thank you for the chance to win that pretty apron!

    Your crochet items are beautiful!!

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  5. Please count me in on your giveaway. I have you in my reader but now I am officially a follower.
    So sorry that you lost all those family treasures but isn't that sweet of Jeanne. Thank you CC.

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  6. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Pink Saturday,
    Jacalyn

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  7. OMG....Wonderful things still happen to us when we least expect it. Yes, Jeanne is a wonderful lady, I have been following her since I started blogging. I also left things behind I wish I had.
    Oh well, life moves on and we heal.

    The giveaway is awesome and I hope I am a winner.

    Barbara

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  8. what a beautiful story jeanne is a beautiful lady who has welcomed me into pink saturday with open arms what a lovley thing for her to do for you. I can't believe someone could ruin such beautiful things:( sending you a big hug form the other side of the pond

    Val

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  9. Love those doilies. I am sorry you lost your hope chest with all your lovely things luckily you still have your beautiful memories .

    Please include me in your apron giveaway. Happy Pink Saturday. Terry

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  10. Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a depressing story you shared today. That was a terrible thing to have happened to such treasures that held great memories. Yes, Jeanne is a very nice lady and I saw her post where she was selling all that pretty work. Thank goodness you saw it as well and she gifted you with these lovely pieces.

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  12. CC, that is the sweetest piece, and Jeanne is one of the sweetest people EVER. I adore her.

    I'm so sorry about your ex doing that to your beautiful things. That is criminal. I realize that people get upset in divorces, but that goes beyond the decent. It's just plain nasty and low.

    On a up note, I would love to be a part of your giveaway, but I'm afraid I would have people gunning for me if I won. You see, I won several drawings before Christmas (I posted about it today), and a friend of mine told me I should give other bloggers a chance since I've been on a winning streak. Can I help it if I love shiny objects and if they love me??? Sigh. So I regretfully give someone else my chance. You are sweet to offer a giveaway, CC. And I'm thrilled for you that you got this beautiful piece.

    Happy Pink Saturday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. Your story made me so sad.. but then it made me so HAPPY! What a WONDERFUL gift! I will go over and say hello to your new friend!! BEAUTIFUL pink saturday shares!
    Have a GREAT day!

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  14. Hi, CC,
    Beautiful post!! I am so glad you have been able to "renew" your collection of loved linens and treasures. I think we have all been there where "hindsight" was much better than "foresight"! Jeanne, was so kind to send you these treasured pieces to add to your collection. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your weekend, sweet friend! Vicki

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  15. p.s. I forgot. I would love to be a part of your generous giveaway. I am also a follower. Thank you!

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  16. What a sweet yet very sad story. And how especially sweet to have been sent a precious gift such as those.

    I understand your grief from the loss of your precious things. The almost same identical thing happened to me as well. Ex husband was in control of a storage rental during the divorce. He got behind on the payments, didn't let me know and I lost all of my children's baby things, along with all of my parents first ever Christmas ornaments. I still shed tears over it all. I know they are just "things" but some things are to be treasured.

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  17. Jeanne is one of the sweetest ladies I've met through Pink Saturdays. What a wonderful gift she has given you. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  18. That is so sad about your hope chest, and a wonderful story of the blessings that come from this blogging community.

    Happy Pink Saturday! ::Jill

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  19. Happy Pink Saturday!


    Fabulous crocheted pieces!



    ~ Gabriela ~

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  20. Oh, CC what a touching story. And, how incredibly generous of Jeanne to send you those two pieces!

    I'm not sure if I am a follower, going off to check. I do know, each time you visit my blog I want to visit back and there is no link back! So, now I will make sure I remember lacenribbonroses!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  21. It never fails. If the weather is all gray and gloomy Pink Saturday always cheers me up! This week is no exception. Your post this week is just wonderful! ♥Thank you so much for making my day a little brighter!♥

    Sending warm wishes to you from northern Michigan - where the cold winds blow and gray clouds pepper the skies.

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  22. Lovely! Have a great pink Sat and a great weekend. I am a big crochet fan too, including the pieces you can wear!
    Happy PS Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  23. Thank you for sharing your personal story. I'm glad that pretty things are coming your way. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  24. What a heartbreaking story but a very happy ending. So happy she gave you those beautiful doilies. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment! Hope to see you again soon. Happy Pink! Tammy

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  25. Hi CC!

    Bless those ladies that gave you the gift of creativity!

    All of us should pass it on....your items are beautiful!

    Thank-you for your kind comments too!

    Happy PS

    love, kelee

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  26. Through writing you have enhanced your memories of Special Ladies, beautiful needlework, and times that are forever yours. It's a gift to be able to put those thoughts into words to share with others who understand your joy and your pain. Jeanne is a Pink Angel with a comforting heart and generous nature. Think of her gifts as the ones that were once yours and have come home again! Thank you for sharing your story and especially the memories of your early years of sewing and crocheting with your Mother and the other Ladies who guided you through needlework to the Lovely Lady you are today. Thanks for coming to my BlogginBirthday Party...I appreciate your wishes!
    Sue

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  27. This post was so touching, CC. What a wonderful story. Happy Pink Saturday!

    xo
    Claudia

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  28. Yep...You are sooooooo right that Jeanne is the sweetest! I loved your share today for pink saturday...I so have such childhood memories of learning to stich and sew so many years ago! Happy PS...and count me in on the apron...love it! And I believe I am already a follower...coz your little sunbonnet header gives me such memories of when my mother collected them!

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  29. Happy Pink Saturday !!! I have enjoyed visiting your blog and viewing your lovely photos - Please a wonderful new week.

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  30. CC, it is the most touching story. I can only imagine the despair, sadness of not being able to see or hold those carefully created crochet or quilted things. Those are the things that you can't just replace. But I'm happy to read that there is something for yo u to remember by those sweet ladies and the sweet memories you all shared. Jeane truly is a wonderful woman!

    Mizpah,
    Li

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  31. Happy Pink Saturday. I am so sorry about what you lost and so glad you are starting to re-collect.

    Thank you for stopping by to see me.

    Carol

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  32. Oh CC...that's a beautiful but sad story and thanks so much for sharing. The power and love of the blogging world is just unbelievable and something, if you don't blog, others would not understand. Glad we do. xo HPS

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  33. Oh CC, I feel your heartbreak. Your friend Jeanne's kind heart is touching. One thing that no heartless act can take from you is the memory of those gentle women who shared their time and knowledge with you. You have that to hold forever. Thanks for sharing such a touching and personal story. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

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  34. CC,
    Those are beautiful, gorgeous doilies. Thanks for sharing them.
    Blessings always!
    Gwen

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  35. Happy late Pink! Another turmoil with the ankle last night..so I finally got a chance to come back on~ Love your post and so glad you stopped by!
    Cat

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  36. What a wonderful story. It brought tears to my eyes. I remember a similar story of a time when I saw my mother cry (which wasn't often). Her father, a widower, allowed an "evil" woman and her children to live in his home. (her husband had left her)My mom thought that all the lovely quilts made by her grandmothers and her late mother were stored in the my grandfather's attic in a trunk. When she went to get them. The trunk was empty. "Evil" woman claimed to know nothing about them. My mother cried and cried. We later learned that someone had seen some of the quilts at the home of one of the "evil" woman's relatives. I'll never forget how sad my mommie was that day. Boy I didn't intend to write a book but those memories just came flooding back.

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  37. Thanks for your kind response. We so need to concentrate on the kindness and love that people offer. Glad you like my pillowcover. I'm now working on the back. Hope to finish today.

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  38. Hi, I'm still making my Pink Saturday visits. Love your pink post this week! I love your pretty apron and would love to be in your drawing for giveaway. I'm joining as a follower.
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

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  39. What a gift the ladies gave you! Not only the skills they taught you, but the beautiful memories that you have. What a sweetheart Jeanne is to give you something that would mean so much to you, bless her heart.
    Your frilly red apron is a beauty, count me in! Even it I'd be too afraid to actually USE to to bake for fear of getting it dirty! Thanks for the visit and I will see you next Saturday, if not before!

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  40. I'm so sorry you lost those precious pieces of your past, but glad that Jeanne shared some wonderful pieces with you.

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  41. I simply ADORE vintage linens....and your pieces are just lovely.

    Thanks for coming to visit and entering my giveaway....please enter me in yours too!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  42. Hello fellow Pinky! This is my first time to visit your blog, and I must say I am enjoying it! My Pink Saturday post was about aprons too, and I'm also going to be having my own first give-away (probably starting Friday)! Please enter me in your contest and come over to my blog to enter mine soon!

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  43. Dear CC, thank you so much for the sweetest post about my small gift to you. I am so happy to give these crocheted pieces to you. I am very sorry it took me so long to comment. I came over on Monday and I read your post. Your story just melted my heart. Somehow I was distracted and didn't leave a comment. I have been so busy since I arrived home from my uncle's funeral. Our daughter and family will be here for a visit and I have been cleaning and getting ready for them.

    I have just signed in to follow your blog. I am very happy to be your friend. You are definitely my friend too.

    Love and hugs, Jeanne

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  44. Ah, this is such a sweet post. Jeanne is my best friend for 39 years, and she is wonderful.

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