It's been a busy past few weeks, closing my brick and mortar and making a full throttle jump into cyber space. So, I was feeling a bit sentimental this Silver Sunday as I rummaged through my stash of silver. Rifling through, it occurred to me that I have my grandmother's hands!
Yes, physically they are beginning to take the shape as I remember hers, arthritis is a family curse. But more than that....I realized I use her tools all the time. When I use the discarded family lace, curtains and even furniture and whatever lands on my doorstep. Whether it's assembling something, making an art piece, decorating or just using it as props for photographs....it's all comes from my grandmother's hands and the magic of the past.
Of course most of this is because, in our family there's a dialogue that goes something like this, "I don't want this anymore but I don't want to throw it out, what should I do with it (insert any family members name here)?" "I don't know (family member) just give it to Beth she'll find something to do with it"
Do you see how that goes?
But now I realize it was all for a reason, so that I could use these things, to create what I do and what I love.
Here's a few of those pieces in all their silver glory.
I think the most precious to me as far as tools go are her silver thread scissors and her sterling bluebird thimble. Gramma loves to "mend" things and these were her tools of choice.
Now I know some of you will cringe but, I have this silver plate tray that.once you put something on top of it, it becomes way too heavy to actually use and carry. I don't want to sell it, or get rid of it, and I can't give it to myself (ha ha), soooo it just sat and sat and sat for years. Needing a soldering tray, and of course, why should I be traditional and buy one or simply use a cooking sheet, I remembered the tray. So up it came from the basement into the studio and voila! the perfect soldering station, even holds the iron.
Happy Silver Sunday!
Thanks Gramma I love you!