Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

A Lot of Sadness and a Bit of Catching Up to Do

on March 23, 2016

Hello friends,

Just to catch you up on things. The day after my last post on this blog, I lost my beloved grandmother. She was my last remaining grandparent. Aged 94, she lived a wonderful life. There are so many things that bring back memories of special times I spent with her. Although we were geographically very far away, we are a close family and I shall miss her so much. Cherish your loved ones every day!

Almost immediately after her passing, I developed quite a nasty cold that completely knocked me out. Just as I recovered, Miss Restyle informed me that her boyfriend’s mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Although I had only met the woman once and very briefly, it was time to rally round and I shifted into supportive parent mode.

Needless to say, I’ve had very little time to think about this blog and for that I do apologize. I have so much reading to do on the blogs that I follow as well as posts on what I’ve been working on.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few things that remind me of my grandmother and of my Croatian heritage.

That’s it for now. I do have plenty of things to share with you in the coming weeks. I even set up an Instagram account, although I’ve yet to add a profile picture or share anything. My goal with this blog was really a way to casually share and to learn from others. I simply cannot commit to the many different social media sites out there and still have time to do my renovations and thrifting and all the things I enjoy. I never intended this blog to be about all of that or about making money or anything. I do it because I enjoy it. Plain and simple. Truth be told, I often lose interest in blogs that at first appear to be written by regular folk and just for fun but veer so off course from the original intent or the attitude shifts to focus more and more on the business aspects of blog writing. Not that there’s anything wrong with blog writing as a business. All I’m saying is that it’s not for me.  Anyway, I’m rambling!

So, an ode to my grandmother. From a very young age, I would draw pictures of laundry hanging on a line. My parents emigrated to Canada when I was 2 years old, but for some reason, I have these images in my mind a lot-even now. There is something about fresh laundry that I enjoy still. I absolutely love hanging wash to dry and I don’t know why! My grandma had a “bread house” where she would bake bread and the aroma coming from that little building would drive you crazy it was so good! And crocheted doilies! Some people laugh at doilies but I think they are rather beautiful. I am thinking of doing a refashion with some of the ones I have. Here are a few pictures I found on the internet of things that remind me of my culture and my grandmother. Until next time, take care of yourselves.

zagvozd house

Typical Dalmatian window shutters

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Hanging Laundry








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Crocheted Doilies

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Yummy Bread

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3 responses to “A Lot of Sadness and a Bit of Catching Up to Do

  1. Norah says:

    Great post tthanks


  2. Rude Record says:

    Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s legacy and special photos. I hope you are feeling better with each day that passes.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Cheryl says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. But thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. I can’t wait to follow your work on Instagram.

    Liked by 2 people

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