Thursday, July 3, 2008
Featherweight Love - Vintage Thingies Thursdays
I wandered through the house this morning trying to decide what vintage thingy I would like to share on my very first Vintage Thingies post. I wanted to choose something special and something that had a story because, after all, that is what I do - tell stories. What I realized on this journey was that every thing in my home has a story. Some of these stories are known and some are not. There are stories of things handed down and things purchased that remind of things I have lived. Finding a vintage thingy to write about was not the difficult task, but deciding which thingy to share with you was. I began to ponder.
The girls and I have made a commitment to keep busy this summer. We are excited to try new things with our hands and I am thrilled that this is the summer they will begin to learn about sewing. The first thing we did was pull out my great Aunt Bee's (not kidding) Singer Featherweight. I was lucky to be gifted this machine after her death and cherish it as a way to reach out and touch bases with her for I miss her terribly. I know that Aunt Bee would be delighted that my girls are learning to sew on the same sewing machine that she loved and used. This tiny sewer stood on a small table in her turquoise bedroom. The same bedroom I slept in when we would visit.
In this photo, is captured the very beginning moments of this adventure as Libby's small fingers guide paper under the presser foot sewing line after line, getting used to the hum, learning the feel of this wonderful sewing treasure. She is a quick study and has asked to sew every day since.
I am touched by these moments - the moments my girls reach into the past of what women can accomplish to better understand what is possible in their lives. Aunt Bee is smiling.
There are so many stories to share about the vintage things in our lives. I hope I inspire you to share your story.