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giveaway: Crafting A Meaningful Home

cover of Crafting A Meaningful Home

I’m so pleased to be holding a book giveaway for Crafting A Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco as part of the virtual book tour today. The book is full of projects for your home (created by people whose names I am familiar with!) and each craft has a story about family behind it.

I’m squeezed for time and didn’t get a chance to do my usual photos of a few pages, but there are plenty of page previews over at Amazon. I’m glad they included pictures of the oversized crocheted area rug, the Doily Rug, as I think it’s amazing. You can also read more about the book and view the video made to celebrate the launch of the book right over here at Design*Sponge.

If you’d like to enter to win a copy please leave a comment with this post, the fine print applies, I’ll have the Random Number Generator choose a winner on Friday at 4pm PST. Updated: Yikes, I didn’t realize that would leave less than two days to enter, so I’m moving the deadline to Tuesday Dec. 14th at noon PST. Time is up! Thank you so very much to everybody who left comments, the stories have been heaps of fun to read!

To give you something to actually say in your comment I’ll ask you this: Do you have an item, handmade or not, in your home that has a family story behind it? I’ll go first, though I don’t have one here in my house (but intend to get one when I next visit my parents) my favorite thing growing up were the pot holders I or my cousins made on that little square loom while on the long road trip to Oklahoma. I remember giving one to an aunt when we arrived and having her pull out older and well used ones to show me. She said they were always better than any other pot holders and she was happy to have more to add to her collection. I think those pot holders were one of the first times I was aware of being able to design something to my liking within the constraints of what I had available, that being my choice of six colored loops. I remember figuring out how to make a gingham-like pattern and being so excited at discovering how it was done.

Your turn, good luck!

· comments [480] · 12-9-2010 · categories:books · craft ·

480 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amber // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Hmm. I have an apron that my grandmother made.

  • 2 Margaret // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I have Christmas stockings that we use for filling with little gifts on St. Nicholas Day. I always thought that everyone celebrated this tradition when I was a kid, and I was surprised to find out that few did (apparently mostly people of German descent do.) So whenever I hang them up for the holidays, I think of my family having that special tradition.

  • 3 Michelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I have a rocking chair that my great uncle built for my mother. It’s now being used by my daughter.

  • 4 Kacey @ Shes.No.Martha // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Wow, thinking about this reminds me that I several pieces.

    Similar to you, I have a “rack jack” – a piece of wood that allows you to grab on to the oven rack and pull it out and push it in. my grandpa made it & my mom painted it.

    I also have 3 pieces of needlepoint pieces that my great-grandFATHER did (yes, a man!)

  • 5 bryssy // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I have many things with a family story. Actually, when my grandparents moved into a nursing home last year, they were going to sell the china they got when they got married (67 years ago). They decided to give it to me and I will give it to my daughter when she gets married. We use it once a week on Family Night! I hope our marriage is as blessed as my grandparent’s has been!

  • 6 Stephanie // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I have the last remaining dish from when my parents were first married. I love it, and I’m the only one allowed to use it…just don’t trust anyone else :)

  • 7 Shelley // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I have a a set of matryoshkas that my mother gave me. They were handed down from my maternal grandmother, who passed away a decade before I was born.

  • 8 Ingrid // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

    I am one of a family of migrants who are spread throughout the world, and constant moves have meant that objects with history are necessarily small and portable. My favourite is my grandmother’s sterling silver thimble, given to her by my grandfather as a wedding gift. It is intricately decorated in relief but that didn’t stop my grandmother from using it – it has a big old dent in the top! It lives in a little wooden box in my sewing basket.

  • 9 Sara // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:54 am

    My family’s Christmas stockings may be one of the few items we have with a meaningful story behind it. My grandmother knit them for my mom and her siblings; when my brother and I came along, my aunt used the same pattern to make one for us as well as my dad, last winter while my mother and I were in a local yarn store we came across a kit for the very same pattern, so this year I was able to knit one for my husband to celebrate our first holiday season as a married couple!

  • 10 Laura // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:55 am

    That book looks awesome!

  • 11 mavis // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:56 am

    My favorite item with family history is my Grandma’s rocking chair, which was used by my Great-Grandma to rock my Grandma, then my Dad, then me, then my daughter.

  • 12 Lou // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:58 am

    This is so generous of you, thank you. My story is still young at this point, but I have a chair and a half that my boyfriend and I affectionately refer to as the ‘ched’ because in college I slept on it in my apartment because I didn’t have a bed. (chair + bed = ched) And I’m 5’8″ so I’m not very short. It’s just a great memory because it reminds me of the time in my life that I met him. (And he never slept on it so don’t let your mind go there ha ha ha.) Ok, never said I wasn’t an oversharer.

  • 13 Elizabeth // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

    We have just repainted a wooden doll’s cot for my daughter who turned 1 last month. She will be the 4th generation of my family to play with it so it holds a lot of memories!

  • 14 Bonney // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

    We have a Christmas cactus (that always blooms in October) that grew from a clipping of a plant my grandmother grew!

  • 15 Jeanmarie // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I have the melamine plate I made in Brownies in 1972 – the kind where you draw a picture and send it away to be made into a plate? It says Peace and Love Forever with a big smiley face – so 70′s!!
    My daughters always get a laught out of seeing me use my plate, so I had them each make one to keep when they have their own family :-)

  • 16 Absquatulate // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I have a pair of iron candelabras that you hang on the wall that came from my grandparent’s home. They hung over the electric fireplace that had a radio in the side (it was a brownstone with no real fireplace!) I don’t recall that my grandparents ever put candles in them, but I feel I carry a little bit of those Brooklyn memories with me.

  • 17 Meg // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

    My daughter just got a loom (she’s 5) and it brings back all kinds of memories for me of having done that – she’s got an eye for pattern, though, that I never had, so I have nostalgia combined with sheer and utter awe…

  • 18 kelley k. // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:27 am

    My mom gave gifted me this table top ceramic christmas tree when I got my first apartment (it had stated specifically in the lease no christmas trees) but she wanted me to have something from home up for the holidays. It has a light inside and these little holes on the branches where you put in little plastic lights that glow when you turn it on. My mom had made two when she was in college and now we both have one. It’s the first thing I put up every year and will be fine if I never have a real tree as long as I have it.

  • 19 Jes // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I have some cool little random items in my home that belonged to my grandmother. My favorite is an antique iron, you know the kind that had to be put on the fire to heat up. She used it as a door stop, I use it as a paper weight.

  • 20 Lauren // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:29 am

    The ugly, fuzzy, acrylic blanket my grandmother gave me as a Christmas present. It’s been keeping me cozy as long as I can remember.

  • 21 Ruth Ann // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I have a bunch of stuff with family stories and, thanks to my grandmother, many of those stories are written down. I have an old canning jar used by my great, great grandmother. The story of it is written by my great grandmother, passed on to my grandmother and, somehow, I ended up with it.
    I also have my other grandmother’s “kitchen plyers”. They’re just a pair of old, slip jaw plyers but are terribly useful to have in the kitchen. Great for opening jars and cracking nuts. They also are great for moving around pots without handles and cookie sheets that are subbing in misplaced pot lids.

  • 22 Carolyn // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I have a couple of my grandmother’s glass perfume bottles on my vanity. She just divvied up her collection last year and I was able to score my two favorites, yay!

    I often wonder as I’m knitting/crocheting a new project whether it will become a family heirloom some day…

  • 23 jennybookworm // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I have a meat fork and enamel metal bowl that both belonged to my maternal grandmother – she the mother of 10! These items were workhorses in her kitchen and I can remember the bowl (which is blue) being used to catch ripe juicy strawberries as my grandma expertly sliced away at a mountain of that precious summer fruit… It means a lot to me to have these items and I take that bowl with me every year when we go strawberry picking.

  • 24 Angela // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I have a small wooden teddy bear that my father made me when I was incredibly young. It’s a bit chipped (missing part of its ear) but I still remember wondering how he could have made it when I was little.

  • 25 Prissy // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I have a wonderful supply of vintage handkerchiefs from both of my grandmothers. They are so light and delicate…Each time I use them, I think of how delighted I was to find them when I was allowed to look for gum in their purses during church. Which I might add, was the only time I was allowed to go through their purses.

  • 26 stashmuffin // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:40 am

    There are many items in my home with a family story: my dad is an true artist and never sold any of his works. One of his works we have is titled “Quiller the Brewer Likes Ale for Lunch, But His Wife Prefers Tea.” It is of a porcupine with clothes on having tea (and ale) with his wife.

  • 27 lindsay // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

    i have a crocheted blanket that my mom made me

  • 28 Sam // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I’m fond of my grandmother’s stained recipe cards for Christmas cookies. Neither my mother nor my grandmother are big on working in the kitchen, but every Christmas, the same German and Polish cookies show up somehow. One of the few links we have to our ethnic heritage.

  • 29 Erin N. // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I have a ton of family heirlooms in my home, my favorite is the nativity creche my dad makes for all his nieces, nephews, and daughters (my sister actually built her own with dad’s help) hen they get married. It’s based on a design my grandpa built for my grandma.

  • 30 Susan // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:50 am

    My mom died when I was 16, but she left behind a sewing room full fabric and not finished projects. 15 years later when I was getting married, my sister went digging around and found a 3/4 completed wall hanging. She sent it to my aunt who finished the top and then to my grandma who hand quilted it. I got it on my wedding and it is so meaningful to me.

  • 31 Megan // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Last Christmas my grandma gave me my great grandmother’s sifter! Even though it doesn’t look like much (it looks like it was well used by Hilda) I keep it out on display on a shelf in my kitchen because it’s one of my favorite it things!

  • 32 Isabel // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Pretty much everything in my house has a story. If I don’t feel some kind of connection to it, I try to get rid of it! One of my favorite storied yet functional items is an orange and white rice bowl my grandfather brought back from Japan. :)

  • 33 Michelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:04 am

    My mom started the tradition that every year each kid in my family got their own Christmas ornament. All of our ornaments reflect our tastes, interests, and have our name and year on them. Needless to say I have an abundance of cat ornaments, but it’s quite fun to see your own favorite things amidst the family tree intermingled with my siblings. Now she’s gifted several of those to me to start my own tree in my own home. It’s a great tradition and I can’t wait to start it again when I have children someday.

  • 34 Elizabeth B // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

    What doesn’t have a story behind it? My mom kept all of our elementary school art projects, and 25 years later still puts up the ones tied to holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving etc.) I love that.

  • 35 Kelly // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Hello:I’m like Isabel – pretty much everything in my house has a family story. I’m the only child of an only child who grew up with my mom & I living with my grandparents. I still live in the house, though all of them have passed. Being the only kid and grandkid means I inherited all the stuff and love every piece of it! Grandma’s kitchen and Grandpa’s tools and Mom’s knitting needles…
    Cool book too!

  • 36 Bethany // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Mine’s a relatively new treasure, but I love the family connection. My brother is an on-again, off-again woodworker and made this gorgeous oak console table that currently functions as our landing pad. I love the clean modern lines with the history behind it.

  • 37 Michelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

    It makes me a little sad that I can’t think of anything in my home that relates to family… Not even a whole lot of pictures…

  • 38 Anna // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I crocheted a little bunny and squirrel for my boyfriend (now husband) when we were long distance. Now they sit above the TV and remind me that we’re together now, but also remind me of the time we spent apart.

  • 39 Meg // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

    There are a number of family items scattered about my home. The first one that comes to mind is the cast iron skillet that belonged to my Grandmother. She was an incredible cook, so whenever I use it I imagine that some of her magic is passing through the pan and contributing to whatever I’m cooking.

  • 40 abby // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:13 am

    We have been passed on a very groovy 70′s coffee set (carafe, sugar/creamer, cups and saucers) that was a wedding gift to my in-laws when they got married. Coffee consumption in our house is generally a quick gulp in the mornings before work, unfortunately, but the set inspires me to take it easy and enjoy the mornings on the weekends.

  • 41 Laurie // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

    My “family story” is rather more awkward than most. I have a beautiful quilt on my sofa which was stitched by my great aunt as a wedding present for my uncle… and his ex-wife. Needless to say, after the breakup neither party wanted to see that quilt because of bad memories! My mother intervened and rescued it from the dumpster, kept it boxed away for many years until I graduated from college and moved into my own home and had a new space for the quilt to to shed its past and create new memories with me.

  • 42 Dusie // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I have my (great?)grandmother’s rocking chair. It’s a “ladies’” rocking chair, so it’s very petite, and fits me perfectly. Last year my grandmother and my aunt had it refinished and recaned so it’s beautiful now, and sitting in my livingroom where my cat likes to sprawl on it in the sun.

    I know I’m not the first commenter to mention a rocking chair, but there’s just something about them!

  • 43 Alison // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Nothing super old… I have Gran’s church cookbook, a painting Dad did before I was born, and some of Mom’s clothing from the 70′s and 80′s. All the good stuff is at my parents’ house!

  • 44 Nancy Lee // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

    My father-in-law and I had a love of the book Gone With The Wind and black licorice in common. When he passed he had left a note that I was to get his candy dish and his copy of the book. I cherish those items…

  • 45 Nana // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

    the rocking chair that belonged to my grandmother and in which we used to play when we were little. it’s comfy, pretty… i love it!

  • 46 Su // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

    29 years ago I had twin girls but had to return to work when they were 3 months old. My mom retired to help me take care of them. When the twins got older, she had one of her Chinatown friends create a sling so she could carry one twin on her back, allowing her to hold the other in front with her arms . Over the years, the sling was misplaced, and my mom passed away. She had such a connection with all of my children and the kids remembered that sling (she carried them occasionally even up to the age of 4! Talk about spoiled!)
    One of my daughters and I searched high and low for the sling in my home. She was pregnant and we both thought it would be so nice to find that sling. She recently delivered her first child, a baby boy (now 3 months old) and we were ecstatic to finally find it!
    Our hope is to copy the pattern and make it for the second twin (due in July) for her first child. I’m not sure the girls will use the sling, but it meant so much to all of us to have something that my mom/their grandmom created.

  • 47 Carrie // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:33 am

    We have two silver pitchers that were the prize given by a tobacco company for the Best Barrel ofTobacco in 1853 in North Carolina. They are dented from being buried to hide them from the Yankees. They were also earned by the labor of hundreds of slaves my husband’s family held at the time. Now, he has a diverse, multiracial family, one that would be unrecognizable and unthinkable in the time and place those pitchers came from. We keep them prominently displayed in our home, as a symbol of hope and what can be overcome. Plus, they are quite the conversation starter here in the upper midwest, where we are all descended from tidy Scandanavian farmers named Ole, and find Civil War souvenirs somewhat glamorous, after watching Gone With the Wind too many times.

  • 48 Megan // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I have some fabric that was my grandmother’s. She was very crafty and loved to sew and make quilts. While I don’t have the patience she did to make intricate quilts, I definitely got my crafty side from her.

  • 49 susan in dulwich // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I have a (kind of) ugly needlepoint picture of a bunch of flowers that my grandmother made. It used to be hanging in her house and I remember looking at it when we would sit down at her big dining room table . Whenever I look at it, I think back over the festive dinners at Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving, etc. when a ridiculous number of aunts and uncles and cousins squeezed into her little house. Even tho I don’t really care for the colours she used I have a strong attachment to this thing she made.

  • 50 Sue // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I have my grandmother’s china. It’s a beautiful gray rose pattern that I love. Her name was Beulah and I always call them “Beulah’s dishes”.

  • 51 Sue Sweeney // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I have any ashtray that my best friend and I always used when we were sneaking smokes at my grandmothers house. And while I don’t smoke any more, it embodies that time of youth, freedom and dreams as we had so many “conversations” over it. It also reminds both of us of my grandmother, quite possibly, other than my mother, the coolest person around. One of us will be buried with it, it means so much to us.

  • 52 Whitney // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

    We have several Christmas things that were handmade by members of my family. My mother made mine and my sisters christmas stockings with felt, and she always placed them upright (too heavy to hang!) on children-sized wooden chairs that my father carved into the shape of elephants- a skill he learned from my grandfather who hand carved our nativity scene. Most of the ornaments on the family tree (at my mothers) are hand sewn or embriodered by my aunt, mother, grandmother or myself.

    Also, since I’m in my first home, most of my furniture is a hand-me-down from a relative. Theres not much in my home that doesn’t remind me of someone!

  • 53 Audrey R // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

    We have an old upright piano that my mom saved up for and bought as her first piece of furniture when she immigrated to the US from Hong Kong. That piano was such a fixture in my childhood that I can’t imagine not having it for my eventual children.

  • 54 Kristina Kelly // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Having just moved into a house with more than one bedroom, my mother pulled out the old iron bed that my grandmother slept in when she lived in Ireland, my dad slept in when he was a child in Iowa, and I slept in at my grandmother’s house in Lubbock, TX. I refreshed it with a coat of white and now my nieces sleep in it when they sleep over in Houston.

  • 55 Julie // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

    We have these small silver Campbell’s Soup spoons that have the “Mmm mmm good” tagline and a small child’s face on the handle. They were my mother’s when she was a child, and my brother and I also used them as kids. When we start a family, I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition with my kids. There’s really no monetary value to the spoons, but they represent comfort and family to me.

  • 56 Erin B // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I actually have my Father’s teddy bear from when he was little. I made bears for a while and got it from my grandma then. It was also my Uncle’s who passed it down to Dad. It’s kind of scary because the eyes are falling out (I haven’t had the courage to fix them). The best thing about it…the fur on one hand is worn off. My dad must have held that hand of the bear all the time.

  • 57 meghan // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

    my great aunt was known for her crocheting skills- especially these crocheted angels for the top of a christmas tree and crocheted potholders. every household in my family has aunt marv potholders- they are a treasure! she passed away about 14 years ago and when i established my own household 2 years ago, my grandmother gave me the best housewarming gift: 2 aunt marv potholders! i use them all the time and think of her :)

  • 58 Ellen // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:46 am

    I have two pillows that I inherited from my great-aunt. They were made by a friend of hers and were given to her in the 1930s and they have the blue and yellow fabrics that are often found in quilts from that era.

    I also have a Buddha statue that I inherited from my other great-aunt. If my house caught on fire, the order of things I would save would be pets, Buddha, wallet and keys.

  • 59 Lisa Dudley // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I have a quilt that was made by my grandmother who died when I was about 4 or 5, so I never knew her. It a true scrap quilt made from random fabric scraps that form a simple hexagon pattern. It’s so worn from use when I was a child that I now have to keep it in a box because it is literally falling apart, but oh how I love to take it out once a year and touch it again.

  • 60 Jodi // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I am proud to say I come from a long line of crafters. My Grandma is 96 and still threading a needle, crocheting lace at the edge of pillow cases (which I have many of). We just set up our Christmas tree, and beneath it is the skirt for it, made by my Grandma. It also has matching stockings. This book looks incredible, I hope my name gets picked!

  • 61 Steffy // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

    My husband and I have a large number of meaningful items in our home, but since it’s the holidays, I’ll talk about my advent calendar. My mom made it when we were kids, it’s nothing more than a piece of white cloth with 25 blocks for the days starting on December 1st to count down to Christmas. There is a felt tree, and starting in 1984, my mom embroidered the year each December. She gave me the calendar 4 years ago, and though I’m a terrible embroiderer, I kept up the tradition. The markers for the days are little felt shaped things, like snowmen or gift boxes, that get pinned on each day. My mom passed away last month, so it’s even more meaningful to me to put it out this year!

  • 62 Jenny C. // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

    we have so many old pictures that are hidden away. it would be great to have a way to display them and keep them safe at the same time.

  • 63 Shiloh Daniel // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I have some books that were my father’s when he was in college! Other than that, I realize my home is heirloom free.

  • 64 mandy // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I have an awesome oil painting that hung in my great grandparents hotel that they owed in a small town in Pennsylvania. The hotel housed immigrants and African Americans who were traveling through. Even though at that time, most hotels would not accept such people. The hotel was a safe house for folks you needed a free, safe place to rest. The oil painting hung in the lobby, it pictures Betsy Ross sewing the American Flag. I have never found a duplicate and have no idea who painted it. But I love it and the story that it represents.

  • 65 Eliany // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Like you, I don’t have the item yet but plan to get it soon. My grandma has a vintage metal lamp that I adore! That lamp is part of my earliest memories and means home to me.

  • 66 Shannon // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:00 am

    My grandmother passed away a couple of months ago, and I was given a beautiful glass bowl that used to sit on her coffee table filled with candy. I love it!

  • 67 Melissa // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I have a cross stitch / embroidery picture my gram gave me as a bridal shower gift 20 years ago. It was her last “good” picture, as after that the alzheimer’s (and eyesight) took her ability to read patterns, etc. She became much more “freeform” then. I have baby bibs she cross stitched for my firstborn — truly impressionist. (Is that a bear? gargoyle? swedish meatball?)

  • 68 krista {urbanite jewelry} // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:05 am

    this would be oh-so-lovely to have!

  • 69 Heidi // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I don’t have much in my home with a story, but my mother’s and my in-laws’ houses are both filled with lots of family history, my favorites being the wooden toolbox my great-grandfather made, and the painting of my mother-in-law that my father-in-law painted of her on their wedding day.

  • 70 Audrey // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

    We have a three-tiered cherry display stand from the 1950s that we use to show vintage teacups from family members. Every one is different–some of them we know a lot about, and others are complete mysteries!

  • 71 Mary // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    This sounds silly, but the spoon rest I have on my stove top is handpainted with the lord’s prayer in norwegian. It was a staple in my grandmothers house, my mom’s house, and now mine. I can’t imagine not having it.

  • 72 michelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I have a candy thermometer from my great grandmother and keep it stashed away so it’s safe. I bought a new thermometer to use.

  • 73 Heather M K // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I have a reindeer ornament made out of a painted clothes pin – I made it when I was just a babe & it still hangs on my tree every year. I just love the imperfections of my ‘crafting’ at that age…

  • 74 Jodi Anderson // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Oooh, what an excellent giveaway. I have all of Meg’s other books, so this would round out the collection nicely.

    I have a lot of items with stories behind them, such as my great-grandmother’s 100+-year-old cast iron cooking pan. My treasure, though, is all of the photographs that have been passed down to me. There are hundreds. Lots of stories there. :)

  • 75 Tobie // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I have a sterling silver serving platter that my great-grandma gave me when I was about 10. I thought it was beautiful and I used it for years in my bedroom to display whatever it was I was most in love with at the time.

  • 76 Tanya // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I have my grandmother’s jewelry box. It still has a few pieces of her jewelry in it including a pearl necklace that I wore on my wedding day. I will cherish it forever.

  • 77 Kelly // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    We have loads of things, the ceramic light-up christmas tree (about a foot tall) that my grandma made when she was young is what I thought of first.

  • 78 Melissa Dominic // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I keep a garden faerie in my bedroom, which is not really a garden, but it traveled from new jersey to be with me. the first big “your own place” purchase my mom ever gave to me :D

  • 79 Stephanie // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I still have a little stuffed rabbit I had made when I was eight. I was just learning how to use patterns and didn’t have a lot to do most of the time as my parents had hit some hard times financially and my last grandparent had just died. We were living in his house and I would explore every drawer. I came across some leftover curtain material and my grandmother’s sewing stuff. I made the bunny by hand out of curtain scraps, paper towels and a pillow my dog had torn up. Eighteen years later I still remember all that happened in the week or so it took from finding a pattern in a thrift store to finishing my bunny with some left over buttons. It still smells like my grandparents’ house, too.

  • 80 Katherine // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Since it’s the Christmas season, I’ll go with my ornaments. I have one with little gingerbread men that have names on them – Mom, Dad, Rachel, and Katy (me). No little brother yet. It’s from when I was small. My sister has one with just her and my parents. My brother never got one. We always tease him about it.

  • 81 Kenzie // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have various kitchen acoutrements that belonged to either of my parents when they were baching it. Like my mom’s first set of dishes, or my dad’s mixing bowls.

  • 82 Jennifer3 // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I was gifted with many things that belonged to my great grandmother. I try to actually use whatever I have, as opposed to leaving it on a shelf to collect dust. . My kids love to use the little glass dessert cups for special scoops of ice cream. We are making new memories to pass on!

  • 83 sarah // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

    We have a pretty small house so I try to keep only the things that mean something to me or Husband. I’d have to say one of my favorites is the mantel clock my dad made us when we bought the house.

  • 84 Lisa // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

    When I was growing up I used to love to look at an unglazed clay sculpure on display at my grandmother’s house. It always looked like an abstract flame to my young eyes. Only as an adult did I learn that my father had made it in a junior high art class. I am so happy to have it on display in my home now.

  • 85 Christy Herren // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

    My parents were given a Mother-in-Law Tongue plant when I was born (33 years ago). My father recently gave me a portion of it – happy and healthy!

  • 86 Amy // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

    One of my favorite Christmas things I take out each year is my collection of framed pictures of my girls with Santa every year. I love looking at it and seeing how much they change every year.

    I would LOVE this book, so cute and I just saved it in my Amazon wish list so I don’t forget it!

  • 87 Rebecca S // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I still have a few dishes from my parents’ set when they were first married–a very groovy late 60s pattern. Love them!

  • 88 Marsha // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

    The piano in my living room belonged to my husband’s great-great-grandmother. It will be 100 years old next year.

  • 89 Maureen // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I have a mortar and pestle in my kitchen that I bought in Angsilla Thailand. I was living in Bangkok in the 70s and planned to buy one for me and my maid to use. She said “Oh no…we’ll go to the village where they are made.” and so the five of us went with her and her husband. We heard the village (with the stone being carved) before we even saw it. The husband is now an ex, the children are adults but I still have and use that stone m&p.

    That’s a great giveaway which I’d love.

  • 90 mrscharlemagne // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:01 am

    So many things come to mind…When I moved into my first apartment, my step-mom mailed me a package with all of my childhood Christmas ornaments. There are many from my cross-stitch years, the shiny brass ones with my name on them, and, her favorite, a Santa I made from a walnut when I was four. It always has a place of honor on the tree! It makes me feel like I haven’t moved so far away when they are displayed.

  • 91 Jen P // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:03 am

    We don’t currently have many meaningful, passed down objects from family members or our own childhood in our house. But for our wedding reception two years ago, I painted terra cotta flower pots and saucers and planted wheatgrass then set in mini pinwheels as table centerpieces. The pots were then given to special guests as parting favors. I saved the pot I painted for the table my husband and I sat at, and it’s a cheery reminder of that specail day.

  • 92 Jessie // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I’ve done a series of photographs about objects I grew up with that were then passed to me when I left. My favorite of those has to be the little wooden elephant and giraffe that my grandparents gave my mother, who hated them, but always kept them prominently displayed so as to not hurt their feelings.

  • 93 Meg // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:16 am

    i find most of our items have a story behind them, a joke one of us told whilst buying or the person that gave us the item.
    One thing that comes to mind is a beautiful grandfather clock my grandad left for my brother.

  • 94 Amy // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

    We have a lot of things from both sets of my grandparents but one of my favorites is the Polish dishware from my maternal grandmother. It always reminds me of her and my Polish heritage.

  • 95 lazysmurf // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I have this hilarious jaguar lamp that is straight out of the 70s and I used to always love when I was little playing over at my grandma’s on her bright red shag rug. Now it is prominently displayed at my house.

  • 96 Sarah Jane // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I have a sign hanging in the entry way which says “Accommodation for Tourists”. My mother’s family lived in Canada from 1812 (they were protesting the war!) until her grandparents. However, a branch of the family was there until a few years ago. When the last of the family left, we cleaned out the house of 170+ years of stuff and this sign was left over from when a late, great aunt used to run a b&b in the house.

  • 97 kathy walsh // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

    i will join the rocking chair movement. we have two one from mt hubbies grand mother and one from mine. but my fav is a quilt that my nana made for me when i was 4. I love it and used it when my kiddos were younger.

  • 98 Susan // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I come from a long line of quilters (I’ve got at least twenty or thirty quilts, from my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (who died before I was born), and great-aunt), so those are without question my most valuable family possessions.

  • 99 Ida // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    My aunt left me and my husband two of the most beautiful and fragile pieces of Croatian lace. The framed pieces look the prettiest around Christmas time.

  • 100 Julie // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I have tons of stuff that belonged to my grandmother. One of my favorites is a Florida state dishtowel from the 50s. She lived in New York, but they would visit relatives down there each winter. That towel came with her in the late 50s to California, and after she died it came to Oregon with me.

  • 101 Lynn // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I have several items that my grandparents have given. None really worth money, but worth lots of sentimental value to me. My favorite is the wicker chicken that I use as a candy dish, just as oma did. Now my niece and nephew love it as I did as a child.

  • 102 Jamie G // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have a hot pink kitten that my great grandma embroidered. It’s pretty awesome and hangs beside my Keep Calm and Carry On poster, with a canary above it that is doing just that. This book looks great!

  • 103 Alison // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have several things like this in my home. Two matching pitchers, brown and cream, that were my maternal grandmother’s. One’s in the kitchen holding spoons and spatulas, etc and the other has my knitting needles. I’ve also got my Mom’s recipe box (she replaced it a few years ago for some reason) and probably about a third of the cookie cutters we used when I was a kid, even though I don’t make that kind of cookie myself.

  • 104 Rachael // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I have an Advent calendar that is an ongoing gift for my sister (her birthday is the first week in December). She loves Advent calendars, and part of the gift is that I refill it for her every year with little trinkets and stuff. But the gift for me this year is that she’ll be home for Christmas (yay! No paying for shipping this thing cross-country!) and staying with me!

  • 105 Anne M. // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

    One of my favorite pieces we have is our mid-century modern dining room table. It was the table everyone crowded around in the tiny summer cabin my husband’s grandparents had in CT. Although we’ve refinished it, it still has some of the dents, stains and marks that my husband and his cousins left on it as kids when they would visit each summer. I like to think they give it character :)

  • 106 Gini // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

    We actually don’t have a lot of handcrafted stuff– it’s mostly made by me!We have some beautiful heirloom china and silver though. I’ll gladly take up the mantle to be the crafty mama and granny. :)

  • 107 M // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    It’s a bit ridiculous, but we have one of those toilet-paper-covering crocheted dolls from my grandmother in our bathroom. It makes people laugh… and they know where to find a roll of toilet paper if it’s getting low. :-)

  • 108 elena // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I have a painting that my mother made growing up that I’ve always coveted. I finally asked to take it home with me a few years ago and it now hangs in my living room.

  • 109 Alex // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    My grandfather was a selectman in a little New England town for many (MANY!) terms. I have a framed copy of one of his campaign posters. It was drawn by Charles Saxon, a delightful cartoonist for the New Yorker in the 60s. I absolutely love it!

  • 110 Liz // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I have numerous Christmas ornaments that have been handed down for generations. I have a little sheep that is probably 150 years old. My favorite time of year is Christmas when I get to pull out all my favorite antique ornaments and reminisce.

  • 111 SueBE // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    My son loves that our house is full of items with history. The bookshelves were made by my grandfather from flooring from a log cabin. My grandmother’s cribbage board was made from half a cherry log by my uncle. We have their china as well as Christmas ornaments we made together. History and family go hand in hand here.
    –SueBE

  • 112 Rita // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

    There are two items passed on to me that belonged to my great-grandmother; her “potato salad” bowl which is made of china and has a flower basket in the bottom and her hens and chicks. Yes, you heard me correctly. The originals to the hens and chicks I have (my mom too) belonged to my great-grandmother, Hattie Wright who passed away in 1966. Thanks for the great giveaway! Awesome blog!

  • 113 LeslieG // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:20 am

    A few years ago, I made Christmas recipe plates. I mod-podged color photocopies of old favorite family recipe cards (my grandmother’s special crescent cookies, for example) into wooden plates painted in cheery Christmas colors. My nieces helped me decorate the plates and we sealed them with a clear sealant. These are now used every Christmas to serve the family’s Christmas cookies and they’re my favorite holiday tradition.

  • 114 kelli // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I have an afghan that my Great-Grandmother crocheted. It’s inspiring to me and keeps me crafting.

  • 115 Keely // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I have my grandma’s little, red plaid, metal picnic basket. When we were young she stored the Barbies at her house in it. Now I keep travel memorabilia in it.

  • 116 Jen // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I have a brass and lead glass mirror that my grandmother brought from England in one of the few boxes she was permitted to bring. It’s kind of tacky, to be honest, but I love it.

  • 117 Katherine Gustavson // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Stockings! My grandma handmade them for everyone! Including guests. We have over 65 stockings that we hang every year and I was always Grandma’s little elf filling them with ornaments and little gifts. I hope to keep the tradition going after grandma’s passing, we always have new additions to the family

  • 118 Natalie // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I have a lamp that was my great-grandmother’s. It’s from the 70s, I think, but it has a very Art Nouveau look. I’m sure most people think it’s tacky and ugly, but I love it.

  • 119 LoriM // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:35 am

    All of the women in my family have little plastic vintage angels that top our Christmas trees. I was so excited to find 2 matching ones on ebay to pass down to my children!

  • 120 Izabella // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I have my great grandfather’s banjo. I love how personal instruments are and displaying them as a remembrance of experience, inspiration and joy. What a wonderful giveaway!

  • 121 Kate // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    We have a few quilts that my mother made, as well as a few aprons she’s sewn. My mom is a craft master, from sewing to quilting to jewelry making and inspires me to keep learning more!

  • 122 April // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I’m thinking about the rocking chair that was mine when I was little, now used by my children.

  • 123 Katie H. // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I use my grandmother’s jewelery box to store my treasure :)

  • 124 Sarah // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

    The hooked rug made for me by my great aunts; the platform rocker my grandmother always sat in; two small dishes painted by my great aunts; the angels that spell out “NOEL” or, “LEON” if you are a mischievous little girl…so many things and they are the things that I love the most.

  • 125 Kerry // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I have a set of books my grandfather bought my mother that I am saving for my niece. It’s a lot of excerpts and chapters of mid-century and classic children’s lit.

    My sister scored the thumbless BVM statue my other grandparents were given at their wedding in 1940 by the priest.

  • 126 Phoenix Peacock // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

    oooo… what a wonderful comment prompt. I love family traditions and heirlooms. I have some hand made pillow covers from my crafty great grandmother! They are so dainty. We used them for our ring bearers in our wedding too!

  • 127 Sue // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

    My favorite story is our grandfather clock made by my husband’s grandfather – we even have a picture of him with it.

  • 128 Seanna Lea // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

    My family moved a lot growing up, so I don’t have many of those memory items.

    I used to have a bag my mom made out of my dad’s old jeans.

  • 129 Cassandra G. // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I have a decorative tin that I found at a thrift store. The story behind it is actually that it matches a button tin that my grandmother has at her house. I remember playing with all the buttons with my cousins when I was younger. I was thrilled to find the exact same one!

  • 130 Laura // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I have some framed Christmas needlepoint that I love seeing when I open the holiday boxes.

    Thank you!

  • 131 Julie // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I have a plate that I made in the early 70s. You would draw your picture on paper then send it away to be made into melamine. I was and always have been “yellow heavy” in my artwork. As I was drawing my picture, I kept adding more and more yellow. The neighborhood Mom who was hosting our crafting group said if someone uses too much of one color an elephant is going to appear and sit on you….and she held up a picture of THE elephant! I was young enough to believe her and never touched the yellow marker again! At the end of the activity I asked her if I used too much one of color. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to get sat on! Still makes me laugh to think about it.

  • 132 Maggi // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:14 am

    When we were decorating the tree last weekend we found an ornament that someone made for my brother, who’s now 48.

  • 133 susan dennis // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I have a deck of cards me and my family used to play Old Maid on a road trip in Germany in the mid-60′s. In German, it’s Black Peter and he’s quite menacing looking.

  • 134 Cary // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Looking around from my current spot perched on my couch, the most meaningful thing I see in my home is a painting my grandfather created. He was a chemist, but quite the artist! When he died, each person got a painting. I love mine both because he made it, and also because it’s visually striking and beautiful.

  • 135 Rachel P. // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I have a shell that was in my Grammy’s home when I was growing up. It sat on the step that led into the family room area. I remember always picking it up and listening to it. I have it now, it’s not very pretty, but it’s special to me. :)

  • 136 Jen Lassonde // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Most of the furniture in my home was made by my boyfriend’s father, in high school and in later days. It means so much to us to have things that he made with his own hands that are so useful in our daily lives.

  • 137 Naomi // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I have a cute foam ornament made by my nephew when he was 4 (he’s now 10). It’s the shape of his hand, with glued on glitter. It always has a special place on my tree, and will always.

  • 138 Lia // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I have a framed photo of my grandfather’s rowing club’s Polar Bear Plunge in the early 1900s. It’s fantastic, I’ve never reframed it, and it looks like the period it came from.

  • 139 Monica N // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    When I was 10, my Grandmother passed away and I was given a choice on items of hers I wanted. I have a set of glass cookie jars with wooden lids that as a kid, were my absolute favorite. I would sit at the counter, eat a cookie and watch my Grandma cook. Unfortunately, most of our family heirlooms were stolen, so this is really all I have. Although, I was just told at Thanksgiving, I am going to inherit her Singer sewing machine that is sitting in a built in desk. As a kid I used to stick all my treasures in the drawers, and years later, I found a collection of my old stickers!

  • 140 Rebecca // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    We have little bits of family history strewn about the house. I especially love the weird and ugly things that no one else in the family wants. My favorite, though, is the raccoon hairbrush from my husband’s childhood. It was unearthed a couple of years ago when his parents moved. Not only did we bring it home, but my husband ditched his grown up hairbrush and started using the raccoon again.

  • 141 Kristen // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I have a quilt that my mom made for me when I went away to university. Whenever I felt homesick, it always comforted me. Still does to this day.

  • 142 Lara // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I have a picture of my mom from when she was in her early 20s. My grandmother gave it to me a few years ago when she was going through her old photos. It is so fun to see my mom looking so youthful and carefree whenever I look at the framed picture.

  • 143 Liberty // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I have the baby quilt that my Grandmother made for me. It was one of her early quilts and its very tattered, but I still love it! =)

  • 144 Em Kay Jay // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I have a vintage coin bank that my Dad gave me
    when I was a little girl-it’s travelled with me in all of my moves.

  • 145 Karlye // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

    The cask iron skillets that I cook with were my husband’s grandmother’s skillets. They are seasoned and it’s fun to know that I am cooking for my husband on the same skillet that she used to cook for him.

  • 146 Nikki // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

    My Grams had a footstool at her house in Chicago that is older than I am. At some point, she’d had it reupholstered to the pea-green vinyl of the 70s but it still the original wooden feet with ornate carving. When I was a child, I used it as dinner table, a drawing/coloring table, and a mini trampoline.

    My father took it home with him when my Grams passed away, as no one else seemed to want it. My own children used it that footstool the same way I had. He passed away nearly four years ago and the footstool was one of two things I actually wanted to keep when we donated his things.

  • 147 VickyC // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I have the blue “green bean” bowl my family had on the table just about every night, still my favorite vegetable (and favorite bowl)!

  • 148 Julia // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

    We have some handmade Christmas ornaments, as well as fun stuff like wooly catnip mice my mother makes for her church bazaar every year!

  • 149 Boodoggy // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I have a soup ladle that belonged to my mother in Florida. She moved to Oklahoma and at her death, my brother wanted it and took it with him to Canada. After his death I claimed it and brought it with me to Texas. Now I’m moving to NY with my daughter and the soup ladle is going traveling again. I love it.

  • 150 Courtney // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

    My mother-n-law gave me all of her aprons that she had collected in Japan before she moved the states. Many of them come from her mother and they’re all so beautiful. Even just having them hanging in my kitchen makes me happy!

  • 151 Elizabeth // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I have the child’s rocking chair my grandma was given when she was four. When my older daughter turned four, my parents refurbished the worn leather seat and gave it to her to use.

  • 152 Anne // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I have several family story items – a quilt my grandma made for me and one for my son when he was born; an afghan my mil made for us and a quilt she made for same son when older; and some hotpads that I quilted myself (since they were small and relatively easy).

    But my mom just told me earlier today that I am about to inherit the iron flowers and leaves that my godfather made many, many years ago. I have fond memories of visiting his workplace so these will be a treasure for me!

  • 153 sarah // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

    My grandmother collected crosses (not sure how it started and she certainly wasn’t religious), when she passed away last February all of my cousins and I selected one cross from the collection as a memory of her. I choose a delft tile with a picture of a cross on it. Every time I look at it I am reminded of her.

  • 154 Lisa // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Oh dear lord, everything in my house has a story! The most recent piece is a coffee table I rescued from the neglect of my parents’ garage. My late grandfather on my mother’s side made the table a long, long time ago and I have many a picture of my drawing on it through the years as I was growing up. I love it.

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  • 155 Jessica Mc // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Most of the items in my home with family significance are photos. I’ve had this book on my wishlist for a few months now so it would be very exciting to win! Thanks!

  • 156 gretchen // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I have many things in my home with family stories: a chess set my great-grandfather had made in the model workshop when he worked at RCA Victrola, my great-grandmother’s 1920′s crystal goblets…. I don’t even know where to start… I also have many pieces that are part our life together (from my travels with my husband) and things from his family (hand-embroidered baby blankets, etc).

  • 157 trefoil // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    When I was 13, my grandmother made me a quilt. I picked out the fabric and pattern, and she put it together. She died about 18 months later. I don’t use it all the time but it’s on my bed now and makes me feel connected to my family.

  • 158 Heidi L // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    My Christmas decorations are what have the history, some come from when I was a little girl, and things I make in school, some from my parent’ s tree and some from my own kids handiwork. When my oldest daughters first moved into their own places, I gave them a “starter” box of ornaments, most of which they had made !

  • 159 Sarah O // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I have a carved bird pin that my great-grandfather made. He used to have a full shadowbox case full of different ones, very colorful, and they’ve been dispersed to all of the women in the extended family.

  • 160 linz // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

    In a family full of hand-me-downs, we’ve got lots of stories, but I’d say my dollhouse is my favorite. My dad built it for me as soon as the sonograms showed that I was going to be a girl.

  • 161 Jenny // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    an old headboard!

  • 162 Mrs. Puma // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    We have lots of meaningful items, but the best looking ones are our hand me down wooden tv stand and coffee table. They look so rustic and gorgeous!

  • 163 candleashes // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I haven’t seen my grandmother in years because she lives in another country, but the last time I saw her I found some beautiful vintage fabric in her trunk and she made me a lovely skirt out of it. I also have an antique doll china cabinet with different kinds of dishes, pots and silverware in it that has been in the family for several generations

  • 164 Christine // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I have a invitation from the president of Panama (in 1978) encased in lucite. We lived there for a year when I was little (I LOVED it there). I didn’t get to go meet the president, but I saw pictures.

  • 165 dani // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Growing up we had a long hallway that lead to the bedrooms and at the end were two candle holders hanging on the wall. My parents would light them and I loved the way the hallway looked with them. When we moved from that house I think they got rid of them and so my first year living away from home I bought them wrought-iron candle holders that are now hanging above the fireplace. No, they’re not the same, but they do remind me of the old ones.

    Also, the painting of the Bay Bridge that hangs in our living room now. My grandmother drew it for us and only after she gave it to us did we tell her that that was the bridge my husband was working on when we met.

  • 166 Elizabeth // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I have my grandfather’s beautiful electric train from when he was a little boy- it’s still shiny and red, and it runs! My boyfriend inherited a vintage metal milk truck from his grandparents, so we’ve ended up with a very sweet and sentimental collection!

    Wonderful giveaway- thank you!

  • 167 Emmy Jay // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have lump of beeswax, flat on one side and a little bigger than a walnut, that sits on a shelf next to my sewing table. It used to belong to my great-grandmother, who was a seamstress by trade and still spent some of each day sewing long after she officially retired. I can remember sitting on her bed as a very little girl, watching her pull it along her sewing threads across it to keep them from tangling when she handstitched a bit of lace or rickrack to the pockets of the aprons she made as presents and to sell at holiday bazaars. It’s probably not worth a lot, but it’s a reminder of the value of my other inheritance from her — my love of making things by hand.

  • 168 Cait // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I come from a long line of quilters- fabric in my stash has been handed down to me though my great grandmother, grandma, mom, aunts and uncles (!).
    I can look at the quilt I for for my fifteenth birthday, and admire how mine is like my moms, and my sisters, and it’s still mine. Whenever I look at piecework, I notice that this square is the same as my sister’s quilt, and that square is from Uncle Joe, and I still have some of that fabric left.

  • 169 Amy M // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    We are lucky to have quite a few family heirlooms from my husband’s side–china, crystal, kilims from Turkey, some small furniture, a few of his great aunt’s paintings–but I think my favorite is his great-grandmother’s apron. It’s hanging in our kitchen because I love to look at it.

  • 170 Karla // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you! We have some old wooden chairs with stretched leather seats that were my grandma and grandad’s first furniture after they were married in their rural home. I love that over time my grandma painted them so many colors, including their current brick red and putty.

  • 171 Adrienne B. // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I have a throw my Grandmother made and my Grandfather’s journal and scrapbook from WWII. I love the history and glimpes into their pasts!

  • 172 Ellie // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I inherited a brick colored armchair, that’s probably older than me, from my parents. It’s still in great condition and really comfortable!

  • 173 Gwen // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I have a pair of blue and white bowls that my grandparents used to eat their ice cream. They would always have chocolate ice cream with butterscotch topping.
    I like to use the bowls on my table for holidays and special occasions to have the memory of my grandparents with me.

  • 174 Kbee // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I have a wooden heart shaped box that my grandpa made me, my husband refinished when I dug it out of storage, and my daunter has filled with her favorite stones and shells.

  • 175 Anna // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    My husband and I have my maternal grandparents wedding rings and I have watercolors painted by my paternal grandfather to illustrate a story that he used to tell me. I love them!

  • 176 Michele // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I have several items that were my mother’s, a WWII photo of my grandfather in uniform, and a blanket knit by my grandmother.

  • 177 Kate // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I was adopted at 23, and I’ve begun to learn what family means. I someday hope to have my own children, and I want to have things to give to them that are cherished for sentimental reasons. I wonder if this book could help me start this

  • 178 just barrie // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    My whole home is crafted around the things and people I love the most. There is one personal item though that stands out the most. A very old coo-coo clock that once belonged to my grandparents. Whenever I would come over that was the first thing I saw and played with. I touched it so much, I ended up breaking the mechanics that make it tell the time. It’s stayed at that time ever since, and when they both passed it became mine to cherish.

  • 179 Sayaka H. // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    My husband has made a lot of our rustic log furniture including our bed.

  • 180 Anna // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, excellent! I have this on my amazon wish list.

    I’m the hoarder in the family and am panicky about losing heirlooms, or “heirlooms” as the case may be. Whenever anyone in the family decides to get rid of anything they hand it off to me.

    One thing I am especially cherishing right now is an etched glass decanter that belonged to my paternal grandparents. They kept tons of china, crystal, and silver that belonged to their parents and grandparents but that they never used themselves. I don’t drink much, but I try to keep this one filled with something, just to keep it in use.

  • 181 Glenda // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    My mom has a scrappy quilt top her grandmother made and I used that quilt top for years on top of my dresser. My mom reclaimed it several years ago and mended it where it needed mending (it was definitely worse for wear by that point). I don’t think she’s turned it into a quilt yet, so I’d love to turn it into a quilt if she hasn’t (it’d be tablerunner-size or baby quilt-size, something manageable for non-quilter me!).

  • 182 Kristen S // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I have a pewter chess set that my late granfather gave me…it doesn’t fit in very well with my house decor, but means more than anything else in it.

  • 183 Potato // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I have a Christmas stocking my Nana made me 29 (!) years ago. Despite the fact that I’ve spilled hot cocoa on it and the dog chewed up the back of it some years ago, I will always, always keep it.

  • 184 sue // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Many, many things in my home have a family history but one that I’m looking at right in front of me are some of my grandmother’s buttons from her button drawer where, as a child, I use to spend hours sorting, pawing through, playing with all shapes, sizes and colors of buttons wondering in some cases why there were so many of the same odd buttons (later to learn that they were underware buttons). I now make pins out of some of them and still love the picking and choosing of them, feeling the textures, making combinations, etc. Buttons create memories for me of family.

  • 185 Katie // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    We have a number of quilts made by family members – two that we received as wedding gifts. One was made by my great-grandmother and has a piece of my grandmother’s dress in it from when she was a toddler. The other is one my mother-in-law made specifically for my husband and myself as a wedding gift. I hope that quilt gets passed down for many generations!
    I also have my great-grandmother’s crystal, which is packed away until I have a home worthy of displaying it (and one with enough floor space to afford a curio or hutch).

  • 186 Monica // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I have a quilt that my grandmother made for my mother. It’s a velvet crazy quilt and my grandmother embroidered the names and birthdates of my parents and the four kids who had been born at that point. My grandmother gave my mother the quilt and subsequently died before my youngest sister was born. My partner and I plan to embroider her name as well as the names of all of my and my siblings’ partners and spouses on the quilt in the near future. The reason that I finally wound up with the quilt is because I’m the only person in my family who does any quilting. It’s something I really treasure and use every day.

  • 187 Lucia // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I have a painting by an uncle who died before I was born. It’s of a road that winds by pretty trees with golden leaves. I like to imagine riding my bike on that road. The painting means much more than a dumb poster print.

  • 188 Karan // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    This book looks great! I’ve got tons of old photos and odd bits from family of long ago!

  • 189 Bess // Dec 9, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Our kitchen table is one of the first pieces of furniture my boyfriend’s dad owned when he immigrated to the U.S. thirty-ish years ago. And I got our kitchen chairs from my aunt’s sister-in-law’s parents, the summer I moved back to Wisconsin from Colorado. (I fit everything I could into my twenty-year-old little-old-man car and schlepped it across country, including my papasan chair which got tied to the roof of the car like a yarmulke — that’s the only college-era furniture I still have.)

  • 190 gaga // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    The one thing I have with a story is a pair of tongs used for retrieving corn from boiling water. They have a yellow handle. A few years ago, I used them to harvest cactus fruit out in the desert and was so sad upon returning home when I could not find them with my fruit. (Thankfully, they were in the car.) I didn’t realize until that moment how attached I was to this plaything from my childhood.

    Thanks!

  • 191 Hannah Moore // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    It isn’t really an heirloom, but I have a little “DAM”- troll that my parents gave my husband on his birthday right after we moved in together. The troll has a special sweet smell to it, which is a trademark of that type of troll. It is made in Denmark (where I am from) and it always reminds me of being in my bedroom in my parents house.

  • 192 Jen W // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I have a mirror my great-grandfather made while he was working as a glazier in the 1930′s.

  • 193 Tracy // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    My son, now 3, sleeps with a blanket that I made for him while pregnant many moons ago. The very day after finding out I was pregnant I bought the yarn and many hours were spent meditating over it, thinking of my baby-to-be.

  • 194 Kelly // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I have 2 aprons that my Great Grandmother made: one gingham with ricrac decorating it and another half-apron in gingham with needlework (cross-stitching).

  • 195 Nana // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I was delighted to be able to give my daughter, at her baby shower, the hat my mother knit for me when mother was pregnant with me. At my grandson’s bris (a few months later), we used my grandmother’s candlesticks and my great-grandparents’ silver Kiddush cup (for wine).

  • 196 Patricia // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I have my grandmother’s sewing supplies, including her old Singer sewing table. Love it.

  • 197 Sandra // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Two crocheted afghan, one my mother gave to me when I went to college, and another I appropriated from the family room when I moved out of state.

  • 198 Michelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I have the quilt that my grandma gave me for Christmas. I remember seeing that huge package under the tree for me and being quite disappointed that it was a blanket. (Did I mention I was a brat?) But hopefully my grandma saw how much I used it, and it has become one of my “grab in a fire” items.

  • 199 Ashley // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I come from a family rife with immigration. We have no family stories to our items, lol. I just started my own home this year so I will hopefully find something fantastic to add to my home to eventually pass on

  • 200 Char // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I have an oil paining of one of my parent’s racehorses. It hangs in the place of honor in my living room and every time I look at it I think of all the excitement that came with being involved with Thoroughbred racehorses.

  • 201 Sharon Kugler // Dec 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I have an old-fashioned woven-wicker rugbeater hanging on the livingroom wall.

  • 202 Bee // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Funny you should mention pot holders, as that’s what popped into my mind. I have one pot holder right now, a double knit pot holder that was a gift from a friend. I love using it, as it was the first gift I received for my new apartment, and as it was as known surprise–it was a surprise to receive it, though I had been aware of its existence, as my friend posted lots of pictures of it on her blog as her double knit practice for a difficult baby blanket she was making for a friend.

  • 203 Cindy // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I am the “collector” in the family. One special item I cherish is a potato masher that my grandmother gave me that had been her mother’s. Grandma gave it to me one Christmas and then had to ask for it back so she could make mashed potatoes for Christmas dinner.

  • 204 mel // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I have a couple sets of potholders & towels. My aunt used to make a whole lot of crafts and quilts and whatnot. She’s got a degenerative condition and can’t craft anymore.

    Also, my grandma’s spice cookie recipe. As well as her cookbooks with notes in the margins.

  • 205 Kayduh // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Most of the ‘family history’ items are still at my parents’ house, but I do have 2 quilts that my mom made me. One is all my t-shirts from high school and one is all my t-shirts from college. It’s great to wrap up in them to watch TV!

  • 206 Sarah in Phoenix // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    My boyfriend Mat loved cookies so much as a child that his grandmother labeled her cookie jar “Mathew’s Cookies.” When Mary Lou passed away, Mat inherited his eponymous cookie jar. Now every time we see it we’re reminded of Mary Lou and her fabulous baking.

  • 207 Laura // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    We have many! A quilt made by my great grandmother, a wooden chest made by my Great-Uncle and more. But, my favorite is the copper jell-o mold that dangled from the ceiling over my bouncy seat and was my favorite toy as a baby.

  • 208 brooke @ claremont road // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I have my mom’s breakfront that was in the dining in our old house that I grew up in. I got it when she moved in with my now step-dad and she no longer had a place to put it. It doesn’t entirely match my current home, but she saved up for a really long time to be able to buy it, and it reminds me of my childhood, so it’s special to me!

  • 209 Julie // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I have a small collection of old kitchen aprons, from my grandmother. I’m pretty sure she wore all of them to cook in too! They are colorful and unusual designs.

    thanks for the giveaway-

  • 210 Beth C. // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I have a quilt that my great-grandmother made for me when I graduated from high school. She hand-sewed the entire thing, and it has traveled all over the country – first when I was in the Coast Guard, and then when I married my Coastie husband. I believe this was one of the last quilts Nanny was able to make before she passed away.

  • 211 Cara // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I have a quilted pillow made by my paternal grandmother’s mother. It’s small and a little dirty, but the floral print is amazing!

  • 212 Elsa // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    So lovely to read these stories! Megan, I have several of those handwoven potholders hanging on my cookbooks shelf. My oldest niece (now college-aged) was tickled to see that I’d saved them — and used them! — for all these years. Of course I have; I love having them and thinking of her!

    So many of our household objects are handmade or hand-altered and have long histories, which makes it hard to choose one to describe. So I’ll start with a newish one:

    My partner’s father has been involved peripherally with circuses all his life, and he has a great model circus (trucks and tents and model figures) displayed on his lawn all summer long. The weekend that The Fella and I got married, my future in-laws threw us a lawn party at their home to celebrate, and for the big rented tent, my future FIL made circus flags with our names on them to fly from the tentpoles, and painted a model circus truck with the wedding date and the our names, billing me as a “special added attraction!”

    He blushed and mumbled when I thanked him for the gesture, but he made darned sure I got those flags and that truck! It was his way of welcoming me to the family, and it meant a lot to me.

    I hung the flags on the wall of our living room and the truck sits nearby, a reminder that even the most taciturn of us finds a way to show love and acceptance.

  • 213 Hillary // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    My mom made me a menorah. I love it so.

  • 214 Kathleen // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    my grandmother taught me to crochet when i was 12. she was always making blankets for everyone, but there was one blanket that was somehow better than all the rest. i don’t remember her making it – i think it pre-dated my awareness of her blanket making. it is an orange/yellow/brown zig-zag that is tres 70s in its color scheme, but has always held the #1 place in my heart. she passed away two years ago, but my grandfather still has that blanket draped on the couch….

  • 215 kalanicut // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I have several items my grandmother made for all her grandchildren in the few years before she passed away – A quilt, afghan & embroidered table runner. 15 years later I cherish them all the more and while I hate to use them in some ways because I know they will get worn, I know she made them to be enjoyed so I do.

  • 216 Mary C H // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    My house has room for lots of improvement. Just need some ideas on how to do it.

  • 217 Mary J // Dec 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I have a crazy quilt square made by one of my ancestor’s (maybe my great great grandmother? I lose track of the greats!) around the turn of the last century. My grandmother kept it and had it framed and it was passed to me when my grandmother died. It hangs over my sewing table. It’s my favorite handmade keepsake.

  • 218 Karen // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    My favorite item is a wooden spoon that was carved by my Grandfather that my Nana used to make polenta with, if I was good she would let me lick the spoon when she was done, and if I was being a brat she would give me a swat on the butt with it!

  • 219 Elizabeth // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I have a quilt, not sure of the pattern name, that was made by my great great grandmother. It has been passed down to all the women in my family on their 16th birthdays. (I suspect my great great grandmother may have been married at that age). I get to keep it for 6 more years before passing it on to my niece.

  • 220 Kimberly Anne // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    My handmade items that I treasure are the old wooden ornaments that my parents made their very first christmas together. They were childrens cut outs that they obviously came across at a craft store for little money. These ornaments are an important reminder of what christmas is all about, being together and finding happiness with your family. I have them on my tree now and hope that the reminder they represent will be passed along to my children. I also have one very old felt santa pin my mother made that year as well. I love it because it is in every Christmas photo I have of my mother and me. She died twenty years ago almost, and those photos and that one remaining pin mean a lot to me.

  • 221 Hilary Clark // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    (Mine’s about a quilt, too)
    There’s a quilt my great (2x?) grandmother made that’s at my parents’ house. Growing up it was the blanket my mom brought us whenever we were sick. That sounds kind of gross, but I loved it.

  • 222 judy swift // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I have my mother’s “dresser set” which consists of a perfume atomizer, hairbrush, hand held mirror, small clock, jewelry boxes and display tray. They are made out of some sort of filigree brass with encrusted porcelain cameos. They date from the 1930′s and most do not function, except to be beautiful and connect to a different era. My mother passed on over 40 years ago when I was a teenager so it’s wonderful to have something of hers on my own dresser to connect with her every day.

  • 223 Heather in Ohio // Dec 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    While I didn’t get any of her doilies, I did inherit my grandma’s set of crochet needles. When I use them to create any of her , I always think of her.

  • 224 Erin // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    We have a needlepoint picture my mom made when she was a young lady. It features potted plants on some bamboo shelves and (my favorite part) a tiny turtle. I’ve loved it since I was little.

  • 225 Gennie // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Very cool book! My MIL made us a T-shirt quilt, which combined concert shirts from both dh and me. Usually I’m not a quilt person, but this one is cool :) My daughter and I made a wreath this year (tinsel + embroidery hoop). Cost $1.25 and 5 minutes to make and she looooves it. Plan to use it for years to come.

  • 226 Amber // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I really can’t think of one… but my mom has a whole bag of dolls that my grandmother made when my mom was a little girl. When it’s my turn, I’ll care for them and pass them on.

  • 227 Jenne // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I do!
    I think I have the only “Nixon in China”-themed wastebasket in the entire world. My grandmother was very politically active and a staunch Democrat, so I think she thought the combination of Nixon and garbage was appropriate.
    It’s made from a big paper ice cream tub, like they have in an ice cream shop, with newspaper articles about Nixon’s visit to China decoupaged all over it.
    It’s still going strong, 38 years later!

  • 228 Christine // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    My favorite homemade item is a little sachet my mother sent me in a college care package many moons ago. It has cross stich little flowers and reads “You are Special.” The lavender scent is long gone, but it still makes me smile when I open the drawer.

  • 229 Jennifer // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    On my parents’ Christmas tree, there is an paper angel that I picked out at a craft fair when I was 5 years old…I told my dad that it was “the most beautiful thing in the entire world” so he gave me the money to “buy it with my own money.” It’s gotten more beautiful with age. :)

  • 230 casiep // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I think our whole house would count as a handmade item. We didn’t make the house with our own hands, but we did most of the renovation ourselves. It has a great story from the previous family (original owners who raised 9 kids in the house), and I’m looking forward to the day when we can share our own family stories from the home.

  • 231 Elissa // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I have 2 oval rugs that my grandma crocheted from fabric. She’s kind of aperfectionist, so when I went to make my own rub I realized how LONG it must have taken her to do these! Mine is already frayed and hers have held up perfectly!

  • 232 Christianna // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t currently have a a fun story that goes with a handmade item in my home . . . Maybe if I win this book I’ll have one . . . :)

  • 233 alianora // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    We have quilts that my husband’s great grandmother quilted!

  • 234 J. Frost // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I suppose a lot of people in my generation have these as handmade tresures from their mothers or grandmothers; a porcaline christmas tree. In the 60s-70s these were quite the fad, and it didn’t hurt my mother grew up next to a pottery store. Even though my grandmother lived there up until, well, she’s moving out of the city in the next month or so, it was a treasured and rare visit to go to the pottery store, but I remember one time she sent me over there to get the star that sat atop of the tree. It was one of my proudest moments when I got to christen the tree that year. From then on I’ve always been fortunate enough to carry on the tradition, now having my boyfriend’s mother’s tree to put on our piano and my mother’s tree to have in the livingroom. I love it & I hope I can pass on both trees and the excitement and sheer love of these items to my children some day.

    Phew, that was way longer than I wanted it to be. :)

    Happy Holidays, all!

  • 235 Jen R // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I have 2 blankets quilted by my husband’s grandmother….I love to snuggle up in them!

  • 236 Danyelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    The dishes I use daily are the ones my great-grandmother bought for herself shortly before she and my great-grandfather met and married.

  • 237 kat // Dec 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I made my husband a diorama of one of his favorite songs for our first anniversary, paper. He did the same for me the next year. I love them both.

  • 238 Jean // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I have an old tool that my grandfather repaired and I still use it. It is a lopper, which is used to cut medium size branches, too large for a hand clipper. My grandpa added a wooden handle when the original one rotted away.

  • 239 hathyiahusni // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I have a table cloth made by my mother. It is in sweet pink and has embroidery flowers around it that my mum did herself. Once a while I take it out to be used for family dinners…. though some of the embroidered flowers looks faded but I love it to bits!

  • 240 Adrienne // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    wow… such great meaningful stories :O)
    I have a family quilt that my mom made my grandmother before I was born… it has an appliqued square for each family member (at the time)…

  • 241 Courtney // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I don’t have anything in my home, but in my grandmother’s home there is an amazing tapestry that my great great grandfather made. It is a warship from the Civil War that he meticuliously stitched it so that it was to scale with the actual ship….amazing.

  • 242 Suburban Prep // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I have an afghan that was made by my father’s cousin (who was very close to our family). She made my afghan when I graduated from high school. The afghan went with me to each place I lived afterwards and then on to my marriage. I use this most every day to stay warm while watching tv in the winter months. It is almost 30 yrs old.

  • 243 Libby // Dec 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    The most meaningful handmade family items in my house are the quilts my mom makes. I have one from when I first moved away from home – it’s made of soft flannel squares because she didn’t want me to be cold in Philly!

  • 244 Elle Sees // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Wooden spoons & bowls that my great-great-great grandfather whittled from wood.

  • 245 Rebekah // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    My family has only ever used handmade potholders made on that little loom. I have some my dad made when he was a kid, and a red and white houndstooth one my husband made for me when we first moved in together.

    My other prized craft possessions are my quilts. My mom made me one when I was born, one when I outgrew that, a signature quilt for my 16th birthday, and one for my wedding. She also passed down a quilt my great grandmother made, and the only quilt my grandmother ever made.

  • 246 Michelle // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Ooh, I have a homemade Christmas stocking that my mother made for me for my first Christmas back in 1987. It was cross-stitched and the detailing is exquisite. It is an indoor Christmas scene complete with a Santa, a tree, and wrapped goodies and toys. It also has my name at the top! Unfortunately we don’t have a fireplace at the moment, so it is happily hanging off my bedroom doorknob. =)

  • 247 Beth // Dec 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I have a little wooden stool, the first item my dad made in Shop Class in Junior High School. I step up into my really high cannon ball bed every night with it.

  • 248 Andi // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I.have.a.mirror.with.a.stained.glass.morning.glory.within.it.that.my.mother-in-law’s.best.friend.made.as.a.wedding.gift.for.me..I.also.have.an.old.bottle.that.my.husband.and.I.filled.with.Carolina.sand.and.shells.on.our.wedding.day.at.the.beach..We.didn’t.have.rings.to.exchange.so.we.filled.the.bottle.together.instead.

  • 249 Sara Palmer // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I have this little rickety bed side table in my room. I’ve had it ever since I was young. I used to hate the thing because it had a loose plank and looked a bit shaky. But, I hadn’t known then that it was one of my father’s first forays into creating items with wood. Now, he’s had a bit more practice and everything he creates is beautiful and stunning but I’ll never replace my little wobbly bedside table, it reminds me constantly that one can’t just create amazing works of art immediately but with enough time and patience, it’s possible.

  • 250 Amy // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I have a great handmade family cookbook that my mother put together a few years ago as Christmas gifts for the whole family. It has all of my grandmother’s best recipes, some from many generations back.

  • 251 katie // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    When my grandma died four years ago and we decided to sell the house, I ended up with a lot of family treasures. Coffee mugs from the nature preserve my grandparents always supported are now the coffee mugs I use on a daily basis. My can opener? Cried at security when TSA tried to confiscate it. It was my grandma’s and I was on my way home from her funeral and completely spent. By some miracle they let me keep it. Quilts made by my great grandmother on my bed. The trunk that was my grandpa’s first woodworking project is now my treasure trunk. I’m way too sentimental, but the upside of that is I now have a house filled with well made, well loved pieces that remind me of who I am and where I come from throughout the day.

  • 252 Karli // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    My mom made little clay frogs in primary school and my Grandma kept them until she passed away. As me and my husband were the only ones who lived close to my Grandma’s a lot of stuff ended up here. We were joking about how valuable the frogs would be and my Mom said to my husband that if he liked it that much that we should keep them! My husband is such a softie that we ended up keeping them and they sit on the sill of the window in the kitchen now.

  • 253 Cathi // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I have a quilt hanging on the back of my headboard that means so much to me; my Great-Grandmother started it, my Grandmother found the bag of pieces and gave them to my Mom who picked out the background fabric and she had my Great-aunt Freda finish it. Lots of history there!

  • 254 Lisa // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    The book looks lovely:) I have a decoration for the tree that I made when I was about 8…I took a ceramics class with my nanny who I was very close to (now deseased) and the decoration is a ball with a country scene on it…it is washed with a green paint where the color dips into certain parts to highlight it…its so nice..I know I made two but the other one must have gotten lost or broken at some point. It is always so nice to bring it out of the christmas decorations box, unwrap it and remember painting it while sitting beside my nanny:)

  • 255 Kristina // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    In terms of holidays, we have lovely stockings which were knitted by my great aunt. The fact that they hardly look like stockings these days makes them all the more special!

  • 256 Ariane // Dec 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I have a Christmas ball that my mom’s aunt made for me for my first Christmas. It was always a favorite when I was little and I wouldn’t let anyone else hang it on the tree.

  • 257 Meghan // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I don’t have a family handmade item that I treasure, but moreso our traditions. I am Polish (1st generation) and we mix American and Polish traditions together for Christmas.

  • 258 Hil // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    My grandmother sewed but died when I was very young. I don’t have anything of hers. I do have what I’ve made over the years. It’s a start.

  • 259 Amy P // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I have a hand carved wooden sign my aunt made for my mom. It says Welcome on one side, and Merry Christmas on the other. Each year there is a family tradition of quite a lot of ceremony in flipping the sign over for Christmas and reminds me of so many happy childhood days.

  • 260 Margot // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    One of my favorite homemade items are ornaments on my tree. An older woman made me one every year growing up (and they are stunning!!). I’ve also done handmade ornament exchanges as well and these make my tree very special.

  • 261 Olivia // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I actually have a sourdough starter that my mother “started” before I was born — probably 33 years ago! It creates some of the best sourdough bread I’ve ever tasted — and I love that it’s all evolved from yummy bread I grew up on!

    -Olivia

  • 262 regina // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    oh my, objects are very important to me- i have my mother’s very first piece of furniture (the hutch that she bought to use as a bookshelf in her first space of her own), my grandmother’s little side table, my very own toybox bench….I could go on..Like katie above i am waaay to sentimental when it comes to family things!

  • 263 Sarah Beth // Dec 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    My favorite handmade item is the embroidered felt Christmas wall hanging that my mom made back in the 70′s. There was nothing that made me happier at Christmas pulling it out of the box every year and finding the perfect spot to hang it! She was going to throw it out two years ago because it is tattered and stained (the nerve!) but I just happened to be there to save it from the trash. I was so thrilled. It now has a place of honor in our family room every December.

  • 264 megan // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    we have a clock that we found in an antique store. it has a counted cross-stitch basket full of various fruit on it and is turquoise on the top. apparently it came in a kit and my grandma had one in her house when my dad was little.
    since we bought it, i’ve seen it in at least 10 different places or in pictures of old houses or this sunday on the sunday morning show in matthew morrison’s childhood home. random!

  • 265 Michelle B // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I have a few! My current favorite is the stocking I used growing up which was once my Grandpa’s. The neat thing about this stocking is that it’s shaped like santa’s pants, not just a sock, with suspenders and all!

  • 266 Laura Brown // Dec 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I have windchimes that my dad made me several years ago. Unfortunately I don’t have a space to hang them in my apartment, but I can’t wait for a porch for them to hang on!

  • 267 Jessica // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    One of the most treasured pieces I have is a cardboard cutout of a gingerbread man. Way back in the 50s my Grandma Betty was a test cook for Betty Crocker. She died of breast cancer shortly after I was born. After my Grandfather died a few years ago I inherited her original Betty Crocker cookbook. In it was the gingerbread man cutout that she used as her template to make all her little gingerbread men. I am so grateful to have such a simple piece of her legacy in my possession.

  • 268 Chris // Dec 9, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    My house is fully of quilts. My grandmother and my husband’s grandmother were both quilters, once upon a time, so we’ve inherited quite a few. Some are made out of my dad’s baby clothes!

  • 269 Makenzie D. // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:28 am

    In my family we have a flute that has been passed around. My aunt (dads sister) had it first, then she gave it to my other aunt (moms sister), then to me and now my cousin plays it! It has many memories of being played at football games, band class, and solos.

  • 270 romy // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:36 am

    When we were young, my sister and I made hollow sugar eggs. My sister still has hers. Mine met a terrible death. My curious sister wanted to know if the egg broke when dropped on the floor (like a real egg). Clever little sis that she is, she tucked her egg securely away and flung mine to the floor.

  • 271 Juliet // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I have 2 things!
    The first is a large stoneware milk pitcher I inherited from my grandfather. When he was a little boy, he bought it for his mother at an auction for 10 cents.
    The second is the child size rocking chair my dad made for my (future) children. What’s special about the rocker is that he designed it after the one his father built for my aunt when they were kids.

  • 272 diana // Dec 10, 2010 at 3:31 am

    my mom has a collection of various coins from throughout the world. it makes me want to travel to other places and update the collection!

  • 273 Darlene // Dec 10, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I treasure old items that were in my family. My grandparents had a small wood bin that they kept their sugar in for baking. I was lucky enough to get that bin after they passed. I keep it on my kitchen counter to hold my tea bags. It keeps the memory of them alive for me. Please enter me in your contest. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  • 274 Quiltin' Jenny // Dec 10, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I have the “pretty plate.” It is one of the last pieces of my grandmother’s china – not valuable by any standard except to me.

    My mom had the one plate while we were growing up, and my brother and I argued regularly about who got to eat off the pretty plate.

    At some point he grew up and stopped caring, so I got it!!! I love handling something that my grandmother used as a young bride. It makes me feel so connected to her.

  • 275 Trisha C // Dec 10, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Having moved once a year throughout my childhood and adolescence, there is almost nothing from that period that got held onto–nevermind items from previous generations. That said, every year when my sister and I decorate the Christmas tree we find ornaments we made in elementary school–clothespin nutcrackers, puffy painted balls, etc. :D It always makes me happy to see those, even though they’re quite awful.

  • 276 Manders // Dec 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

    My grandfather was a woodworker, and he made these really great wooden bowls that I think everyone in the family keeps their change in. He’s been gone since I was 13, so it’s nice to have something tangible to remind us of him.

  • 277 Sandy // Dec 10, 2010 at 6:08 am

    When our father died, and it was time for the family to dispose of all of the items from our parents’ home, one of the ground rules was that you had rights of first refusal on anything you had gifted to them over the years. It was amazing to go through their home and remember all of the happy gifting events over the years. My favorite of those things I retrieved is the small crock I now keep on my desk. It is labeled “worries” and has a cork stopper. The intent is to write your worries on a piece of paper and store them there so that you don’t have to carry them around with you.

  • 278 lonnapea // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I love my christmas tree ornaments handed down from my mom when I got married, they each have their own little story. My husband also has a lot of his ornaments. Its such a lovely collection that always makes me smile.

  • 279 Amy // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:44 am

    My father is a woodworker (in his spare time) and much of the furniture in my house was made by him. One of the most impressive pieces in the house is the crib, which is gorgeous and solid and will someday (I hope) hold my grandchildren as they sleep. One of my favorite items, though, is the wooden step-stool that HIS father made and painted (like an elephant). It is a treasure.

  • 280 elizabeth // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:48 am

    When my mom and dad were first married, my mom made these really cute, folksy, felt ornaments for their tree. They are big and outdated and I am totally in love with them. Now that I am a newlywed I am pulling out the felt for my husband and my first Christmas together!

  • 281 Nancy // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I have an old and a new. My grandmothers both had the same china, which I “picked” when they were gone. We use it for every occasion held at our house and it reminds me of holiday dinners at gram’s house. The new are the Christmas stockings I cross stitched for my family. They are very nice, if I have to say so myself ;) and I’m hoping they are treasured over the years to come.

  • 282 Charlie Rae // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I have many of my family’s heirlooms, a few in desperate need of preservation or repair. One I have in particular is a necklace my grandma gave me that belonged to her mother, Gigi. She told me they never had much money but she was this classic Puerto Rican beauty that had a eye for classic style. I love to look at old pictures of her.

  • 283 Heather // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:20 am

    We have a billion! But my favorites are all of the kid-art Xmas ornaments my brothers, sister and I made over the years, which mostly all go at the bottom of the tree because they are soooo heavy with glue and clay and popsicle sticks.

  • 284 mollysusie // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I am a big fan of dishclothes over kitchen sponges, they can be washed often and never get icky. I also use them for general house cleaning and made some really big ones for cat placemats and under the dish drainer. My grandmother used to knit them, then my mom, and now me … tons of colors and designs = tons o’ fun!

  • 285 Lindsey // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I love reading all these comments! I am sitting right now wrapped up in a shawl that my grandmother made. I love knowing that she created each stitch, and that it is keeping me warm right now.

  • 286 Caroline // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:45 am

    it’s not handmade but I have a postcard that my great grandmother was sent by her father from Paris in roughly 1912. My cousin framed it and gave it to me as a wedding present. It’s one of my favorite things to look at.

  • 287 sarajane // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:48 am

    My family was/is very crafty and pretty proficient, so we have lots of lovely handcrafted Christmas decorations. My mother-in-law, was not very crafty, but she did try every now and then (with her Sisters’ urging) to make something. She has since passed, but every year we bring out the beautiful, rustic stocking she made and the delicate milkweed pod ornaments she made and display them proudly.

  • 288 Michelle W // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I am incredibly lucky to have several hand made quilts from my grandmother. And I use them! I need to learn to quilt…

  • 289 Jess // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:52 am

    We have a collection of holiday decor (Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween) that is handmade by myself and my brother when we were kids.

  • 290 marla // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

    what a sweet book! like the commenter above me, i’m wrapped up in a blanket my grandmother made. since i no longer have any grandparents, i love having things from them around my house. my wedding band was my grandmother’s, so i think of her each day.

  • 291 Anne R // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I have a quilt that was made by my Great Grandmother using scraps of material including some from my mother’s clothes. One print is a lovely blue with little circus elephants on it. My mother says she remembers the dress. The quilt is the wedding rings pattern so the print pieces are very small. I cherish it.

  • 292 Jane // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I love bringing children up to believe that they can make anything themselves, whether it’s dough for pizza, a Halloween costume, or the wonderfully pompom-y Pomp-a-doodle scarf my daughter knit herself this month. The book looks beautiful!

  • 293 Jane // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Many! One of my favorites is a woven pine needle hot pad that my sister made while she was working at fire tower in the Jemez mountains in NM nearly 25 years ago. My niece was a new (I mean new month old) born when they went up the mountain on horses to live wild. Makes it easy to know how old my treasure is!

  • 294 Lee Montgomery-Garvin // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

    My mother is wonderful at crocheting and every year around July I get the question, “So, what is your signature color for this year?” I tell her the color,usually send her samples in the form of a paint chip or a piece of fabric and she starts in. I have about 12 yrs worth of beautiful afghans that I can wrap around myself like a big hug from my mom that I will always have with me. I’m getting ferklempt just thinking about it! This year’s colors are pink, beige and grey and I’ve been told its round this year…Can’t wait for it to show up on my doorstep.

  • 295 Michelle // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:24 am

    My husband and I made dough ornaments the year our first child was born. This scrawny little candy cane ornament, with a thin, twisted wire, is the only ornament that has survived. It, and our daughter, are 15 now, and every time I see it, I am immediately transported back to when we first started our family.

  • 296 Danielle // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:27 am

    When my parents divorced, I was somehow in the right spot to receive all my family’s Christmas ornaments. I held onto and cherished them for quite a few years until I realized I should probably share them with my older sisters. So now I only have 1/4 of them and cherish them even more.

  • 297 Lorri // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:40 am

    My mother made a lace crochet bedspread that I received after she moved from her home. It’s beautiful but in the closet until I figure out how to use it in my own home.

  • 298 Sarah Rose // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:55 am

    The Ansel Adams photograph hung in my grandmother’s house until the day she moved into a nursing home. I will cherish it always.

  • 299 erica // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

    My mother made me cafe curtains for my kitchen using handkerchiefs that were my grandfather’s, grandmother’s, and hers (from her childhood). My grandfather was the main male influence in my life and my grandmother taught me that cooking was an expression of creation and love, so every time I look at those curtains I feel wrapped up in their love and wisdom.

  • 300 Melissa // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

    My grandfather passed away when I was 15. He and my grandmother used to make all sorts of wooden yard decorations; he’d cut out the plywood and she would sell them. While I will forever regret not having the dollhouse he made me (a puppy of ours chewed it up), I still have a wooden heart, painted bright red, with butterflies. The golden arrow going through it snapped a long time ago, but it doesn’t matter. I’m taking this thing to my grave!

  • 301 natalie // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

    i have a set of china that my husband’s grandmother handpainted with platinum paint. it is beautiful and a family heirloom we will treasure always.

  • 302 Sasha // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

    My Mom went thru her attic recently and I became the lucky recipient of a few treasures…1) a small German cuckoo clock that my aunt gave my mom while my uncle was stationed over there in the early 70′s and 2) a set of snow man/woman figurines that I adored as a child. I always felt so special when Mom would let me take them out of their box and set them carefully on display. Two small things that bring me great joy!

  • 303 Ysha // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

    With Christmas coming up, my home will be filled with handmade family heirlooms. My tree is covered with ornaments made by me, my aunt, my grandmother, great grandmother and great aunts. My mom was not as much of a crafter as they were, this was handed down from my dad’s side.

    Even the things that aren’t homemade in my house are mostly hand me downs. To me, it fills my home with history and love.

  • 304 Maija // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:56 am

    My grandparents traveled and lived all over the world. My grandmother collected bud vases from every place she visited/lived in. I loved (and still do) going to her house and seeing the collection. They’re gorgeous.

  • 305 Andie // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I have a small, well worn bowl that my grandma used for many years. The bowl came with a plum pudding mix all those years ago- cheap and quaint. However, I use to “help” by holding the bowl still so that she could whip cream for the holiday pie. It took me years to realize that she didn’t need “help” holding the bowl to whip cream!

  • 306 Cassandra // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

    My mom gave us an ornament every year for Christmas. When I moved out I had my own little collection of ornaments to start with at my first apartment. Now I have a year old daughter and am starting a box for her. I love having that tradition in our family.

  • 307 John // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I have a quilt made by my mother that was started in 1959 and finally finished in 1989. It sat unfinished in a box for years. However, she has now completed over 30 quilts including 4 newer ones that reside in our home.

  • 308 Nicole // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I cherish the ceramic bowls that my grandmother made long before I was born.

  • 309 Rachel // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Family heirlooms guide my design choices, I have so many! And am so lucky!

  • 310 Cathy // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I have some very old Blue Willow plates that my grandmother collected. There used to be a single Blue Willow item in each giant bag of flour she bought. Given it was post-Depression, in a coal-mining camp, with 9 kids, she went through a lot of flour and I believe every meal was eaten off of Blue Willow dishes.

  • 311 Susan // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

    My favorite family item is a dark-brown ceramic pickle jar that we always used as a cookie jar. It is from my great-grandfather’s store, and somewhere along the way someone fashioned a tight-fitting metal lid for it. Nothing keeps cookies fresher than that pickle jar.

  • 312 Lexie Farrell // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

    My Dad and I have been crafting ever since I can remember, so both our houses are filled with questionable former crafts. But my favorite is probably a pink lap quilt my grandmother mafe for me as a baby. It is miles away from my style, so it always gets alot of comments. I love being able to say that it was handmade for me!

  • 313 Frances // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I have my paternal grandmothers button box/ aka sewing box.
    The box is octagonal and made from a rich, dark cherry wood. Sewing notions are kept in it.
    It makes me day dream about what my grandmother was like, you see she passed away the year before my parents were even married.
    I’m proud to say that I was named after her. Francisca. ( It didn’t love it so much when I was learning to write it in Kindergarten) Lol

  • 314 Lana // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I wear my great-grandmother’s wedding ring, which was made by my great-great-grandfather (her father). I am named after her and we have the exact same ring size! It is the most special thing that I own.

  • 315 Jenny // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    My mother received a carved bone broach in the shape of a daisy as a wedding anniversary present. I now have the brooch which is the perfect accessory on spring and summer days.

  • 316 Aubrey // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I have a small embroidered cloth that my grandmother made by sneakily cutting a piece from her bed sheet and scavenging sewing materials while living in a refugee camp. It reminds me of her incredible resourcefulness and strength.

  • 317 Alba // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    We have some beautiful handmade crocheted tableclothes that my aunt has made through the years. They’re very special and I hope to make one to add to the collection someday.

  • 318 Rachel // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I have tons of doilies that my grandma and her sisters crocheted. I love them.

  • 319 Tracey // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I have some dishcloths that were knit by my Nana. Since she was one of the most wonderful people I ever knew and died when I was only 10, anything that belonged to her (especially things that she made) is so precious to me!

  • 320 Katrina // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Oh I love all the things I have that tell some family story. For many many years my grandmother made me (and all my cousins and siblings) hand embroidered ornaments – they reflect us and our interests, and often tell a story about what we were doing/what was important in our lives that year. I will always cherish them. I’m going to be making a set of ornaments for her this year, and I can’t wait to give them to her.

  • 321 Jane // Dec 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I have several knit items my grandmother made, including tiny matching vests with the names of me and my siblings on them.

    I also have a few of her knitting/crocheting books that I love.

  • 322 Kathryn // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    My Nana can’t cook anymore- but she was one who invited me in to the kitchen when I was little to help her with pies. Now I love to cook, and have her famous Apple Pie and Pie Crust recipe (handwritten ages ago) in a special album with other meaningful recipes.
    It reminds me of the days when we would cook together, and it makes me happy and thankful that I have had such a caring family.
    (ps. thank you for the wonderful gift ideas. Based on one of your posts I taught myself how to sew and I’m hand-embroidering handkerchiefs for my Mom and sister. Hopefully they will become treasured items…like the other comments are about here!)

  • 323 Michelle // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been enjoying your blog for the past few months, and am endlessly inspired by your posts! Sending you the warmest of wishes from Nantucket!

  • 324 Josie // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I have an apron from my great grandmother that i cherish but the thing that my kids are wild about it a set of nesting doll that my grandma has. I bought them their very own so they won’t break hers. :)

  • 325 Deborah // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I have a great cardigan that my grandma knitted for my mom back in the ’70s. It’s falling apart, so I’m hoping to someday recreate it myself.

  • 326 Brandy // Dec 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I have a Santa doll my great great grandmother knitted for her daughter. There were 2 of them- me and my mother each have one.

  • 327 Jessica // Dec 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I have a bread sac rug/ tree skirt that I bring out at the holidays, it reminds me to treasure the simple things. It was made by my great grandmother.

  • 328 Jessica // Dec 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I have a half yard of ale on top of my dining room table. It’s serving as a vase/centerpiece now, but it did once belong to my grandfather, and he did (attempt) to drink ale out of it.

  • 329 HollowSquirrel // Dec 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    oooh I would love this book! We have many meaningful things– I love personal and meaningful accessories rather than have decor items from a store. One of my favorites is a card game box from my husband’s childhood in rural France.

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  • 331 Lucy // Dec 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I have the trivet that hung in my grandmother’s kitchen. Every time I look at it, I remember her and our talks over coffee before school.

  • 332 Di // Dec 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Christmas stockings – my aunt knitted the first ever Santa Claus Christmas stocking when my older brother was born in 1967…the first one my mum ever knitted (the first of hundreds) was for me…..and now all our family members have them! Babies being born to friends and family have them….every Christmas they come out and get hung by the fireplace!

  • 333 gina // Dec 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    being a knitter, i have lots of handmade items in my home, but just a few that are heirloom. one is a stocking that my mom made for me as a baby – an intricately embroidered (& sequined!) picture of a little girl watching for santa. the other is a quilt we received for our wedding that has a center piece quilted by my great-grandmother, and an extra border quilted by my aunt (so that it would fit our king-sized bed). love them both :)

  • 334 Nette // Dec 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Oh man, I also remember making those potholders. As it is Christmas time, I am reminded of the various crafts my mom would have our Girl Scout troop make, based on how my mom wanted to decorate the tree. She still has the Ukrainian eggs and corn husk dolls around the house. I wonder if we were the only Girl Scout troop for decades to take on these crafts…maybe not, but I would totally make some more now that I’m grown up…

  • 335 Manette Gutterman // Dec 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    My mother left me some wonderful ornaments we made together one year. We glued different buttons from her button box (she was a seamstress) , spray painted them gold, & adorned the tops with a sprig of faux holly. I miss her…

  • 336 CatieP // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    My husband’s family has big crocheted stockings for Christmas made by his Nana. They’ve had them since they were little. The first Christmas that we were married Nana made me one. Our stockings are hung by our fireplace each year and each time I look at mine I feel the love and welcome that his family has extended to me since we started dating.

  • 337 Lourdes Lopez // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I have these awesome wood turned vases from Mexico that my Mom was going to give to the Goodwill! I remember them in our home since I was a little girl and always thought they were cool. Now they’re mine!

  • 338 Leah Marie // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I have a ceramic wall-hanging of a deer that my nan made and painted for my pap. They divorced before I was born and have since passed away so its cool to have a memento from when they were together and in love.

  • 339 Sarah L. // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    One of my favourite things in my room is a small, framed piece of embroidery that my mom made. It’s a forest scene and says “choose to be calm.” She made it for me and snuck it in my bags when I moved away to university. I look looking at it when I’m stressed out from writing an essay or studying for an exam. It calms me down just knowing that someone cares enough to make something like that for me.

  • 340 Liz J in Central Illinois // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I have a crocheted lap throw that my grandmother made. It was inside the cedar chest I inherited when she passed away 20 years ago. It was such a joy to open up that chest and find it in there! I cherish it so much – - she was my best friend for 37 years, and having this throw helps me feel closer to her, even with her having been gone all these years.

  • 341 Luci // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I have a print of a watercolor image of my grandparents’ home that is very special to me. My grandmother’s sister painted the original herself as a 60th-anniversary gift to my grandparents. Around the border, she wrote the names of my grandparents’ children, their spouses, and the grandchildren in pretty watercolor calligraphy. The whole family loved it so much that my great-aunt had prints made for each household, and then my parents had a copy of their own print made for me as a gift last Christmas. Looking at it always reminds me of home.

  • 342 dana // Dec 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    This is actually a very special time to be answering this question. The first year my parents were married, my mom made stockings for her and my dad. Kitty’s was sweet and slender with a cut-felt Christmas tree. Fred’s was much larger with a jolly-faced felt Santa. When I was born she obviously had less free time, so a store bought, fuzzy stocking was customized with a rocking horse; my brother’s a few years later with a toy train. My dad’s stocking is hung every year next to our three, despite his passing away when I was 11.

    Flash forward twenty some odd years later when my now-husband and I got engaged — my mom hung a tube sock for BJ until we were married.

    This year, the mantle will be more crowded as our little family gets another member with my sweet brother recently engaged to his long-time friend.

  • 343 Sara Sunshine // Dec 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    After spending the summer painting I was super excited to finally be able to hang my great-great grandmother’s cake plate.

    It has many stories of near disaster and was purchased at the height of the great depression in a family that started out with very little. The woman all saved for over six months to purchase the plate for her 50th wedding anniversary. While we have lots of handmade items the plate reminds me of the many daily sacrifices we make for each other just to bring a little joy and beauty into someone’s world.

  • 344 Jessie // Dec 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    My great-grandmother hand knit our entire family’s Christmas stockings. She had two sons and never passed along her made up pattern, so I’ve spent the past seven years refining my knitting ability to be able to knit stockings for cousins, spouses and new babies! Gram had a crafted home and many of her treasures have made their way into my own home! I hope to be able to pass along treasures like these to my own family some day.

  • 345 sangeetha // Dec 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Lots of handmade items at home – primarily by me – no facinating stories though

  • 346 Melissa // Dec 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    We have quilts and Christmas stockings handmade by my mom, blankets knitted by my grandmother, and a drawing by my aunt. I’m actually quite sentimental now, but when I was younger, which is when most of my deceased relatives passed on, I didn’t feel as much of a need to hold on to any mementos, and I feel some regret about that now.

  • 347 Elaine // Dec 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I live in my Grandparents home and there are many memories here. On and off for the last two years I have been remoldeling the bathroom. One of the things that I want to do is make copies of some of my Grandmother’s post cards from 1900 and string them on some pretty ribbon and drape them over a large mirror. The post cards do not look like the ones that we use now. The other project is to have the orginal mirror of the medicine cabinet reslivered. It has suffered some wear over the last 80 years but it has a beautiful flower design etched in the glass. I could never find anything as nice as this at Lowes. It too will make a beautiful memory. Elaine

  • 348 Fran // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    My husband and I sleep every night under a quilt my Grandma Fran made. It is warm and I feel loved every time I slip beneath the sheets.

  • 349 Emily Anne // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I have an old can-can dancer music box that belonged to my great-grandmother. It’s now in my daughter’s nursery.

  • 350 Cynthia // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Silly/lucky as it is: my Kitchenaid mixer. It was the one item willed to me by my gramma. She had 7 children, and somewhere upwards of 30 grandchildren, and I don’t even know how many greatgrandchildren. She was the sort of baker who would buy a brand new Kitchenaid at 82 because she needed it to make more cookies. She never actually said it, but it taught me one of my favorite life lessons: there can never be too many cookies.

  • 351 SeattleMommy // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I have aprons that my grandmother (who died before I was born) made. They are beautiful and my daughter and I wear them when we do our holiday baking.

  • 352 Gen // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I have my grandfather’s dishes. I love the way they evoke memories of my grandparents in the middle of daily activities.

  • 353 Lizzi // Dec 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    When I was 11 or 12 years old my brother (8years older) would paint oil paintings of me in a giant shed at the bottom of our garden. He shared the space with our dad and his tools. I have very fond memories of those sittings and missed them greatly when my brother left for university. Fast forward 14 years to the day after my wedding, opening gifts with my new husband. My brotherhad kept one of those paintings and framed it as our wedding present. Makes me teary still, even after 10yrs of marriage .

  • 354 Hayley D. // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    We have two rocking chairs from when my mom was a little girl that my sister now plans to have for her little girl that is due in February.

  • 355 Nicole // Dec 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Even though I’m a 24 year-old childless woman, I have a coffee cup that says, “Grandpa: A Special Word For A Special Person!” I gave it to my Papou for Father’s Day when I was a child. He had so many coffee mugs that he kept it in the bathroom, where he and my Yiayia would keep toothbrushes and various dental tools; they had one of those funny little mirrors they used to see the back of your teeth and even the scary scraping hook! I inherited the mug after he passed away. I’m not much of a coffee drinker so I rarely use it, but whenever I see it I think of him <3

  • 356 Serena // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    When my younger sister and I were little my mother cross stitched our names with beads on Christmas stockings. I don’t remember a Christmas with my mother without those stockings.

  • 357 Julia // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I have my gradfather’s ukelele and a sweet photo of his uke band from 1930.

  • 358 Morgan // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I have lots, but the most precious – the family heirloom, if you will – is a tear vase that my great-great grandmother hand painted. It’s a tiny mouthed big round vase, said to be for catching your tears. No idea if she used it for that, but the paintings of flowers is exquisite, and it’s history makes me smile..

  • 359 Bobbi // Dec 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I still have this wonderful cardboard and plastic angel Christmas tree topper that my Grandmother used in the 50′s. There were originally two – one small and one large – the smaller one was my younger sister’s and the larger one was mine. Only the small one survived, and we continue to use it.

  • 360 Megan // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I have a Victorian-style dollhouse that my grandfather made for me and my sisters. Growing up, he and my grandmother would help me make things for it and send us decorations for presents. It’s huge and gorgeous, and since graduation (years and years ago!), I’ve always had it with me. I only wish I could spend more time playing with it. :)

  • 361 Kathy // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I have made a lot of pillows and blankets for our house which I always think are not that great but they are the first ones when daughters grab when it is time to get cozy.

  • 362 Meghan // Dec 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I have a braided rug that a great-great-aunt made – I love it, my husband not so much. . . its a little too ‘little house’ for him.

  • 363 kate // Dec 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    My daughter has my dad’s childhood rocking chair and I have my great grandmother’s trunk she received as a wedding gift in 1905. In it I keep the sculpture my grandmother commissioned in the 60′s made from letterpress letters. My other grandmother left me her 1952 Singer machine and I think of all the clothes she must have sewn for her 6 kids on it. Most treasured of all are the paintings and etchings and pottery that my mom has made.

  • 364 Kimmy // Dec 11, 2010 at 3:38 am

    My grandmother’s recipes and sewing machine.

  • 365 Meg W // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:04 am

    We have Grams embroidered table scarves and stone crocks in three sizes! Also a sausage stuffer.

  • 366 Jennifer // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:14 am

    My grandmother died when I was 16, and she was a tremendous knitter and crocheter. She also liked to plan ahead, and completed an afghan for each of her 10 grandchildren who were not yet married to receive on their wedding day. Which is how, 12 years after her body gave out, my new husband and I unwrapped a lovely white afghan with pink roses. How humbling!

  • 367 Connie // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I have a jar that holds my Granny’s buttons and lots of memories.

  • 368 Camille // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:47 am

    This is sort of weird, but my mattress was my dad’s from college! … We also have lots of pretty framed cross-stitched art made by my mom and great-grandma around the house :)

  • 369 kris // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:51 am

    My grandma knitted a snowman bottle cover. It always covered a bottle of whiskey at christmas time – with the cover you could not tell how much of the bottle was gone! But looking at the men in the house you could. It has the best eyes & a hat too. My siblings & I pass it around year after year so we all can use it. But I am angling for it to permanently live at my house.

  • 370 Kimberly // Dec 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

    My great grandmother loved to crochet and she loved quick projects … hence her love of crocheted potholders. I must have 20 of them … and I’m so glad I do!

  • 371 Emily Dale // Dec 11, 2010 at 8:28 am

    My husband has two heart shaped pillows made for him by his grandmother when he was a little boy. One says “I love you” and the other says “Too”

  • 372 Jen // Dec 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

    We have a tin olive oil cruet made by my husband’s great grandfather. He was an Italian tinsmith and he used the gallon-sized containers that olive oil came in to make a decorative (and more manageable) container for table use. It still has really pretty graphics from the original containers.

  • 373 Jillian // Dec 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I love the afghans that my great-grandmother made! They’ve been passed down to me from my mom and grandma and are my favorite thing in the wintertime.

  • 374 wendy // Dec 11, 2010 at 10:07 am

    The only thing I have is an afghan that my Oma made for my wedding present. My mom, unfortunately, is the exact opposite of a hoarder, and has no appreciation for sentiment. Everything got thrown out/given away/burnt (as the fit took her), including my grandmother’s large collection of crocheted doilies, bedspreads and tablecloths. Oh well. I’m creating my own collection of things to pass on to my kids :)

  • 375 Ananda Glick // Dec 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

    We have a lovely menorah cloth that belonged to my Grandmother’s Mother Esther. I cherish it with all my heart, blue velvet and golden embroidery. Gorgeous.

  • 376 Shosh // Dec 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

    The 70s starburst yellow plates I grew up with…when my mom decided to get new dishes I made her keep a couple of these for me : ). Come to think of it, they’re still in her basement…

  • 377 Brooke // Dec 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

    My favorite item is a Brownie camera my Grandmother gave me recently. Things were made so differently back then! I love displaying the camera in my home.

  • 378 robin // Dec 11, 2010 at 11:53 am

    For some reason back in the 60′s my father got into ceramics. He made this really cute elf-head cookie jar – the lid is a pointy elf hat. My nephew got it from his mom (the eldest daughter) and now it has cookies in it for his kids. We all remember that cookie jar!

  • 379 MM // Dec 11, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I have my great-grandmother’s dress. My mom had dropped it off at a thrift store next to my job, unbeknownst to me. I went in that day on my lunch break to look around and picked out the very same dress my great grandmother used to wear. You should have seen my Mom’s face when I was showing her my finds! I hang it proudly in my closet.

  • 380 Rae // Dec 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Perhaps because we come from a handmade sort of family, there’s a lot that screams of our family in our home… The dr. seuss papercut art my husband made me for Christmas one year, the quilt my mother made me after I miscarried, the quilt I made for my son, or the embroidered quilt that belonged to his late uncle that he’s named for. And the hand-me-downs? I have my late grandmother’s china dessert set, knick knacks from family members- even the sheets my husband passed on to my son when he wife told him it was time to be a grown up and give up the comic book sheets.

  • 381 Kirstin // Dec 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    For Christmas, I have a stocking my mom made for me as a 4-year-old when we were living out of town for a year. And year-round I have the first quilt my sister every made. It’s beautiful and stunning and impressive, even though I worry about washing it because she forgot to shrink the felt before putting it on as a backing.

  • 382 kelly g. // Dec 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I have a cedar chest my dad made when he was young. He made two–one for his mother and one for his grandmother. Now that they have passed on, my sister and I each have one. I wish I had more things like that. Would be neat to make some of my own! Would love the giveaway! Thank you.

  • 383 Aja // Dec 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I have a doll my mom made for me when I was a baby out of an old sock. It has been my favorite for years despite being slightly odd looking!

  • 384 Hayley // Dec 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    My dad built the house, does that count?

  • 385 Stacy (Little Blue Hen) // Dec 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    My mother-in-law knits, and she knits Christmas stockings for family members. It was a big deal when she had me choose my design and added my name after my husband and I got engaged. My stocking at my parents’ house is a latch-hook design that my grandfather made!

  • 386 Lisa // Dec 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    My mother would always sit us down to do little christmas tree ornament crafts while we were growing up. They were nothing fancy, and something I took for granted. She passed the ornaments that I had made on to me when I bought my house this year. Just the other day, my cousins children (11 and 15) were commenting on how much they loved them! We’re going to make them all again next week!

  • 387 Sara R. // Dec 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I have beautiful footed cake stand that my Grandmother handpainted. She was very talented. I love using the cake plate, in fact, that is pretty much why I bake cakes!

  • 388 toni // Dec 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Alligator shaped bill box. My grandmother collected them, and inside each one she would put a tiny little note giving all the details of where, when, who….when she passed it was an amazing treck down memory lane reading the little notes and remembering when we gave it to her. I was given back a few I gave her, and the alligator one was included…(I was in florida at the time)…I was so excited to find the quintessential florida icon…IN A PILLBOX

  • 389 Kristy // Dec 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    They are not in my home now, but my mom has made quite a lot of spectacular things for Christmas that I hope to inherit, especially our velvet Xmas stockings. She sewed one for each family member, and sewed sequined pictures of Santa, Reindeer, snowmen, etc. on them. Just looking at them you can tell that a lot of hard work and love went into making them.

  • 390 Sandra W // Dec 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have my first Christmas stocking: red with a rather tattered white terry cuff. My name is embroidered on the cuff, which also has jingle bells hanging around the edge. It’s the only stocking I remember growing up, and even though it’s a bit beat up and faded, I’m glad I still have it. Emptying the stocking was one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning, and now I enjoy finding clever ways to fill up stockings for my family.

  • 391 Amy // Dec 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    My hubby and I have a hand full of treasures (christmas ornaments, quilts, dishes) that have been passed to us from our parents/grandparents. We in turn, have tried to fill our home with things that have special significance to our family and look forward to passing them on to our son.

  • 392 Michele // Dec 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Fortunately my mother-in-law loves the family heirlooms and I have a house full of trinkets from my husband’s family – candlesticks used at holiday dinners, miniature flower pots that had plants when a new baby arrived home, blankets and afghans under which they spent many cold winter sleepovers. I love my family ‘looms, but I love that I adopted a new story through marriage as well!

  • 393 christa // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I made my grandparents a magazine holder out of wood i carved in shop class and fabric i embroidered in Home and Crafts class. Its like 15 years old by now and ridiculously crooked but it is always on display at their house. oh proud grandparents…

  • 394 Stephanie // Dec 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I have a quilt that was made by my husband’s grandmother and finished by his mother. I also have a beautiful handkerchief that my mother made with lace that my great-grandmother tatted. I “wore” it on my wedding day. I come from a long line of nostalgic crafters.

  • 395 Betty // Dec 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I have my christmas stocking that my mom made, getting a bit threadbare but still barely usable.

  • 396 suzanne // Dec 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I have one of those potholders I made.. my mom gave it back to me and everytime I use it I burn myself. Not sure why I’m holding onto it.

  • 397 Crystal // Dec 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I have a hand plow that my grandfather, a blacksmith, made for plowing rows in the garden. It still works perfectly.

  • 398 Lorri // Dec 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Hmmmm, most of my curtains are handmade (does that qualify)?

  • 399 Stephanie // Dec 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I have an afghan that my grandmother that recently passed made me for Christmas when I was 9. I remember picking out all of the colors and then lining them up on the counter in the correct order (rainbow bright on crack). It is so hideous that it’s awesome. This same grandmother is the one that taught me how to bake, crochet, knit, and play the flute and trumpet :)

  • 400 jubilant cerise // Dec 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I have my parents’ Readers Digest cookbook from the ’70′s. I find it funny that (1) I don’t remember eating any of meals from recipes in this book and (2) that I don’t cook from it much either! But I’m hoping I will – aside from the cookie recipes, that is. :)

  • 401 Karin // Dec 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    The only thing I have with me right now that has a family history is a silver ring. It just looks as though two chains of little flat silver flowers have nestled around my finger. It used to be my father’s mother’s, and when she passed away, my mother was offered any piece in her jewelry box, and that’s the one she chose. She passed it to me at some point when I was in college. My grandmother died when I was 2 years old, so I have no memories of her, but I’m often told how much she wanted grandchildren and how much she had always wanted a girl baby (and I was the first in both regards) and how incredibly happy she was to meet me before she passed away. I am AWFUL at wearing rings and not fiddling with it and taking it off and leaving it somewhere (I ALMOST LOST THIS RING IN A FREAKIN’ AIRPLANE ONCE!), so I don’t wear it all that often, but when I want to channel the grace and charm I’m certain she had, I wear this for good luck.

  • 402 elif // Dec 12, 2010 at 12:26 am

    we have my husband’s baby blanket knitted by his mom which we have used with both of our kids.

  • 403 Lollipopps Creations // Dec 12, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I recently acquired the most gorgeous handmade wooden box made from, what i believe could be mango wood, with a gold elephant embossed on the top. It has yet to have a family story behind it or to follow its journey through the generations, which is what i hope will happen as i hope to have this box for a long time and then finally pass it on. It has wooden dividers inside made from the same wood and currently the box holds some of my notions as i’m both a crafter and sewer. But i can’t help wonder what it will hold in the future and whether it will continue to carry notions while i continue to cherish it or something else unique or cherished when i finally pass it on.

  • 404 Jennifer // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I have this crocheted toilet roll cover that I am not allowed to get rid of, but would never put out in my house. I’m so glad those things went out of fashion!

  • 405 Heather S. // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I have a blanket/bag quilt thingy that was mine when I was very little that I am keeping for my future kiddos for when they are little. I am pretty sure my grandmother made it for me.

  • 406 Allison // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

    In various rooms of my house there is artwork and crafts made by my 3 sons over the years. I cannot choose a favorite!

  • 407 CindyAz // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I have a deerskin glove that is embroidered with a picture of a crane and the name Joseph. I was talking with my dad (not a history buff) about my Great-Great-Grandpa, Joe Crane, when my dad put two and two together and realized that the glove he had stuffed in his saddle shed for 50 years must have belonged to him. He gave it to me and it is no longer stuffed in a dusty corner. It must be 100 years old and handmade.

  • 408 Caralee // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I have a quilt that my great-grandmother made for my mother and when my mother passed it was given to me.

  • 409 Karen Collins // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I have so many family heirlooms that are precious probably only to me, but the one that I’m using right now is a quilt made by my great-grandmother. It’s bright and fun, and I love the vintage fabrics.

  • 410 Jeanne E. // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

    What a great giveaway…I have an artclass project from elementary school that I made for my father of a black swan with a baby swan on it’s back. I has forgotten about the and found when my father passed away and I was packing up his house. The poor swans look like husky ducks…but he kept it on his desk all those years. :)

  • 411 Amanda // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I enjoy all the homemade Christmas ornaments that I have from ages ago. I have a pipecleaner santa from when my Grandma was just a girl! My fiance and I started a new tradition that we are going to make a star for the tree every year. That will sure make for stories later on!

  • 412 Peggy // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I saw an article in a local paper about your books and can’t wait to buy some. I especially liked the on about the Silhouette opn Canvas, would love to do theses of my grandchildren as gifts, but no time now will wait till next holiday.

  • 413 Peggy // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I have a few old xmas ornamnets of my Mom’s , from her Mom , thses are treasured ornaments and I will give to my Granddaughter as she starts a family.

  • 414 Jennifer // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Well almost all the Christmas decorations in our home were handed down from our families which my husband and I love. Everything’s slightly mis-matchy and wonderful.

  • 415 Kim // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I have a quilt that has been on my bed for over 30 years now…my mom made it for me…polyester is amazing…

  • 416 Marymc // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I have a set of wood bookends that my father carved when he was in school in the 1930′s. He had forgotten they existed, but someone at the school found them in one of the houses, recognized my father’s initials, and gave them to him. I inherited them.

  • 417 Tina // Dec 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I have a black cord bean bag that my mom made me when I was 6. I’m 40 now and it still sits on my night stand.

  • 418 Monica // Dec 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Great giveaway! Each year Christmas decorating is special because we don’t use the same decorations every year, instead switch them around, relying on last year’s photos to help us! That’s our tradition around here… using what we have to try and create a different Christmas look each year. We also buy 1 new ornament every year :)

  • 419 ajmommy // Dec 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I have a pair of ceramic angel children that stood on my grandmother’s mantle every Christmas. They were painted by my aunt’s mom as a gift for the family and when my grandparents moved to a retirement home, that was what I wanted for my memory item! I’ve kept them out year round so far though!

  • 420 Shelley L // Dec 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I have a quilt top hand pieced by my great, great grandmother!

  • 421 Amie // Dec 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    My aunt made my Christmas stocking when I was born. It is totally 70′s fabric but it’s mine! :)

  • 422 MelodyJ // Dec 12, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    We have an art project my brother made in Kindergarden. It’s a painting of him and my childhood dog. And my dog has shoes on. It’s the only kid’s art that was saved because of the creative idea of giving a dog shoes.

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  • 423 Amy // Dec 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I have a lot of handmade things that I love. My dad is a hobby woodworker, and over the years, he made me enough pieces that my husband and I had an entire bedroom set when we got married. He also made a rocking chair when we had our first baby in March. And then there are all of my unfinished project s lying around…

  • 424 pat barden // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    one thing iwished ihad–my great gram, nanna, used to make hats–crochet budweiser [budwieser?] hats. she’d cut upthe cans–punch holes in the pieces–and crochet up a hat–all the cousins had them

  • 425 Dana // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I have a hand-carved, hand-painted owl my father made me when I was in college. He was always really good at building furniture, but I didn’t know how talented he was until he gave me this owl.

  • 426 helen // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    My mother gave me the Christmas ornaments that I made when I was in grade school. I hang them on my tree every year. I also have the ornaments that my children made and I hang those on the tree. I look forward to seeing them. I have even taken some small drawings and laminated them to hang on the tree. My Mom still has the Christmas stockings I made for my brother, sister and myself from kits my Dad brought home. She hangs them up every year and and stuffs them so it’s cool with me. :)

  • 427 cynthia // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Over the Christmas Holiday, my mother is helping me make a set of crib sheets & swaddling blankets for our baby on the way!

  • 428 Perri Budd // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I was able to hang my first christmas tree this year and my boyfriends’ mother passed along some amazing ornaments her grandmother had made. They are just beautiful and so delicate. I love having sentimental ornaments on my tree.

  • 429 Beth // Dec 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    My father gave me a gray t-shirt from his Bronx hs when I was 4 – it’s now tissue paper thin & my softest article of clothing
    It used to fall to my ankles & now barely hits my hips – I’ve actually tucked it away out of my regular sleep shirt rotation in hopes of saving it for my children to wear someday
    (go rams!) :)

  • 430 Jessica G. // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I have a “Madonna of the Kitchen” from my grandmother-in-law that she had in her home for years before she died. I’m not Catholic, but I think it has inspired me to become a more daring cook.

  • 431 Jenn // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    My father’s needlepoint project from his childhood is a recent and thrilling acquisition. I also have a number of Christmas ornaments, some made by people long gone and some by me, all with a story.

  • 432 MMW // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    The nesting-Matryoshka dolls! They’ve been in my family forever. I remember playing with them when I was very little. Them my mom gave a set to my family. I love the new ones but not quite like I loved the set growing up. And getting to PLAY with family history and heritage.

  • 433 Mary // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I have a lovely gifts from many artist friends and family. I recently received a lovely wooden vase from an uncle.

  • 434 Jennifer // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    a silver icicle ornament that my maternal grandparents hung on their very first Christmas tree that they decorated together…

  • 435 Donna // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I have a bronze flower broach that my aunt made at one of her first jobs in the US selling handmade jewelry.

  • 436 Jixolet // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:26 am

    A one eyed (her eye fell out) dancing cowgirl Christmas ornament. I’ve had it since I was a little girl.

  • 437 courtney // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:32 am

    i come from such a huge, creative family, that there is so much for me to chose from, but the number one hand crafted heirloom i have is an easy pick;

    the quilt i’m under right now. It has no real pattern…just scraps of cloth, sewn together ( and needing to be re-sewn soon…) I have always said that is my house was on fire, this is what i would grab above anything else. My paternal grandmother made it, and i got it after she passed. She was a such a great, admirable lady, and such an effect on who i am, that i’m horribly attached to this cuddly reminder of her.

  • 438 Amy // Dec 13, 2010 at 2:02 am

    My mum was raised aboved the village pub my grandparents owned in England. I have heard so many stories of the quirky locals, the village parties that would go on there, and how my mum would sneak down in the night to “clean out” the beer troughs. I’m lucky that when my grandparents moved to Canada, they brought a number of nick-nacks from the pub, including some beautiful horse brasses. It reminds me that my grandparents haven’t always been the gentle, adorable old crafty folk that I’ve grown up with. It’s hard to imagine my grandma as a spunky bar maid (but this is the woman who went into early labour while watching a boxing match!).

  • 439 emily // Dec 13, 2010 at 7:11 am

    that daisy plate is SO beautiful… why must i always be seduced by vintage dishware?
    as for the question, there is this giant, dented, stainless steel bowl that my grandmother has always had. she uses it to make choregs, these armenian brioche-like-rolls, and it makes a magical batch of choregs, they are not the same if you don’t use that bowl!

  • 440 sassypriscila // Dec 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Gosh – my home is filled with items from my parents and grandparents. My favorite item is a pillow I made from a quilt that my great-grandmother had made. It was falling apart so I made pillows for all of my siblings and my mother so we could all have a piece of it.

  • 441 Leanne // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Wow, everything?! But what comes to mind first is a set of french silk postcards that my grandfather sent to my grandmother during WWII. My dad had them framed and gave them to me. They’re beautiful, and I’m so glad to have them.

  • 442 lisa // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:59 am

    a crocheted blanked made by my grandmother out of waste yarn (I think most of it is Red-Heart brand…).

    it is bright and loud, but perfect and i will keep it forever.

  • 443 Sacha // Dec 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I have a lovely tin framed mirror that my mom brought back from a vacation hanging in my hallway… I always get compliments on it!

  • 444 ekb // Dec 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

    One of the most touching gifts I’ve ever received was a flag that my father designed and had made for our wedding. My husband is a cardiologist and I’m interested in international relations, so the design features a heart-shaped globe with a caduceus and a camel (I’ve always brought my husband home a camel from my travels). It hangs in our living room and reminds me of the deep love in our family.

  • 445 Amanda // Dec 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

    My dad made a music box for my mom the Christmas before they got engaged. He tells the story every single year on Christmas Eve. We kids love hearing it :)

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  • 447 Laura // Dec 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    My mom’s quilts!

    My mom used to make all our clothes when we were kids … six or seven years ago she got bit by the quilting bug. And while we tease her for her enthusiasm for it, I love what she makes. I own two of her quilts and a wall hanging … and each new family member gets a quilt from her. To me, they sum up my mom: thoughtful, beautiful and warm!

  • 448 Jenagain // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

    My grandfather had a degree in engineering from Brown University, but because he was jewish, no one would hire him. He ended up working his way up in a costume jewelery company until he was the president. At home, he made jewelery in his basement. A decade after he passed away we found a box of Shirley Temple rings he made during WWII while experimenting with alternatives to silver, which was rationed. There were enough there for all the women in the family :)

  • 449 LynnEl // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I gave my mother a quilt I made that is a replica of another quilt I made for my daughter, who sadly passed away before ever getting to see it. She and her husband both died in a tragic fishing boat accident. I had made her this quilt to give to her for her 2nd wedding anniversary, but she never made it to that anniversary. She and her husband died from hypothermia. I wrapped the quilt top around her in the casket, saying to her that she would never be cold again, especially living with our Savior. I made a replica and gave it to my mother for Mother’s Day only a few months later.

  • 450 Kristin // Dec 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    At my mom’s house about half of the furniture was made by her dad or refinished by him. Most of the pieces had a great story behind them and my favorite are a pair of chairs that were in the doctor’s office who delivered my grandmother so they are 85 plus years old. They have been refinished a few times and probably need to be reupholstered soon.

  • 451 Becca // Dec 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I have two things I immediately think of – the Christmas stocking my Great Aunt knitted for me (still using it!) and the crocheted blanket my mom made for me in high school. I’ve dragged it all over with me :)

  • 452 Heather B // Dec 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    My Grandma collects Santas (she honestly have 1000′s) and she let all the grandkids take one to keep in their home last year. Mine appears to be a vintage santa figurine from around the 50′s. She said she probably bought it at a garage sale years and years ago.

  • 453 JG // Dec 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    In the 70s, my aunt made the warmest quilts out of polyester doubleknit fabric. They were indestructible, too! Just after my aunt passed away, I was in a consignment shop 1700 miles away. A woman came in to place a quilt she had made from doubleknit fabric. It was like Auntie was sending me a farewell message.

  • 454 Claudia // Dec 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I have a curtain for the living room, made with linen actually woven by my gran-grandma, sewn by my grandma, and a crochet border done by my mum in law!

  • 455 Midnight Cowgirl // Dec 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    My family has a couple of quilts made by my great-grandmother. I would love to learn to quilt, so I could make some for my home…

  • 456 Leslie // Dec 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Three favorite keepsakes come to mind immediately. One was a baby blanket my mother had crocheted for my daughter shortly after she was born. The second was a gorgeous embroidered sampler my daughter’s godmother painstakingly made for her. The third is a stuffed Christmas tree my mom made for me for the first Christmas after I was married. All priceless.

  • 457 Melissa // Dec 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I have a knitting satchel that belonged to my mother. She kept her knitting projects in it, and now I keep mine in it. I don’t know who made it, probably someone who belonged to our church, but it is handwoven, and over 50 years old by now.

  • 458 KEL // Dec 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Every Christmas I look forward to getting Santa out. He is older than I am but still shakes his bell and sings a little song–although he is terribly out of tune. That old Santa IS Christmas to me!!
    Love that doily rug!

  • 459 Tracy // Dec 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I have so many Christmas stories from the family past, but since have just put up our tree, I smile over all the ornaments. Both the glass and handmade decorations evoke strong memories of their previous owners: my grandparents. The felt ones my grandmother made for me make me smile whenever they catch my eye. Though these loved ones have been gone for many years they seem almost here this time of year.

  • 460 Shannon // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I have several quilts, one of which is all satin in multiple colors. My Granny Doom (her real last name ) made the quilt out of scraps from a place that made basketball shorts.

  • 461 the holly // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    i have a great cross stitched christmas stocking from my youth. :)

  • 462 Lisa F // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I don’t have a lot of hand me downs as I think my parents are waiting until I’m married (I’m 35 and have been with my partner for 10+ years!). Also half of my extended family live in Japan and I’ve only visited twice. Once item I do cherish is a beautiful beaded purse from my Japanese grandmother. She gave it to me the last time I visited about 5 years ago. It’s lovely to have something from her personally as she is not around anymore.

  • 463 sweetandcoolval // Dec 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    When my mom passed away, my step Dad asked what of her belongings I wanted. All I really wanted was the Belgian waffle maker and some of her cook books.

  • 464 anna // Dec 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    There’s an afghan that my Mom knitted a bazillion years ago that I just found in the back of a closet. Then there’s the embroidered owl that my Aunt made for a pillow. Small, but lovely things.

  • 465 Jacqueline // Dec 13, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    My Mom makes an afghan for all of her grandchildren when they turn 16. My son just got his and if you think a 16-year-old uber cool snowboarder wouldn’t be super excited about a knitted blanket, you’d be so wrong!

  • 466 Debbie // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I have a copper bread box that my grandfather used to hold his important papers, instead of bread. I use it to store mementos and journals now.

  • 467 Tina // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    A quilt that my grandma made – each square represents some part of my life (she embroidered pictures, words, and dates that held special significance).

  • 468 Haylee // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    In my family, we have a porcelein cow that is a spout type thing to pour milk or some other type of liquid. It has special meaning to us because it’s past down for generations and was originally my great, great, great grandmothers.

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  • 469 Tamiko // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    My sister’s a visual artist, so I’ve got so many things that she’s made here. But one of my very favorite things is a felt button book with seasonal scenes; she made it for my daughters. The story behind it: she saw a button book in MSL, but decided to make it more interesting by creating 1 spread/season. It’s gorgeous and funny and wonderful.

  • 470 Stacey // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I have an entire hand written collection of old cookie recipes handed down to me from my mother, that are very dear to me… every year I make a collection of these different recipes and people go crazy over these cookies… they are a gift that keeps on giving!

  • 471 Britt // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    My poor daughter probably thinks everything in our house has a story to it, though there’s not nearly as much that fits into that category as I’d like. The first thing people see when they walk in is a painting my husband did on the back of a grocery bag when he was 6. He hates it now and his parents don’t even like it, but I have it framed on the wall.

  • 472 Ali // Dec 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    My father-in-law made a bench with under-the-seat storage after his wedding. It was the first piece of furniture in my in-laws’ first home. He built it from wood salvaged from a friend’s backyard because he couldn’t afford to buy new. Now my husband and I have it in our living room. Its humble beginnings don’t keep it from being an amazing piece!

  • 473 Amy T // Dec 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I make cinnamon rolls with the bowl my mother used, and the rolling pin that her father hand carved. These items mean so much to me. Not only this time of year, but through out the year. And knowing that they will be passed down to the next generation is a wonderful feeling.

  • 474 Alana D // Dec 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I have a “Betty Crocker” Cookbook that was my great grandmother’s and now holds a very special place on my cookbook rack. The best thing about it is all the notes she made in the margin of the book after trying recipes! Even though she’s gone, every time I open that cookbook and see her notes, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be part of such a loving family!

  • 475 sarah // Dec 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I have a coffee table that my roommate decoupaged with pictures that reminded her of the four of us that lived together. As I had another year of school to finish when they all graduated, I got to keep the table. I still have it and get wonderful complements on it.

  • 476 Stephanie // Dec 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I am in the process of creating a family bridal quilt. I decided I would make a quilt from my wedding dress since I will not wear it again. My sister gave me her Bridesmaid’s dress that she wore in my wedding and them my mom said I could use her dress too. Then my sister decided she didn’t know what to do with her dress, so she is adding hers to the mix. So that we don’t fight over the heirloom, we are making 3 quilts so each of us can have one.

  • 477 Shelby // Dec 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I love, love, love the glitter wood santas my daughters made when they were six and two. They are prominately displayed every holiday season. Perhaps I should leave them out year round since I love them so much.

  • 478 Liz S. // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    My grandmother is known for her scherenschnitte, designs so I have framed cuttings around the house!

  • 479 Sara // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    My lovely mother in law started quilting a few years back and each year I look forward to a new Christmas decorative quilt for the house. The only problem is that I have so many that I can’t decide which ones to put out and which ones to leave in the big Christmas box each year. What a dilemna! :)

  • 480 Mandy // Dec 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    My family has a secret roll recipe that has been in my family for at least 6 generations. It is currently my job to make the rolls at family dinners. I know my grandmother would love that I am now making the rolls!