Friday, January 12, 2007

Keep or pass?

My mum was a passionate artist. Her whole life she was drawing, painting, making porcelain dolls, heirloom teddies and was an incredible seamstress. I inherited her (overwhelming) collection of books and magazines and have been sorting through them for nearly 7 years now.
I have given a lot of her things away, sold some of her books on Ebay, and still have lots more. Today I'm trying to decide what to do with her Sew Beautiful magazines. I have about 40 and they are an incredible resource for all things sewing. Mostly they contain heirloom sewing (christening gowns, flower girl dresses, etc.) projects, but they have lots of fun applique ideas and quilt designs, etc. I DO find them inspiring, but pretty sure I don't need to keep all 40. I will not be making any of these fabulous things for my daughter, but I do dream of making a beautiful princess dress for my grandaughter... Will I be the seamstress then that my mum was? I would need to be in order to "pull off" one of these projects. Here is just a wee sample of what these magazines contain: (the shadows are from my windows. i was trying to take the photos in the sunshine)



What do you think? Should I keep these magazines? Should I sell them on Ebay? I want to hear from you. Thanks!

4 comments:

Dragonflydownunder said...

Why do you think your grandchild would wear your 'princess' dress (that took you hours and hours and $ and $ to make,) when your daughter wouldn't?? Your mom couldn't give her heirloom dresses to anyone to wear when ever and for what ever....with no conditions. The same reasons I wouldnt put all that effort into a dress for your daughter....besides she would rather wear pants and Tshirts - comfortable easy care/easy wear things.
BUT...who knows what you will want to do as a grandma....trends go in cycles!

Mary-Sue said...

My daughter would love to wear an heirloom dress. And I HAVE one that I cherish that my mum DID make, and can't wait for it to fit my wee girl. I should try it again soon. You're right, they are SO much work and time and money and aren't to be worn to the playground, but would love to have something to pass down the generations. Maybe the one mum made will be enough. But there are lots of really fun ideas to add to jeans or sweaters. Little applique and ribbon embroidery ideas... hmmmm.

Andrea said...

I say pick your favourites and let go of the rest. There will be more magazines when you ARE a grandma, many years from now. Probably with easier ways of doing it, even...

Marce said...

Tough question honey....Especially for a fellow pack-rat. I would also suggest you keep your favorites - they should be a treasure, not a burden. As far as creating something from one of them, that is up to you. In my experience, little girls prefer dresses they can live in - the heirloom-type things are more for the nostalgia of us adults (I'm also terribly nostalgic). Good luck, love to you.