Monday, June 8, 2009

Generational Stitches Link Yesterday to Today with Meta Monday & a Blue Monday Auction for you!~

I feel like I'm springing up from a pool to get a breath of fresh air today! I'm back for Meta & Blue Monday....for the first time in a long time~ IT's great to be back!
Thanks to both Susan, from "Between Naps on the Porch" for hosting Meta Monday...I've gotten more projects completed when I participate in Meta's inspired me week after week!
And thanks to Sally, from "Smiling Sally", for hosting Blue Monday's. My passion for blue and white is extremely noticeable on my blog, as all of you well know. First up - My before picture of a Pillow Top I recently redid. Both sides of the pillow looked like this:

The other side looks like this completed after I stitched it onto the reverse side: The reason why this Pillow Top is so special to me is because my grandmother started it over 60 years ago. She tacked all the color you see on to a muslin square...she then embroidered all the black stitches you see. I found it ten years ago in her possessions and asked her if I could take it and finish it. I purposefully wanted to use embroidery thread colors different than black so that I'd always remember where she stitched. I recently completed this after picking it up and laying it back down the past five years. I love is a close up of the stitches:

Now for my Blue Monday Auction offer...I've recently decided to begin an Auction opportunity to my readers. Today...I'm sharing the following Blue/White favorites from my collection and am auctioning them off.

Items being auctioned:

Two exclusive dish designs that remind you of a Fitz & Floyd look. I have a matching pair of bowls that are a very nice size...each one is glazed so it can be used for food...and a little bunny is on the front of each bowl. (Two of these - 5 inches circular wide at top)

Then, the third piece to the collection is a 12" end to end, with 8" x 4" basket like tray with a bunny on each end. I've used this for serving bread, veggies, potato salad...anything you need to serve looks tremendous in this!

How the Auction will work:

1. I'm starting the auction of all three pieces at only $15.

2. If you decide you'd like to place a bid to purchase these, just leave a comment with your bid amount and your email address on this post.

3. If you are the highest bidder, I will send the payment arrangements to you personally by email. (Shipping and Ins/Handling charges will be applied to the total fee)

4. If for some reason the highest bidder does not end up sending payment, the next highest bidder will be notified to see if you're still interested in the items.

5. This Auction is only open to USA residents due to high cost of shipping out of states, my apologies.

NOTE: If this auction is fun and well received, I plan on doing this frequently.

Happy Monday to everyone~
~CC Catherine


Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Good luck on your auction. I want to a community yard sale at Stonecrest on Saturday. Didn't you say you used to live there? I got some books, and over-the-range microwave for my daughter, a purse, and an easel.

Happy To Be said...

Good luck with your auction my frien..sounds like fun to I do have all blue/white in my kitchen...but only pink/white bunnies in guest your pillow and how specail that is was your grandma these are the kind of things that make me so happy to have...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

claudie said...

Your breathing....yeah CC
You know I adore your treasures. I understand about keeping in the U.S.A. also.
For a low starting bid of $15.00, I should hope your auction goes well. What a deal girlfriend.
When can I call you?
Love Claudie
P.S. I love your stitches. Your pillow is now an heirloom. I know how much you adored your grandma.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Catherine, I love your special piece from your grandmother, and the bunnies are so cute! Best of luck with your auction. Somebody will have some cute bunnies!

Happy Blue Monday...


Sheila who has missed your posts lately and is glad to see you! :-)

Karen said...

It is so nice to "see" you in the blogging world again!
This is an interesting concept. Is there a beginning bid you want people to start at? Or do we just wing it and pray we bid the most? LOL.
HAGD! Karen

Shelia said...

Oh, what a wonderful pillow top! And how very special that your grandmother started it! Love it! Love your blues for Blue Monday!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cindy said...

Hi CC,
I just love the beautiful pillow that you finished! How precious that it was your Grandmothers and how much of a keepsake it will become! Good Luck on the auction, I sell a little on E-Bay and it's been interesting. Hugs, Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...


What a treasure that pillow is. I am glad you picked it up to finish. I have done that before...just couldn't bear to look at something I was working on for awhile!

I love the bunny dishes. I think the auction idea is great. I have to cut back, even on thrifting, my eyes are bigger than my house!!


susan said...

Catherine-you have turned your pillow into an heirloom. I love the bright colors! Good luck with your auction. I love the blue and white.

Terry said...

Happy Blue Monday and Meta Monday too !
What a fabulous pillow ,I love things that belong to my ancestors.
Such a blessing.
Good luck with your auction it is a fantastic idea.
happy trails

mbkatc230 said...

The pillow is wonderful! What a priceless treasure, and I just love that you kept your grandmother's black stitching separate from the colors you chose. Such a sweet sentiment and beautiful heirloom. Good luck with your auction! Kathy

The Stylish House said...

This was a great idea to incorporate your grandmother’s handwork into the cute pillow. This way you can enjoy it instead of storing it away!

ButterYum said...

I adore the story of your pillow... what a treasure!

bj said...

This sure sounds like fun...
Your stitched pillow is lovely. When my mother passed away, she had a quilt almost finished. Her best friend took it home with her and finished it for me. It will always be so special because both these fine ladies worked on it.
Good good luck on your auctions.
xo bj

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

CC, your pillow looks so pretty, and I love the history of it, and I think it was so smart of you to do your stitches in a different color. I would never have thought of that, and I would always be trying to remember which stitches were done by my grandmother.
What a fun idea to have an auction! I've been through your comments, and I don't see a bid, so I will happily begin the bidding at your $15 starting price, because you KNOW I need some more stuff at my house! laurie

Amy said...

Lovely Pillow... such a nice remembrance of your grandmother.

marty39 said...

Love the idea of an auction. I hope it goes well for you. My computer decided to go on the blink the first part of the week and DH finally has it fixed so I can use it again. I think I was about in withdrawal. How are you, I've missed chatting with everyone. Hope all is well. Hugs, Marty

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi CC!
I was nice to see your post recently. I've been so busy with work and life that I haven't had much time for blogging or visits. Nice to catch up with you though. I hope you are having a wonderful summer and I hope to see you soon.
Alisa :-)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a wonderful keepsake that precious pillow is! And such a great idea to use different thread than your grandmother used! I love it!

Angelic Accents

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a super cute glad that I stopped by even if it is the middle of the night...INSOMNIA....

I enjoyed reading your blog tonight....Hope you will visit me. This month I am posting on our Disney trip.

The Raggedy Girl said...

I had a few moments and just stopped in to say Hi. I am very busy trying to get our TO DO list done. I hope to get back to my bloggy friend really soon.

Have a wonderful week.

The Raggedy Girl

Melissa Miller said...

Very cute Catherine!

Hope your summer is going well.
~Melissa :)