I’ve always loved to sew. My grandmother, Nanny, taught me to sew when I visited the thriving metropolis of Pinson, Tenn. (trust me, it is way, way out in the country) when I was a young girl. Pinson was full of delightful adventures for a girl who grew up in the suburbs of Memphis. You might start the day by picking strawberries from huge fields, then head home to whip up a cake from strawberries so fresh they were still warm from the sun.
Next up, lunch. No sandwiches and chips at Nanny’s. Nope, there was always a table full of vegetables from the garden out back (cooked in loads of butter and salt, but never mind the health aspect), meat fresh from my uncle’s real working farm, biscuits from scratch, and sweet iced tea.
We’d spend the afternoons hiding from the unforgiving Tennessee summer sun by sewing. You’ve never seen a woman who could sew full outfits as quickly as my Nanny. I think she outfitted entire towns of children in places where my Uncle Joe would take mission trips, like the Honduras. She was a very patient teacher, and I still get a thrill to this day when the perfect textile in just the right hue meets a well-designed pattern to form something that I made with my own hands (or really, a quick-stitching sewing machine.)
When my girls were babies, I sewed lots for fun. Then before I knew it, a business sewing purses sprung from my hobby. It was loads of fun, and lots and lots of purses were made and sold. But a few years ago I decided I better get back to writing. So I sold off most of my inventory, and my sewing machine started getting a little dusty … only getting used when a pair of pants needed hemming or someone needed a costume sewed for a school play.
I was cleaning out my sewing room this weekend, and look what I found! A few of my purses, just hanging out, waiting on someone to throw in their wallet, cell phone and sunglasses and take them out for a spin on their shoulder.
What better place to find a happy home for this little gem than right here with my blog buddies? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and you’ll be entered into the giveaway! If you sign up for my emails (over on the right column), you’ll be entered, too! (If you are on my email list and comment – you get entered twice!) St. Patrick's Day, 5 p.m. EDT is when we'll decide the winner, so be sure to weigh in before then.
Tell me … what’s your favorite memory of your grandmother?
XO – Amy Mac