Happy Friday + Randomness

Happy Friday! I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it’s Mother’s Day this weekend. These months are slipping away and soon summer will be in full swing. As I was thinking about the day to celebrate maternal figures in our lives, I stumbled across a package that my father-in-law had sent me a few weeks ago. M’s grandmother (ergo my father-in-law’s mother) is not doing well – this saddens us greatly, but she is also over 90 years old, and has led a remarkably full life. I hope to live a life as full as hers. And time — for better or for worse — inevitably marches on.

She has a large collection of brooches and pretty compacts and the package contained many. K loves them, and particularly loved that the compacts still contained make-up (I didn’t let her use any). The sparkling gems, the fancy cases, the small puffs, the powdery scent; these little keepsakes are filled with old memories. I am so grateful we have them.

And this delicate embroidered handkerchief is the handiwork of K’s great-great-grandmother. I find its simplicity beautiful. According to my father-in-law, it was stitched around 1900, when great-great-grandma Iuella (isn’t that a great name?) was a teenager – amazing:


K came home excited yesterday and told me that she wrote me a couple of poems for Mother’s Day, but shhhhh, they’re still a secret. Then she proceeded to recite them:

Poem #1
I love my mother
Because I don’t have another
I’m going to Peru
She’s coming too
Why did she go?
Because I’m too slow

Poem #2
M=My mom sews me
O=Outfits to wear
M=Mama is beautiful

I love them.


Don’t forget that the giveaway is still open until 5pm today – the comments are fabulous, and I am having such a great time reading about everyone’s dream jobs (or non-jobs in some cases)! Have a beautiful weekend, my friends! A haiku:

Happy Mother’s Day
To all you awesome mamas
pamper yourselves, ‘kay? 

10 thoughts on “Happy Friday + Randomness

  1. you’re so lucky to have such beautiful treasures from your husbands family! that embroidery is exquisite. I can’t even imagine having the time/patience/skill to create something like that (let alone using it!).

    1. They are treasures, indeed! It really makes you realize the evolution of times, doesn’t it? Imagine our ipad/social media savvy teens of today embroidering something like that (though maybe there are teens like that today? I hope so…).

  2. I’m so sad to hear about your MIL. Over 90?! Wow… I pray I can make it to 50. The broaches and compacts are exquisite and the handkerchief is just amazing. The detail and patience put into it at such a young age… I don’t think I can do it at my age. What an honor to have these treasures, Sanae.

    I love K’s poems… happy mother’s day!!!!

    1. Happy Mama’s Day to you too, Venus! I doubt I’ll make it to 90+ (though you never know) but K’s got the DNA so longevity is in the cards for her. I’m also amazed that a teenager had the patience for such intricate embroidery – I really love that handkerchief and want to get it framed.

  3. Beautiful treasures Sanae! the broaches, compacts and K’s poems. Happy mother’s day! and have a nice weekend.

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