Motherly Inspiration

My mother will always be the first person to tell you that she is not creative. And I have to agree, but not whole-heartedly. You see my mom has started a whole bunch of clever, inspiring and creative family traditions. So she may not be able to make a card for my birthday, or paint a portrait, but she knows how to get a family together. With Christmas looming around the corner, it is time in my household for one of my favorite mom-inspired family traditions.

Cross-stitch- a lost craft in my opinion. Some cross-stitch materials still exist but the craft is diminishing at a rapid pace. Everyone in our family is familiar with cross-stitch as every year since 1992 my mother has cross stitched a small picture onto our Christmas stockings. Each year not only do the five original members of our family, but also the two married-in folks sit down and choose a small picture out of one of six or seven ancient cross stitch pattern books.  Starting just after Halloween my mother can be found sitting under a light in the living room every night stitching away on red and green aida cloth adorned stockings.

Sure with cross-stitch you follow a pattern, the colors are provided and there is no large need for creative input. My mom has taken a minimally creative craft, and created a family treasure. Pretty neat huh? Thanks Mom, I know you’re reading this.

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  1. Posted November 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    You and I know that she is creative… she thinks of thousands of ways to make sure we have what we need, that her friends as well are us her family are remembered with special cards and notes. I suggest that though others like yourself, who have the incredible ability to make cards are seen as the creative ones, it does take a creative heart to see a need, and then know the perfect card in which to send. You two are a greater pair… creative hands and a creative heart, and i love you both.

  2. RObin
    Posted November 7, 2009 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you for showing me what giving of my time has meant to you. Your words brought tears to my eyes. I love you.

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