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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Heritage..my Granny and me

My Granny's handmade tablecloth is part of my heritage...........I was named for my Granny Mabel Eikleberry and have cherished the tablecloth she crocheted many years ago. My grandchildren now call me "Granny", but little do they know the rich heritage of the one who came before me. As a school teacher in one-room schoolhouses in rural Arkansas, she helped many a child make his way in the world and many to college from her tutelage. She was "chief cook and bottle washer" in the Eikleberry household from cooking and sewing to crocheting to gathering eggs to keeping up with 4 children and my Grandpa. She mid-wifed and helped many other families--whatever it took. Many a child she would bring home and make a new, clean dress or shirt for wearing back to school the next day.
This tablecloth is now a part of many of my Willow House parties and I love it with the trend-forward Mario Batalia Italian Stitch dishes. I have her tablecloth and her name, but I'll never have the sheer gumption she had for living.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Favorite Chair, Pillow and Hog!

My new chair needed a pillow for my short legs and I found the perfect one to go with my F.W. Tillman original "Razorback" painting! It's the Chocolate/Spice Willow House Scroll and Stripe Pillow (the flip side of this beautiful crewelwork scroll is striped)--just wait till you see the cozy oversized matching chenile throw I'm adding for winter! ( Don't need it today, it's 91+ degreesF! ) I'll be ready to watch those Hogs play when it does get cold!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Looking for a large wall art design?

Sometimes it's quite a decision how to attractively fill space on a large wall. This wall art is a beautiful arrangement of 4 Acanthus Wall Flourishes from Willow House--each of the 4 pieces is 26 inches long and 10 1/4 inches wide. I love in the Willow House catalog page 35 how they use two of them over the outside window of the house-quite an architectural impact!
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