Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Boston terrier holiday

Sinead the Boston terrier on the couch

Sinead the Boston terrier and I have been thinking a lot about heirlooms. Since Christmas is coming, I've been spending a lot of time working on craft projects to give as gifts to friends old and new. And as I work on those projects, she's been sitting on my lap and warming her little body on the cloth. (So if you get gifts from me, they're likely to have pet hair in them. It's a thing.)

And this last week, my family lost our 95 year old patriarch, Cornelius. He was a long-time pet lover who has asked his family to donate to the Willamette Humane Society, in lieu of flowers, as a tribute. And as I write this, my family is working to determine what to do with his wonderful legacy of photographs and family letters and archives. He has a wealth of crafts in his estate as well that will need to be distributed.

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, family heirlooms created by crafters can have a special meaning, even if one doesn't know who made the particular artifact.

Today, I thought I might have Sinead pose in front of a holiday craft project I know a lot about.

Sinead the Boston terrier in profile

The little cloth behind Sinead has a bit of lace with the words "Merry Christmas" below. My aunt made this for me a few years back, and she told me it would make a nice holiday tea towel. I know how these sorts of towels are used and abused in my home, and I couldn't imagine doing the same to this piece, so I use it as a couch protector instead. It goes nicely with my red couch, don't you think?

Do you have special holiday crafts in your home? Tell me about them in the comments, won't you?

If you have a spare moment, please share this post about my sweet foster kitten, Eartha. She goes up for adoption at Willamette Humane Society on Saturday (12/10), and I'm hoping her stay in the shelter will be a sort one. Maybe you can help!

And don't forget to join in to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday hop! Lots of good stuff this week.


  1. Oh I'm so sorry about the passing of Cornelius. Family heirlooms are so important in our family too. I'm going to see my parents and part of the trip is to bring back pics and other heirlooms I can start to save digitally so they're not forgotten. Happy Holidays!

  2. That is a beautiful heirloom! Sinead makes a great model to show it off too. I have very few heirlooms of any kind. My family is very disjointed. I do have one Christmas ornament that was made my mom and grandmother when my mom was a child. :)

  3. That is way too pretty to use for an actual tea towel! As you know from my post today, we love Christmas crafts in my family, so we all have lots of old handmade ornaments.

    Sorry for your loss of Cornelius.

  4. That tea towel is a beautiful heirloom, and Sinead is a great model. :)

    We are so sorry about Cornelius' passing. Purrs, prayers and good thoughts to you and your family.

  5. I'm sorry for your loss. And I very much relate to all your gifts having dog hair on them. I can't seem to wrap a present without getting hair under the tape.

    The tea towel looks great on your couch!

  6. We have been going through all of our things and have found some priceless heirlooms. We'd forgotten about most of them. ♥

  7. sinead is a pawsome tea towel model.
    i love handmade gifts. i love to give them and i love to receive them.
    we are very sorry for your loss. sending love and prayers.
    wags, bailey unleashed

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about Cornelius. It's especially tough when that happens around the holidays. I hope your family finds some comfort in those cherished heirlooms. Sometimes it's the little things that mean a lot because they remind you of all the love and good time you shared together. Sending all of you good thoughts and prayers this holiday season.