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30 years ago...

My mom was stitching something up for me...

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I was enjoying my first Christmas season...

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I got my first stocking...

my first stocking

Today my mom found this again and gave it to me. How delightful! It is about 7.5" tall, and is all crewel work. Given the fact that I was born at Thanksgiving, that I was a total surprise (as in, there's a baby...would you like to adopt her?...just come to the hospital in a day or so), and that Christmas is always super busy, I'm amazed that my mom was able to get this made. Just look at all those loving stitches!

(sorry for the dark photos...I just couldn't wait until daylight to share this!)

21 comments:

  1. that is so sweet :D what a feel-good post! it makes me want to do that for my first child in the future.

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  2. Oh that's gorgeous!

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  3. what a treasure!

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  4. Priceless!
    Beautiful too!

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  5. Oh wow...how fantastic! Your is mom is so cool... the stocking is fantastic and great condition I should say as well! Wow...wonder if there is a guide how to embroider like that! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a wonderful find .... That is something I would box frame and hang up to enjoy every day!!

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  7. how special for you to have this ... just wonderful... are you going to hang it up for Santa to fill?

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  8. Lydia6:52 AM

    That is so sweet! I love all the bright colors.

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  9. my husband has one that looks exactly like this! I'd to make some for my children... do you think your mom still has the pattern?
    what a small world!

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  10. The stitching is fabulous, but the love that went into each stitch is priceless. I can only imagine the love and excitement your mother felt that year! How cool that this was saved as a keepsake/heirloom!

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  11. What an awesome story. My first Christmas was 30 years ago too - and this January I'll start knitting up a stocking for my first little one, due in March 2010.

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  12. so lovely! happy holidays!

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  13. My aunt made one a lot like this for my first Christmas. Love it!

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  14. What is the difference between crewel and embroidery? thanks! molly p-h

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  15. oh my goodness! my husband has the exact same stocking [only his doesn't say "mollie" and its from 1980]!

    http://caffeinatedcupcakes.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-coinkydink.html

    too cute!

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  16. That as so Amazing and special!

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  17. I have the exact same stocking, and I was born in 1979. So fun! I smile every year when I get out and hang it up.

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  18. Anonymous3:57 PM

    Oh my GOD! My mother made me the. EXACT. stocking for my first Christmas! I'm talking EXACTLY the same, except it says my name instead of yours, and the date is 1980. It must have been a kit. I have always loved it! Mine has held up just as well as yours. Recently I made her teach me how to do all of those stitches- looks like your mom passed on her love of needlework, too.
    Ha- I see now that several people have the same stocking. How funny!

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  19. These stockings are the best.....anyone have the pattern for this? I need to replicate for my grandsons...thanks zeena.stoop@google.com

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  20. Anonymous8:26 AM

    My mother made one of these stockings for each of my sons for their first Christmas. Each year I pin that stocking to their big stocking and place something in it. Mom died in 2000 and the boys still like the sight of that little stocking and they are grown now. I found a kit on line and bought one for my only granddaughter for her first Christmas. Her daddy (my son)
    said they were going to do the same with her little stocking so she would always have part of me with her too.

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