Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | bel monili

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bel monili | Upcycled Vintage Cluster Bracelet

If you haven’t figured it out yet I am a big fan of really cool, handmade jewelry. Tonight’s Gift Guide Giveaway features yet another FOLK partner who’s creations I proudly wear. For the special girl on your list who loves unique, vintage jewelry check out bel monili by lmarlane!

Lucy shares her story below:

 ”My name is Lucy McClure, and I am the owner/artist of bel monili by l.marlane. I hand-craft jewelry and accessories using vintage and re-purposed materials, including vintage earrings, chain, books, buttons, flowers, and much more. Each item I make is uniquely one of a kind, making it an affordable piece of wearable art.

As a child, I had the incredible good fortune to have a Bubbie (grandmother) who was an entrepreneur herself. Bubbie was an amazingly talented painter, and upon retirement she opened a small antique shop called Agnes’ Antiques, which was quite fortunately right down the block from my childhood home. I spent many afternoons in her little shop, learning about the history of the beautiful pieces, helping Bubbie arrange vignettes and window displays, and watching her interact with her many customers/fans/friends. Bubbie also took Agnes’ on the road: I spent many Saturday afternoons perusing antique shows, again learning how to treat these rare beautiful items as well as how to be a businesswoman. It was all those years ago when I learned the value of supporting handmade, American made, and entrepreneurship.

Today, for my “day job”, I am a speech-language pathologist at a suburban elementary school. I love every minute of my job, and one of the best features is that it allows me the time and availability to indulge my artistic side.

My artistic journey began two years ago in the summer of 2010. My boyfriend was traveling extensively for work, and I was looking to learn some new things. I have always been creative and crafty, so when I noticed a special on classes at a local craft store, I signed up for a few jewelry making sessions. After the first class, I knew that I really had something. I seemed to have a natural knack for the mechanics of jewelry making and (according to the class teacher and several onlookers) a good eye for color and scale. I was hooked instantly, and spent the rest of the summer happily making jewelry for myself and my friends.

I quickly began to receive requests from people to buy my items, which was a welcome bonus to my new found hobby. I got to the point where I had so many interested buyers, I decided to take a friend’s recommendation and apply to be a vendor at a craft show. I had shopped at the I Made It! Markets since their inception, so it seemed like a good place to begin. I applied for the I Made It! Market at the WYEP Rock the Block, and (much to my surprise) I was accepted! From that point on my jewelry making went from a small side hobby to the full-fledged business it is today.

I am honored to have so many loyal customers and online “fans” who have whole-heartedly supported me and my business. It seems like every day my business grows to new heights, be it through retail opportunities, personal acknowledgements, or national shows/events.

bel monili has had the distinct honor of working with non-profit organizations including the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Pittsburgh and National Chapters and Go Red for Women. We have been featured in Pittsburgh Fashion Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, and FOLK Magazine, and bel monili’s flower pins were featured in the giveaway bags at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. bel monili is an Ultimate Artist Sponsor of the I Made It! Market, and we have participated in local and national artist shows including The Country Living Fairs, I Made It! Market, Bazaar Bizarre, and Handmade Arcade.

I invite you to follow bel monili on Facebook, Twitter(@belmonili), and Pinterest, and subscribe to my blog to keep up on new items, where I will be selling at and what we have going on!”

You can purchase Lucy’s designs in her etsy shop or in any of the following stores:

Boutique 208 www.facebook.com/boutique208

KoolKat www.imakoolkat.com

Spoiled Chics www.spoiledchics.com

Pageboy Salon & Boutique www.pageboypgh.com

Wildcard www.wildcardpgh.com

Wholly Craft www.whollycraft.net

Enter to Win a bel monili upcycled vintage cluster bracelet by leaving a comment on this post. What did you learn from your own Grandmother? TWO winners will be selected on December 14th and contacted via email.

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186 Responses to Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | bel monili

  1. barb says:

    I learned how to knit from my grandmother!

  2. Colleen Peck says:

    Beautiful work!!!! So glad I found you through Folks magazine!
    Colleen

  3. Pamela says:

    My grandmother survived being married to a verbally abusive alcoholic. I learned how to put one foot in front of the other, even when things seem most impossible.

    • Lucy says:

      Bubbie used to make the most amazing currant jelly; I may try to tackle it someday! Thanks for the compliment on the bracelet; I have many more on my Etsy page!

  4. Brandyn L Barksdales says:

    My Granny taught me the value of hard work & to never give up {even when life gives you lemons}. The MOST important lesson though was to NEVER ‘settle’ for less than TrueLove. (0:

  5. Tammy Grieder says:

    I learned how to care for my family and to crochet. I miss her!

    • Lucy says:

      Thank goodness for traditions and craft; I miss my grandmother every day but I am so lucky to have such wonderful skills and lessons learned from Bubbie.

  6. Els Manning says:

    Lovely piece of jewelery ! The color is so pretty!
    As far as what i learned from Oma… take time to enjoy small things.
    She would have tea. 3 pm sharp. with a cookie or two! :)

  7. Erika Brown says:

    I learned to be proud of my Norwegian heritage and trust in the lord.The bracelet is beautiful.

  8. Cindy Thurman says:

    I learned Bible stories

  9. That family is the most important thing !!

  10. Debbie Ellerd says:

    Oh how I wished I learned something from my only Grandmother I knew but I was very young and only have a few memories of her. I was not very lucky having Grandparents or Father and Mother, I lost them very young….I was very lucky to have been raised by my Aunt who taught me how to be the person I am today…..Thank you for this wonderful giveaway……..Debbie

  11. nikki says:

    The one thing my grandmother taught me was to love myself first. This gave me the courage to get out if my comfort zone and teach myself to quilt crochet cross stitch and other fum crafts!!!

  12. Lori Redman says:

    I learned how to drink what she called ‘hot diggity’ and to be active no matter what age you age:)

  13. Sandy A says:

    My Gramma passed when I was thirteen, but I remember she always served coffee and desert from her nice everyday china–no paper or plastic ever! And she always told us to have a desert made or one on hand in the freezer for family or company. Coffee always needed something sweet with it, she said! When we were there for dinner–her set of green dishes graced her dining table and cloth napkins at each place. And we never left her home empty handed–she made sure some kind of food was sent with us. My Gramma did not have much in material things–we were what was important to her…

    • Lucy says:

      My Bubbie ALWAYS used china, especially for her coffee. She never liked those big, hullking mugs we use these days, and she also always had a little cookie or biscuit to go with it.

  14. I learned SO MUCH from my beautiful Grandmothers, and am lucky to still be learning from one of them (in fact, I just had dinner with her tonight, followed by a Christmas Concert by The Embers). I learned to appreciate your family and the history of your family – my Grandmother is the president of our county’s genealogical society and she loves family history. She also always told me to learn something new every day & to lever stop learning b/c that’s something that no one can take away from you – your own knowledge.

    • Lucy says:

      Wow, you ARE lucky! I am glad to hear that you are enjoying your precious time with her. She is right, knowledge is something that NO ONE can ever take!

  15. Karen Natiw says:

    How sweet.I own a lot of vintage jewelry from many grandmother. Love the mix and will follow her craft

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you for the compliment! I was fortunate to inherit some pieces from my Bubbie; they went directly into what I call my “private collection”.

  16. Annette Sanders says:

    My grandmother taught me many things in life without realizing she was doing so. Grandpa died at the age of 57. Grandma found herself alone to finish raising their fourth child, who was 16, alone. Back when she was growing up, she had to quit school in the eight grade to help on the farm and to clean homes for folks to help raise money for her family. After she left home, she continued on as a housekeeper throughout the years, and raised a family on her own. One day she saw an opportunity to go back to school, did what she needed to do, and she became anurse. She so loved her job! She worked on the maternity ward and loved all the babies and mama’s! She was able to fix up her home, go on trips, and do many things. Grandma worked at her job until she was 75 years old and she retired. What Grandma taught me is that when life throws its blows at you, that you need to pick yourself up by the bootstraps and have faith in God and yourself to get you through it. She taught me love between a grandparent and grandchild, a bond that is truly one of a kind. She taught me to pursue what you love and not let anyone say you can’t do it. To stand by your family, to learn humility, to laugh, and to love God. You don’t dare stay in bed on Sunday mornings and worship St. Mattress, Oh No! lol My Grandmother was a true inspiration and an amazing woman:)

  17. Bonnie says:

    I learned to quilt from my grandmother. And to always wave to my loved ones, from my front porch when they leave my house. :)

  18. woolf says:

    truly, but sadly, my nana’s were gone by the way i could start to appreciate their presence… so, i had to learn it by myself, and by mum’s. this giveaway is gorgeous, by the way!
    n♥

  19. Jeanette says:

    My grandmother taught how to sew when I was just 5 years old. Because I was not allowed to handle sewing needles I figured out my own way to sew a seam by pushing the thread through the fabric. Needless to say, she trusted me with a needle under her supervision and I have been sewing ever since. I used to make jewelry from shells found on the beach, acorns and mini pinecones. Just use you imagination and one can create anything.

  20. Nanci says:

    She taught me to make the most amazing pound cake. I Loved her very much!
    Merry Christmas
    Nanci

  21. Natalie Rose says:

    I learned how to embroider and to tie all kinds of wonderful knots. Oh, how I miss her.

  22. Debbie Duke says:

    I spent a summer with my grandmother when I was 10. I would help with housework, laundry, shelling peas from the garden, etc. One day she asked me to sweep the kitchen after lunch. I was in a hurry to finish so I did a half hearted job. I will never forget the disappointment on her face when she saw how sloppily I had done the job. She sat me down & said, “Whenever you have a job to do, do it to the best of your ability. It shows respect not only for the person who asked you to do the job, but also respect for yourself.” Even now, over 40 years later, though words ring in my mind no matter what job I am doing.

  23. I learned style from my grandmother…youre never too old to accessorize!!

    • Lucy says:

      YES! My Bubbie ALWAYS wore hats; it was her signature. Even at the end, Bubbie was never seen without a sparkly ring, a perfectly placed brooch, and a fashionable handbag.

  24. Becca C. says:

    My grandmother taught me so much before she passed away two years ago. She taught me about what family was and wasn’t. She taught me the love of homesteading and repurposing items. I remember canning raspberries with my grandmother from a very early age. I do miss her!

  25. I learned the joys of cooking on a woodstove. :)

  26. Roberta says:

    Great jewelry.

  27. Anita says:

    My grandmother raised me from the age of 8, so she pretty much taught me everything. My very favorite thing she taught me, was to love singing, and how to sing in harmony! She also tried to teach me to yodel, which she was very good at, but it just didn’t take. I still try once in a while… still can’t do it! I miss her every day!

  28. Jean says:

    My Grandmother was an ace seamstress. She taught me how to look for quality craftsmanship.

  29. rachel says:

    In love.

  30. Nancy Stevenson says:

    I learned how to work hard from my Grandmother. She was a small business owner in the 60′s.

    • Lucy says:

      Awesome! I can’t tell you how much I learned about business from Bubbie just by sitting in her antique shop. It’s wonderful to be the granddaughter of such a pioneer woman!

  31. Sheila Flener says:

    To be fearless!

  32. nancy d says:

    My grandmother taught me how to be a strong, independent woman. She lost her husband at a young age and raised four children on her own. She was a woman ahead of her time and I wish I could have had more time with her!

  33. Garth Potter says:

    Great bracelet! Could not list all the lessons that i learned from my grandmothers. i had some wondrous ones! Cooking and resourcefulness, would be 2 big lessons.

  34. peggy says:

    how beautiful! I LOVE old stuff made into jewelry and your creations are wonderful! thanks for the great giveaway

  35. Jill P. says:

    This bracelet would go so well with my pink cashmere sweater. Love it!

  36. Donna Boyce says:

    My grandmother taught me about cooking, canning and smoking meats. And just a little about sewing. I was too busy outside in the garden to care about sewing. How I miss that wonderful woman

  37. Michelle says:

    I only had a grandmother for a short period of time, I wasn’t lucky enough for her to share anything with us!

  38. Aprile says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother growing up and learned so much from her as well. I too have a great love for antiques and vintage anything! I know this love stems from her. I get to celebrate her 90th birthday with her next week and cherish each moment my family and I still have with her. Keep up the great work!

  39. Melissa Mendoza says:

    OMG….absolutely gorgeous!!

  40. Evanna Morgan says:

    I was named after my grandmothers, Eva and Anna (Evanna). My grandmothers were two wonderfully different women from the same small town in northeastern Washington. My Grandma Eva taught me how to repair the woodshed, how to change the oil in her Chevy pick-up, and that the best pancakes in the world are made with fresh ingredients right in your cupboard (not from a box). My dad’s mom, Grandma Anna taught me how to apply false eyelashes, how to “sparkle” with beautiful jewelry, and to use fine china, even for pizza. As different as these two beautiful women were, I am blessed to have learned the importance of balance in my life, as well as appreciating the uniqueness of my name.

  41. Beverly Mullins says:

    The bracelet is beautiful!!

  42. SueBee says:

    I learned that I want to be a gramma just like her!! She lived with us when I was going up and took care of us.
    I sure hope you pick me!!

  43. Sue R says:

    My Grandmother taught me the art of cooking with family recipes. She also taught me to love your family by staying in touch no matter how near or far.

  44. amanda simonds says:

    I learned how to cook the best matzoh ball soup known to man! In addition to other foods that surpass standards… she showed me all the secrets and tricks. Now I can whip up courses that are “the best I’ve ever had!” I love my Nanny (grandmother) for teaching me how to cook :)

  45. Ann says:

    My Memere taught me the true meaning of integrity and love. Although she is no longer with me, she guides me daily…

  46. Debbie says:

    My grandmother taught me the love of animals.

  47. Kazy Hinds says:

    To always stay positive and give it one more try when you need to!

  48. Beth D. says:

    I did not live close to my grandparents as a child, so any time we saw our grandparents, we saw many members of the extended family and oh what fun! So, I learned the joy of celebration with extended family members from both grandmothers! Would love to teach my grandchildren to be a love of creativity!

  49. Meredith B says:

    My grandma taught me to be an individual and to express myself without fear!!

  50. Christie says:

    My grandmother was always making items for her church bazaars. She was ahead of her time, recycling bits of jewelry, fabrics, coffee cans, so many things, into beautiful, functional works of art. I loved to visit and help her with her creations. Everything she made she donated or gave as gifts – she was quite an inspiration. I am fortunate to still have some of them.

    • Lucy says:

      That’s the best! I treasure the pieces I still have from Bubbie. She painted china when she was younger and I am SO fortunate to have a few gorgeous little ring and trinket boxes. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Wilma says:

    Love the bracelet, but the love and respect for your grandmother are amazing. She gave you priceless gifts-memories.

    • Lucy says:

      Thank you Wilma! I try to honor her each day; so many times I’m working or at a show and I wonder if she’d be proud. If she were still with me, I know she’d be there with me (as long as we had fresh coffee!)

  52. Ebonn says:

    Although I was young when she passed, I learned never to give up. She lived a tough life and came out one of the strongest women I ever knew.

  53. sandi says:

    My grandmother taught me to always keep my hands busy! She sewed beautiful clothes for me and always had a crochet project going. She instilled a lifelong love of handwork!

  54. Whitney says:

    I learned from my grandmother not to throw things away. All mementos stay special in our hearts. Also, never write Xmas because then I take the Christ out of Christmas.

  55. Beth Ann says:

    My grandmother taught me how to fix fresh green beans, and I importance of kindness and taking the time to talk with people during the day, instead of being in such a rush to get everywhere.

  56. Heather B says:

    I learned how to be strong in the mist of adversity.

  57. kate phelps says:

    I learned endlessly from my Gram, and continue to do so today. She is an extraordinary example of putting others before yourself and loving unconditionally.

  58. Leslie says:

    My passion for jewelry fashion came from Granny. I still see the blue and gold jewelry box that held sparkly items that to my eyes were as precious as the Hope Diamond !! I love and wear all vintage and see Granny in every lovely piece of jewelry. Thanks Granny for a life long love for you and for all things sparkly.

  59. Lisa Sommers says:

    The gift of living outside of the box. She showed me how to be a wonderful twist of saint and rebel, soft spoken with a loud opinion, extravagant yet thrifty, humble yet confident, giving & empathic yet all the while knowing when a situation turns from gracious to greedy. She was her own woman, happy with her own company still always smiling to see a visitor. Irma, she gave me the direction of being the peddler that I am today. Without even knowing it, she instilled the desire to go my own path and live outside of the box. Thank you Granma!

  60. Debbie Sanders says:

    My Nana taught me to always look for the best in people and to love like there is no tomorrow! Miss her!

  61. Suzanne @ Welcome to Willow House says:

    My grandmother had 7 very active kids, so I definitely learned from her to roll with the punches and laugh a lot!

  62. Melissa Seigfried says:

    My Nana had a great love of gardening and cooking and baking! That is what I received from her! My fondest memory (well one of then) is helping her pull onions in her garden! Odd…whenever I smell an onion I think of her!

    • Lucy says:

      Those are the best kinds of memories :-) I have an (unopened) jar of currant jelly that Bubbie made a few years ago; all I have to do is look at it and I immediately remember the sweet smell of the currants and sugar boiling on the stove. Thanks for sharing!

  63. Jody says:

    I learned to make Swedish Rosettes from my grandmother.

  64. Judy says:

    My grandmother taught me you can still live a happy life at an older age.

  65. Joann McLean says:

    My grandmother “took in” laundry and mending jobs. Her wringer washer was in the kitchen, her iron and treadle sewing machine in the sitting room. The house always smelled of steamy, hot soapy water in the early morning and hot cotton in the afternoon. After taking the clothes off the line she would do her ironing while watching her “stories” and I would sit on the floor sewing buttons onto washcloths and then eventually sewing buttons and doing small repairs on clothes. I learned how to hand sew at a very early age and I also learned to love clean, fresh, white laundry…and even with a lovely washer/dryer set in my laundry room I still prefer the simple pleasure (not chore) of hanging my familys clothes on the line and bringing them in fresh and clean in the early evening.

  66. Ann Marie says:

    My grandmother taught me that with the simple application of red lipstick you can tackle all of life’s problems.

  67. Amy says:

    My Gram was a soulmate and her biggest lesson was perfect for me, “Life is a journey not a destination” It taught me to slow down and enjoy life. Miss her so much!!

  68. Dana says:

    My grandmother was 92 when she passed away last December and was one hell of a woman. Even though she married at age 17 and remained married to my grandfather until her death, she was one of the most strong, independent spirits I’ve ever known. She had her children at a young age and after they were raised, went on to become a nurse. Standing at 4’11,” she was a force to be reckoned with if anyone stood in the way of her goals/dreams! She was determined it remain in her home until her death (which she did). By being in her presence I learned to stay true to what you believe and to live your life authentically. I miss her fiesty spirit!

  69. Melanie says:

    Lovely bracelet!! What a wonderful Christmas present to myself :)

  70. Lauren says:

    I learned how to do everything because of my Grandma. I loved her so much and although she is no longer with us, I know her legacy will live on.

  71. Tammy Tomberlin says:

    I learned how to hand sew and make cornbread from my grandmother. I would visit her for a week each summer and we would have some sort of fun project during each visit. I miss my granny.

  72. kim says:

    My wonderful Grandma taught me to love Jesus, raise boys and love my husband with my whole heart! Miss you everyday Grandma!!!
    PS love the vintage bracelet

  73. denise says:

    Love the bracelet! Learned to appreciate the finer things….like old jewels from my grandmother!

  74. vicky says:

    My grandma taught me to find beauty in every days moments.

  75. Erica H says:

    This is a beautiful bracelet!
    From my grandmother, I learned that old things are to be treasured, and not discarded because of a chip, crack, or full-fledged shattered into pieces. It is from her that I developed my love of antiques and vintage items – which has truly defined me and my life.

  76. Margie Kane says:

    Amazing bracelets! I can remember studying my Grandmother’s “ear bobs”! She was a treasure!

  77. Shawna says:

    From my darling grandmother I learned how to create lovely crafts, often repurposed from other items. I learned the thrill of yard sale-ing and how to never keep a compliment to yourself…. once you think something of another person it no longer belongs to you and you need to give it to its proper owner. What a wonderful woman she was, and how much she is missed.

  78. Karyn says:

    Now that is a piece of art! Beautiful!

  79. Kelsey says:

    I never heard my grandmother say something negative about a person, ever. She taught me that there’s good in everyone, so it’s best to not let something you dislike bring out the ugly in you. She was a pretty remarkable person.

  80. Nina Sciulli says:

    I learned how to cook/bake from my grandmother

  81. Elizabeth L says:

    My nana taught me the the importance of character and self respect. And to always have a great pair of pearl earrings in your wardrobe!

  82. Sherry Smyth says:

    I’ve just been to Lucy’s etsy and favourited it — love all the items…so talented! I wish I could share something I learned from my own grandmother but sadly, both of my grandmothers passed away (the same year), 3 years before I was born so I knew neither of them…something that I regret and mourn all the time. It would have been so lovely to have had even one of them present in my life.

  83. Monica says:

    I love repurposed jewelry!! I don’t have any from my grandmothers but I have some customers have given me- I teach at a beauty college

  84. Lizzie :) says:

    I only every had one grandma and that’s all I ever needed. My dads mom died before I was born her name was Elsie. My moms mom is the grandma I have today and her name is Patricia. She would watch me when my mom an dad would work. She taught me allot. She is a great daughter of God. And taught me how to serve others. And be caring. She is a funny lady and I like to joke with her. I love her and would never want or need a different grandma. God knew what I needed in a grandma and he gave me her. She makes the best cookies and pies! :)

  85. Pamela says:

    So groovy!

  86. Judy says:

    My grandmother raised 6 kids herself after her husband (a coal miner) died young. From her I learned to work hard and never give up. The jewelry is just beautiful.

  87. Shawn Johnson says:

    Love the bracelet!! My grandmother taught me to love nature and be respectful of everything nature has to offer. I miss her alot.

  88. Kriisti woldstad says:

    My grandmother gave me my love of baking! Especially at this season, I enjoy baking all kinds of Christmas cookies and goodies. I have all of her recipes for her special Christmas Cookies and enjoy sharing them with people this time of year….What a beautiful giveaway! I can’t wait to see who wins….

  89. KathyK says:

    I learned that kindness given comes back to you four-fold.

  90. Andrea says:

    My grandma taught me not take take drinks from anyone in an airport….yeah, she’s a bit eccentric :)

  91. Barb Griffith says:

    One of my Grandmothers taught me to cook and I still use her recipes..and I have my Great-Grandmothers recipe box (it has some unbelievable home remedies) and my other Grandma taught me to sew…I still love it When I cook and when I sew I feel connected to them…

  92. Patricia says:

    Unfortunately, both of my grandmothers were both dead before I was born. Beautiful bracelet.

  93. Teresa Vanselow says:

    My grandmother was a wonderful storyteller. I learned storytelling from her.

  94. Melissa says:

    I learnt everything I know from my grand mother, she raised me since i was 8months old. One of the things I learnt most was how to be a lady. To be seen and not heard, to dress like a lady and to be kind and generous to everyone. I might have thought her to be way too old fashioned when i was a teenager but I’ve learnt to appreciate every word that i did pay attention to.

  95. Sara B. says:

    I learned how to make some really yummy food from my grandmother!

  96. Tena says:

    I learned how to cook everything in an iron skillet. Now, I’m lucky enough to have her skillet. Beautiful jewelry. Would love to have a piece ;)

  97. Rachael says:

    My Nana taught me that she loves me unconditionally. She always compliments me and cheers me on. She also taught me to make a mean sugar cookie :)
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  98. Karen says:

    My Nana was a wonderful cook. I learned to cook from her. Loved her test dishes!!!!!

  99. Kim says:

    Just like my grandma, I am a farmer’s wife. I learned from Grandma about cooking from scratch using what comes from the garden and the pasture. I learned from her to value every drop of rain as if it were a drop of gold, even when it rained too much. I learned from her about faith, unconditional love, and the power of prayer. I learned from her the value of family and making time together memorable. We are coming up on the first anniversary of her “home-going” and I’ve learned just how much of an impact she made, and continues to make, on my life. When I first saw the beautiful bracelet for the giveaway, it reminded me of her. I had no idea your post would be about your own grandmother and her influence on you!

  100. Maria says:

    My Gram tried to teach me how to crochet, but I could never get the hang of it. And she could never get the hang of cross-stitching, like I did. But from her, I learned to love making things… crafts & food. A true gift.

  101. Diana says:

    My Nana was an amazing woman. There wasn’t anyone she didn’t like. She would literally grab a stranger’s baby and kiss it! She loved this time of year. I will always cherish my holiday memories with her. I loved waking on Christmas with my stocking full of candy and, without fail, a big fresh banana! She wanted to make sure we got something healthy! She taught me to love Bing Crosby, Dean, Sammy and Frank on all her vinyl Christmas records! She taught me to love unconditionally no matter our color, beliefs or status! I have never felt more loved than by my Nana. I hope my four grandkids love me half as much I as I love and appreciate her..

  102. Ti says:

    I learned how to make gravy and homemade cobblers! YUM!
    I miss her, esp with a recent loss in the family and pictures of her that I had never seen… so many memories flooding my mind and new stories gained. What wonderful memories!
    She also taught me to be proud, stand up for what you believe and have fun!!!
    OH! and love nature and gardening!!!
    Thanks for your great work and giving!
    Blessings!
    ti

  103. Renee says:

    My grandmother was my heart. She was the most loving, amazing, talented person I have ever known. She made every single person feel loved and cherished and fed. She was quick to find humor in any situation. She was always crafting or crocheting. She taught me many things but the love and acceptance she readily gave help me daily to treat people in a kinder more gentle manner. xo

  104. Patricia Parker says:

    Love your bracelet! I didn’t know either one of my grandmother’s(unfortunately). What a loss!

  105. Connie says:

    I learned so much from my grandmother, but I mostly remember her kindness and empathy for others. I have tried, sometimes failing, to not judge others based on their appearances. My grandmother looked beyond the outside to what lies inside, and you have to agree that is what counts most of all — our hearts.

    I love the gorgeous bracelet…I imagine myself wearing it already!

    Blessings!

  106. Mary says:

    My grandma taught me to make the most delicious Coffee cake and Pound cake. My cousins and sisters would have sleepovers at her house,and she would bake. Oh my gosh just realized how much she is missed. She lived to be 102.

  107. Sally J. Vittorio says:

    I learned to appreciate the value of family heirlooms and I am so appreciative of the few wonderful vintage items I have from my grandmother..whom I knew only a short while as a child before she passed away.but I cherish those memories, and I wear a piece of her old jewelry with honor on special occasions..

  108. Katie says:

    I’ve been spending a lot of time with my grandmother lately. All through my life she was such a major part of my life. I would consider myself the “black sheep” of my family, only for the fact that I tend to think differently than the rest. I recently realized it was because of her. She is strong, intelligent, and so independent. She is a beautiful woman and has taught me so much about being the woman I want to be.

  109. Karen says:

    I learned how to bake pies from my Grandmother, she is still the best cook ever!

    thanks so much,
    Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

  110. Heather says:

    My grandmother taught me how to cook. That is such a beautiful bracelet!

  111. Ruby Lynn Schmer says:

    My Oma Annegie taught me how to crochet and knit in Amsterdam, Holland as an eight year old. She was like a second Mom to me, I still miss her and she’s been gone since 1989…

  112. I learned about being a woman with a “pioneer” spirit. The bracelet is so beautiful. I would enjoy wearing it for sure.

  113. cassie says:

    what i learned form my grandmother is treat everyone with respect…everyone has a story and every one was made the same…no one is ever more special than another…she was a special woman and i miss her daily…she’s up at the big party in the sky, cooking up a storm….glad everything is going so good for you. luv the lace cuff on fb tonight…cassie

  114. eliza says:

    Although my paternal grandmother died 13 years before I was born, she taught me to knit. I decided to learn how to knit in my twenties and I used her needles to do so. My dad taught me to cast on (he learned from her) and then I figured the rest out online and with books.

  115. Bethany C. says:

    My sweet grandma passed on her green thumb to me! She definitely taught me a thing or two about gardening…

  116. Rebecca says:

    My grandma taught me about giving, being strong, and remembering what is important in life. I made a point to get to know her at the end if her life–which i knew would be harder when she was gone, but now I’m so glad i did for the amazing things she taught me, inspiration given, and family history shared!

  117. domestic diva says:

    I learned how to cook and sew.

  118. Kathleen Ditmore says:

    From both of my grandmothers, I learned how to face any problem I might encounter with dignity, grace, and courage. They were both amazing cooks. While I cannot do justice to any of their recipes, they inspired me to try….and to know that as long as I am doing my best…I am enough….

  119. ruby t says:

    I learned to bake brownies and make pancakes from my grandmother. She was such an excellent cook. She also was a very polite person and always sent out thank-you notes.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  120. Deronda Medlin says:

    My next door neighbor was like a Grandmother to me. She taught me how to play cards, sew, bake, crochet a rope necklace, and enjoy the simpler things in life. Visiting with her every afternoon was the highlight of my day! I look back on those days with fond memories and so thankful for having her in my life.

  121. Amanda says:

    My grandmother was a natural story teller. In learned the art of stories from her.

  122. Gina says:

    Gorgeous! My grandma taught me respect.

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