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I was told that I was Grandma's Favorite. I don't mean implied or by assumption--I was literally told, by Grandma herself, that I was her Favorite. She said this because we had so many common interests and by the fact that I came to visit her exclusively and regularly. She equally loved all of her grandchildren, but I was indeed, her Favorite.

Grandma passed away in late 2009, after a long string of unfortunate and heartbreaking events. She had always written and kept her will updated and verbally informed us to whom each of her items MUST be given to. She was not really a Pack Rat. She had no intention of hoarding; but merely forgetting that she had already purchased eleven emery boards and placed them in the top drawer of her dresser.

As we are still going through her many (mostly very well preserved and cared for things) we are coming across some…

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  • Joined April 11, 2010

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I was told that I was Grandma's Favorite. I don't mean implied or by assumption--I was literally told, by Grandma herself, that I was her Favorite. She said this because we had so many common interests and by the fact that I came to visit her exclusively and regularly. She equally loved all of her grandchildren, but I was indeed, her Favorite.

Grandma passed away in late 2009, after a long string of unfortunate and heartbreaking events. She had always written and kept her will updated and verbally informed us to whom each of her items MUST be given to. She was not really a Pack Rat. She had no intention of hoarding; but merely forgetting that she had already purchased eleven emery boards and placed them in the top drawer of her dresser.

As we are still going through her many (mostly very well preserved and cared for things) we are coming across some unusual and valuable treasures. She in fact, had so much, that even after I picked the heirlooms I decided to keep for myself, that I just couldn't bear to give the other stuff to some run-down secondhand store; making the valuable objects seem cheap. I wanted to show them in a way that would honor Grandma, not disgrace her.

Grandma's basement alone holds so many objects and also so many fun memories of Hide-n-Seek in the dark with the cousins, old bridesmaid dresses fashion shows, and now all of our childhood toys and clothing that Grandma so graciously let us keep in storage there.

Grandma and I shared our passion for sewing and crafts and fashion. She was always dressed in what she found fashionable (usually it was something that had been popular decades ago; with all the coordinating jewelry.) She never left the house without her jewelry.
Or her rouge.

I was the only one who became fascinated and itched to get my hands on the fabric and notions. At an early age, Grandma would try to teach me simple sewing and crafts. I couldn't imagine life without working with fabric. She had "fabric" closets and drawers in her sewing room full vintage fabric. Bolts and bolts with all it's original information and sometimes her plans on what it would become. She knew it was my destiny and she bought me my first sewing machine for my high-school graduation gift; for my new and exciting journey in the fashion design program at The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. She told me to pursue my "dreams" as she always had.

I was wearing a vintage article of clothing in college once and a friend had asked me where I had found it. I replied without much thought, "Grandma's basement." The next week she had approached me and said, "I searched all over online for 'Grandma's Basement' but couldn't find it!" I laughed out loud and explained that I meant MY Grandma's basement.

She lived to love, give, learn, teach and nurture. I miss Grandma very much. I keep a photo of her holding my then-bunny Rampage (R.I.P little guy) on my fabric bureau door, so every time I go to pull out some fabric and get inspired, she's watching over me smiling for the camera and saying her signature line, "Say Silly Pickles!!!!"

Please check out my life's passion influenced by Grandma: http://www.withlovebunny.etsy.com

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