I posted the above photo on Instagram (@delaneygates) this morning, and wanted to share a bit more than what is typically comprised in a short caption. It all started with a phone call from Wes (my fiancé) to his grandmother, asking if she had a few thread spools I could use in my still life photos. She did! Five minutes after learning that, I was at her front door.
As it turns out, she had more than a few, and instead asked me to go through all of her sewing desk drawers with her! She ended up giving me a large bag filled with wooden spools, seam binding, buttons, thimbles, zippers, and other bits and bobs amassed from decades of her sewing projects. I was in heaven! It felt like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. The green spools in the photo were hers, by the way. I almost felt guilty that she gifted me so many treasures and asked, “Are you sure you don’t want to keep that…just in case?” on more than one occasion when she dropped something else into the bag.
She assured me that she had no use for those things anymore, and I know that she knows everything will be in good hands. Still, I did get teary-eyed at one point when she dropped her Made by Grandma labels into the bag. It seemed as though it was the end of an era, as she is not physically able to sew now. It felt bittersweet, though admittedly, I am overly-sentimental.
Far too often, I take for granted the fact that I am physically able to paint, sew, cut paper, arrange props, pick flowers, and shoot photos. I know those abilities won’t last forever. It makes me feel compelled to make a conscious effort to indulge my creative pursuits while I still can. I look forward to the day (ahem, a long time from now) when I’m able to stitch those very Made by Grandma labels into the family heirlooms which I sew. It will be an honor to use them. Though, I know a point will come when it’s my turn to pass down the supplies to the next generation, too. I pledge, Lord willing, that with enough fabric, years, and creative inspiration, by that time, I won’t have any Made by Grandma labels left.