I often tell my son he is "pure awesomeness." If he gets that quality from anyone, it's from his grandmother. My mom is an award-winning cook (ribbons, baking contests, recipe contests), an award-winning quilter, a blogger, and an all around cool person. Lately her blog, Lillian's Cupboard, has been featuring Civil War quilt blocks she's making from Barbara Brackman's patterns. She's seen a big increase in traffic to her own blog because the instructions given for the Civil War blocks are sometimes confusing, especially to novices, so my mother has taken it upon herself to give step by step directions on how she did each block, complete with pictures. Based on the comments she's received, many a new quilter is considering her a godsend.
Every Sunday the kids and I go to her house for lunch, which ensures I get at least one decent home cooked meal a week complete with dessert. (My own culinary skills and interest are both mediocre and my kids refuse to try anything more exotic than a piece of grilled steak.) My mother often posts the recipes for these meals, complete with pictures, on her blog. If you ever need a meal idea, her blog is the place to go.
|Joan Fontaine - 1939|
Her sewing skills have also been put to good use over the years. She's made everything from clothes for my children to quilts for Project Linus to cat motif tote bags for the League for Animal Welfare's Christmas party craft sale. In 1995, as I was planning my wedding, I saw a black and white photo of Joan Fontaine from her 1939 wedding and I wanted that wedding dress.
|My mother and father - 1952|
|My husband and me - 1995|