Thursday, February 11, 2010

Potholders - The Kind You Use

I've seen some pretty fabulous potholders out there in blogland, but almost always they are decorative and not used...

My mother-in-law has made me numerous potholders over the years. She stuffs them with old tea towels. She says you need to use three layers of toweling because two will allow you to burn your fingers. These are the real workhorses of my kitchen. The top pair is the oldest. Well-used and needing a wash by the looks of it...
So this wonderful woman turned 80 last Saturday and we got a lot of the family and numerous friends together to celebrate. She asked for no gifts, but I thought I would make her a couple of potholders - it seemed the right thing to do..

They're not fancy, and not made with tea towels... I used two layers of cotton wadding. I know she will actually use these, and that's the whole point. And they match her kitchen...

So family gatherings are photo ops. Here I am with my two oldest daughters. This is in the grounds of a private high school where my brother-in-law teaches.

"Mum and Dad" with their four children. Mr Fixit is on the far right.

The 'immediate' family, less a few who had to work or couldn't get there.

And my gorgeous youngest daughter who couldn't be there. She said I had to use this picture because she looks cute in it...

Well, off to the day job. Thursday I do the late shift. Hope you are all surviving this very weird weather!

15 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely post! And how wonderful to have a MIL to make you those potholders. I bet she was happy with the ones you made her!
You have a beautiful family, Shari! Great pictures of your daughters! You look very happy too (O:

Barb said...

Love the potholders and enjoyed the pictures...tell your daughter that she is beautiful!

Stephanie said...

I do hope the people I give potholders to actually use them--even if they're really cute. :o) I'm sure your friend will love and use your gift. Yes, tell the absent daughter that is a cute pic.

Messy Karen said...

family and potholders definitely go together. great pics.

em's scrapbag said...

Very nice pot holders. I was thinking of making a few today. Your family pictures are wonderful. You have a beautiful family.

Allie said...

How lovely to have something handmade from your mil. Love the ones you made for her! You have a beautiful family, Shari, and I love the building in the background on the first pic. Your daughters are all so lovely!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

You are so right about the pot holders. The ones that I have from blogging frineds, hang in my sewing room. I bet your MIL was very touched with your gift. I also have three daughters, your are just beautiful! What a special time.

Zlaty said...

Beautiful potholders. It was very thoughtful of you to make such a useful present!
Happy sewing!

Rumi said...

Yes indeed, love the potholders! Great pics too!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Such great pot holders. I still have some my grandmother made me years ago and I can't use them!! Love your family photos too.
Take care,
~Karen~

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

New potholders are fun. Like a new ironing board cover. They get used. Love the family photos. Your daughter is precious.

Shasta said...

I think the potholders are a great gift. Thoughtful and practical. Great family photos.

julieQ said...

Wonderful family you have there dear Shari. I have some potholders like yours, and they are always the ones I reach for first.

Janet said...

I loved the potholders, real ones to use, Yay. Your family photos are great and all your daughters are cute.

Kate said...

thankyou for posting your workhorse potholders!!! I always think I should be making those fancy dancy ones and now you have given me permision to do it simple and practice all those free motion stitches on them from my new sewing machine. Enjoy your blog so much... I am excited to get started today on this fun project.

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