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Monday, July 03, 2006

the ties that bind...

so the surprise was -

my mother-in-law passed on to me a bag of her husband's - my late father-in-law's - ties. (he passed away just shy of a year after the big bug was born, and only 4 short months after i lost my own dad... it was a very hard year for us.)

to do with as i pleased. hmmmmm... some of them were quite amazing. (he was quite an amazing dresser in his day!) so i decided to transform them into a belt for each of his eleven grand-daughters.

ties 2 belts

i have only completed three of the eleven. and think i will make matching headbands for the little girls. the three that received theirs already were tickled. d's family is very very close. and his father taught them that family should always be one's priority. so this is just a small piece of their grandfather - their "wadah" - to carry with them - and to remind them of what is most important...

10 comments:

melissa f. said...

oh tracy, those look great. you did a wonderful job-- very special.

sally said...

What an amazing, sweet and sentimental gift to give your nieces!

molly said...

i think the title of your post says it all. what a wonderful idea. i love this kind of stuff...having a little piece of the ones you love to have with you. it's a wonderful idea. i'm sure they'll all cherish it!
(and they look fantastic, too!)

Marissa said...

I LOVE those belts!!! And so meaningful... I also love 'stuff' made from meaningful stuff. I'm so sentimental... that was a great idea.

Shari said...

such a beautiful gift you've given them. what a great idea tracy. the belts look fabulous and headbands will be perfect. xo shari

amy h said...

That is a great idea for all of your nieces. I'm sure they will become keepsakes. My mother gave me a bunch of my dad's ties, and they have just been hanging in the closet -- I didn't know what to do with them. What a nice idea.

Sara said...

what a brilliant and brautiful idea. I see so many old ties on my thrifting adventures and was never insprired beyond the occasional tie skirt, but this this is so lovely!

hannah said...

oh how wonderful tracy! i love the connection, and he did have some pretty great ties huh? they look lovely!

angelique said...

Your father-in-law's flair lives on! How happy it must make your husband to see his dad's ties transformed this way... truly gifts to be treasured.

Tracy said...

thanks so much everyone. glad you like them!