Just received a box from my 93-year-old MIL, Maddy. In it was a tablecloth and 12 dinner napkins. They are made of the most exquisite linen I have ever seen. Almost gossamer. They are off-white and are heavily embroidered with flowers, birds, animals, vines. The embroidery thread is the same color as the linen, so everything is very tone-on-tone.
I've never seen such beautiful handwork in my life. Clearly the whole set is completely handmade, perhaps by her mother. She says it belonged to her mother. I can get some clue as to how old it is because Maddy's mother died when Maddy was 8-years-old.
I feel so blessed. It's so beautiful, it nearly took my breath away.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!