Last month, I shared these old crates I turned into shelves for my daughter’s new room. I was actually surprised by how many of you commented on the adorable vintage toy sewing machine that was up on the shelf. Well there is actually a great story behind that piece and I thought I’d share it with all of you today. It’s a good one.
I’ve seen this sewing machine in our family since I was born. During my childhood it perched on a little shelf in my parent’s home and this year it was given to me to put into my daughter’s room. I always knew it belonged to my grandma but never knew the story behind it.
Well my grandparents (both 91) recently sold their home and have since been going through all of the boxes that accumulated over the past several decades. Last week, I was with my grandmas while she was going through one of the boxes and she stumbled upon a newspaper clipping that she began to read to me. The story was about how a little farming community in Eastern Washington was snowed in during Christmas and a group of good firemen dressed as Santa and his helpers hiked 8 miles into the hills to bring presents and food to all of the stranded families.
After the story was over she turned to me and said, I was one of the kids that was greeted by Santa that evening and that little sewing machine you now have was the toy that they gave me that year.
I love it when I am able to bring meaning into my home through various pieces. I am so thankful to have a mom and grandma who keep EVERYTHING which means I’ve been able to acquire some really special pieces over the years, including this little toy sewing machine.
And I love that Miss E will have this story to keep with her forever.