The placemats were crocheted by my mother-in-law to go with the china (Richelieu by Bavarian) that belonged to my mother. She collected it piece by piece over a number of years. She gave it to me some time ago, and I will be passing it on to one of my daughters when I can bear to part with it.
The napkin rings were a gift from Mother. Once, when we were together, I admired them and she bought them as an early birthday present. As fragile as they are, it’s amazing they have survived so long.
The Fostoria glasses also belonged to Mother. I remember there being many more, and when I asked her what had happened to them she said she had given most away to one person or another. Eight water glasses are all I managed to claim!
For as long as I can remember I have collected glass and crystal bells, and both Mother and my mother-in-law added to my collection. Since this table is set in their honor, the bells have to be included and I’m betting their sweet sound will be heard on Mother’s Day.
Both women loved flowers, and the lilies and alstromeria remind me of each. Mother was always excited to receive flowers and the more pink the better. The lily’s fragrance reminds me of my mother-in-law’s sweet spirit. She loved us all so well.
Enjoy your day with family or with your own special memories.