Tuesday, December 29, 2009

in honor of the grinch, a birthday and my grandma - but not necessarily in that order

I'm sure you've seen this guy:

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?
 -----Dr. Seuss

I love the book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".  I guess I've always loved it.  When I was 'no more than two' we spent Christmas at my grandma's house.  I really was no more than, well, two!

and we celebrated my birthday while we were there. 

I don't really remember that Christmas, but I do remember the story that I loved to hear my grandmother tell. 

My grandma at my wedding - I love her smile! - images Justin Hackworth

She would always tell me that I would pester her to read me that story EVERY day.  And the good grandma that she was, obliged me.  And then she gave me a nickname.  Can you guess what it is? That's right! Amylouwho! 

The way she told it, our conversations would go something like this:
Gma: Hello, amylouwho!
Me: Grandma, it's plain Amy.
Gma: Okay, plain Amy.
Me: NO, grandma, just. plain. Amy!!!
Gma:  Okay, just plain Amy.
Me: Grandmaaaaaa.

and the circle would go on and on....  I'm sure my whiny 2 year old voice made my responses THAT much cuter (or not.) And my protestations made it that much easier for it to stick.  I guess it didn't help that my mom is 2nd oldest of 11 siblings and they thought it was so fun to call me that EVERY time we came to visit.  They still call me that.  But I don't mind so much anymore.

Yay for 4 generation shots! May 2006

I started using it for screen names, log-ins, emails, etc. when I started using a computer so much.  And when I switched the name of my blog a few months ago, it only seemed fitting.  And now that I think about it, a great tribute to my grandmother who was an avid quilter (she made a baby quilt for each of her 46!!! grandchildren) and one of my favorite people.  Today is my birthday and later this week it's been 3 years since she passed away after a very long, productive good life.  She sure touched many lives, mine included.  She is definitely missed.

I had hoped to put a little PDF tutorial together to give to you to celebrate my birthday - but you know how this month goes - so much to do and so little time!  So I thought I'd just share a little bit about me instead.  Is that lame?  I hope you enjoyed it!  In return, tell me a little bit about you - where you are from and maybe your very favorite thing you've ever created. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

23 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Tricia Anne said...

That is a very sweet story. :o)
Ironically, I have been signing my name "Tricia Anne" since blogging. No one calls me Tricia Anne, everyone calls me Trish. But my grandma would call me Tricia Anne and so I was drawn to do the same thing as you. :o)
I hope that you have a wonderful birthday!
:o) Trish

Dee said...

Many Happy Returns of the Day! I hope it's a lovely on filled with love and laughter here and forever after!

Thank you for sharing your grandma with us! I love Amylouwho as a nickname!

When I was 12 or 13, my great grandma came to live with us for the summer. I was so intimidated and grossed out by her (as only teenaged girls can be at that age) when she came. At first...but spending every day with her (my mom worked and siblings were ???? elsewhere) I came to love her so much. She taught me to crochet, cook and how to be gracious in situations I didn't feel very gracious about. I'm so very glad we had that time, because that fall, she passed away. It is a blessing of time spent with her I carry to today!

God bless, Amy!

buttercup said...

Amy you could NEVER be lame. I love that story! What a wonderful memory of your grandmother. I loved seeing that 4 gen photo in your mom's house. I love visiting there!

Sew It UP! said...

Very sweet story. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

I think for the longest time you were in my phone as Amy Lou Who.... But what a sweet story about Grandma. I love that picture, thanks for having one printed for all of us, it's on my desk at work. Happy Birthday! Hope it's full of fun!

Valerie said...

Oh I love this story too. As we get older we tend to appreciate things that we didn't before. What was important when we are young doesn't seem important anymore. I used to think my Grandparents were old and didn't care to be around them in the teenage years. Now I wish I could see them everyday. We can learn so much from them. Just like Granny she says having quilts to make gives her hope in the mornings. Thank you for sharing your story.

allyn said...

happy birthday, just.plain.amy!! very sweet story.
one of my favorite things i have created was that quilt i made for my sister's wedding/ 5-year anniversary. i had the vision, worked it out, and did the labor. the result was satisfactory.
hope you get to do something fun today!

SueWis said...

Happy Birthday!

Grandmas are so special. I tell my mom that my sewing & cooking skills skipped a generation from Gma to me. She doesn't like hearing it but knows it is true. :)

I love the pic of your grandma at your wedding. My son and his wife are wearing my g-parents' wedding rings. Son was married this past August and my g-parents were married almost 90 years ago. Generational connections are so special.

Enjoy your day!

wishes, true and kind said...

Happy birthday, and thanks for posting your special memories of your grandmother.

Laura said...

I love the grinch too! Aren't grandmas the best? I certainly love mine.

Mrs Moen said...

Happy birthday, Amy!
I use some of my grandmother's things at Christmas, and we share happy memories about her. Grandmas are the best, and I'm so lucky to be one:-)

Julie said...

Love the tribute to the grinch & to your grandma. I bet you were so cute trying to convince her to call you "just plain Amy!"

Hope you have a very nice birthday. :) julie

Lara said...

Love that book to Amy! What wonderful memories to have of your Grandma and what a lovely generation shot.

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Valerie said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you, anything-but-plain-Amy! More like super-super-talented-Amy...:)

Vicki said...

How sweet! Happy birthday! My grandma used to call me Miss Vicki. She helped me make my first quilt, when I was 13.

Candied Fabrics said...

What a wonderful story - I had wondered where your blog name came from, it's so nice to know! And WHOA! 46 quilts - that is a LOT of baby quilts, she sounds like an incredible woman! I hope you had the BEST of birthdays!

Barb said...

Loved the story...

Happy Birthday!!

Renee' said...

Happy New Year :)

ivoryspring said...

What a sweet post.

V and Co. said...

happy belated birthday! we need to talk...i might not be able to come up to see you! ah!!!

sewtakeahike said...

love, love this story Amy!!! Thanks for sharing how "amylouwho" came to be! L-man is a big Dr. Suess fan, I bet btw the two of you you could recite a whole Dr. Suess book together!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hi amy,
What a sweet story! I'm a long time Texan although I'm originally from Iowa. I think I get my inspiration from my grandmother who quilted too. One of my favorite projects I've made is a quilt that I actually quilted on my regular machine. It was a baby blanket for my friend's first grandaughter. I loved how it turned out. I didn't really have a pattern either, just made it up as I went along. Happy belated birthday!


Elizabeth said...

Your post made me smile. I have memories of my Grandma reading the Grinch Who Stole Christmas too, only she called him the Grunch (lol). We'd tell her it was the Grinch, but she'd always read it as the Grunch. Thanks for sharing!

xo -El

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