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Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama - 1961

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama – 1961

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90's

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90’s

Big Mama

Big Mama

NOTE:  I am repeating a post I made several years ago in honor of Big Mama’s birthday.  She was so special and I miss her every day. 

Anyone who has taken a crochet class (or almost any other type of class I teach) at The Studio has heard me talk about Big Mama and all that she taught me.

She was my maternal grandmother and a wonderful person who lived a good long life….almost 100 when she passed.  Today would have been her 110th birthday!  Everyone loved her.  Once I took some friends home to meet her and when they got back home to Kentucky they sent her a thank you note for the lovely lunch she made for us.  They didn’t know her name…only Big Mama.  So they mailed the envelope to “Big Mama, Offerman, Georgia”  and it was delivered without delay.  LOL

She taught me so many things….things I still use to this day and that I try to share as I teach.

I have written about Big Mama before to share some of her recipes…most recently when I made the Carrot Cake at Thanksgiving.  I also shared her recipe for Syrup Candy and talked about her in a Plum Jelly post.    I love her recipes and making anything that she used to make for us always brings back floods of memories.

Crocheting was the thing she taught me the most about.  She loved it and was almost always making something.  The amazing thing about her crochet was that she just kept patterns in her head.   When I would asked her to teach me to make a certain stitch or design she would just pick up a hook and start crocheting.  She would tell me what she was doing and I would write it down.  I think that is where I get my “making up” patterns from.  I think she would like that!

So today I am so grateful that I got to know all four of my grandparents and am especially blessed that Big Mama played such a big role in my life.  I wouldn’t be enjoying this creative life I am living with having known her.  Happy Birthday Big Mama!

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Today would have been Big Mama’s birthday.  She was born in 1908 and lived through some really interesting times.  She taught me so much – cooking, sewing, crocheting and how to work hard.  She loved her family, her community and her church and her friends.  She was a beautiful person and I miss her.

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Happy Birthday Big Mama

Big Mama

Big Mama

Every year I take the time to mark a few days on my calendar.  These are special days to people who made a huge impact in my life.  Big Mama is one of these.  Today would have been her birthday.  She was born in 1908 and lived through such an amazing time.  She taught me so much about crocheting and cooking.  I am grateful for all the time I had with her.  Happy Birthday Big Mama.  You are missed.

(I have written about her many times over the years.  You can read  more about her here and see more photos. And just put Big Mama in the search box and you will find LOTS of good recipes!)

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Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama, Sister, Brother and me

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

Big Mama and Papa Honeymoon photo

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

One of my favorite photos of Big Mama with Morgan

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama - 1961

Mama, me, Brother & Big Mama – 1961

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90's

Big Mama, me, Mama, and Sister -early 90’s

Big Mama

Big Mama

Anyone who has taken a crochet class (or almost any other type of class I teach) at The Studio has heard me talk about Big Mama and all that she taught me.

She was my maternal grandmother and a wonderful person who lived a good long life….almost 100 when she passed.  Today would have been her 107th birthday!  Everyone loved her.  Once I took some friends home to meet her and when they got back home to Kentucky they sent her a thank you note for the lovely lunch she made for us.  They didn’t know her name…only Big Mama.  So they mailed the envelope to “Big Mama, Offerman, Georgia”  and it was delivered without delay.  LOL

She taught me so many things….things I still use to this day and that I try to share as I teach.

I have written about Big Mama before to share some of her recipes…most recently when I made the Carrot Cake at Thanksgiving.  I also shared her recipe for Syrup Candy and talked about her in a Plum Jelly post.    I love her recipes and making anything that she used to make for us always brings back floods of memories.

Crocheting was the thing she taught me the most about.  She loved it and was almost always making something.  The amazing thing about her crochet was that she just kept patterns in her head.   When I would asked her to teach me to make a certain stitch or design she would just pick up a hook and start crocheting.  She would tell me what she was doing and I would write it down.  She didn’t use patterns very often.  I think that is where I get my “making up” patterns from.  I think she would like that!

So today I am so grateful that I got to know all four of my grandparents and am especially blessed that Big Mama played such a big role in my life.  I wouldn’t be enjoying this creative life I am living with having known her.  Happy Birthday Big Mama!

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