There Is No Place Like Home

Starting a new year is usually steeped in anticipation and excitement for what is in store, what lies ahead. This year was no exception. I am excited to continue with the T Block quilt along, improving my flying geese skills, possibly finishing Wishing You Good Will and starting the tulip quilt top along with continuing with a few other started projects but…

On January 1st I was determined to find my parents wedding album for that one certain picture I wanted to frame.

Instead of finding the wedding picture, at the bottom of the huge steamer trunk I found three cross stitch samplers I didn’t remember seeing before, but I must have. Only one had the makers initials and date.


Eighty three years old, done by C.L., 1935 ~ who was C.L. ? I had an idea. I have quite a few things in our home that belonged to my husbands first wife who passed quite young (may her memory be a blessing) Questioning him on her parents names, I learned her mother was Kathleen Loen. I had the L and a little digging with Ancestry I discovered Kathleen’s mother was Clara Loen born 1904 in Washington. This had to be hers. She was thirty one when she did this and I can imagine how proud she must have felt to have this hanging in her home.

Mystery easily solved and I have started the new year with a priceless memory from the past. She is no longer at the bottom of the trunk!

Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home.


©, 2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.




8 thoughts on “There Is No Place Like Home

  1. kathyreeves January 3, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    A great discovery, and now it is being enjoyed again. That’s a happy way to start the New Year, for sure, Sharon!

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  2. KerryCan January 4, 2019 / 12:46 pm

    SO COOL!! And that little piece is so fortunate to have turned up in your hands, someone who could not only appreciate it but also supply its story!

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    • nwpaintedlady January 4, 2019 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you Kerry ~ fortune all around with this one. I will make a small note of its origin to remain with this for … well how long it remains 🙂


  3. Deb January 5, 2019 / 2:26 am

    Don’t you just love finding forgotten treasures! I also like how you dug into finding the history of the lovely sampler.

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    • nwpaintedlady January 5, 2019 / 3:20 am

      Tied at first place, my passion for genealogy and all all hand crafting. Thank you Deb 🙂


  4. Isabella January 7, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    Wow what a great discovery! You are like Nancy Drew with your sleuthing, I love it. Are you going to try and clean it up and hang it in your own home?

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    • nwpaintedlady January 7, 2019 / 9:32 pm

      Hi~ I did clean it up and have it in the kitchen area now. It looks awesome!


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