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About Em's Heart Antique Linens
Em's Heart Antique Linens grew out of my passion for all things homemade. As a child I was the object of my mother's best intentions as she dutifully instilled in me the art of homemaking. I am the only girl in a field of boys and it therefore fell to me to learn such things as darning socks and folding napkins.
My mother's first love was entertaining so I learned on my toes, so-to-speak, and got lots of practice. We had people in our home throughout the years from countries all over the world. As my mother's right hand, it was my job to set tables, lay out linens and generally make things beautiful. She planned and managed everything else, carrying out the multiple tasks of cleaning, cooking, organizing and inviting. I loved those times! I loved the beautiful table, the coffee urn, the linen napkins and the silver chaffing dishes full of wonderful food. And when it was time to bring out the best, my mother would go to the cedar chest and pull out her Army-Navy tablecloth. It was a delight to behold each and every time with it's alternating lace and linen panels, each perfectly hand stitched to the others. Indeed, I've not ever seen another one like it! I would gage the formality of the event by whether or not this beautiful cloth appeared on the table. It is still the finest piece in her collection.
Over the years I have tried my hand at many homemaking skills from knitting (my grandmother gave up on me) to canning to cross stitch. I learned to sew when I was nine and by the age of twelve was making all my own clothes (yes, even jeans and eventually my own wedding dress!). From all these experiences I have come to the conclusion, however, that my finest needle skill is that of appreciation of someone else's work. Though I consider myself a seamstress, my greatest delight is in seeing and touching and reveling in the work of our grandmothers and their grandmothers. Among my most prized possessions is a trio of linen fingertips with "knitted" lace, hand done by my great grandmother at the turn of the century. Sorry, those will never be for sale. But I sometimes sneak them into photographs because they are so pretty!
I also love the thrill of the hunt. I love to travel and have found some of the most beautiful pieces in the most unlikely places! And on the way I've met some truly lovely people that adore linens as I do. I must confess, though, that sometimes the most difficult thing for me is to actually give something up for sale. But my husband reminds me that we only have so many beds and towel bars and tables on which to place these beautiful pieces.
I have also come to the conclusion that it is up to us (you and me) to revel in, appreciate and use these beautiful works of art, if even only for display! We owe it to those dedicated needle workers to not only adorn our homes but to wipe our hands and cover our tables with these beautiful pieces of antique linen they labored so long to produce. I am a woman on a mission. Thus, Em's Heart was born.
I thank you for visiting my website and hope you find something special, perhaps something you can use and then pass on to another generation.
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