My Gramma was a tailor. She had a stall in the Pike Place Market early on. My mother said she sat Indian-style on a table and hand stitched when she wasn’t working her treadle-sewing machine. I learned to sew from my mother, who learned it from Gramma. Seems I’ve sewn since I was about 7 or 8.
As for those innate talents … I can look at a huge pile of various things and tell you almost instantly how many and what size of boxes and it will take to pack it all in - with little or no room left. It was what made my former mail and packaging business a success - especially at Thanksgiving/Christmas when we had to herd 'em in and herd 'em out at record speed! This talent comes from my Grampa. He could look at anything and reproduce it exactly as it was or make it even better. Some of the things he made were ornately carved picture frames and wicker furniture. He never made a drawing, just knew in his head what materials he needed and how much to buy from looking at the original. I can also fix most anything (as could my maternal uncle) by just taking it apart and figuring it out. I think this came from Grampa as well.
I’d love to hear what kind of traits you think you may have “inherited” from your grandparents. Feel free to leave comments - it will be great fun to see what you have to say!
Here is the result of my weekend working on Christmas Cottage Blocks. I’m finally done! I will add some small embellishments to each before I send them off, but didn’t want to show them yet so the recipients will have a nice surprise.