This cute little hand-embroidered napkin holder is something I picked up at an auction sale in Princeville, Illinois. It has family significance for me, as the lady who did the embroidery is a distant relative, Eloise Bliss Graves. Her husband, Leo Graves, was a second cousin to my grandfather; I don't think they had seen each other since the 1940s. What wonderful timing that I was in Illinois at the same time they were holding their auction!
And one final item for this post - lovely embroidered flowers gently swaying in the warm summer breeze. A welcome thought on a cold winter day!