Grandma’s House

by jennine on December 30, 2007

Today, after 47 years of living in their modernist Eichler home in Sunnyvale, California, my grandparents, Bea & Ralph, are moving to Hawaii. It’s a strange feeling, because my whole life, they have been there. Yesterday, I was saying ‘see you later’ it was bittersweet, because it’s the end of an era in my family, yet, they will be closer to my dad and uncle who live on the islands, and heck, it’s HAWAII. I often ask myself why I don’t live there. Oh yeah, because I like winter accessories too much.

My Grandmother, has a keen eye for fashion. Her wardrobe was almost entirely handmade in her sewing room. She was always checking out the latest fashions, and had an amazing collection. As a girl I would ask her to teach me to sew, but my attention span and practice wasn’t that great. Yesterday, while over at the house, they told me I could have some bits and pieces, along with some furniture, I picked up some really cool items out of her wardrobe:

Her favorite winter coat. This is from the 60′s, handmade wool, with lining, and bell sleeves.

A plaid cape, my aunt Charlene said it’s been around as long as she can remember. It has really great buttons, and you can button the bottom to create sleeves too. This blouse is designed and made by my grandmother, it’s really amazing on. I love the geometric collar, and it sits right at my waist, so it has both and interesting and flattering silhouette.

I’ll miss my grandparents… but Hawaii isn’t too far away, and I’ll have these pieces as tokens of them in my daily life.

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The Sewing Bunny December 30, 2007 at 2:45 pm

i love the purple plaid jacket! looks like you scored some cool things!

Fashion Networks December 30, 2007 at 10:08 pm


I loved the Violet 60′s dress of your grandma…. makes me reminiscent of the winging 60′s


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Fenke December 31, 2007 at 3:39 am

WOW, you are lucky!
When my grandmother died i was about ten and did not realised the great sense for fashion she had. now my mom keeps telling me ‘oh yeah your grandma also had a crush on shoes’ and so on. the same with my mother, actually. on the pics of her as a young girl in the sixties I see her wearing the most adorable outfits. but she GAVE ALL THEIR CLOTHES AWAY…

Stephanie December 31, 2007 at 8:35 am

Wow, your grandmother is beautiful and so fashionable - it must be in your genes!

ambika December 31, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Oh my gosh, what amazing hand me downs! Lucky! My grandma is just a big hippie so there’s not much for me to steal. Sigh.

Candid Cool January 1, 2008 at 6:18 pm

your grandma looks adorable :)

K January 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm

That purple plaid cape is to die for! And your grandparents also lived in and Eichler. I hope the house stays in your family.

jennine January 2, 2008 at 6:57 pm

yeah, i love the purple coat!
and they are selling the house, no one wants to live in sunnyvale.
yeah… no one.

Mothra January 5, 2008 at 12:37 am

Mothra likes this post but can feel how sad it made you. Don’t move to Hawaii cause that #*!!&*# bleeping
you know who lives there. Also Mothra would cry when you left.

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