My Grandmother would have been 130 this month. She lived with us during most of my childhood and died at 87. I took this picture with my "Brownie" at age 12 and Grandma 81. She moved to LA, California by herself at 21 in 1900. As a seamstress and shop owner, she would travel to wealthy families sewing dresses for all the women in the family. She was a very independant woman until she met my Grandfather and married at age 30. Being her youngest grandchild, I would sit at her feet where she read to me, told me stories, made doll clothes and taught me to sew. I was fascinated with her Hat Needle Case so at age 12 she helped me make one.