Pink Saturday ~ My Babushka Vera


This is my Maternal Grandmother at my sister Vera’s wedding in 1969. She looks so sweet in pink! I really loved my grandmother. She only had one hand. One of her arms was amputated from her elbow down when she was young. She immigrated to the U.S.A. alone without my grandfather who was murdered in Iran in the late 40’s. She did more with her one hand than a lot of people do with two. Her embroidery was amazing. My Babushka Vera died in March of 1980. She was a Godly woman who prayed for all her grandchildren and for all her grandchildren’s future spouses. I am so looking forward to seeing her in heaven.


This is a tablecloth and napkins my babushka embroidered for us for a wedding gift. In keeping with the Pink Saturday theme here’s another tablecloth I have that she embroidered.


For more Pinkness visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and demanding a ransom for me to access them. I’m slowly cleaning up many of my posts where PB have added ugly black and grey boxes where my photos used to be. So frustrating!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

48 thoughts on “Pink Saturday ~ My Babushka Vera

  1. This post made me happy. It stirred up lots of memories of my grandmother, her gifts and her presence as love in my life. Wonderful embroidery.

  2. What an amazing Babushka Vera you had!

    I so loved the story you shared about her–and she was beautiful in Pink! Her embroidery skills were just splendid!

    Hope you have a great Pink Sat. ! Dana

  3. Good morning Ellen B.,
    What a darling Babushka you have present tense intended. She must have been a brave woman to come here alone. I would image the table cloths she embroidered for you are some of your favorites.
    Have fun in Whittier…I’m headed for cooler climbs…San Pedro where there’s a cool breeze.

  4. What a fabulous post!! And her embroidery work was exquisite. In answer to your question on my Pink Saturday post…..yes, that is her everyday look. She says it’s to keep her young….whatever…but she is a wonderful house cleaner.

  5. the hand work is amazing and your story is beautiful, In th end the good memories is all that we all have, Hope you have a wonderful week.

  6. This is a lovely post, Ellen! I have not heard much about this Baba. She must have immagrated to U.S. with your Mom and Dad – knowing that Kathy was born in Iran..? If your Saturday is in Whittier with Jackson…there won’t be too much “pink” there!!!! Give lots of hugs for me πŸ™‚

  7. Oh, even the name Babushka is charming. Your’s is so lovely in that pink outfit. She created beautiful things. Happy Pink Saturday. Your post is beautiful. Karen

  8. Oh this is a wonderful tribute to a woman who must have glowed with the love Jesus. The pink outfit only reflected that glow even more!

  9. What beautiful treasures! I love the photo collage of your grandma and the forget-me-not embroidery around her. Thank you for sharing such a treasure! Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. Oh, I enjoyed every word of your post! Tell us more about your Babushka sometimes. I want to hear MORE!!! She sounds incredible, and what an inspiration. Her work is beautiful, but I have the feeling her heart was the most beautiful of all.

  11. I’m so glad I got to see this post! What an amazing woman your Babuska Vera was and her embroidery is so beautful!

    So sorry about all the fires going on again in S CA! It has been a bad year. Wish we could send some of the rain we’ve been getting your way.

    Happy Pink Saturday

    Hugs, Pat

  12. Ellen, your Babushka Vera was so sweet in that precious photo. I love all the pink around her photo. Her embroidery is awesome and with one hand. A sweet pink post today for a special person in your life.


  13. Oh, what a preciously sweet post. What a beautiful grandmother you had and to think of all she went throug and could still embroider like that? Her work is lovely! I know you cherish those tablecloths.
    Be a sweetie,

  14. Ellen, What a beautiful post of your grandmother. I love her embroidery work. She sounds like she was a wonderful godly woman! pink hugs, Ellen πŸ™‚

  15. thank you for publishing this post. i know of a couple of men with only one arm and they do more that any of us with two. including raising a family, driving a logging truck, fireman and other things. brave people!!!
    maybe that is what grandmothers are for too is to pray for their grandchildren!!!thanks for the encouragement.

  16. Hello and Happy Pink Saturday. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. What a beautiful person your Grandmother was and her embroidery is exquisite, just amazing that she did that with one hand! What a treasure for you to hold on to and pass down. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  17. Beautiful embroidery work! Having recently gotten into embroidery–and taking forever to stitch the simple projects I’ve attempted so far–I can’t imagine how long that must have taken to do. And with one hand–wow!!

  18. Thanks for sharing your lovely memories about your Babushka. Her handwork is beautiful. A couple Pink Saturdays ago, I wrote about my grandma Alice (Gaga) and her embroidery, and shared a lot of pictures of her work. Maybe we should start a “tell me about your grandmother” day …

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  19. Dear Ellen, i was missing my babushka Vera:) and just googled her and found your babushka Vera, my babushka Vera died in 2005 , she lived in the USSR and we couldn’t get her out of there, later it was too late , we used to visit her on summer holidays in Moscow, i miss her so much , i do wish i could save time in a bottle , like in the song, and spend it with her over and over again.

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