I have been sewing since I was a little girl, learning originally in 4-H, then through home ec in junior high, some from a great aunt of mine, and always getting help from Mom. My first sewing basket belonged to my great-grandmother on my father's side. I don't recall how I came to have it but I think it was given to me by my great aunt. I used it for many years, but it didn't travel well to 4-H meetings as you can tell by the safety pin in the latch! It dropped open on me a number of times. Now this basket sits in my living room next to a quilt top I bought that dates back to just after the Civil War. I'll share that another time. Just a bit of nostalgia.....
(The flowers in the picture are from one of the azalea bushes in our yard. My son picked them for me. Spring in the South is beautiful.)