...today would have been my Grandma's 100th birthday - I so wish she was here to celebrate this milestone, although quite what she would have made of this crazy world we live in now I really don't know. In honour of her 100th birthday I have decided to have a little giveaway. This Studio 490 Art Part piece is made from a haul of new goodies that I was demoing at the weekend. To join in with the giveaway all you need to do is leave me a comment here. I will announce the winner, who will be chosen at random, next Wednesday, 3rd October 2012.
The base of the piece is two Art Part hearts, coloured with Distress Inks and Stains and then overstamped with a really cool honeycomb background stamp from Art For You... I love that background stamp loads... I can see me using it time and again. I added some Stencils For Arts bits and bobs on the base and sanded the edges to make them a bit shabby. The rose is stamped three times onto Grungepaper and then decoupaged, coloured with Fired Brick Distress Ink and assembled with a diddy resin flower for the centre. The LOVE is from the Hearts Art Parts pack... coloured with Fired Brick Stain, dried, sanded to age and then popped onto the stalk of the Echinacea flower - I chopped the leaves off the bottom of this piece and used some of the offcuts to shore up the underneath of the LOVE... so it had something to sit on at the same depth as the stalk (if that makes sense lol) The butterfly was stamped onto more Grungepaper and coloured with Wild Honey and Fired Brick DI and then shaped to sit a-flutter on the bottom of the heart. I punched a couple of holes in the top of the heart and added some wire for a hanging.
Indulge me do please... a few words about my lovely Gran. Everyone always says that they have the best Gran in the world... and mine really was. She spoiled me with her time - we used to go for lovely walks along the river where she would point out wildflowers to me and taught me all about nature. And the long walks along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal which was just by where she lived - we used to take a jam-jar and a little fishing net and bring home tadpoles. We used to catch Sticklebacks and Minnows but she would never let me bring those home. She used to take me out in the summer holidays on trips to Otley - and every single time, without fail, I would fall into the pond and get my pants wet. We used to go for walks near Charlie Parker's farm - I remember one time she got caught short... and needed to do the necessary. In a field of bulls. I never saw her move so quickly, haring across the field with a herd of bulls starting a stampede. And once we were safely out of the way we couldn't stand up for laughing. Happy memories.
My Gran was quite a reserved woman, not one for public displays of affection... but I didn't need that because I knew that she loved me, the way she would spend so much time playing, teaching me, making cards (ok, covering her in glitter and Gloy glue), telling me stories of the olden-days when she was a yong girl growing up in Wales. I remember coming home with my O'Level results - not doing as well as I should have. Instead of berating me, she simply said "you can re-sit them".
She was a very wise lady - she had her own fair share of hardship during her life and I think that her aim for me was to give me as much knowledge as possible so my life was easier. I am sure I am the woman I am now because of my formative years with my Grandma, I just wish that she was here to see how my life turned out. I was 17 when she passed away, I was never going to be ready for that day and when it came it truly felt like a part of me died too. So. To my dear Grandma, Happy Birthday, where-ever you may be, I will always carry you within my heart and my memories.
That's all for now peeps... thanks for looking... TTFN