Sunday, 31 August 2008

Funeral Friday

So I have a good excuse for missing my Friday post. My husband's grandmother passed away last weekend and we traveled to Sydney for her funeral. While it was sad, she has been sick for awhile and in the end passed peacefully surrounded by family. Nan was an incredibly talented woman - she painted, knitted and made beautiful Faberge style eggs. Our family is lucky enough to own several of these items as you can see below.

These are two of Nan's cards that she painted. We also own a lovely frog done as a wedding present, but it is still packed up waiting for the house to be built. Nan loved Australian native birds, animals and plant life and these things featured heavily in her art. The main aim of her back garden was to attract the native bird life and she was frequently visited by rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, magpies and an assortment of others.

The parrot card was given to us at Nan's funeral. My equally talented mother-in-law made sure everyone who attended got one of these cards with a lovely photo and poem inside. It is a lovely way of remembering such a special lady.

Our children have been showered in knitted gifts from Nan - blankets, toys and jumpers.

Kira loves this jumper, she calls it her tail jumper. You can see the bunny rug made for when

Luke was baby follows a similar theme.

Nan also knitted gorgeous toys for our kids. The first picture is of most of them, with a few missing. They are on another blanket made by Nan for Kira when she was born. The two Mickey's belong to Luke. The one on the right is the "original." It use to look like the one on the left! When I realised exactly how much Mickey was loved, I asked Nan to make me a backup!

This is probably one of my favourite Nan toys. It's a reversible doll! Turn her upside down, pull her skirt down and you have a new doll. It just think it is soo clever.

Lastly, the eggs. Leigh and I were given one each when we got married and the kids were each given one when they were born. They are highly treasured.

As you can see, I wasn't joking when I said she was a highly talented lady! She will be sadly missed.

1 comment:

Emma said...

What a generous and talented woman! It's wonderful that you have so many items to help remember her.