Friday 4 April 2008

Sweet Peas & a Good Catch Up!

Mum had been sorting through her glory box (hope chest) when she came across a whole lot of stuff she had forgotten about. Scrapbooks and water colour paintings done by her Mother, my beautiful Granny.

Among the treasures was this beautiful water colour of sweet peas in a vase done by Granny many years ago. She was an accomplished artist in many different mediums. I love this painting so Mum gave it to me.

Granny passed away in January of 2007 and in the March, this darling Sweet Pea arrived. She is the first child of my brother Phillip and his partner Nicole. They named her Georgia Mary, such special names as our Dad who passed away over 20 years ago was Peter George and Granny was Mary Stella.

Phill, Nic and The Sweet Pea are over from Cairns, Australia on a visit. The Sweet Pea is just gorgeous, naturally! Here she is surrounded by her big cousin The Princess's, many toys!

Both Babes grandparents are home from hospital so life is a little less busy. I managed to do the tiniest bit of thrifting and came home with a sewing basket to add to my collection, love the hand painted rose on the top of this one.

Remember these baskets to hold your hair curlers in??? My Mum had one!!! Found this one complete with the hair curlers! Nasty prickly things!!!

Over the last few months I have been given lovely awards and have been tagged a few times. I am really sorry about not doing the tags, I love them, I was going to do them all in one go and I have now forgotten what they were about!!!

This gorgeous glitter award was passed on to me by the creator of the award, the oh so talented Barb at 123 Lavender Lane and also the very amusing Brittany at Adeline's Shabby Cottage. GORGEOUS!

I am really sorry but I can't remember who gave me the next two sweet awards. Possibly Jen.
How bad am I!

I award these awards to all of you who read my blog. Please feel free to copy the images and pass them on.

I need to get creating again so have joined a couple of swaps that are inspiring me to get to work.

First of all the Celebrate Banner Swap being hosted by Tamy at GA GA for Garlands. My swap partner is Susan at Creative Destination. I'm a bit nervous because Susan is VERY talented and attends workshops!!!

I was lucky enough to get into the Enchanted Swap hosted by the Gypsy Mermaid. Very exciting and something different!

I am also, if I don't forget, going to join Lori at Faerie Window's Doll Challenge on April 8. It will be lots of fun, I love dolls.

So until then, take care, have fun . . .


Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

cute painting!! love the sewing box too!! xo Britt :-)

Unknown said...

Beautiful post Rachael!!! Love everything as always! I am so excited about Lori's doll challenge! I love dolls!

I would love to have you join my group!!!! That would be wonderful. Do you have an eBay user name you could email me? Then I can send you an invite into the group :)

Sugar Bear said...

Fun thrifty finds! And the painting is lovely and Sweet Pea - too precious!

Artifax said...

What a beautiful painting by your Grandmother! What a talented artist she was!

And what fun blog events coming up! I don't know how you find the time to do it all - creative superwoman, awesome blogger, businesswoman and mommy!

bluemuf said...

Rachael, the picture is beautiful and the little sweet pea is so adorable. I'm sure she had fun with the Princess' toys.

Hugs Karen

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

your granny was very talented

Gail McCormack said...

I love your Granny's painting, how special for you to be able to enjoy it now! How funny about the plastic thingy, I've seen them around, I didn't know that's what they were used for, I thought they may have been a waster paper bin. Thanks Rachael for that bit of info.

Natasha Burns said...

oh i love that special painting Grandma did, it so precious!

kari and kijsa said...

What treasures!! And fun events! Great post! Have a fabulous weekend!

kari & kijsa

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Rachael, sometimes the best treasures are the ones we never knew existed or atleast, haven't seen in a while. : )

Linda said...

Oh, the sweet pea painting is beautiful ( I love the sweet pea, smells so good) and a special treasure since your gran painted it. Good to hear things are less busy and the grandparents are home, now that is good news.
Your swaps sound like great are so creative I can hardly wait to see what you do.
Take care and have a happy day and great week. Hugs, Linda

Lori said...

Rachael, Oh my never seen the curler holder before!! Way to cute!!! Love,Lori

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rachael, So nice to meet you. I have been wanting to stop by for a visit for sometime and I so enjoyed your blog. I love your granny's painting. Really special. She was very talented. I also remember my mother having one of those curler baskets when I was a little girl. I think they are kinda cute now in a shabby sort of way. I am adding you to my favorites and look forward to returning often.
La Rea Rose

CIELO said...

Oh Rachael what a beautiful post... that painting is amazing, I can see the painter's enthusiasm for flowers plastered on the details, and the colors, I can almost picture in my mind a devoted woman bending over her canvas, making lovely things for generations to come... how touching, and so are both names of that sweet baby...

Blessings to you and yours, my friend


Lori said...

great post Rachel:) i love the painting by your granny, what a great talent she had!!! the flowers look so pretty! congrats on all of your awards and thanks so much for giving my doll challenge a plug!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on all those awards!

Love the sewing box, but I don't remember that curler holder thingie!

Beautiful painting by your Grandmother. It's wonderful that you have something like this from her.


ShabbyInTheCity said...

Those swaps sound great! What a sweet baby :) And your grandmother's painting...Wow!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

What a great post! You covered alot of ground. Love your grannie's painting. Precious. Good thrift find as well.


Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I love the painting and sweetpeas are so sweet smelling and pretty....Mary

Anonymous said...

Love your granys sweet peas!! It's beautiful!!

Peta said...

Lovely painting. Watercolours are an extremely difficult medium to work with. Your granny must have been very talented! I have a similar coloured painting also with a vase of flowers. It is in my latest post.

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Rachael,
Now this is odd - i had your blog open today and was about to comment just now on your doll post, about how beautiful Felicity is and that it is so special that she is in your family - but the post disappeared! LOL!

Barbara said...

GREAT FINDS!!! i can't wait until our rummage season start!!!!