Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Creative Space



My creative space this week is dedicated to my beautiful nan.


She taught me to sew & encouraged me when I made mistakes.
She patiently taught me how to knit and celebrated my first stiches.


Nan gave me alot of her time and gave me a real love for making and creating.
We made dolls, clothes, cut & pasted, made patterns, puppets & dressups.
We baked bread, found shells and played endless games of cards.
We experimented, sang, made up stories along the way.
Nan taught me to sing the alphabet backwards, a
handy thing to know.


She gave me this pink sewing box when I was about nine. I was so excited. It was filled with bits and bobs, elastic, buttons, ribbon, press studs, pins and her own mother's glasses case. Inside the case were a few old needles & a photo of Nan when she was a girl. Her mothers name was written on the inside in ink pen, 'Carrie Moore'.
Nan also taught me to swim in the sea, to love nature, to laugh and to love life.
She was funny, warm, caring, messy, and cuddly.


My nan was many other things of course, such as an inspiring & inspired teacher, a friend to all, the person who introduced playgroups into Victoria, a loving mother of three. She was an enthusiast, an asthmatic & a wearer of slacks. A lover of sweet things and cakes. She was a devoted partner to my grandfather, Hume and a great support to my hard working mum.
To me she was also the best grandmother ever. She is always in my thoughts &
I still miss her every day.


When I was twelve she made me this amazing embroidered present. Every piece or panel tells a part of my life.


I don't really know the rules of My Creative Space, or if there are any, but I hope it's ok to talk about my Nan who gave me such a lot. She will always be so much a part of who I am,
and what I make today.
More creative spaces here.

28 comments:

Kirsty said...

What beautiful Nan treasures you have. Nans are pretty special aren't they?

Emjie said...

This is the best thing I have read this week. Thank you for sharing something so beautiful and dear to your heart. Your Nan sounds like an incredible woman.

Vic @ Punky and Me said...

Oh. Wow.

That is just beautiful, and by that I mean your post, your thoughts, your lovely heartfelt gifts from you Nan....

Thank you for sharing a gorgeous, warm & lovely part of your life...! *sniffles!*

M* (Melanie) said...

That has got to be one of the most beautiful posts I've ever read. It is a beautiful creative space. Very very inspiring on so many levels.

anitameade said...

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about your Nan. Sounds like the gifts she brought to your life were priceless. Love this creative space. Anita. xxx

Debra said...

What gorgeous memories to treasure...and beautiful work and skills she shared with you..a lovely lady i think :)

Leonie Guld said...

You can talk about your nan as much as you like.

edward and lilly said...

So special and inspiring, thanks for sharing your beautiful memories.

yardage girl said...

Wonderful Nans are above the rules. Thanks for sharing this with us. I miss my Nana every day too.

RedorGrayArt said...

you created a wonder filled tribute today!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post! (And I have sewing box envy - that is just awesome)

Gina said...

Well everyone has already said it Beck, but what a touching post. That embroidery is just amazing, and must be so treasured. Much as I love my nan, our relationship is nothing like the one you have described, with all that precious time and activity and learning and appreciation. I'm so glad that you have had that and that you treasure it, even if it makes the ache of her absence that much stronger...

Tracey said...

what a fantastic Nan, lovely entry

Kylie said...

So gorgeous and so perfect a creative space in my opinion :) Thank you for sharing this. Nan's are special people, aren't they? I love the photos and I absolutely adore that embroidery. Hope you come back again next week? Kylie

kellie said...

A fantastic tribute. You're lucky to have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. She sounds like an amazing lady.

Brenda said...

What a special treasure you have to remember your Nan.

Kate said...

What a gorgeous post Beck. She sounds like an amazing, inspiring woman. She sounds like a woman we all wish we had in our lives and also wish we could be (well I do anyway). That embroidery looks divine, I can't wait to come over soon to check it out in person. Hope you are feeling better. XX

Pomona said...

That is so lovely - I still miss my grandmother every day, and have her cotton reel carousel, which is one of my most treasured possessions. You are very lucky to have that embroidered picture from her - and doesn't it show how handmade gifts are the best?

Pomona x

babalisme said...

You're so lucky to have a nan like her! Did you make the stitching when you're 12??? WOW!

Nikki Cardigan said...

The world would be a different place if everyone had such an inspiring, loving and passionate older person in their life. It was lovely to read about your Nan.

Bird Bath said...

Such a lovely post. What treasured memories your Nan has left with you!

Angie said...

What a beautiful post & the embroidery must be a lovely reminder of your Nan, thanks for sharing it here.

Michele said...

Thanks for inspiring me to remember my grandmothers today. Your Nan was very special.

Leslie said...

So special. Made me think of my own grandmother, thank you.

Amanda said...

What a warm and lovely post. Sounds like we all could use a nan like yours...Your quite lucky, but you already know that ;)...

Cardygirl said...

Thankyou for sharing your treasure & beautiful memories.

Aussie-waffler said...

What a lovely post and it sounds like you had a truly special relationship with your Nan.

midge said...

what a beautiful dedication to someone who must have been a great woman. you are very lucky to have such lovely memories and gifts from her and even luckier to be able to articulate them so well.