This Layout is very special to me, the chicks were drawn by my beautiful Nana, Isla Annie Labone, this was given to me after she had 'gone home'. Nana's drawing skills were well loved by ALL of the family, and we are many, we are blessed that she has written a song for each of her 'grandchildren' and had written out the words in beautiful calligraphy and finished it with a pencil sketch of us - possibly NOT the photo we would have chosen to be sketched, but a treasure all the same! I will tell you a little story - that will both horrify you and make you smile.....
There is a story about chickens that has followed me all of my life....when I was about 3 years old I was staying with Nana, who had been a hard working farm girl...she had chickens and as children we loved them and just adored the chicks as they hatched and wandered. one day I was heard to come to Nana and had one of the chicks in my hands, with a big smile on my face and said 'look Nana, chickie sleeping!' you can imagine my Nana's look of horror as she realised it was not sleeping at all, but was infact dead - I had actually 'loved it to death' by patting it too enthusiastically.......as if that wasn't enough my older brother happened to hold some chicks by the neck and told them to 'eat' and their poor little necks were not up to the task - Nana's little helpers were given time off that day! LOL! As you can imagine this tale has been brought up at many a family function....and probably will be again....so you can see why this sketch is special to me....as I was putting this layout together and saw Nana's writing, I remembered the many letters I have from her, handwritten and often with the words 'good girl Pet!' What beautiful memories...but I am sure I was anything but 'Pet' that day, although Nana never showed it! God bless her!
Registered: March 24, 2006 Location: Deep in the Heart of TEXAS Posts: 16128
Mon, Feb 08, 2010 @ 1:25 PM
Lovely, lovely card, Linda and such a sweet, sad story!! Your Nana was very talented!! Those chicks are precious!!
------------------------------ Phyllis Young at heart, slightly older in other parts. We really never grow up, we just learn how to act in public!! What if you woke up today with only what you had thanked God for yesterday??
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Tue, Feb 09, 2010 @ 3:38 AM
Linda, this is quite early to have me crying all over my keyboard. That drawing is so pretty and your story. Well, I have no recollection at all of any of my nana's, as one had died before I was born and the other one was quite sick, so your story touches me profoundly. I love how you can tell a story and touch people the way you do. Beautiful card too of course, but this time, the words just hit home real bad. Love ya, thanks for sharing, I know your nana still loves you. I do, hugsxo
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Tue, Feb 09, 2010 @ 5:10 PM
Gosh Linda, this is so beautifully done as always. And, your story is one that I positively know does come up at family functions. Your story was fabulous and your creation just as much so. LOVE your lace corner, images, coloring, papers. It's just spectacular to say the least!! TFS!
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Sat, Feb 13, 2010 @ 10:56 AM
Schicken killer! Lol. Oh Linda, we had chickens too, and my lil nephew Andrew did the same thing. That's some hard lovin's, ain't it? I can see where you got all that amazing artistic talent too. I love how you are preserving memories for your children, and so beautifully. The little fence looks great with your schickens, and Nanas chickens are the best! Love you, and your heart!
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