Grandmothers Are Extra Special!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Good Saturday morning everyone.  And a very special welcome to Linda!


You've reached the next stop on our special blog hop celebrating grandmothers!  Hopefully you've arrived from Nance's blog and have been awed and amazed at all the creativity you've seen so far.  If you're just beginning your journey here, then you'll definitely want to go back to the beginning and start at Lesley's blog.

My very talented and witty friend, Linda is soon to become a grandmother for the first time and the ever-thoughtful Lesley thought it would be fun to celebrate with a blog hop!  Our theme is this beautiful quote from an unknown author:  "A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart."

I have many fond memories of my own grandmother and the card I made today reflects a very special tradition we had.


She had many lovely and dainty tea cups.  I don't recall that any of them matched or were part of a set, but they were all exceptionally pretty and every time I touched one, I was afraid I would break it.  But she never seemed to worry that my little grubby kid-sized fingers would inflict any damage on those cups and she would brew batches of tea and serve it in them.  (My mother never let my sisters and me drink tea, so I always felt like I was getting away with something when I was enjoying a cup of tea with my Nana)!

Sometimes we would make donuts (my job was to roll the donut holes in sugar) and sometimes she would let me poke around in her knitting basket and ruin the mittens she was working on.  She hated having her picture taken (we have home movies of her running across the front lawn away from the camera) .  She was frugal and resourceful.  She was from New Brunswick and always said she was from "down east" even though that was "up north" of where we lived!  But most of all, she was the ever-patient Nana that gave me a lifetime of good memories. 

A grandmother is so, so special and I have no doubt that Linda will make a fantastic one! 

Thanks for sticking with me while I reminisced about my grandmother!  Now to continue this hop, your next stop is Tui.  Enjoy the ride!

In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete list of participants:

Jen Mitchell   =====> That's me!
Rita Wright (who just had a beautiful baby girl)!!!

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12 Responses to “Grandmothers Are Extra Special!”

Mary Fish said...

i think of teacups and china when i think of my grandmother, too! hugs,mary

Mary Fish said...

continuing . . . the card is lovely. especially intriguing how you added the scalloped circle to form the top! m

Mikki said...

Jen, I loved the story along with this beautifully made card. The colors are terrific and always love the way you put it all together.

Cindy Hall said...

Teacups, many of them in different patterns and sizes. You just evoked more memories of my grandmother. Your card is beautiful, I love the colors, and the design of the card.

Jen Timko said...

I was lucky enough to get a silver tea service from my grandmother and the tea cup card is a particularly touching tribute to your grandmother. So special how that generation managed to make a cup of tea into a lifelong memory. Beautiful card, Jen!

Patti said...

What lovely memories of your grandmother. And your teacup card is a beautiful tribute.

LeAnne said...

Your teacup is beautiful, and what sweet, funny memories of your grandma!

Ann Schach said...

What wonderful memories! Your card is gorgeous as always!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Jen
loving this HOP and all the gramma stories. Can't wait for Linda to enter this life changing experience.
Your card, as always is fabulous.
hugs

Linda Callahan said...

Oh Jen Mitchell you were holding out on me! I am blown away by all of this! How lucky am I to have such wonderful stamping friends! Your card is perfection with that beautiful teacup and intricate design. And such fun memories of your grandmother!

irishgalkelly said...

Hi Jen! Love your beautiful story and memories. It's wonderful how you made a card as a reflection of those memories. Love the teacup. May I ask which stamp you used? Your coloring is perfection. Love the brown and pink colors too. SO pretty!!!

Anne Marie Hile said...

A gorgeous card to celebrate such wonderful memories with your grandma, Jen. Love the color combo and the delicae tea cup image. So pretty! :)