Monday, October 26, 2009

Loveliest



My very excellent Granny is 88 today. Last night we had a birthday ‘do’ for her. The middle kid woke everyone up that morning yelling ‘I know what I’m going to make for Granny!’ and proceeded to get busy with toilet rolls, tissue box, feathers, buttons, wool, the odd kilometre of sticky tape and put together a mid-flight bird and a legless horse. He also gave her $2.

With that sort of ante-upping, the pressure was on. Eighty eight year olds, about to downsize the living arrangement, don’t need a whole lot of stuff. But given Granny has handed the iceblock feet down the generations, I figured a lavender wheat bag couldn’t go astray. A luxuriously snuggly, felted, red, woollen offcut (previously recognisable as a sleeve from this wardrobe refashion and originally gifted by Gina), looked pretty spiffy with some Auntie Cookie chickens...



Because, along with the iceblock feet, I have also inherited the sense of mischief, I couldn’t resist a bit of embroidery from the heart...



Happy birthday sweet lady.

41 comments:

Jhoanna said...

Happy Birthday to your Granny! That is one sweet lavendar wheat bag :-)

CurlyPops said...

Awww that's the perfect gift for an old chook with cold feet! Happy Birthday to your lovely Granny.

Grace said...

Awesome! Love the middle childs ideas and yours too.
Happy Birthday Granny.

Christy said...

happy birthday granny! 88 is a fabulous number!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your middle child is brilliant ! Grannies love going mad with little sums of money , especially when lovingly sacrificed by small , serious children .
Gefeliciteered with your Granny and I hope she always looks just as happy as she does in your lovely photo . Warm toes will definitely help .

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

That's the best! What a fabulous ... and teensy bit naughty ... gift. I love your embroidery.

Happy birthday to your wonderful Granny.

beck said...

How thoughtful, funny & sweet! Love Granny's smile, isn't she ace? xo

Bek said...

Oh how wonderful! Great pic and great present! You middle child sounds like my first born. Always making something involving sticky tape.

Mel said...

Oh how beautiful and how thoughtful! I love the combination of the red and browns - very warming. I too have the ice-block chill blain covered toes. Should make one of these for myself!

Happy Birthday Granny!

Leonie Guld said...

Awwww. How fantastic is THAT!!! I bet she loved it!! Happy birthday Granny!!!

Sue said...

Happy birthday Granny.
I love the "old chook" wheat bag and judging by the pic so does Granny. Well done

One Flew Over said...

Happy Birthday Granny! What a ROCKING birthday present - love it!

thea said...

She's so cute! Happy birthday to her!!

thea.
xx


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Amanda said...

So sweet..I love your wheat bag!!!!

Tas said...

That is the coolest bag. I'm sure that your Gran loves it! Happy birthday.

PottyMouthMama said...

Is your family the cutest family in the world? A toilet paper mid-flight bird? Oh man, that kills me. SO CUTE! I love the lavender bag, that is beautiful and heartfelt. She's not a bad bird either.

Kirsty said...

It's just beautiful! The old chook looks pretty beautiful too. Hope she had a happy birthday.

Gina said...

Your family are beyond cute. Granny, wheat bag, legless horse and all. Makes me feel all squishy inside!

Gina said...

Oh, and way to upcycle the sleeve! If indeed it IS the sleeve... you didn't decide to hack into your upside-down bolero again did you?! xx

Aussie-waffler said...

Fabulous post and a huge Happy Birthday to Granny, I'll bet she was a deriously happy Granny with all those gifts. So happy she probably needed a wee lie down, am I right ?

Searching for Sporadic Surprises said...

Happy 88th Birthday Granny. She looks thoroughly impressed with her adobrable wheat bag!

m.e (Cathie) said...

that's beautiful! happy birthday to your gorgeous granny ♥

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That is really sweet! Happy birthday Granny!

Andi said...

Happy Birthday Old Chook!!

Tracey said...

How cool is that for a great gift! Gorgeous post :)
Speaking of granny's - how are the squares going?

Daan said...

That is so sweet!

Happy Birthday!

and teh kid's gift is toooooo sweet, the 2 dollars, great! It brings me a smile;

My son went to get pizza's with is father. he got his savings (about 1 euro 70) and told us it was his treat

Karen said...

Which is the cutest - the granny or the wheatbag!!
Great gift for the ageing member of teh family too Tania.

M* (Melanie) said...

Oh that is so sweet! What a lovely read at the end of a long day. Thanks Tania.

Lovely to meet you the other night too. Hope it happens again very soon!

Happydacks said...

Lovely photo of your excellent Granny! Happy 88th Birthday to her! xxx

Sherrin said...

I love the photo of your Grandma so much! Awesome image. Great too that you get to spend her birthday with her. :o)

said...

such a beautiful age:)

Anonymous said...

Tarn,
Please send your gorgeous Gran my birthday wishes! She is looking fabulous!
I cannot believe she is 88!!
Love the wheat bag pressie!
Love Jen
Ps It's your Mum's b'day coming up soon isn't it?

elly bee said...

this looks so much more comfi then a plastic hot water botle. I opt for one..... but I'm sure I have to wait till I reach that age before you make me one as well!
eb x

Nikki said...

I suspect there's an inherited sense of humour in the family, too? I see a twinkle in your Gran's eye....

So. What did she buy with the $2?

Fer said...

Your Granny is cool... :)

Madeline said...

Your Granny really is the loveliest. Happy Birthday to her!

tea with lucy said...

Your Granny looks and sounds like a real sweety!

Happy 88th Granny!

Kylie said...

Oh how wonderful!! Happy 88th Granny :)
Love her presents - your wheat bag is super fabulous and I LOVE the $2 (still giggling about that!) K x

Nikki Cardigan said...

I love that you are so blatantly blaming Granny for YOUR mischief.

Sandrine said...

This is so sweet and funny!Happy birthday to your precious granny;)I hope I will look as good as her when I reach 88!

GUGAW said...

how sweet! and grr for being so talented with a needle and thread. eternally jealous x