Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Grandma's Garden - Once Upon A Sketch and Pink Challenge at SB.com

This was created for the Pink Challenge at Scrapbook.com and for the Once Upon A Sketch Challenge (sketch by the greatly talented Nadia Cannizzo).  A tribute to my grandma, a beautiful sweet soul.  

My journaling is always on the back of my layout and it reads:

After several years of living away from my hometown, I decided it was time to move back and spend some time with my grandmother before time escaped.  Her health was fragile.   Every weekend I would go to see her, bring her flowers from the market and sit and chat.    Boy could that woman chat!

In our weekly conversations, I sat and listened to old family stories, dreams from her youth that would never be, regrets, successes and perhaps a few stories that made me go , hmmmmmmm really?  I cherished our visits.

She loved flowers in her tiny little garden but was no longer able to plant any so I became her "able- bodied hands" for planting. One fall, I planted a good 200 bulbs for her - pink  and yellow tulips.  I also planted 200 bulbs in my garden.   We were gonna have a contest to see whose bulbs would grow and who's  bulbs would get dug up and eaten by the squirrels. 

In the spring her garden was a bloom with the biggest most gorgeous tulips.  She'd call me and ask how mine were.  I had about a dozen.  We laughed and laughed at my pathetic garden skills. 

Grandma passed away that July.  She is missed daily.  She was an angel here and I am certain she is with the angels "there".

Incidentally, these are the only 3 tulips in my garden.  That's all I have.  I took this photo on Mother's Day to remember her and our giggles over my crummy garden. 

I used the Dusty Attic Dusty In Bloom Flowers - Bridal Veil DA0805 and inked the edges pink with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Cats Eye Pastels in pink. 

I also used the Dusty Attic Baroque Corners DA0543, the smallest size.  Inked them with the Cats Eye pink, covered in clear embossing powder and then stretched them out over the wings as accents. 

Thanks for looking.
Little up date: Thank you to all at SB.com who voted this as a runner up in the Pink Challenge.


  1. Oh my, this is just beautiful. I love every detail. The photo, your story, the wings, the jewel. So so beautiful. Thanks for joining us at OUAS :)

  2. Your sweet tribute is so touching and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Wht a beautiul story. So happy you have the three tulips at least!

    Thanks for sharing this with us at OUAS!

  3. Such a striking page, love your feather feature. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS =)

  4. Jennifer - this has to be one of my favest pages of yours! it is divine, so soft and so beautiful and the journalling is so precious. Just love that bit about the tulips! Congrats on the OUAS feature sweetie, very very well deserved! xoxo

  5. Jennifer, Your work is leaving me speechless. So beautiful!