This week's challenge on Artist's Play Room is What Do You Treasure. No problem with that topic, the little hand-made doll in the picture below is one of my most treasured things.
Mixed Media, Jez
In one of my cupboards I have three cardboard boxes, jammed with little mementos from over 50 years' worth of marriage, motherhood and grandmotherhood.
Anyone clearing out those boxes would see only scrappy bits of paper, hand-made cards, and even a tiny packet of baby teeth and hair. It would be a case of 'Toss it in the skip', but to me these are my precious memories and treasures, and I often look at them.
Carol was only 4 when she made this doll at infant school, an early start to her love of crafting. After 50 years it's rather battered, especially considering it's only made of paper and stuffed with cotton-wool. And it is doubly precious at the moment as she is very ill.
What kind of teacher would have 4 year olds sewing through paper! One short of money and craft materials in those far off days, obviously.
Can't remember how old she was when she made this white teddy (from Crimplene fabric) as a present for me, but not too much older. It's so tiny, just about 3 inches high, with sequins for eyes and nose.
The next little treasure was made by daughter No. 2, Zoë. As it's Mother's Day on 10th March this is a very appropriate treasure for the APR challenge. Here's the poem she wrote for it.
This is just part of a large Mother's Day card she made for me on rough cardboard (an early start with recycling). A large coloured tissue-paper tassel was glued on the front along with a loving message, and inside was covered with more sweet messages and the poem.
Zoë always says she missed out on the craft gene, but it's clear that even at 5 or 6 years old she was intended for a literary future, with highly developed writing skills, particularly in the field of poetry. (Actually she is a writer now, as well as a professional photographer.) This is the poem, in case you can't read her childhood script:
"I have loved you till this day
And I shall love you ever more
Till I fall upon the floor."
How can a Hallmark card match that? I really treasure it.
A final pair of treasures to show you - the precious cases that held my engagement ring and wedding ring.
What makes you think I'm a sentimental old codger?