We spent yesterday with my grandparents, Lil and Nonie's great-grandparents. My family is full of creative folks but my grandmother is one of the most creative of us all. She has always been a jeweler, painter, illustrator, writer...... The list goes on and on. My girls have not gotten to spend much time with their great-grands as we've always been across the country. Well, no more! We now live three hours away. I feel like spending time with and getting to know my grandparents is a gift I can give my girls.
When I was a girl my grandparents lived in Ossining, New York. They lived in a 100 plus year old home full of curiosities and quirks. One of the most spectacular things about the home was the garden my grandparents lovingly cultivated for the almost fifty years they lived there.
When I was a child my grandmother wrote and illustrated a book about that garden called 'Anna's Secret'. It is about me visiting in the summer and finding little folks living in the garden. It is a story my girls have grown to love. The illustrations in the book are just gorgeous and I managed to get some copies yesterday. I plan on framing them and hanging them in the girls room.
Clay models of the mice in the story.
Little corners of my grandmother's studio.