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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Every Picture tells a story. Sometimes cushions do too.

I have found another excellent way of keeping artwork.

Popps is a big time fan of drawing and she will often ask for a suggestion of what to draw.

A few weeks ago she asked me for another suggestion and I asked her to draw me a really special picture. I requested she draw me one of her favourite memories of being with Poppy.

I wasn't sure she actually would. Since my Dad died she has spoken of him very little and leaves the room if others mention his name.

But she sat down and 15 minutes later produced me a picture.

The drawing contains her and Poppy in his ute, the one that he would let her drive while sitting on his knee or to sit on the back when they drove around the paddock. It also includes a tree that has a hole in it where the native animals sleep and hidden in the grass are the native Australian flowers.



The flowers are very hard to see because native flowers are very hard to find. Poppy was teaching her the names of the ones on his block of land that grew in the spring time. Popps has an excellent memory and enjoys learning, the thrill of searching for a specific flower, especially rare wildflowers and learning their names was one of her favourite things.




It is also something that I never took enough notice of and I did not bother to take the time to learn the names of these flowers. There is the egg and bacon flower and the pink heath and the purple ones that are everywhere. But the tiny little wild orchids and the flowers so tiny you stand on them without knowing, the rest of us didn't soak up that knowledge.




Poppy's farm is filled with lots more, there are kangaroos and wallabies and beautiful birds. There are baby lambs or crops to run through. There is a creek that sometimes flows and a dam full of yabbies that has a little boat to float around on.

And to remind us of the happy memories and good times is this cushion.  The picture drawn that day was scanned and sent off to Charlie and Rosie. The team there got to work and produced this excellent cushion for us. It's a beautiful linen fabric and the picture is bold and clear and exactly what was sent to them.




Virginia from Charlie and Rosie has recently got her business going and asked if she could provide me a sample of what she is doing. Virginia is a Melbourne Mum working with her own Mum (how fun does their job sound!) giving her own business idea a go and I was more than happy to check out her wares and I am thrilled that we did. The only thing I had to do was scan the image and email it, the Charlie and Rosie team did everything else.

With the ability to get kids artwork on to fabric you can really find some imaginative ways to keep it.





Check out Charlie and Rosie yourself for some more ideas.






15 comments:

  1. Very nice! How did the artwork get onto the pillow?

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    1. Hi Mei,

      The image (which can be scanned or emailed from a photo) is transferred onto 100% linen fabric using a 2 tonne digital printer (the only one of its kind in Australia).

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  2. Beautiful story. Beautiful memory that you can have forever. X

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  3. What a fabulous idea. I love it!!
    And a great story too, Claire.

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  4. Oh how beautiful! Such a fantastic idea, and so nice that that cushion has so much more meaning than just a drawing.

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  5. Perfect timing! I recently had a cushion made up by someone in the UK with 4 photos of my girls and one of Annabelle's pictures on the front. Although it was pretty the workmanship wasn't great(and the postage was expensive). I've been searching for something similar in Australia so will definitely check this out!

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    1. I forgot to mention how lovely the drawing by Popps is - and it makes a lovely cushion cover. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  6. I love this, anything that bring your own essence into your surroundings makes my heart sing! I also loved the simplicity of seeing your children rugged up and in the outdoors. People tend to be so indoors with cooler weather xx

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  7. That's such a lovely idea, off to check them out now.

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  8. This is such a wonderful idea Claire. I LOVE it! And it's so neat that such a special memory can be encapsulated so visually like this in a cushion. Mel x

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  9. What a terrific idea. I wish Virginia all the best in her new business. x

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  10. That is seriously such a gorgeous idea x

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  11. Love this - I would love to have some of my son's artwork around the house like this. Love too that she's working with her mum. I wish her all the best. x

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