I wanted to feature and celebrate my friends in "growing old very gracefully".
Mr friends Bill and Rae Edgar are past their 4 scores. They play tennis, and Rae comes to help in the Mt Albert Baptist Church ESOL class. I admire her enthusiasm and zeal. In helping her students, Rae is learning Chinese. For Bill, after a career that took him round the world, he enjoys doing what he tells me is wood turning, and turns out wooden vessels. I appreciate their generousity, Rae brought a pot of African Violet to sell at the garage sale we had to raise money for our missionaries. The plant plus many others came from one of their sons. Rae persuade Bill to part with his wood vessels, and she came with a box of it.
The Chinese have a saying, Jao Zhi Yew Fang, loosely translated as teaching or bringing up successful children. Sarawakiana, would you be explain?
You may have found their names familiar. This is because I blog before of their famous artist son John. http://annkschin.blogspot.co.nz/2010/06/outdoor-wednesday-sculture-by-john.html
This is parchment art. Embossing tools are used for tracing, small flowers and laces and other patterns in decorative painting. Because of the unique qualities of parchment paper, you can dry emboss, perforate and even apply different colour medium on it. It might be vintage but is very popular.
My friend Elizabeth's mum Maria started this hobby and now sells her craft to help finance her application to stay in New Zealand. After making the parchment art, she mounts them on cards. She did make a vest design, and I have no idea what happened to it. Maria told me her age, but I shouldn't divulge. She has grand children.
Sorry I am not posting their photos because I didn't ask their permission.