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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

ABC Wed: V for Violet , vintage and vest


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.

http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/



15 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

The violet is such a pretty shade of blue, Ann. I LOVE the little vests. ;)

TexWisGirl said...

the art is wonderful - both the embossing and the wood turning!

Carver said...

Great post and shots. Very creative. Carver ABC-Wed. Team

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful work, Ann! I love the little vests! I have never seen the likes of it, though one of my neighbours makes beautiful cards too. Have a lovely day tomorrow!
Wil, ANC Team.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful arts
life is always a joy to celebrate

thanks for sharing your mushroom tale, amazing! three days of being dead.....

Kim, USA said...

She is very artistic. ^_^

Kim,USA

Andy David said...

Dear Ann,
Great, great words using the letter V. You know I love the flowers best. Thanks for sharing.

Roger Owen Green said...

vintage folks indeed
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Life with Kaishon said...

They sound like a very wonderful couple. I am glad they help you : ) I also love those pretty cards. Beautiful. Wishing you a very happy week Ann.

Jama said...

The parchment cards are so lovely!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

OOOh I love those bowl...wood turning had not heard that term, but what beautiful work - and what a lovely gift. I wish them and you many more happy productive years!

chubskulit said...

Your african violet is gorgeous.

Eye View
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Joops said...

Those are very pretty vest.

Variety of Wild Birds, have a nice day.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I enjoyed learning about Bill and Rae, and i followed your link to read about their talented sculptor son. Always love to hear of people at any age who are active and engaged with their world. Very interesting post, Ann. Thank you!

Suzy said...

I love handmade cards. Lovely post Ann.