Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Art. The Story

" In the end, the only thing you really own is your story" The Drover. Australia
That's what  Cheri chose to put on the beautiful canvas she designed for me. It arrived with me this week and I have been moved ever since, each time I look at it, by the words and by the thought and care she has put into making such a lovely thing.


I have it on my bedside table, where I can see it right now. Isn't it just me? Didn't she get it just right? She is one talented artist! Thank you Cheri. I love it.

Just like I love the story. So I guess that means I'd better think of a quick one for today. Mmm..one about art. ..

Little E, that ruffian nephew of mine, is two and a half now. He 's starting to think of himself as a bit of a man of the world. He sees how things work, he knows what he likes. Swimming is good ("I swim like a fish"). Rockpools are bad ("It went over my head"). Mobile phones are fine ("Show it to me"). Big light fittings, not so great ("It not fall on me?"). And hoovers? he has a love/hate thing with hoovers. Loves to dare himself to approach one, hates the noise.

So, not long ago, Little E and his family to decided to visit a pizza restaurant. Lots of you know what taking a two year old out to eat is like. He loved the phones on the desk, he hated the wait. But one thing, especially attracted his attention as he sat there, hoping for pizza. The art on the wall. I think it was for sale. I think the artist hoped someone would see it and love it and take it home. Little E saw it. But he didn't love it. He looked. he considered. He shook his head. "It," he opined. "It like noisy hoovers."

Nothing at all like Cheri's stunning canvas, then.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


41 comments:

Scribble Monster said...

That is gorgeous-just like the drover :) no wonder you are moved. Jen xx

Jane said...

that canvas is gorgeous, love the story too

Julie J said...

Lovely canvas. And aren't kids wonderful - reminds me of some of my daughter's comments.

Fiona (angelfish) said...

It is truly beautiful, both the artwork and the sentiment. Perfect for you and as I said on Cheri's blog, I'm not surprised your heart leapt when you saw it there.

Lynn said...

It is so you - clever Cheri - and also loved the story.

Amanda said...

Beautiful canvas, you're right it is so very you no wonder you can't stop looking at it. The book spines are a great idea.

scrappyjacky said...

It's a wonderful canvas...and perfectly you.
Love that little E story.....it reminds me of some of my own children's 'honest'....and far too loud.....comments.

Lisa said...

your canvas is gorgeous - just perfect. I value the two canvases i blogged about recently so much too - the fact that they have been made just for us and are so thoughtfully completed makes them more than special doesn't it?

Carmen said...

It's just gorgeous! Absolutely perfect! As is the story - that young man seems very wise!

Karen said...

Lovely story and even lovelier canvas.

debs14 said...

Wow, Cheri has managed to make that so perfect for you - what a beautiful gift.
Love the Litte E story, Love the expressions little kids make up, I'm guessing that the 'noisy hoover' description of things you don't like will stick with you!

Amy said...

Such a lovely gift, and what a perfectly fitting quote :) Your stories are very entertaining, keep them coming!
Amy xXx

Alana said...

Brilliant story Sian, it made me smile:) I can understand his hatred of the Hoover as Rob was the same at that age....intact he apparently still has the aversion to hoovers as he never cleans his room. Beautiful canvas, such a thoughtful gift, I agree so you.

Louise said...

how lovely to receive such a wonderful gift! Lovely story of little E xx

Sandie said...

Wow! What a thoughtful and perfect gift for you, Sian. And how talented is Cheri? My box is ticked! That is something to really treasure, lucky you. Have a good Sunday. x

Jennifer said...

A wonderful gift for you! It really is perfect and I'm sure you will treasure it. Love the story of Little E.

Gem's Crafts said...

What a gorgeous canvas, and your story about Little E made me smile :)

Jo said...

That is such a stunning canvas. E is such a fun little man :)

humel said...

Art like noisy hoovers is NOT a good thing!

A canvas as beautiful and personal and lovely and special and perfect as that? Definitely a good thing :)

Becky said...

Gorgeous canvas and I love the story!

Alison said...

Indeed perfect for you..it's absolutely beautiful! Bet Little E will have something better to say about IT!
Alison xx

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Honestly, when I saw this piece on Cheri's blog it took my breath away. Not only is it a beautiful piece, but it TOTALLY looks like YOU. It's fabulous!

Super cute story about your sweet little E as well! xo

laurie said...

what a beautiful gift! and, you're right, it is so you. it sounds like little e is a tough art critic but at least he says it like he sees it. :-)

Bubbles said...

Lucky you to recieve such a wonderful creation from Cheri. I saw the photograph before I started reading the post and instantly thought "That is so Sian"... :) It's gorgeous!
Lovely little story too... definitley a little guy who I'd go to a pizza parlour with *lol*

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

That is absolutely gorgeous, you cannot beat a pile of books and this has been done so beautifully Sian, you are a lucky lady! x

Beverly said...

definitely stunning and so perfect!

Amy said...

I could have sworn I commented here yesterday ... oh well, not to worry, but Mr Blogger has been chewing my comments again!

Cheri has made such a beautiful piece of art for you, that Drover is a smart man!

alexa said...

Stunning piece of work - with a very moving quote and so perfect for you! Little Em's sotry is going to be a great one too. :)

WendyB said...

Gorgeous canvas, what a wonderful gift to receive. Great story too, don't they say some wonderful things. We have a hate/hate thing about hoovers around here.

Just_a_bean said...

What a beautiful gift!

Alix said...

what a beautifully, thoughtful and personal gift!

a stunner :0)

Irene said...

That's a perfect gift and so very thoughtful. I love the vintage feel of it and the perfectly titled stack of books. What a wonderful friend to have! Thank you for sharing it. Irene

Melissa said...

What a lovely canvas - Cheri did a great job capturing your spirit in that beautiful piece. Nothing at all like "noisy hoovers!" LOL

I loved your crumble layout, too, makes me want to bake up a crumble tonight. I still have some blueberries in the freezer that my nieces picked for me in the summer!

Scrappi Sandi said...

What an amazing piece of art & so personalised to you!! I love it!! I also love your crumble LO...gotta love a bit of Emma Bridgewater & apple OR blackberries...they're both fine by me!!! :)

Cheryl said...

wow that is beautiful. the close-up really shows the depth of it. lucky you!

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous - and yes perfect for you.

One small nephew at that age would sit in the restaurant until bored (oooh about five - ten minutes) and start plaintively saying, 'Let's pay!' in a hopeful tone even before the order had been taken let alone he'd been fed. ;)

Susan said...

You have such a way with words. Great story and beautiful canvas. Lucky you, receiving such a wonderful gift.

S said...

That is lovely. And so apropos - no one knows the art of the story quite like you Sian.

jennifer said...

What a gorgeous piece of art, it is indeed very you!

I like little 'E's statement. Kids are the best at bold statements which make you laugh! x

Wand said...

Little kids and the elderly...each of them has a talent for saying exactly what they think. It may not always be PC, but it's usually pretty much on the mark. Your post does make me wonder what the art was like, though, for him to have such a strong reaction to it.

scrappysue said...

Oh what a beautiful canvas; such a treasure! Your Nephew sounds really, really cute; love the story! x

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