I do believe I have mentioned my Nana before but I really feel like she deserves to be mentioned a little more. My Nana turned 90 at the weekend and we went up to Sunderland for a gathering at her house to celebrate together, it was quite the turn out, with many of us sitting in the garden as the living room was packed.
My Nana and Granda brought me up when my folks divorced and I lived with them from age 1 to 7. They were the best parents a little girl could wish for; loving, kind, funny and always with plenty of time for us.
When I moved back in with the parentals in later years I still spent a lot of time with the Grandfolkage, there were the weeks I spent with them in summer and long weekends in the School holidays.
I think my love of vintage probably stems from having a quite an old fashioned upbringing in a lot of respects. I have a fondness for musicals and old films that stems from watching them with my Nana and Granda in the holidays. I distinctly remember begging my Nana to let me watch Gone With the Wind when I was 12 or so years old and being amazed at it, in all of it’s 238 minute glory.
My Nana is the reason for all of this, including this blog. I remember her teaching me how to knit when I was very young (hand knitting is still not my forte!) and she taught me to embroider and hand sew.
My holidays with them were not complete without my Nana taking me off to Newcastle to the craft shops for some craft kit of some kind.
I think she noticed in me at a young age that while I loved reading I wasn’t particularly academic (my dyslexia was never diagnosed at school – even thought I was tested) and so she encouraged me to make things and that’s where my passion ignited.
There isn’t only this I have to thank her for though. I have to thank her for everything; for her and Granda giving up a lot of their retirement to look after me and my sisters, for doing without so we could have things, for making me clothes and party dresses for School, for giving me unconditional and endless love, for teaching me to be kind, considerate and loving and being able to find the light when things seem dark, for being the strong, no-nonsense tough as old boots woman she is but with the kindest loving heart, for showing me that no matter what life throws at you, you should dust yourself off and get on with it.
So Happy 90th Birthday Nana & lots of love, you’re my sewing inspiration.
I hope to one day be as good as you are, in many, many ways xx
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9 thoughts on “Sew-Inspiring: My Nana Turns 90”
lovely story, I already voted for you. I had inspirational Granparents too, I have a lot of my Nans tase in general homeliness.
Thanks Karen, Nana’s are awesome aren’t they! 😀
Dear Stacey. What a lovely blog, and a fitting tribute to your wonderful Nana. How lucky you are to have had such selfless Grandparents and to have the loving relationship that you have now. I’m sure a lot of your followers envy you. I think your Nana and Granda did an excellent job bringing you up and helping you to become the lovely young woman (wife and daughter-in-law) that you are today. So I also say thank you to Nana and wish her a belated Happy Birthday. With love from (mum-in-law) Hilary xx
Thanks Hilary! 🙂
What a lovely story to share 🙂 looks like your nana’s one popular lady if she’s packing out houses and gardens on her birthday! X
Happy birthday to your wonderful Nana! She sounds amazing.
Thanks Bobbi – she is! I’m very lucky to have her in my life 🙂
What a wonderful tribute to your Nana. You are certainly fortunate to have had her in your life for such a long time.