A gift for my dad

July 24, 2013

For today’s Gallery, Tara Lara wanted us to take a photo of something we’d made. Something I don’t really do very much of any more is draw and paint, but at one time it used to be my big thing, particularly pop art. So I decided to show you the big birthday card I made for my dad.

Disney birthday cardAt the time I was a student, and didn’t have any money, which is why I decided to make a gift for my dad. There’s a reason I decided to decorate the card with Disney characters, and that’s because during the War when there was an air raid on my grandfather used to keep my dad and his brothers and sister entertained by drawing Disney characters for them. This is the reason, I’m certain, that Dad made sure my sister and I fell in love with Disney right from when we were little, and why Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have always been so special to us.

RabbitSo on the front I drew Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and inside, Piglet and Rabbit. And then painted them with watercolours, which somehow haven’t faded after all these years.

PigletMy dad was absolutely thrilled with his birthday card. Six months later, he died, so this was the last thing I ever gave him, and it was returned to me to keep. Like the Elvis tape he made me to take away to university in America, I will treasure it always.


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  • The mini Mes and me July 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Bittersweet. A lovely thing to remind you of him though x

  • Lesley Ann July 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    How lovely. And how talented you are!

  • Lous Lake Views July 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    What a bittersweet memory. I think it’s lovely that you made it for him I’m sure he treasured it also, I know I would have.

  • LauraCYMFT July 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    These are lovely!

  • MummaG July 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Beautiful post, some very special memories held in that card and I’m sure in the Elvis tape too.

  • Charly Dove July 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Wow this is brilliant Liz, especially like Mickey and Donald on the front of the card. Amazing its not faded after all this time too. Wonderful post 🙂

  • HelpfulMum July 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    What a lovely post and what a fantastic card. I am seriously impressed with your skills.

  • Shell Louise July 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What a lovely post. I used to love drawing Disney characters. It’s been so long since I sat and drew for pleasure that I’ve probably lost the knack now!

  • SaveEveryStep family stories July 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Just lovely, and so very timely for him. Keep it safe!!

  • Kelloggsville July 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    That’s so special.