nana's teaspoons by mellychan

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15 october 2012 – FEATURED in This is Relevant
4 october 2013 – FEATURED in Passionate About Vintage
23 november 2013 – FEATURED in An Artistic Toast to Hot & Cold Drinks
—thanks to the lovely person who bought a greeting card of this work on 30 june 2013. i am very grateful.
—a very special person bought a print of this work on 24 november 2013. i am sincerely grateful to her.
—Thank you to the person who purchased this work as a greeting card on 1 december 2013
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my dear nana lived her entire life in western australia, never leaving the state in her 88 years. she marvelled at the destinations and distances to which her children – and grandchildren – travelled. over the years, family members would often come back from a trip with a souvenir teaspoon and give it to her.

when nana died several years ago i asked if i may have her teaspoons. i am the family member who (probably inexplicably) has been away the longest and perhaps travelled furthest. i received nana’s spoons in the mail, packed in the shoe boxes she’d carefully tucked them into, still in their original plastic cases, each one lying on a thin bed of sponge. i decided that if i was to haul these around the world with me, then i had to use them. so, every time i stir sugar into my tea or coffee in my kitchen somewhere, i think of my lovely little nan, who could never quite understand my wanderlust, but was always happy to see me when i came back home.

held by a teacup from korea, set on a beaded trivet from south africa in the kitchen in the house where we live in washington DC.

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AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
1/125 sec
640 ISO


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  • LouJay
    LouJayabout 2 years ago

    A lovely story Mel. And beautiful image…..

  • thank you so much. :D

    – mellychan

  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesabout 2 years ago

    27 September 2012
    I love the story behind this image!

  • thank you very much. i do miss my nan…

    – mellychan

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 2 years ago

    I adore this Melly. Such a beautiful write and lovely image. ? ?

  • thank you very much maree xx

    – mellychan

  • Ann Barnes
    Ann Barnesabout 2 years ago

    What a sweet story and wonderful image.

  • thank you so much, i appreciate your visit.

    – mellychan

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 2 years ago


  • thank you so much :)

    – mellychan

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 2 years ago

    A great collection, well captured !

  • thank you very much, trish!

    – mellychan

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • thank you

    – mellychan

  • micklyn
    micklynalmost 2 years ago

    A wonderful collection, beautifully photographed. : )

  • thank you very much micklyn, i appreciate it :)

    – mellychan

  • Robyn Williams
    Robyn Williams12 months ago

    September, 2013 • Congratulations

  • oh wow!! thank you very much – what a great way to start the day!

    – mellychan

  • rsangsterkelly
    rsangsterkelly12 months ago

  • aw thanks :)

    – mellychan

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