Love on the walls…

Butterfly love

There are so many higgeldy-piggeldy apartments here that we have a rustic mail box set-up under the trees in the courtyard where we park. It works and I have learnt to be quick off the mark in collecting my post when it rains. I go up there first thing each morning and a few days ago there was a little package waiting for me. When I opened it there were all these butterflies nestling in pink tissue paper and a little note on top from Emily, my daughter, saying ‘These are to match your paintings Mum’.

I look around my home and Emily is everywhere and each creative piece evokes memories. From the paintings she created especially for here, to the ceramic tea-light church and bowl she made as a child. Some of her marbles are in a vase here and their buddies are in a hand decorated Kilner jar that she uses as a door stop at Uni. Loving links and memories are everywhere.

One of my paintings

When Em was three I had a little business where I painted terracotta pots for garden centres. She’d stand by the understairs cupboard asking me what I needed ‘size wise’ and she learned to count with those pots. If I close my eyes I can see her doing it now. Often she would sit beside me painting her own. I used to leave them to dry on the kitchen windowsill and we had lovely neighbours Dave and Flo, aross the way. Dave would come up the garden path and kneel down to chat to Em. ‘What have you been making our Em?’ he used to say and she’d show him her pots. He would commission her to paint him some and she’d put the earnings into her moneybox. Dave always displayed her pots in his garden where she could see them when we walked past. We all adored him.

Both ‘us girls’ comfort, balance and work things out in life by creating. Emily has been creating lately and her paintings are on a whole new level.

Buttefly Heart


I sit here looking at her butterflies and remember the loving moment that breathed life into her latest creations. At her Dad’s there are some gorgeous new ‘grandchild’ members of her extended family. The little brothers were visiting recently and the toddler was bored, so Em got her paints out and started making pictures with him. They made a ‘handprint’ picture which he loved, so Em involved his baby brother and his Mum. There is a special video of Em holding the baby’s hands as she placed them on the canvas where he is chuckling and chatting away to her, with his little legs kicking out, and not once do his eyes leave her face. Those moments captured on film are very precious. The main canvas with all their handprints is a work of love and Em joined some of the hands as butterflies. I know their Mum will treasure those paintings and from this Em started to make butterflies and 3D paintings with hearts and butterflies.

Family Love Paintings

They are a work of love and I now have love flying on my walls. May you always create Em and flow with love Darling girl, for you will always have my love.



26 Responses to “Love on the walls…”

  1. 1 Jean September 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I didn’t know you had a daughter. How old is she now?


  2. 3 elenacaravela September 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Works of loving art indeed! I particularly love the butterflies-marvelous!


  3. 5 smzang September 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    What a beautiful relationship! Em is a lucky girl to have such a mother,
    and her mother is lucky to have such a daughter. You do things right,



  4. 7 bardessdmdenton September 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Such lovely decoration, Jane … and more, as, I’m sure, it adds a lightness to the spirit of the room and your life. XO ❤


  5. 9 journeyintopoetry September 12, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Like mother like daughter, the loves flows Jane. What a wonderful talent Em has,and what a lovely thing to do with and for the little ones. These paintings and her butterflies are beautiful, just like you. ❤️ Xxxx


  6. 13 Aquileana September 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    What a blessing to be so talented. You must be so proud of your daughter, Her paintings are absolutely beautiful…
    Best wishes to you and thanks for sharing, Aquileana 😛


  7. 15 ianscyberspace September 11, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Loved it! The pictures are gorgeous!


  8. 17 tornadoday September 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    At arbitrary moments in my life – sitting on the porch, coming up the driveway, folding warm towels from the dryer, standing at the kitchen window watching a sparrow cock his head, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my nieces – when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my divine religion: random moments of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel blessed to live. May butterflies whisper gently to each other the story that is your love, your life. ❤


  9. 21 1smiles September 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    How precious, all the love and butterflies between the two of you.
    Love and hugs,
    Jeannie xxxxx


  10. 23 Peter Wells aka Countingducks September 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Lovely memories and I have to say your daughter is very talented. You have every right to be proud


  11. 25 Maxi September 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Sketches of love everywhere, Jane. Too precious. Your Emily is a loving and talented girl. May joy and happiness fill each day for you both.
    blessings ~ maxi


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