Saturday, 18 January 2014

A Special Gift for My Old Man

 
It was Lovely Hubby's birthday just over a week ago, I didn't Blog about it ...he's shy and didn't want you all to know that he's reached the grand old age of 55 .... oops there you do now, but you won't tell will you. ;-)
 
It's hard to know what to buy him, especially with his birthday being so soon after Santa's visit, but I like to try to be original.  We neither of us need 'things' but we have some wonderful memories that we share, and one of the most special memories is of the gorgeous girl that we had for so long.
 
Sophie was LH's dog when we met and she winkled her way into my heart as only a dog with that lovely laughing face could have.  So I asked a very talented friend of mine, well actually she used to be my boss way back in the day when I went out and did a real job, if she would do one of her wonderful pastel pictures copied from a photograph of Sophie to surprise my old man.

 
All I asked was that she caught the twinkle in Sophie's eye and the lovely laughing, happy personality that she had. This is the photo I sent her.
 
I think she got it so right don't you.  LH was absolutely delighted and it now has pride of place on our memory wall.
 
If you would like Wendy's details drop me an email (address at the very bottom of the right-hand sidebar) and I will pass them on to you.  She doesn't do it for a living but as a hobby that pays it's own way, she's so talented and I'm so happy that we now own a Wendy Hall original.
 
(And no she's not related but it is brilliant that we now share the same surname.)
 
Sue xx
 




22 comments:

  1. What a brilliant present. Your friend certainly has a talent. I agree it's so hard to buy men of a certain age suitable presents. My Hubby's two years older than yours and it's a struggle every year. He doesn't help by saying he doesn't need anything when you ask him what he wants!

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  2. What a great photo of a gorgeous dog -- a wonderful subject for your beautiful present. There is something magical about a BC and not everyone captures that in art. Your friend did a great job.

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  3. Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift xx

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  4. Wow.. that is a really lovely treasure .. Hubby must have been thrilled :)
    AFM xx

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  5. That is a wonderful gift, my parents had a border collie many, many years ago & they are always happy looking dogs. Harry my youngest used to be terrified of dogs, he still isn't too keen but gradually over a period of months several years back my next door neighbour introduced his border collie to Harry. They are still great friends to this day, to the point of the dog coming round & barking at the front door for Harry to go out & play

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  6. Gorgeous pix. It looks so lifelike. I presently am living with my third border collie and they are such lovely dogs.

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  7. Wish we could see his face when he opened it!
    That is a treasure of a gift and Wendy is truly gifted!

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  8. What talent! A truly thoughtful gift...I would love to have something like that! As we say, "you done good!"

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  9. What a lovely, personal gift. I, too, would have been delighted. Deb

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  10. Oh Sue, that's a perfect gift.
    Jane x

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  11. Portraits must be so difficult to get right but your friend has done a fabulous job. What a great idea.

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  12. Lovely present for Lovely Hubby......he must be delighted

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  13. I am sure your lovely hubby must be so pleased with your gift - it is so much nicer to have a gift that is not shop bought and something no one else has. Your friend has really captured the likeness.

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  14. That is beautiful; what a lovely gift! A friend did a pen and ink drawing of our cat when he was a kitten; a real treasure, not just beacause it's him but because our friend drew it.

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  15. What a talented lady! She`s certainly caught the dogs image perfectly.
    My mum paints the most fantastic scenes in water colours, just for her own pleasure. I`ve not inherited her talent, unfortunately.

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  16. What a beautiful present. It's just like the photo. Wendy Hall is an amazing, talented lady.

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  17. Wow. That is amazing, Wendy has captured Sophie's spirit so well.

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  18. Oh, my, that is lovely. We had border collies when I lived at home and the picture brought back those memories.

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  19. A great representation of your lovely Sophie. Wendy has captured her brilliantly x

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  20. What a lovely present.. no wonder hubby was so pleased to receive it. Your friend did a brilliant job. :o)

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