So I picked out a cheerful but, most importantly, comfy flowery dress plus a cardigan with pockets. Because what use is one without pockets? Where do keep your tissues?
And, after I had the photo opportunity and the memories fresh in my mind the scrapbook page practically made itself ...
The layers, the pink and florals, the old paper and silver accents will be familiar to you if you saw my post earlier this week about 'signature styles' and 'go to' combinations how, time and again, I return to certain colours, prints and styles in my crafting.
And my Grandma would certainly have approved of the strips of tinsel I used ... because while she was ever practical [hence the cardigan pockets] she was partial to a spot of festive sparkle too. [Can't imagine where I got my magpie streak from ... ].
As for how I marked her birthday this year ... well, she was a prolific reader, so I spent the afternoon working on my first book review post for my new book-relate blog feature Portable Magic so I could publish it on her special day.
Although our tastes in literature differed [no Catherine Cookson on my reading list this year] she, like me, found ways to feed her reading habit without having to spend a lot of money by visiting libraries, jumble sales and charity shops.
And the nice thing is, now that I visit charity shops regularly, to seek out treasures for craft projects, for my shop or for my own book shelves ... I don't only stop to remember her on her birthday. Her bargain hunting spirit keeps me company year round!
Thanks for stopping by today so that I could keep my memories by sharing them.