When I was small, she would call me 'little Ada' when I rearranged my bedroom. When I got my own home, she dropped the little, and would just call me Ada, as I would always be busy decorating and buying nick-naks (ornaments!) for my shelves.
Ada Bea was my Grandma. She was a no nonsense Yorkshire Lass, who had very little money but lots of flair!
Mum told me how she would often return home from school to find all the furniture in the dining room or living room or bedroom, had been swapped with Mrs X, Y or Z from down the street. Mum said Grandma would always be the one who had got the better deal!
Ada Bea had a keen eye for detail and knew how to make the best of what she had.
I loved Grandmas bedroom, it was painted in her favourite colour lilac and smelt of lavender. I used to sleep with her, in a huge feather bed, and in the morning we would always be squashed together in the middle.
I played for hours with Grandmas button tin (each button seemed to have a story attached), her jewellery box (nothing of any value but lots of bling!) and i loved her wooden biscuit barrel (always full of goodies!).
I haven't been called Ada for ages, Mum can't even remember my real name anymore. When I was thinking about starting this blog, Ada sprang to life again, she's a mix of my Mums Crafty Ways and my Grandmas Eye For Detail ( on very little cash!).
My real names Amanda by the way, I have nothing against the name, quite like it actually, although when I was a kid, I desperately wanted to be called Sophia (think that might have been due to the fact there were 2 other Amanda's, alongside 4 Tracey's, 3 Sharon's and 2 Angela's, well it was the 70s!).
So that's the story of Ada Bea, she was a great woman and I loved it when Mum called me that, (although when she was cross with me it was always Amanda!).
I got this fabric last week, the dark green floral is from the 1950s, unused curtain fabric, and the white floral fabric was brought from a charity shop. I think they will make a lovely bag for Autumn, they remind me of Mum and Grandma.
The books were found at a car boot, just in celebration of the lovely names we girls had in the 60s and 70s!
Ada :) x