I feel I should also mention our other Grandmother, Elizabeth although affectionately known as the "Old Woman" who lives with us and my Mum is her full time carer. My Mum's painting and crafting is very much her personal time and is on occasion a welcomed break.
Sadly Elizabeth is also fighting Dementia so we have decided to add some items into our range with the "forget me not" flower, a donation will be made to the Alzheimer's Society from the sales of these items.
There are two other members of our family who inspire some of our crafts and they are our two dogs. We have always been a dog loving family and both my Mum and Dad grew up with dogs. Our current two are Pelucchi & Mosca.
Pelucchi is a three legged Yorkshire Terrier who is now 10 though I’ve not told him his age or about his missing leg. He was born deformed and had his leg amputated when he was 6 months old. He has been with us from 10 weeks old and he is quite a character. He absolutely loves dressing up and posing for the camera. He has his own social media pages and in June 2016 requested a job at our local Fire Station via Twitter. He now has a box full of firefighting uniforms and fire themed clothing items, he has visited numerous Fire Stations up and down the country and raised well over £6000 for various Fire Service Charities through the sale of his very own Firefighting Charity Calendars. It has been a true honour to see “behind the scenes” at Fire Stations and get to know the crews on shift at the time of our visits.
Mosca is our Spanish rescue Podenco who, like my Dad likes to be way in the background in comparison to Pelucchi. She absolutely loves her home comforts and spends most of her time inside her snuggle sack, even during our UK “heat wave”. She loves to hunt all things that move from ants, rabbits, deer and even birds in the sky. She pulls the most ridiculous of faces and often joins in with Pelucchi’s photographs but always with her very own take on how to pose like a lady for the camera. Exclaiming “Oh Mosca!” with tears rolling down my face is a common occurrence.
Due to Pelucchi's love of being a Firefighter some of the items available are inspired by our amazing 999 Emergency Services so a donation will be made to Our Blue Light Charity from the sales of these items.
Now you have met the family behind Ianthe Galleria, we really do hope you enjoy your visit to our little shop.