Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A FATHER'S DAY SUGGESTION....


Are you looking for a unique gift for Father's Day? Do you have a father or a husband that is a baseball fan? You might be interested in this unique, limited edition poster created by my graphic designer brother, Josh Harwell. It features my grandfather, Ernie Harwell's famous poem on baseball. I am including an excerpt here written by my brother that explains his love for baseball and the poster in his own words:


“I guess what I love the most about the game though is all the memories of my childhood and the connection it has for my family. My grandfather, Ernie Harwell, had the privilege of calling the Detroit Tiger games for 42 years, so I grew up listening to him, going to games with him and loving all things baseball.
One of the many perks of my baseball family is that Grandpa was always giving us baseball related items that he received. One such item was the album Terry Cashman’s "Talking Baseball". My brother and I listened to this for hours on end, and I can still sing you most of the songs word for word.
You see, wedged in between all the wonderful baseball songs on this album was my Grandpa reading his definition of baseball. (I can also still quote this… just ask my wife!) I loved listening to this poem/essay, and last summer, when Grandpa was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, I instantly knew I wanted to make a piece of art from that essay as a tribute to him.
I really enjoyed creating this piece of art. It was a privilege to create something special for a man who was always giving of himself to others, and I put all of my heart and soul into it. I really debated about offering this poster for sale, but I decided that in the end it was something I wanted to share with all those who loved baseball and my Grandpa. He enjoyed sharing his life and love of the game with everyone, so a poster in tribute to him should be about just that.
The 18 x 24 poster is pictured in the heading of this post. It’s limited first edition signed and numbered by myself and printed on 80# cover. If you are interested in purchasing one you can find them on my Etsy site.”

20 comments:

Lindsey said...

So cool and such a unique and great idea!

Thanks for sharing it! =)

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Such a wonderful way to remember your grandfather! My father is a huge baseball fan -- I may buy one for him! He would love the story behind it too:)

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

What a fabulous idea Anne, and it looks so v.cool. Love it.

a. said...

This is wonderfully fabulous and a great tribute. I've been wondering what to get my baseball fanatic husband who is also a fan of Ernie's and voila. It's perfect and I'm off to order one right now. xo

sarah, flourish design + style said...

What an amazing tribute + talented family you have :) xx

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

if only my dad was that easy to shop for...our gift to dad will be a wonderful meal!
xoxo alison

MrsLittleJeans said...

I have to say the same, what a splendid way to remember your grandfather...I am sure his soul smiling big smiles...

xoxo

DolceDreams said...

How very special and unique! I will pass this on to some baseball fans...
Nathalie

Ideezine said...

Anne,

You are a true creative. What a wonderful idea and loving tribute to a wonderful human being.

Thank you for commenting on ideezine re: the passing of my Mom.

Bette

pve design said...

Home run Poster!
pve

Dugout Daisy said...

Coming from a baseball loving family I can truly appreciate that story and that poster!
So great! :)

Emom said...

Oh this is wonderful....and the text to go with....I love...no LOVE....baseball, and this time of year I have a difficult time not sitting my lazy rear in front of the TV, and flippin back and forth between the games..."Curse that Cable TV!"

Lara Harris said...

Anne this is a wonderful tribute & keepsake! I am going to be sure to share on facebook! God bless!

Eloise said...

Obviously great talent runs in your family! I just love when you post stories about your grandpa. What an amazing heritage you have.

Hello Lover... said...

This is great! I'm thinking of purchasing one for our neighbor - a huge Detroit fan and a big fan of your Grandfathers!

Raru said...

this is really really special and unique.
xoxo,
raru

Jo said...

This is a perfect gift for my husband! I'll be stopping by your shop this evening.

Jo

C.J. said...

My dear Anne, what a wonderful job you did, as always! Great tribute to your Grandfather. I want to send you a pic of my house so you can do it but need to have new porch railings installedl, that should be done in four weeks. Will let you know when and will send you a picture. Love, Carol

beachbungalow8 said...

very cool looking. I need one for basketball!

Lisa said...

Anne,
Do you even have any left?!?
I will head over to Etsy. What a wonderful classic tribute to your grandfather and to the most all-American game in the world!
Can you tell I'm STILL a little league mom...always will be.
xo Lisa

 
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