Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Vintage Texture ...............

I have been working on this little project for the last 10 days - it started out as an idea as a scrapbook "tape" which I would then wind around a small cotton reel.  However, I got a bit enthusiastic with my layers and it was too thick to wind!  So it became a little book instead measuring only 1.5" high and 9" long. 

I wanted to celebrate some photographs of my Nana, taken in her early years.  Born in 1895 she married in 1924 after a career as a nurse.  But she was widowed six years later and left with three small children, one of whom was my father.  The youngest was just 3 months old. 

She was such a gentle woman, but so very strong and brave, caring for all three children, taking in laundry and lodgers and eventually working full-time in an office when the youngest started school. 

She even managed own her own house, no mean feat for a single parent in that period. 
Nana R has certainly been a great inspiration to me.

As this little book is so full of lace, tape, stitching, mesh, scrim and layers I thought it would be a good entry for the second challenge at Anything But a Card which is TEXTURES. Click the link HERE to go to the blog and see the fantastic DT projects and also the amazing array of entries for the challenge - so many different ideas.
I was absolutely thrilled to be chosen as one of the Featured Artists from the first challenge for my little mini book of "the girls".  There were so many wonderful entries, I feel very honoured to have been chosen.
Thanks for stopping by!


Netty said...

Congratulations on your win Jennie and loving your fabulous strips. x

Debbie said...

Delightful little book Jennie.
Isn't it funny when things change as you are working with them, one minute it's a sewing reel wrap the next it's a mini book!!
It's gorgeous in the ned.

Sue said...

This is beautiful Jennie and so unusual. Congratulations from me too.

Margaret said...

This is just lovely! I am in awe of all of the wonderful pictures and decorative pieces you have combined on such a small canvas! Your Nana sounds like such an amazing woman and your scrapbook does such a fine job honoring her. Thanks so much for joining us again at ABAC!!

Astrid Maclean said...

What an amazing project and such a beautiful tribute to your nana, who sounds like an amazing woman. Big congrats on your win too, well deserved I'm sure!

Heather Jacob said...

congrats on your win .. hooray for Jennie. love your exquisite work ... fabulous inspiration x

chrissies said...

Great idea and a wonderful little book you made

Love Chrissie xx

Julia S-W said...

I'm here but I think I'm in heaven!! Jennie, sorry to gush but this little book is so gorgeous. I love how it was supposed to be one thing and ended up as another - so resourceful! It's one of those things that you want to pick up and have a good look at - the only time when photography is not enough I suppose.
I'm delighted that you were one of the chosen artists - it was absolutely right that you should be. I'm glad you brought this to ABAC and I loved reading about Nana R - as you say, inspirational.

Julia S-W said...

I'm back again as me. I just wanted to say that I had a go at one of your flower tutorials which quite frankly are amazing! I've made a flower for a card which goes out next week, so I wanted to let you know that you've inspired me AND taught me a wonderful skill. My husband said 'that flower is too large but it's very beautiful' so, I think that's the thumbs up for what I've learnt from you!
Many thanks.

Christy said...

How awesome is this?!?!?! BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for joining us at ABAC :) :)

Deena said...

Love how you captured the memory of you Nana with this little book....turned out fabulous even if it wasn't the original plan! Thanks for joining in the Anything But A Card texture challenge...new challenge starts tomorrow and I hope to see another of your creations!