Well it's been pandemonium in the Pearce household this week! My own fault - left everything to the last minute and then get a DT request for some cards. Left what to the last minute I hear you ask? Well it's my baby girl's birthday this weekend, I'm not allowed to tell you she's going to be 40 and as I cannot believe my youngest daughter is hitting that age I 'm quite happy not to tell!! (Ooops.......)
So I've been locked away in Ellie's Cupboard for days now lol.........been having lots of fun with glitter, Frantage, inks and Panpastels going everywhere. Geoffie has been running up to Oysters to get me stuff (why do you always run out of DST when you least expect it to!) and doing most of the housework so far. And with a family descending on us for the weekend festivities the poor man has been cleaning the insides of windows, wiping light switches and hunting for cobwebs. Oh yes ladies, some serious housework has been going on!
..and breathe.......For now I can't show you any of the DT work so I'm blogging a little project I did the other week as a trial run of an idea. I've wanted to have a go at scrapbooking for a while and thought I'd start with some lovely photos of me Mam (she was always me Mam - I was brought up in Sunderland, up North).
The hardest part for me was the planning, so many memories came back pouring over all the photos - so hard to pick just three but I wanted to span her different ages.
This one was one she had taken especially for Dad and she wrote 'Yours Ever, Gwen' on and gave to Dad when he was away fighting in the desert war. He was away for many years and I am lucky to have some letters and cards they sent to each other over the years.
The group photo you can see in the main picture is of the four of us on their Golden Wedding, my sister Sue, Me Mam, Dad and me. Mam died just a few years after this and this was probably one of the last times we were all together for a family celebration.
The baby photo would have been taken about 1924, so has a real old feel to it. Beautiful lacy dresses on Mum and her sister Marjorie and lots of curls - I can imagine they'd both been sent to bed with 'rags' in their hair the night before to make sure they stayed in!
Having picked the photos I wanted I then dressed some papers I had with Lily of the Valley flowers printed on (we had Lily of the Valley up the side of the front path). Stamped another piece with Sweet Peas (I found a variety called Gwendoline last year) and then added a few charms - a sewing machine and a clock to remind me of her passion for sewing and that time never stands still. I added her own thimble as well - because I was frightened I'd lose it, so now I know it is somewhere safe. Blackberries because Mam made jam, and a key because every Mam holds the key to their families heart doesn't she?
The frame needs more work on I know, I've simply Gesso'd it and stamped a bit of crackle on it. I'll go back and have another go after the party and I have more time. So there you have it, a personal project to celebrate me Mam who would have loved to see her daughters, granddaughters and great grandchildren this weekend - cheers Mam x