Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Remembering Grammas

This is one of the ornaments I'm making. This is a photo of my great- grandmother and my grandmother. My great grandma, Pearl (Mimi), was born in 1884; my grandma, Helen Ruth, was born in 1902. I was fortunate enough to know both of these grandmas and have many memories of both. Mimi lived in Mannington WV. She married my great-grandad who was a widow 20 years her senior, and took on his children as well as having 4 of her own. Both grannys have been gone for a long time now but I often wonder what they'd think of the times we are living in.

This is the backside. The photo half was done with Printed Treasures. (I wish I could do more image work but my printer is a dud for this.) I had to find a way to use the scraps leftover from my scrap project. What a redundant bit of recycling this is turning to be, scraps from scraps, but it is fun and fast. I am making round and triangular ones too. I am thinking to do the block stitching in this same manner on the quiltlet from a few posts ago. It may be a good way to finally use those Carole Samples templates. These are being talked about once again on a few lists and blogs and I have yet to get into mine.

I decided to commit myself to the Take It Further Challenge that Sharon B from a Minute Ago is kicking off for 2008. (see sidebar) I thought it would be a great way to keep focused and have a bit of structure with something. There are many forms of medium acceptable and that is very appealing.

It was a cold, dark, snowy day. We are heading towards the shortest day of the year and then we'll gain little bits back to the good weather once again. That's the positive thought that helps me deal with winter. But just when I think the sun can slip no further into the southern horizon, it does and will continue to do so till Dec 22.

Here is a one of the deer that we have affectionately named "Fatty". We estimate her to have been born last year. She is becoming tame to the point where we can go outside and she stays put. She is the first to feed and the last to go. The woods are quiet now and all the wildlife is settling into the snow season. We can account for all "our" deer and have even picked up a few hungry stragglers. We've not heard the wolves for a good 2 weeks. Hopefully they've went off to a different locale.

Till the next time...


Quiltdivajulie said...

Glad others use family photos to make ornaments... I'll be posting a photo on my blog next week sometime of the ones I made several years ago (my skills have greatly increased since then). Yours is truly lovely with the stitching and all!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What a great idea to make heirloom ornaments that are truly meaningful. Beautiful!

Judy S. said...

Hi Jane,

Your photo of the Porcupine Mts. took me back many, many years when I was a camp counselor in northern
Wisconsin. That was the first time I visited the area where we sent kids off on hiking trips. (with adults of course) Years later we hiked in the Sierras with our own children, but I have fond memories of these mountains, too.

Enjoyed your other photos as well.

Judy S.