Tuesday, March 18, 2008

An arch for Kate

There's a lot of work waiting to be completed, but my sister in law has had a hip replacement and we are doing quite a lot of hospital visits just now.


This arch is for Kate North, who wanted some vintage people or anything along those lines, using brown, metallics, black and autumnal colours or pink. I do hope she won't be too disappointed in the colours scheme. These photos are from a small collection of my family photos. These are really 2 photos that I manipulated so that it would show my mother and her aunt together. Aunty Elin was a spinster who was very kind to her sister and family when they lost a husband and father the last few weeks of the first World War. in this instance I have shown her taking my mother to the fair and buying her a china shoe with pictures of 3 Welsh Ladies on it and an unusual feature, the lace itself is real. I still have the shoe and took a photo of it for the arch. I have used these before as I love the story behind it.

If you are interested you will find more about the shoe, here. This is what I did with the photos last time. This quilted page is now in Australia.


Out of interest, below is a photo of five of the sisters who were always very close and lived well into their nineties. My Nain is bottom left wearing black as she always did, sometimes she wore grey with mauve accessories and next to her is Aunty Elin sitting down.

7 comments:

Vicki W said...

Kate is one lucky girl today! The arch is beautiful on it's own but the story makes it very special!

Sue B said...

The arch is beautiful Mags and the turqoise color is a nice touch. I love the old photos.

hippopip said...

What great photos,and I do think Margaret that you take after the lady middle back with glasses.Pippa

Liz said...

Mags, I love how you've made that arch.

MargaretR said...

Thanks Pippa. I only met my Auntie Annie three times as she had emigrated to the US when she was young and brought up her family there. It's quite interesting really as two of the sisters emigrated with their husbands when young, the other was called Jane, who came home suffering from cancer and she had a young son. She died young.

Auntie Annie's husband was in the New York police and they lived in Rome, New York. I wrote for several years to my cousin Pete Parsons though we'd never met. Then you know how it is, we just lost touch. I think AA died when she was 98. They all lived to a good age and their mother, my great grandmother was 100 when she died. I took that photo when I was about 13 with an old box camera. The sisters came to visit us together when AA was on a trip home from the USA.

That is far more than you wanted to know :)) Just took a trip down Memory Lane.

Helen Suzanne said...

its great seeing the old photo of the sisters. I would have loved to have a sister - they must have relished each others company.

katelnorth said...

Kate DOES like the turquoise, don't worry. Kate likes most things, though not neon green so much, and not 30s reproductions :) And I love the story about the shoe!