Sunday, May 29, 2016

Vintage Millinery - Fashionable Lady in Deep Blue - Family History

Working with this lovely vintage lady has given me a chance
to reconnect with my maternal grandmother, long since passed.

You see, my grandmother was exceptionally good at colorizing photos.
I'm told she was an illustrator before she married.
It's made me smile many times when, in my family full of scientists,
I'm told that I might just get my artistic bent in part from her,
as well as from both my paternal grandparents.
So while coloring a number of vintage portraits from The Graphics Fairy
a few weeks ago, I was thinking of grandmother.
It's the small ways in which we connect with those we love who have left,
especially as our memories have a tendency to fade if we do not
keep them bright.
Family history can be so much more than just a rainy-day activity. 
It can be a way of thinking,
a way of life in which we are mindful of the generations who came before us.
A way of finding opportunities to tell our children about their ancestors
so that they have a sense of where they come from.
I think that builds strong roots, confidence, poise even.
It is a marvelous gift we can give them, if we take the time.

So, with the throwback of memory,
here is a classy vintage lady to remind you, perhaps, of a time gone by
and maybe even those you have known who lived it indeed.


I love the way she looks at you, as if she knows something...

Here are the challenges:

Deep Ocean Challenge #129: Shabby Chic or Vintage
Vintage lady image, Millinery

(echo! echo! :)

Cards in Envy: Deep Blue Challenge
Yes, this card does extend past the edges, but the card is 5x5
and I have a 6x6 kraft envy for it.  No problem.

One Stitch at a Time #263: Stitching, Real or Faux
You can't imagine my Viking would forgive me if I did faux stitching,
now could you?  Especially when it's right beside me, watching all the time! ;)
ALWAYS best to keep the Husqvarna happy,
or else Ragnarok might ensue.
Probably starting with some wicked thread tension...
But I digress ;)

613 Avenue #178: ATG

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {kraft, Enchanted Evening - Papertrey Ink}
Patterned papers {K & Company}
Vintage graphic {The Graphics Fairy}
Glimmer Mist {gold - Tattered Angels}
Stamp {100 Proof Press}
Stickers, pearls {The Paper Studio}
Doily lace edge punch {Martha Stewart}
Copic markers and Prismacolors

A view of the finished inside...
I've used patterned vellum from The Paper Company for a nice writing insert
and stamped/heat embossed it with
a Victorian lady with parasol image from 100 Proof Press.

 Thank you for visiting!
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go!
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,



  1. Sheer elegance. Perfect for the A Cards in Envy Deep Blue Challenge. The vintage take on it is marvelous. Really appreciate your entry - best to you and please join us again soon.

  2. Hi! I just had to stop by and tell you how much I like your card! It's always fun to meet another "vintage" fan. Your coloring, especially of her hat, is gorgeous!

  3. This is a stunning design, Kathryn - thanx for sharing at Cardz 4 Galz.
    Hugz, Jan (DT)

  4. So elegant! Beautiful lady and design! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

  5. Such a classy card, just like your grandmother? Love your thoughts on Family History, I too am a bit of a ferreter of FH facts. Nothing better than chasing down a lead.
    Thanks for sharing at Cardz4Galz. :0)

  6. What a gorgeous card and wonderfully sweet story! Something tells me your grandmother would be swooning over this beauty. Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy. :)

  7. Great card.

    Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz.

    Helen x

  8. Oh my, this card is total gorgeousness, I just love everything about it, from the colour scheme to the fabulous layout. The stitching is great (you did better than me as I opted for faux stitching lol) Thank you so much for taking the time to join us at OSAAT for our Anything Goes with Stitching real or faux challenge. Big hugs Jane xxxx


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