Monday, 25 August 2008

MMM - Recycled/Repurposed


'Evelyn'

It was my Aunty Evelyn's 70th birthday last week. Yesterday we had a family gathering to celebrate with her, in Denmark. It was a lovely time to catch up with some family members that I rarely get to see.

I made this card for Evelyn using some vintage treasures I've inherited from Evelyn's mother (my Nanna). The rose image is from a Mothers' Day card that Evelyn gave to Nanna about 40 years ago, the fabric was possibly from a bridemaids dress that Evelyn wore to her sister Ruth's wedding (yet to be confirmed), buttons from Nanna's button jar, numerical table from an old book and the lace (I *love* the lace) all from my 'Nanna' collection. I did a little hand stitching with authentic vintage cotton just to finish it off.

My Nanna was an expert recycler (as were most of her generation). She would let nothing go to waste... even to the point of making us wash disposable plastic plates, so we could reuse them for the next family gathering, LOL!

I think this piece fits in nicely with the current theme at Mixed Media Monday - Recycle/Repurpose.

19 comments:

Chris Millar said...

Wow! I'm sure your Aunt loved this card Sue! What a great combination of elements!

Mia said...

What a sweet card - good job on that:-) I love that there's a history behind it.

Beth said...

It fits perfectly with the challenge, and it is a beautiful card. I'm quite certain it will be cherished.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Wonderful! Beautifully created.

sharon young said...

What a beautiful card, Sue and, a lovely sentiment.
I have to confess I've recycled paper plates before now :-)

Rein said...

Very nice card, love the piece of lace.

Rosie said...

That is so beautiful Sue! I bet your Aunt loved it! They certainly could teach us a thing or two about recycling... and I love the story behind your creation.

Mary-Beth said...

What a beautiful card!! Thank you for sharing the histories behind all the elements. I love learning about peoples ancestors!!

Kimmie said...

This is just lovely! What a meaningful re-use of some already meaningful pieces!
p.s. I love your blog!

Lucy Edson said...

Stunning collection of recycled elements!! Beautiful card!

Susan Williamson said...

Gorgeous work. I love all the textures you've used which not only make the card beautiful to look at, but to touch too.

vintage wil said...

wow..what a beautiful artwork!!!!!

Anni's Art said...

Beautiful card in nice colour.

Mam said...

This is beautiful. And what a thoughtful gift.
Nancy

Barbara Hagerty said...

Your card is lovely! I think it may be one of my all time favorite vintage pieces! You should also enter it in the Layers of Color challenge, which this week is "roses". There's a link on my blog! Beautiful card!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Oooops...I just noticed. You already have a link on your blog for LOC challenge.

mixedmediamonday said...

Sue, this is beautiful, and it will mean to much to your aunt. You are right, we could learn a lot from our grannies about recycling etc., mine was the same :-)

Heather Robinson said...

I love your combination of vintage goodies all blended together so beautifully. Your blog is very lovely and oh so inspiring. Thank you for leadidng me here with a wonderful comment on my blog.

Lana said...

Oh, this is beautiful!!!