My Aunt Doris was recently moved from her home to an assisted living facility and I decided I wanted to make something special for her new 'home.' I found this old photograph taken in 1930 of my Mom and her 5 siblings.
I scanned it into my laptop and altered it, taking away much of the background and digitally added the colors. My Aunt Doris is now dressed in pink, next to my Mom in yellow. They were 2 years apart in age, and always very close.
Here it is printed out onto cloth, machine stitched, embroidered and several different dimensional elements added to it, buttons, beads and charms. I recently received a huge parcel of antique laces from Hermine who was kind enough to 'shop for me' when she attended a recent annual antique sale in The Netherlands. The cream thin lace is part of the great stash I have now. Thanks Hermine - you can see I've already found a use for a bit of it!
Below, you can see Uncle Fred (the baby and only boy in the family) being held by Aunt Jeannette (the eldest ) and my Aunt Kay.
This photo was taken about 3 years before their father died and my grandmother raised all of her six children plus adopted another son (not in this photo) The sixth sister in the teal coat, is Aunt Gladys. Our extended family would spend Thanksgiving at her home in the country each year. It was a big celebration - 26 in total divided equally between adults and children.
I added what I thought was a perfect quote "The love of a family is life's greatest blessing."
Since my cousin told me they had decorated my Aunt Doris's new home in blues and chocolate brown, I found some left over fabric from another project to compliment her decor. It is a sweet size - about 9 inches square, but I lined it in the same fabric and added snaps so that she can also use it as a cloth sachet if she doesn't want it as a toss cushion.
Here it is pictured without the pillow stuffing inside.
I am excited to pay her a visit this holiday season and hope that the photograph which she may not have seen for 40-50 years, may bring back warm memories of her sisters and brother who I know all have a very special spot in her heart. She is the only one left.