Wednesday, 11 September 2013

WOYWW - Ancestors!

Welcome to Magpieheaven! Here's what's on my dining table at the moment, which is where I hope to create a little crafting space today. If you're scratching your head about why I'm telling you What's on my Work table this Wednesday, do click HERE, where you can find out all about WOYWW hosted by the amazing Julia Dunnit. The couple in the photos below are a bit of a contrast to Batman and Robin who featured last week - far more sedate than the dynamic duo! Deskers had some great ideas about what I might create with those fancy-dress photos! The House of Bears suggested a scrapbook-type page in a frame. I liked the sound of that - the best of both worlds, although I'm not sure I'd like every visitor to see Mr Magpie and myself in tights despite the very kind comments about our 'pins'! Neet asked about the gentleman in the blue sweater looking incredulously at us. He was a friend's dad, and I think he was quite bemused, bless him! Christine @ Bishopsmate told me about how she is cataloging her family photos, writing  explanatory word documents for the children as she files sepia ancestors on the laptop. This also sounded a great idea to me - although how would we ever explain dressing up as Batman and Robin to future generations? Kim suggested a journal page, as she has some photos she might journal one day with Zentagle designs around them - I love what I've seen of Zentangle. So many possibilities! Meanwhile I have been helping my mother sort out her house before she moves into a flat nearer to us and this couple came to light. I know nothing about them except that they are my great-great grandparents. I don't even know their names yet! I was really excited to discover them and I plan to make something like a shadow box or canvas that will feature their images.
The feathers, acorns and twigs I gathered on a country walk through  Kent orchards yesterday. The photos were on my mind and I was looking for textures and colours that would fit with them. The lace, the brown and white fabric and the string and the Snowflake Fresco paint came to mind as I was walking.  I might use the actual bits and pieces in my project or maybe just use them as inspiration for colour and texture. Sometimes I just like to arrange elements before I begin and see how things develop. I can feel the need to get my Big Shot out to make some tags and there's a nice roll of brown paper that will come in very handy for the next step in my plan! But Holy What's on your Work Desk Wednesday, Batman! I haven't answered any of the questions from the last episode! We-ll, in true Soap Opera tradition there's been no progress with the kitchen - no idea where Kevin's got to, just hope he's making those cupboard doors! One day pictures of a finished kitchen will appear on this blog: I promise! The sale of my mum's house seems to be slowly trundling through, although there has been an Asbestos scare that should be quickly resolved - fingers crossed!  I've nearly finished the project I showed you the very early stages of last week and it should be completed soon! I won't blog any photos yet, as I'd like to have a go at entering it for a challenge so watch this space to find out more! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Your lovely, supportive, sometimes funny, always encouraging comments - not to mention all those inspiring blogs - have kept me going over some very tough weeks since April - WOYWW Deskers, you're the tops. Have a great Wednesday and a fabulous, crafty week!

37 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lot is happening in your side of the world. Love the ideas you have about the vintage relatives. What a lovely piece of history to put it all together for future generations.
    Sandra @ 22

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  2. Love how you shared how you start your design process. I love the white laces, rope, tiny hint of green...can't wait to see where you take this!

    Hugs! Robin 46

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  3. I really hope you track Kevin down soon or else I'll have to disappear too... Love that you went out walking with your project in mind! Have a great day. Helen 19

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  4. This looks like a lovely beginning for your project Julie Ann.Those images are charming.You could do a lot with them.
    Thanks for the fab comments you made on my blog.Lovely of you!!
    Judy

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  5. You got a wide selection of ideas from people didn't you....
    Hope sale of mums house goes through without too many problems
    Jackie 39
    Scrapbangwallop

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  6. It's always exciting to learn about our forebears! I was given a photo of my mother's mother last year (she died when my mum was 10), and I have really connected with her seeing her lovely face :)
    Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week!
    no. 33

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  7. As soon as I got your comment I flew over to check out last weeks post, I'm very impressed that you took up my dare to show the photos. My mum was in hospital all last week, so I didn't get to the computer at all. I always preferred Robin in the day and you look really good as him, especially the pins (he he). I hope your cupboard doors turn up soon. I can't help much with what to do with the photos, mine are all stuffed in different cupboards, I'm hopeless. Love the old photos of your great great grandparents, very regal looking.
    Have a great week,
    Von #34

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  8. Do you know, it almost looks like you have a scrapbook page going with those fantastic photos and embellishments surrounding them. Lucky you to find such great photos. Have fun with them, but don't put Batman and Robin on the same page!

    The bears @#82

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  9. Hello Sweety, those photos are beautiful and your process sounds so darn exciting, what ever you make will be fantastic,love the ingredients already, lovely feather.
    I won't be around much but had to stop by and visit with you for a min, sadly I don't think I'll be snooping to much I'off to water fit them visiting with Sandy, hope you have a wonderful day, you do know I will be taking about our lovely cousin in England :O) (((( BIG HUGS ))))..

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  10. What a fabulous find those photos are and now you can discover stuff about them, love the idea of a shadow box, you could add lovely things like old lace and a button hook... Happy WOYWW Annette #2

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  11. Those pictures are lovely!! I took a workshop recently and we learned how to tint black and white photos. I like them black and white just fine, don't get me wrong, but when I gave my picture a bit of tint for the class it was so cool!! Just a thought?
    Glad things are just moving along. That is progress!!
    xxDaniella#15

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  12. Old photos are the best, look forward to seeing what yu do with them. Sounds like a busy week
    Famfa 14

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  13. They are a very smart looking couple, your ancestors that is! They will grace any LO you end up making!
    Hugs, LLJ 54 xx

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  14. Happy WOYWW! It's always so cool to see ancestor photos
    -Tera #3

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  15. What fantastic photos to come across - and I love the "mood board" you've created around them - just a word of warning though, be careful of putting the acorns etc on your photos as they are likely to perish over time and could damage those lovely pics (apologies if you've already thought of this) Keep us posted (no pun intended) Hav a good week. MMx #76

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  16. WOW! your one busy lady! Love the photos and the bits and pieces you found on your walk. They should make a lovely LO when finished. Good luck.
    Thanks for the visit this week
    Krisha #18

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  17. You certainly ARE busy! My grandma had a photo of her grandparents, and when I asked her their names, she said "Grandma and Grandpa."

    How great is that? But I did find their names eventually on a family history site.

    Thank you for stopping by this woyww!
    :)trisha
    #31 this week with
    ATCs Around the World

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  18. Wow....That is an amazing layout. I love those photos. Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting #5

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  19. hello, like how you told about them and I always love old photo's and when you have history to them it the best. And thanks for letting me peak in to your room. Roberta 6

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  20. I'm so very excited about what you'll come up with to showcase those adorable pics. I love them! Have a great day, Suzanne
    #67

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  21. Love the little arrangement you have there, look forward to seeing your shadow box! It's always good finding photos of family members. Enjoy the rest of the sorting if you can unearth treasures like this! Chrisx ps Note for Kevin - come on now, we're dying to see your new kitchen!

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  22. Sounds like your world is busy on as many fronts as mine at the moment! Wishing you well with it all, as well as wishing you lots more discoveries like those wonderful photos. Looking forward to seeing what work of art they end up gracing!
    Alison x

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  23. Lovely impromptu arrangement! What a great find! Sounds like you're a busy lady these days. Thanks for the earlier visit! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #92

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  24. I love all the pieces you have gathered to go with these wonderful old photos! Hope you are able to match the photos to names!

    Happy desk hopping on this WOYWW!

    Lynn #101

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  25. Julie Ann, how wonderful that you unearthed these fascinating photos of your great-great-grandparents while helping your Mom with her move! No matter how old we are, we always loving finding more of our roots! Have a terrific week! Darnell #24 (P.S. I haven't forgotten about the moon images; just haven't gotten to it yet (what with the new pet dinosaur!). I'm out of town next week, but I will get to it soon. When they finally do arrive in your mailbox, you will have forgotten all about them and it will be a lovely surprise!!)

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  26. Love your treasures! What great finds out on your walk and I so love old photos! Fingers crossed for the sale of the house to go through quickly!
    Debxx

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  27. I too love to put things together to see how they go and further inspire me and I love all the elements you have collected for these fabulous photos of your ancestors. I will cross my fingers that your mum's house sale moves quickly for you. We had our old house exchange yesterday so we are on the count down to settlement and more spare time on the weekends. Have a great week! Danie #48

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  28. a find of treasure proportions in those photos I'd say, aren't they amazing! I don't actually collect stuff, but find very often that I'm thinking about the next project while I'm out and about...I thinks the idea of picking bits and pieces up- even for inspiration is a great idea.

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  29. Love what you have laid out, all rustic and vintagy. Thanks for the visit BJ#94

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  30. Sorry it's taken me so long to call by this week but it's been really manic here.
    Hope all is good at yours....I really love black and white photos.
    Hugs,
    A x # 46

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  31. Sounds like you have a good plan for those photos...and a wonderfully eclectic bundle of goodness from your walk

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  32. Your post intrigued me so much I had to go and look at last weeks WOYWW!! Very funny, sounds like you now have some good ideas as to what to do with the pics. Love the one with the stag too, I'd have had a conversation with it as well. Beautifully arranged family photos this week, it's great fun digging in to the past and surprisingly addictive too. Love the little pieces of ephemera from your walk, I picked up lots of little acorns last week on my trip, but they were all brown and not green. Bringing them in to a warm environment has hastened their natural process and now I have lots of little "hats" with no acorns attached to them any more!

    Hugs
    Brenda 16

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  33. Those photos are awesome! Can't wait to see what you will come up with these goodies. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  34. It sounds like you have lot of good ideas percolating in your mind right now. Hope you're having a good week. Happy WOYWW and thanks for visiting. ~ Laura #13

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  35. Hope the asbestos scare turns out ok as sours did a couple of years ago.
    Love the way you have displayed the photos with the fabric and other things - do make a copy of the photos before you use them, I did and I use the same photo over and over again. Love it and I am sure you will with the ones you have.
    Hugs, Neet 113 (and thanks for the visit you made to me. I am so late!)

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  36. Your head is buzzing with such creative thoughts, I am envious as all I am thinking about is work ATM so much of it taking up my time.

    Thanks for stopping in and saying hi, was nice to have you visit. Sorry for getting back to you so late.

    Belated Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 86

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  37. Hi, I have to agree about the Portfolio pastels. They are definitely my kind of art medium... great colours, reasonable price and you can do so much with them. No wonder I am not in looove with the pan pastels they just don't compare. cheers Sandra

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