September 27, 2009

Vintage Photo Sunday - All Dressed Up And No Place To Go

This is a cute picture of the young women standing on the bumper of the old car.  Well, I suppose it wasn't really an old car when they were standing on it.  The dresses are very pretty with the sequence and ribbon trim.  Go this prior blog post to see the torture undergarments that made their figures look so flat and straight.  And still they smile!

September 25, 2009

Twenties Photos Quilties - Photo Fabric Collage

This group of young people look like they had great fun together.  The photos are from albums I have had for quite a while.  They are printed on white cotton and then collaged with bits and pieces of vintage fabrics, trims and buttons.  The finished size is 4" x 6" for each quiltie, and a piece of trim added at the top for easy hanging.

Funny Little Ant Hill

Isn't this a funny little ant hill?  This ant hill is between the bricks on the front walkway.  We have had quite a bit of rain the past few days, and the air is very damp.  The little grains of dirt the ants pile onto the hill are stacking taller and taller - about 3" to 4" for this one.

September 24, 2009

Bike Ride - Hope, Indiana

We participated in the Hope, Indiana Bike Ride last weekend with another couple.  The ride is through town and along country roads that go through rural farms.  It was a beautiful day that made it very enjoyable.  It is well organized, and begins with a pancake breakfast, then there are stops along the route with refreshments and entertainment.  There was also a barbequed chicken lunch in the town center along with a blues band.  The entry fee is bit more than some rides we have been on, but the proceeds after expenses go to the Hope Food Bank.  There were a lot of people there that day (more than 1000), but their website hasn't posted the data or pictures for this year.

That is me in the green sweatshirt.

September 20, 2009

Vintage Photo Sunday - Manning Iowa Butter and Ice Cream

Manning Iowa is a town about 25 miles from Carroll, Iowa and about 100 miles from Des Moines.  I have a few photo albums of people in Carroll County, Iowa.  I believe that most of the pictures are in Carroll, but this one depicts a Manning Butter and Ice Cream truck.  It is fun to look into the past like this, don't you agree?

September 13, 2009

Vintage Photo Sunday - Elenora Frederika Daugherty

I am sharing another 'rescued' photo with you today.  I like this picture of the young woman mainly because of the interesting dress that she is wearing.  There is a name written on the photo, but the handwriting looks too modern to be from the time of the photo.  I think it probably was added years after this photograph was taken.  Not to say that Elenora wasn't her name, just that it looks to be added after the period the picture was taken.  What do you think?  Perhaps Elenora has descendants who are looking for her.

September 9, 2009

Early Morning Fog Web Sights

It was foggy this morning when we got up and the back porch had about a dozen beautiful spider webs covered in dew drops.  They were between every post and beam.  I tried to capture the entire scene to show you, but I couldn't get a picture that showed that.  I am posting three individual pictures that will give you an idea of how pretty they were.

September 8, 2009

Mayor's Labor Day Bike Ride - Louisville, KY

John and I went with two other couples to ride in the Louisville Mayor's Hike & Bike Ride on Labor Day. It was a 14.9 mile course that was a fun ride. The police were directing traffic at every intersection, and most of the street was closed to traffic which made it feel very safe to ride. There wasn't an entry fee, and we all got a t-shirt as well. I am posting a few pictures I took, but of course I forgot to have anyone take one of me.  The first photo is everyone starting to line up at the Start with part of the skyline in the background.  The next photo shows John in the white shirt with the two other couples.  Deanie in the green has her preventive bandages on her knees.  Some came in costume - like the girl in the wedding? outfit.   Of course there were news crews to document the day.  And finally, here is a link to more photos the city put on Flickr.

September 6, 2009

Vintage Photo Sunday

I have many old photographs that I have bought over the years, and that I like to use in my fabric collage artwork.  I thought it might be nice to share some of these photographs with you, thus "Vintage Photo Sunday" is born.  You can feel free to copy them and use them as you like.  It is such a shame to have these photographs 'lost' in albums when they should be enjoyed.

I am starting off with three photos today.  I have used the photo of the cute little girl and her dog in previous work, as well as the one depicting the snack wagon at the bottom of the post.  The one of the girls next to the car is from an album with photos of the Carroll Iowa area.  As far as I can tell, the album contains photographs of young women who probably attended the Catholic school nursing program.  It took a bit of detective work on my part to figure that out, and I don't have too many details.  Perhaps if there are any blog readers from the Carroll Iowa area, they can provide further information about that area's photographs as I post them.

I hope you will enjoy these photographs as much as I do.

Pink Lady Treasury

I am featured in an Etsy Treasury - Pink Lady Treasury. Here is a screen shot of it with my Forties Woman fabric collage in the third row on the left. Also, there is a link if you would like to go to the Treasury.  (The link has expired.)

September 3, 2009

New Quilties From Old Photographs - Photo Fabric Collage

I love working with old photographs, and incorporate them with vintage fabric, lace, buttons and ephemera into quilties.  I have a lot of photographs from albums I bought at an antique store a few years ago.  Most of the photos are taken in the early 1900s.  From clues I discovered in one of the albums, I have determined that it is from Carroll County Iowa.  The people in these photographs look happy and full of life.  Soon I will share some of the actual photographs, but today I am going to share little quilties that I made.  They are 4" x 6" and are photographed on a blue denim background.

September 1, 2009

Genealogy & Memories

I have been working on my genealogy project the past few days. I started about two years ago by going into the four directions of my grandparents, and it has been an interesting journey so far. Since discovering that my ggg grandmother was from not only Kentucky, but also from the same county where we spend each summer, I have been hooked. This ggg grandmother is from my mother's father, and my mother would have been fascinated with this discovery.

This is a picture of my mother's family - that is my mother in the back row on the right. This was taken sometime during World War II, as both my Uncle John and Aunt Britt are in their military uniforms. I am not sure if this was taken early in the war years before my uncle was a prisoner of war in Germany, or after he returned. With the death of my Aunt Britt on Easter of this year, everyone in my mother's family is gone now. It is hard for me to believe they are all gone - ancestors now. Still, my vivid memories of each of them transcends time.