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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Me as Cleopatra....

I haven't worked in my art journals for quite some time so this morning I got one of them out and decided to finish a spread that I had started a couple of months ago.

If you've read my blog for a long time then you know I have lots of clothing from my childhood, as well as things that belonged to my mother and grandmother. I'm a "keeper"....I can't throw away things that have been saved for a long time.

Recently while going through some boxes I found a little red and white checked sunsuit that was mine as a child....


It's a little faded and tattered but you must remember it's probably about 66 years old! I like this little piece because I have a picture of me wearing it....


I think I'm about two or three years old in the picture. We were living in housing on the naval base near Bremerton, WA....my dad served in the navy during WWII. This is one of those photos that always makes me smile so I decided to create a journal page about it....


As the story was told to me by my mom, we had a neighbor couple who didn't have any children. The guy thought I was just great and he called me Cleopatra because I stole his heart.


One day as I played outside, he plopped a hat on me and took this picture. My mom didn't much like the photo because she thought I looked messy. I love the photo because it's one of only a small handful of photos of me as a child where I'm not "perfect"....


This was a fun journal spread to do....even though the writing part was a challenge. Nothing would show up very good on the background but at least I know what it says.

It's a rainy day here and I'm making soup. It's the first really chilly day and I always like to do soup when the weather is like this. I hope you're having a good day wherever you are....

15 comments:

  1. what great memories. you were so, not messy at all. adorable. our generation of mothers were pretty proper about allot of things.

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  2. such a good story and to write it down so your kids will have that memory, what a cutie you are, and you still have clothes from when you were that age, I dont have anything...how lucky are you

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  3. I love the story and the photos Janet. How lovely to reminisce and record it. What a cute photo and I love the outfit. I still have a couple of my outfits from way back then, this would be a great excuse to get them out of the cupboard.
    Lee:)

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  4. I so enjoyed this post, Janet...wonderful story! And what a cutie you were as a child. I don't have any clothes from my childhood though I do have a doll.

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  5. shawn5:04 PM

    Cute page and a great idea using photos and writing down memories.

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  6. Oh I love this!!! I love the outfit, photo, history.....everything! This is perfect!

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  7. What a cute story, and how lucky you are to still have some of the clothing from your childhood. I really like the photo of you and those supercute shoes! Important that you wrote it down. Now it will always be there as part of the family story. Well done.

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  8. Aww gee Janet you were so cute and I love the romper suit.

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  9. I love journal pages like this. Such sweet memories. I can related to the *perfect* comment! :D :D

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  10. Beautiful page, lovely sentiments. I echo all that has been said by others. I once had two adorable crocheted dresses that my sister and I wore, but they disappeared. Still have the photo though. Must go search the files for it.

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  11. This might be one ofm y very favorites, Janet. It's so personal and such a marvelous story. I love it!

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  12. Oh I love this story, and the page you made. I have nothing from my childhood, not even pictures so I am envious of your treasures.

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  13. Oh my how great is this. You not only have the the little outfit, you have you wearing it in a photo, it doesn't get much better than that. And you are adorable in it. Great post, Hugs, Mary

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  14. I really love your journal spread. And the photo of you reminds me so much of my younger daughter--she's 2-1/2, so that age sounds just about right! You are adorable. What wonderful memories. It seems so important to me to have that sort of thing recorded in an art journal.

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  15. Janet...great post! I loved the story too and the photo of you in the sunsuit...priceless! I'm surprised you still have something like that...it's amazing. The journal spread you did about it is wonderful legacy.
    Mary

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