Friday, August 13, 2010

Bathing Beauties…

thegraphicsfairy12--by the sea with dog                  {image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy}

Good afternoon, my friends!

What a wonderful day it’s been…long and lazy….my two younger girls are in school and my college girl is home with me!  She flew in last night, and it’s such a beautiful  thing to have her back home with us where she belongs…!

While the girls were laughing and catching up last night, I snuck in a little card-making time in the kitchen while I listened and smiled…

Here’s the first:


I LOVE this new “Bathing Beauties” set from Crafty Secrets!


…so many adorable images to play with!


I decided to leave the stamped image plain…kind of like an old sepia-toned photograph…because I had some of my own old ones I wanted to share with you today…

This stamp reminded me of:

…while she’s not in a bathing suit in this photo, they ARE in a boat! 

These are my husband’s grandparents—I haven’t introduced you to them yet—this is Fern Ellsworth and Ted Gorrell before they married…aren’t they cute?!

She was just lovely…he was a big, well-known football player at USC in the ‘20’s…more of their story another day…

Here’s my other card…


I LOVE this sassy bathing beauty!  This is the kind of bathing suit I want!!!   From the same Crafty Secrets’ set…I framed her with chunky clear German glass glitter for a sandy beach effect—looks much better in person…(doesn’t it always?!)  Some of my favorite vintage mother-of-pearl buttons…lovely striped ribbon to match her suit, and LOTS of paper piecing!

Well, now for some more vintage swimming fun…we are lucky enough to have a bunch of wonderful photos of my husband’s grandmother Fern and her twin sister, Faun (great names for twins, aren’t they?!), here are just a few…

I really love this photo—isn’t the reflection wonderful?

Fern and her sister Faun were born in Southern California in 1905…adorable twins…I have some amazing photos of them throughout their childhood/teenager years that I’ll be sharing with you as we go along…

Not sure what this is…some kind of rope-climbing pole???

With some friends…not sure who was behind the camera, but…!  Look at that interesting gentleman in the far left background—very formal for the beach, don’t you think?  But, then, the 1920’s were a much more refined time, weren’t they?

Fern is at the top of this little pyramid…

…and lastly, here with a friend on the steps of a pier…

Well, that’s it for me today…off to play a rousing game of Double Solitaire with my daughter—I never win.  That’s okay, though, because it’s one of our favorite things to do together, and there’s no one I’d rather lose horribly to!

Have a beautiful day, whatever you do!