Monday, August 16, 2010

Girlfriends…and Vintage Twins

Good afternoon, my friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was busy, as usual, and we had a great time…VERY full of family and friends.

Well, I have a couple of cards to share with you today, and some beautiful family photos from my husband’s side of the family that I think you’ll really like…

First, the cards…

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Isn’t this image adorable?!  It’s from Crafty Secrets’ newly revised and fabulous “Girlfriends” Creative Scraps…

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…so many vintagely wonderful images to play with!

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Just used some wonderful black & white gingham paper, a vintage satin flower I made while on vacation in Utah—my sister-in-law Karen taught us how to do these one night…so much fun!  A pretty old rhinestone in the center…lace, ribbon, and platinum Stickles and that’s about it!

Next…

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Another from the “Girlfriends” set—such a cute image!  Love the saying…”You don’t look a day over fabulous”…isn’t that perfect for a friend’s birthday?!

I can’t remember what company made that flower—sorry!  I just gave it a quick spritz with “Cherub Pink” Glimmer Mist to warm it up a little.  A bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the flowers in the image for a bit of sparkle…then just finished it off like I usually do!

Well, speaking of girlfriends, I thought this would be a good time to share these old family photos with you…the ultimate girlfriends…TWINS!

Fern (my husband’s grandmother) and Faun Ellsworth were born in old Mesa, Arizona in 1905…

We’re lucky to have so many beautiful photos of them as they grew…

…and grew…

…such adorable little girls!

…always together…

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An interesting thing about the Ellsworth family, is that they grew up near my Stapley family in Mesa.  The two families weren’t connected until my husband and I were married in 1988, yet they were friends and near neighbors, and it’s been so interesting to find out all the interconnecting stories between the two families through the years…

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…like this one:  When they were about the age they are in this photo—10 years old, their father George Ellsworth passed away late one night.

So as not to frighten and worry the young sisters too much, they were sent to sleep for the night at the home of my great-great-grandparents, O.S. & Polly May Stapley, who were known and trusted by the girls.

Early the next morning, an older Stapley son (a great-great-uncle of mine), being a prankster, and used to teasing the girls, tipped them out of bed for a joke, not knowing what they’d just been through the night before….needless to say, he felt terrible when he found out!

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Another edited version of the same photo…with them here is there older sister, Alta, who interestingly accompanied my great-grandmother Estella on the piano while she sang on a number of occasions…

 

Beautiful young women…

I love them here in this very stylish pose—just look at those beautiful outfits!

And lastly for today, here they are around the time they were married, with their mother, Sarah Follett Ellsworth…more stories for another day…

Thanks for indulging me in a little more family history…it surrounds me all the time, so it can’t help but pop out once in a while!

Hope your day is wonderful…

See you soon with something new!

 

Julie