Friday, September 3, 2010

Traveling the World in Style…

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Good afternoon, my friends!

Here we are again…another weekend ahead of us.  What will you be doing this holiday weekend? 

We have a fairly quiet time in store for us for a change…then a beach party in Monterey on Monday to top it off…sounds pretty good to me!

I’ve got another wonderful woman to tell you about today…I haven’t introduced you to many of the people on my husband’s side of the family yet, so it’s about time I do.

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Melvina Adell Howard Campbell, known all her life as Vie, was a pretty amazing personality.  Born in 1848 in Wisconsin, she lived all of her life surrounded by farming.

Involved in many social causes, she did much good in her community, and indeed for women in the world at large….more stories for another day…

She loved to entertain, as is evidenced by her handwritten calling card from around the turn of the century:

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In 1910, just two years after the death of her husband, Henry, she embarked, along with her daughter Pearl, on a grand adventure….

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Pearl, who would never marry, was quite an adventurer herself, and a prolific writer.  We’re fortunate to have many of her stories…

We’re so lucky to have Vie’s handwritten journal of their European cruise and adventure….

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In her handwriting, it says…

“A Journal of a trip of several months, beginning with the leaving of home, February 11, at 9:05 a.m.  1910.”

                         Vie Howard Campbell

                                            Evansville, Wisconsin

She continues on the first page:

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“It seems most fitting that the first entry made in this journal should record the locking of the door of the dear home at Evansville, because it seemed to me a moment of grave importance, although it was the beginning of a trip across seas and a glimpse of foreign lands which has been in day dreams and deeper dreams at night for many years…”

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“…It was not without some misgivings with regard to my ability to make the most of the trip that I said a mental good bye as I stood at the threshold of the home with it’s memories of joy and of sorrow, it’s happy meetings and it’s sad good byes.”

We two, the last members of the household, Pearl and I, to go out in quest of a wider knowledge of the world, in which God has placed us…”

Beautiful words…

They sailed from New York harbor on the S.S. Hamburg…she writes that it was quite luxurious…

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I love this photograph of Vie from this time…

…all bundled up against the chill sea breezes in her wool and furs…isn’t she wonderful?

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This photo and her journal inspired yesterday’s project…a small layout that I will either frame or add to my family history scrapbooks…

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I LOVE these images…all from Crafty Secrets.  The ladies, representing Vie and Pearl, are from the “Girlfriends” Creative Scraps.

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All other images, tickets, etc,. are from the “Travel” Creative Scraps.

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I used a beautiful piece of Graphic 45 as background paper, along with a photocopied sheet of Vie’s journal and a European map I found online from that time period…

…some lace, lusciously creamy seam binding, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, crystal rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds and platinum Stickles for some sparkle.

I thought I’d add another card I made a couple of months ago, but never posted…

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I love this vintage teacup stamp from Unity…one of their originals…

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I imagine Vie and Pearl probably enjoyed many tea times with beautiful china on their European cruise…it just seemed fitting…

Just to close up today, I thought I’d show you Vie and Henry Campbell’s house as it looks today…well, ten years ago, anyway…with my three daughters, Vie’s great-great-granddaughters, standing in front of it.

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We even got to go into every room inside, thanks to the very sweet owners, who are caring for it, and it’s history, very carefully. We are so grateful…

Thank-you for coming along with me on another sentimental journey…my very favorite thing to do.

I hope your weekend is full of every good thing.  Make some wonderful memories…

Julie