Friday, October 8, 2010

Life is an Adventure…

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Good evening, my friends!

What a lovely start to a beautiful weekend…75 degrees, a lovely ocean breeze…perfect!

Just a couple of things to share with you tonight before I head out for an 80th birthday weekend {not mine!} 

First, a card I made for this week’s Crafty Secrets’ challenge over at Splitcoast…the challenge was an easy one this week…we were to use pink (in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness this month).  Not a hard task for this pink-loving vintage girl!

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This fun image is from Crafty Secrets’ new “Vintage Photos” Creative Scraps…I so love this set!

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Here’s a cute couple out for a spin on this VERY old-fashioned motorcycle…”Live a little.  Life is an adventure”, they remind us!

They reminded me very much of another cute couple …

My wonderful mother-in-law, Shirley, turns 80 next week, but we’re having her big party this weekend, as some members of the family wouldn’t be able to travel here next week.

For her gift, I tried my hand at a new kind of project …now, you have to forgive my photos…for some reason I couldn’t seem to catch it properly (I think it was the printable cotton sheets for the photos—they have a bit of a sheen to them)…oh, well!

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A fabric wall hanging—all wonderfully rough around the edges…cotton batting, muslin, various swatches of vintage fabric, laces and my favorite mother-of-pearl buttons…

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…rosettes made of strips of torn muslin…twisted and wound till they became the size I wanted.  Glued to a piece of felt and sprayed with Glimmer Mist…a bit of “Lemon Zest”, “Gold”, and “Creme de Chocolat”…

The happy couple on the wall hanging are my mother-in-law’s parents…Ted and Fern Gorrell.

Ted & Fern's newspaper wedding announcement

Friends and schoolmates since elementary school in Arizona…then divided by Ted’s family’s move to Los Angeles.  Reunited once again at USC…the University of Southern California in 1924…

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…where Ted was a football star…nicknamed “Butter” Gorrell, because he was almost impossible to tackle.

Here’s a few fabulously vintage football poses from his superstar days on the team…

Teddie K Gorrell--football photo

 Ted Butter Gorrell--USC football

Ted Gorrell--USC football portrait

…aren’t those wonderful?!  Now, here’s a little trivia for you…also on the team for a couple of years before he could no longer play due to an injury, was a young man named Marion Morrison…

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…he’s here in the center back looking straight at the camera in the darker shirt…Ted is right in front of him in position (up a little higher than the others)…any ideas who Marion later became???  Let me know if you know!

Their courtship and engagement were “big news on campus”…the lovely Fern and the husky “Butter”…

Fern Ellsworth--portrait

Fern was quite an adventurous young woman herself…

Fern in hiking clothes

…here she is on a hike in the mountains in the early 1920’s…

Ted & Fern by waterfall

…and here are Fern and Ted with a friend enjoying a few moments by a beautiful waterfall…

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I had so much fun with this gift for Shirley…a little remembrance of her lovely parents that she loves so much…

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I hope your weekend is a beautiful one…life IS always an adventure, isn’t it?  Let’s have fun with it!

See you early next week with something new…

Julie