Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Country Girl…


Good afternoon, dear friends!

What weather we’re having!  Last week was all chill and drizzle…this week…roses blooming all over my garden and 80 degrees!  Hard to remember what season we’re in here in California!

As I still have roses in my garden, I felt very justified in having a lovely country garden as the theme for my card today…


A lovely background image from Crafty Secrets’ “Garden” Creative Scraps, and the sweet little paper-pieced & popped-up country girl is from their brand spankin’-new stamp set “Down on the Farm”


…so many adorable images!


A little handmade frame, slightly popped-up…Dazzling Diamonds on all the lovely flowers, lace, Martha Stewart seam binding,  a bit of sparkly framing with platinum Stickles…


…vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, paper roses spritzed with “Lemon Zest” and “Cherub Pink” Glimmer Mist (my favorite rose combination), and that’s about it!

Time to tell you a little more about our very own country girl, Minnie…

The daughter of Norwegian-born parents, Nels and Anna Maria,

Nels and Anna Peterson

…Minnie grew up on the family farm in beautiful Evansville, Wisconsin.

As the oldest child in a family of twelve children, Minnie was kept very busy on the farm…helping with the animals and chores…and her younger brothers and sisters, of course!

When she was about twelve, in 1885,  she was enrolled at the Evansville Seminary…

evansville seminary_edited-1

…which was known for having the finest instructors “from the East”…educating their students in a course of study that included Latin, German, astronomy, biology, history, rhetoric and mathematics.

Minnie loved school and was a very good student.  She was a member of the Literary Society, and took part in many public speaking contests, earning tw0 silver medals….

Also involved in the Society was a young man named Leo Campbell who took quite a liking to the young Minnie.

Leo Henry Campbell

Leo would escort Minnie back home to her family farm after those Society evenings…and their courtship continued for some time.

When Minnie graduated from the Seminary, she taught school for five years in a little rural school in the town.  She loved the children and taught them well…

Minnie P. Campbell's first school in Brooklyn, Wisconsin

Leo and Minnie were married in 1895, after seven years of courting…

Leo H. & Minnie F. Peterson Campbell


…another story for another day…

I’ve been enjoying reflecting on Minnie and her love of teaching today as I think of my own daughter…Minnie’s great-granddaughter…Chelsea, in her second week of student teaching in an elementary school…loving every second of it!

I hope your day is wonderful, whether it’s filled with roses or chilly rain…

See you soon with something new.