This is a photo of my mother sometime during the 50s - out picking blackberries. I used G45 papers, layered to large mats, distressing the top mat by cutting the edges and inking heavily. I did a little faux stitching around the edges of the large red mat. The oval tags are images that I cut from a piece of Webster's paper and are backed with black cardstock. They are adhered with pop dots. I used the apron punch for two of the edges on the border strip, and a Martha Stewart lacy edge punch for the bottom edge of the border strip. The flowers were cut from some Pink Paislee paper and raised with pop dots. I added some black Prima bling under the ribbon. I used a Making Memories rubon photo corner. I crinkled the corners of the top mat and added a bronze brad. I also inked the edges of the background cardstock. Journaling is tucked behind the photo and reads:
This is your Grandma Perdue picking blackberries one summer in the 1950s. Picking berries was something we did every summer. Daddy worked for Eastern Air Lines and the roads around the airport were filled with blackberry vines. Sometimes on Saturdays, Daddy would take me and my two brothers and drop us off in the berry patch while he went to work for a while. Back then, there definitely wasn't as much meanness in the world as there is today, and we always felt safe. Of course, we always took our dog, Jitterbug, with us for protection. There were often snakes in the berry patch, and Jitterbug always knew if there were snakes and would get between us and the snake to protect us. We'd pick berries for several hours and sometimes, I think we ate more than we picked! I can remember many a tummy ache after eating too many berries. We'd take our buckets of berries home to Mama, and she would make some of the most delicious blackberry jam and jelly that you've ever tasted. It was a lot of work, but it was so good! Good memories!