A layout about my Maternal Grandmother. This page was made for CSI # 54. Requirements were to use all 5 colors, red, blue, black, cream, and yellow. For evidence I used punched circles, polka dots,text pattern, music pattern,teacup accent. Journal requirement: inspired by a quotation by Eleanor Roosevelt, used inspiration words.
Although I have scrapped my Grandmother's tea set before, I present the story and pictures differently here. My journaling reads: "Today, Jan. 16, 2010 - After a long morning researching family history, you and I were feeling the need for a hot drink. Of course it had to be tea! And it had to be served in the precious teacups that once belonged to the woman whose life we had spent hours on trying to piece together. We cleared a space on our worktable for the tea things. It seemed necessary to place her old tea tin from Russia, that had miraculously survived through the years, next to the cups. You poured the tea. We looked at the tableau and quickly snapped photos as the steam rising from the cups was visible in the light from the window. We felt her "presence." Today, Jan. 16, 2013 - Three years have gone by, so much learned, so much still unknown. My Grandmother truly was a strong woman. Dead infants, two husbands who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, poverty, language barriers, social stigma. Tested, she emerged from the "hot water" again and again. She carried on, propelled by a strength I can barely comprehend."
The photos are of her tea set, that she purchased from a traveling peddler to whom she paid ten cents a week, for a year. The set is painted with a lovely vine of pink roses, yellow daisies and blue forget-me-nots. And that is my Grandmother in 1937.