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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Here it is! This is a milestone, just to get those first photos down on a page! Yeah! The paper is from Creative Imaginations and the flowers are Prima. (of course) The photos were taken at our reception which was in a gorgeous old historical mansion in Galveston called Ashton Villa. We had our reception in the huge ballroom, but they also allowed us to use parts of the house to take photographs in, which was amazing because we could actually use the furniture to sit on, etc. The room in the photo of us sitting used to be the second floor of the mansion, and there is a waterline mark on the huge gilded mirror in that room where the high water from the Gulf was during the 1900 storm, the country's worse natural disaster, much, much worse than Katrina. The islanders came together and did something monumental...and unheard of. It took several years but they built a seawall and also raised the elevation of the island by dredging in silt from Galveston bay, and for years all the sidewalks were basically wooden planks on stilts way up in the air. Most homes were raised up, but mansions like Ashton Villa couldn't be lifted so the bottom stories were filled in with mud and silt. If you look closely when you're standing outside of the home, you can barely see the arched brick window frames of the top story windows behind the flower beds. It was a beautiful home, a perfect day I'll always treasure, and I married my best friend and the man of my dreams. (this is also the scraplift challenge for August) this looks so much better in person. The flowers and the ribbon are all glittery.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This is the first project for my new venture teaching. I'm so excited to start this and get the class going. After lots of "drilling drama" I finally got it right and this was the end result. The gorgeous papers are from My Mind's Eye and I thought they were such pretty colors. Green has seriously become my favorite color over the years? I inked the black binding with a pretty olive green to alter it. There is a groovy inside pocket that holds a coordinating clip embellished with some pretty fibers, and a place for a pretty pen. What do you think, think the class will 'sell out'? :)