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« on: March 04, 2009 08:03:01 AM »

Once upon a time there was a young girl who decided to go with her friends to town to see a John Wayne movie.  She had no way of knowing this outing would change her life.  After the movie a tall dark-headed handsome man came up to her and asked if she would like to go to dinner.  She accepted.  That was the day my grandma and grandpa fell in love.

Not too much later he was drafted by the army.  They were quickly married and Grandma got pregnant right away.  Grandpa was sent to Italy to guard prisoners of war.  She had the baby while he was gone.  My mom was over a year old before her daddy held her for the first time.  It was a tough life, they were poor, their second child died at 4 months old from pneumonia.  They went on to have 3 more children. 
But through thick and thin, they were always happy, they were always in love, it was one of those love stories that you read about in a book.  It all ended one December night.  Grandpa got up feeling sick.  He collapsed in the bathroom. He died in my Grandma's arms.  That was 32 years ago when he was just 45.

Grandma's hair turned gray over night.  She never stopped loving him.  She went on with her life, feeling his presence, always missing him.  Now Grandma is very sick.  Things are foggy, she often mistakes my little girl for me.  She is confused.  But mention Grandpa and she can describe things they did down to the littlest detail.  My grandma is dying.  So this project was very emotional for me. 

I love Rascal Flatts.  And this is one of my very favorite songs.  I cant listen to it without getting a tear in my eye.  It is so much like my grandma's story.  Its called
"Ellsworth Kansas, 1948".  Here are the lyrics:

Grandma burned the biscuits
Nearly took the house down with it
Now she's in assisted living
We all knew that day would come

We knew she was too gone to drive
The day she parked on I-65
Found her on the shoulder cryin
She didn't know where she was

It's like her mind just quit
Oh but bring up grandpa
It's like someone flipped a switch

A front porch light and a blue DeSoto
A couple of straws and a Coca-Cola
You can see it all goin down
A handsome boy in army green
A tear on his face
Down on a knee, shaky voice, a diamond ring
She'll put you in that town
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask her bout Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

She takes out his medals
A cigar box of letters
Sits and scatters pictures
Black and whites of days gone by

We started losin her when she lost him
But to hear her carry on
You'd swear she's seventeen again

Football games and leaves a cracklin
Walkin her home in his leather jacket
You can see it all goin down
A perfect night on a front porch glider
Sayin goodnight for the next three hours
Her tired eyes go wide and bright
When she talks about that town
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask her bout Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

While the world is fading all around her
Sharing a sundae at the counter
He's goin on and on about her
Bet she's right there right now
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask about Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948


Here is a video for it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGukwAYiTQ0&feature=related


For my Grandma's story it was Laurelville Ohio 1943.


For the background I used sheets of crepe paper.  I love the texture it gives the piece and I really like the way the colors bled together.

For the images of the town I printed them off on regular white paper.  I applied them to clear contact paper, soaked them in water, then peeled off the paper.  It left the ink image.

I found these wonderful pansy stickers at Hobby Lobby.  I was so thrilled with them because pansies were my Grandpa's fav flower.  My grandma plants them on his grave every spring.  These are embossed stickers and they could almost pass for real dried flowers. 





This turned out just like I had imagined it in my mind.  I was listening to the song and laying out my peices last night.  I got goosebumps and tears in my eyes.  Like I said, it was a very emotional project for me. Im going to give this to my mom for Mother's Day. 

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009 08:15:21 AM »

Good job, you messed up my makeup. Cry  Your mom will love it. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009 08:18:30 AM »

This is so beautiful- it brought a little tear to my eye. I love the pansy stickers; I definitely thought they were real flowers! It's wonderful that you were able to include them in your project, especially since they mean so much for you and your family.  It's the perfect mother's day gift.

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009 08:59:10 AM »

This couldnt possibly be a better tribute   Godspeed to you and your family, my dear
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009 09:54:22 AM »

Beautiful.

What a great job you did!
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009 10:17:23 AM »

This is so gorgeous it makes me want to cry.

The song, the project, the story, everything.

Perfect.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009 10:33:09 AM »

Wow, it's beautiful and I just about cried reading your story.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2009 10:50:20 AM »

That's lovely - it made me cry too! I agree that the crepe paper makes a nice background and I love all the details.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2009 01:13:28 PM »

this is a lovely project and i'm sure your mother will love it.she'll probably cry more than I am now.
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2009 04:04:50 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2009 04:29:21 PM »

What a lovely, touching story!  I love your work--just marvelous!
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2009 06:42:11 PM »

thanks so much for sharing this touching story and song, and your page is beautiful. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2009 08:00:18 PM »

 Wink Seriously awesome...made me cry  Cry Give your grandmother a hug  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2009 04:20:59 AM »

What a beautiful tribute to both of your Gand Parents. Let her talk about her past as much and as long as she wants - this way, for bit, she feels closer to her husband. I lost my husband 1 1/2 years ago and he too died in my arms.  This was very touching. 
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this is amazing, i love everything about it.
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« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2009 09:48:31 AM »

Well that brought a little more than a tear my eye.  I'm still blowing my nose.   Smiley
What a wonderful tribute to what I am sure is still a wonderful love.  Your work is beautiful, well made, and touching.  I am sure your mother will treasure it.  My grandfather, too, died young.  My grandmother never remarried and when I asked her why she told me "He may not be here but he's still my husband."  Your grandmother, in a way, has the gift of being able to relive those memories as if they were new.  Blessing to you and the her.
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2009 11:29:48 AM »

Oh, drat. Now you got me crying.

It's really, really beautiful and such a fantastic story to give it life.
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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2009 11:44:47 AM »

Good job, you messed up my makeup. Cry  Your mom will love it. 


luckily, i'm not wearing any yet!
what a beautiful story!
and a precious gift for your mom.

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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2009 11:52:21 AM »

Thank you all for the complements!  I was worried that I loved it so much just because it is so close to my heart.  It really pleases me that others are touched by it too!!!
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2009 03:50:38 PM »

The song, the story, and the beautiful artwork are all so wonderfully touching.  It is a beautiful tribute, and a true display of love.
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2009 04:08:40 PM »

I was worried that I loved it so much just because it is so close to my heart.  It really pleases me that others are touched by it too!!!

yes it actually "works" in the artistic sense, where the whole idea makes a lot of sense and attacks our feelings so that we get what you meant by it.  (sorry, "attacks" is not the right word but i am low on words right now)
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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2009 06:06:53 PM »

This is a beautiful project.. It's obvious that a lot of thought and love went into it too.
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« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2009 02:34:34 PM »

and now I'm crying.

how lovely -- what a sweet tribute to your grandmother and grandfather.
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« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2009 04:21:43 PM »

This is more touching than I can tell you. And completely apart from the beautiful, overwhelming emotion, and how perfect a tribute is - it's beautifully crafted! The colors, the composition, the craftsmanship... All stupendous!
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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2009 08:02:12 PM »

My grandmother is dying, she hasn't remembered me for two years now, but I've stayed strong and dealt with it. When I saw this I cried and cried, I think i'm coping now, I just wanted to say thank you, and this is beautiful.
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