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Saturday, October 3, 2015

UPA Column Babcia's House

This month at Unruly PaperArts blogozine, the creative contributors were given free reign with an Anything Goes theme.  My article was posted on October 3, 2015 HERE

For my anything goes project, I chose to alter a Prima shadow box house into my grandmother's house.  She was Polish so we called her by the Polish diminuative for babunia which is Babcia. What you will see in this house is a representation in miniature of the many items that were part of life inside her Milwaukee home.  Many of these items currently have found a loving place in my home. This article contains my musings of an era gone by.

Here is the article, along with photos of the actual items represented in miniature in the shadow box.

Let's start with the Prima house itself.  I wanted the alteration to reflect a turn-of-the-century home. The "wallpaper" is from the Authentique Classique:Beauty collection.   I chose it because of it's gold and black patterns, common in early 1900's decor. (These items were purchased at my lls, the Paper Boutique.)  I purchased many Prima resin furnishings for it as they reflected the furniture I remembered seeing in Babcia's front room.    Does anyone else remember furniture covered with heavy see-through plastic? Some of the miniatures to fill the rooms were acquired from Alpha Stamps, an on-line store.  The chipboards are Kaiser Craft.

After having gone through the Great Depression and World War II rationing, some items may have been purchased during the boom after the war.  However, with the time frame now being mid-century, it still makes them antiques.  That part of history has been lost.  But I can tell you what I do know.

At the turn of the century my grandfather and his father came to America and worked in a (pressed) glass factory in Tarentum, Pennsylvania.  I have a carafe made in that factory which I was able to find in miniature. Pictured next to the carafe are two glasses handpainted by my babcia.

With a wife and 3 children, my grandfather moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1909 where they remained. After a work related injury in the steel mill put my grandfather on the sidelines, my grandmother found a job as a seamtress.  

The sewing related miniatures are a reminder of her amazing talent. My mother said she and her sisters could ask her to duplicate any dress they found in a window display. (Pictured are my mother and Babcia --a scrappy page I made in 2010.)

She made my sister and me wool robes and pleated skirts. Here's an old photo of us wearing those skirts!

Babcia and her four daughters also were excellent in the art of crocheting. I have many of those doilies, tablecloths, and bedspreads. I put a couple of snippets of the crocheting on the shelves.

My aunt Phyllis, as an adult, continued to live with my Babcia.  As a young child, I was struck by her grace and poise and what she found important to "a working girl".  I remember her collection of perfume bottles, the telephone table, and (most vividly) the attic full of racks of clothing with matching hats and shoes.  The little magnifying glass in the attic is actually hers.

Somehow I ended up with one of her vintage style umbrellas.  I also am the depository for Babcia's fine china, represented by the coffee cup.

I wanted to include a telephone because both my mother and my aunt worked for the phone company. Here is another old scrappy page.

Babcia had a water pitcher and bowl.  My aunt loved pink and filled it with her style of flowers which remain in the pitcher to this day.

Babcia was a typical European cook who didn't measure anything.  No one could duplicate her delicious babka (Polish Easter cake).  However, the Boston Cooking School Cook Book aka the Fanny Farmer Cookbook somehow turned up as the "go to" family cookbook.  Pictured is my mother's well-worn edition.  I also got a copy when I married in 1970-- it is getting close to being an antique as well.  Everyone had a wood rolling pin.  I still can picture Babcia making us perogi in her kitchen--just a quick lunchtime meal.  It takes me two days to make a batch!

Finally, I wanted to include books for these avid readers and a newspaper since my uncle-in-law, who lived in the flat above, was a newspaper publisher and cartoonist. The photo in the frame is of Uncle Joe.  The bit of doily is one actually crocheted by the family.

Here is a picture of me (and my siblings) in front of Babcia's house.  Thanks for stopping by and reliving with me my memories of Babcia's house.

Monday, September 28, 2015

There's Coffee in the House!

Happy National Coffee Day September 29!

This shadow box represents in miniature the items that I remember in my grandmother's home.

I should note that I took the photo at an angle so that you wouldn't see my reflection in the mirror which I made with a bottle cap frame.

Because I want to enter this in the Prima September contest HERE, (I'm #19)  I'm giving you a sneak peak of my project which will be the focus of my article on October 3 at Unruly Paper Arts blogozine.  The article will include a brief family history of each item.  At that time, I will have a companion post here on my blog with photos of the actual items that now reside in my home.

Prima resins furnished the house.  Because my grandma's furniture was white, I didn't alter the color but I did stain the wood trim.

I'm also entering this room photo in the Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop HERE. I'm #372
The coffee cup represents my grandma's china which I now possess as seen in the photo below. Coffee was very important to my mother.  She said when sugar was rationed, she got used to drinking coffee without it, but she could never give up her cream! I drink my coffee black but it must be flavored!

Please come back in October to learn more!!!!

Here are the Prima products I used:

Altered Doll House
Ingvild Bolme Foyer Resins and Antique Tub

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Digital Bookmark

My second entry for the Fall 2015 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Totally digital, which can be printed out and used as a tag or bookmark.  I will be placing it on a fold-over flap in my coffee journal.

I used the freebie coffee to go cup image from Pretty Papers, Pretty Ribbons and the freebie quote "Coffee, a Hug in a Mug" from TLC Creations.  Both are available when you hop on over to their sites.  The original witch image was holding a purple flower.  I replaced the flower with a Hero Arts coffee cup and put a spider ring on her hand.

Other products:
Gecko Galz digital image collage sheets: Witching Hour, Witchy Women, Kitchen Sink
Pixel Scrapper digital image files from various contributors
Hero Arts digital set Caffeine Fix
computer generated wording

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2nd Entry I'm #206
Choux Choux PaperArt Challenge #1   I'm #50  Winner announced Oct 4
Gecko Galz September Tricks or Treats Customer Challenge I'm #4

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fall Coffee Card

I'm a Coffee Loving Papercrafter and have the tee-shirt to prove it!  Each season the group comes together for a huge blog hop.  The excitement builds as the hop draws near!  And today is the day!!!!!

Lots of sponsors! Lots of prizes!  Lots of  inspiration!  During each hop I discover new crafters to follow their blogs, learn about new companies and products, and get so many ideas from the cards that get posted.

Hop along!  See all the details HERE


Here's my fall themed coffee card

Pumpkin digital image from My Artistic Adventures Etsy shop
cup digital image from Hero Arts Caffinated set
computer generated wording:  I'd like to claim the quote as my own but I've seen it in several places in cyberspace and needed to "borrow" it for my card
all printed on Stampin' Up very vanilla card stock
Stampin' Up early expresso card stock
burnt orange card stock from stash
Tim Holtz Sizzix tiny leaves Alterations embossing folder
Liquid applique

Entering my card here:

Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop Entry #1 I'm #99

Choux Choux PaperArt Challenge #1  I'm #49

DL Art Thankful Thursday Challenge 165 Fall I'm #9 til Oct 6

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge 28 Happy Fall Y'All I'm #5 til Oct 7

The Sisterhood of Crafters:  Let's All Go to the Pumpkin Patch  until Oct 11 I'm #7

City Crafter Challenge #280 Fall I'm #40

Creative Card Crew #96 Fall I'm #108 x

Use Your Stuff Challenge #192 Fall Theme I'm #24 x

Pile It On Challenge #87 Color Combo  I'm #31

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Good-bye Summer

Although warmer temps are trying to surface, you can tell the seasons are in transition.  The plants are showing signs of fall.  And crafting is turning to Halloween and autumn leaves.  Here is a 6x9 scrapbook page I made as a last hurrah to summer which officially will be over in three days.  The page will be added to my grandkids' album, opposite from a page of summer photos.

I took images from the Crafty Secrets See You Soon digital kit and colored them with my software program. I placed in the lower corner of the scene "see you soon" from the kit.  After printing, I added final touches with Copic markers (including autumn leaves).
The sentiment "Good-bye Summer!" was computer generated and punched with a Stampin' Up label punch.

I chose a dress color and cardstock to give an autumn feel.  Patterned paper is Basic Grey Ambrosia--very old from my stash.  The flowers represent the warm summer sun.  Materials are old, from my stash (paper, gems, ribbon, Maya Road  Winter Jewel Flowers).  Lovin' that I'm using them up.

Entering this:

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party
Pile It On #87 Color Combination
Really Reasonable Ribbon #186 Aren't You Orange It's Fall with Ribbon
YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #23 Closes 10/1
ChouxChoux PaperArts Challenge #1  Check out their first challenge and there's a Blog Hop!!

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