Sunday, July 6, 2014

Journal 52, Week 27: Nostalgia

At Journal 52, Chelle's prompt this week was Nostalgia.  Although I can't get the blog to load, my friend BJ let me know what it was.

So, for what it's worth, here is my take on Nostalgia.  It's fairly obvious I'm not feeling all that nostalgic, since I couldn't find the various pieces I intended to use, but I found pieces, including an old cabinet card, that made an excellent a decent substitute.

A few detail shots,

including the week number,

was combined with my fussy cut top.

One final look at my take on nostalgia and, since I'm not on Facebook or Flickr, I decided to show what I worked on while I waited on my holiday company to arrive. 

I microwaved two bags of onion skins for six minutes, then proceeded to dye some fabric.  The majority of the fabric in the large bowl is 100% cotton, while the fabric in the smaller bowl is 50% cotton and 50% polyester.  In a previous life, they were both bed sheets I picked up at the thrift store.

I also dyed some paper, but

I didn't think it was as successful,

or as mottled as the fabric.

Thanks for dropping by and seeing my take on nostalgia, as well as my dyed "using onion-skins" fabric.

15 thoughtful remarks:

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this Elizabeth. I wonder why she looks so wistful. Well done for all the fussy cutting! I enjoyed seeing lots of naturally dyed things at woolfest. - So many different colours! Look forward to seeing what you make next! Thank You for your lovely comments - your opinion means a lot to me - although I must be careful with the size of my head - I have a wedding hat to wear in October! Tour de France stage 2 was really good - will blog for sure if I can get photos off my phone! Chrisx

Rita said...

They had to be so patient for photos back in the day.
Onion skins? You come up with the most interesting things. Must have been a smelly dye. Your fabric did turn out great. The paper doesn't look that bad, either. :)

Nan G said...

I like the paper and the fabric is wow! Great take on nostalgia Elizabeth. Please me your address. I got carried away with tearing up envelope for my collage I inadvertently used your return address. I'm woefully late sending Bluebeard his ATC. :/
I'm at...froggydesigns3 at
Hugs from me n the Girls

Karla B said...

Elizabeth, this is fabulous!

Vicki Miller said...

Sorry Elizabeth, I have been quite unwell and also suffering from the winter blues. I hope to post a cuppa tomorrow or tonight

Nan G said...

Thank you! ATC is on it's way. :)

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth I really love your wonderful nostalgia piece. And that fussy cutting - man I wouldn't have dared zoom in if I cut that - you did an amazing job!
A couple of things to catch up from previous comments - I did go look at the piece with the birds you mentioned (yes I remember them and glad to see you still had a few left!). Thanks for the info on the pricey bingo daubers - I had no idea they were selling those (although I have to admit if there's a market for it I guess it's all good but thank goodness we know where to get the good stuff!). The dollar store is probably the cheapest here as we don't have Barney's or discount drugstores, but still a deal! Last but not least an update on my crazy neighbour. No flowers for her - a couple days after my post I found another note but this one was inside my car! I'm listening to my son and steering clear. Yikes.

I always enjoy seeing your fabric dying processes too! Ok that's it for now, thanks for your lovely comments on my latest stuff! :) :)

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth - thanks for the note. I'd send you and e-mail but I know you have on-again, off-again access. :) I do not noramlly leave my car unlocked but I couldn't see any forced entry so maybe that ONE TIME I forgot to lock it just happened to be the time I parked in her spot - or she moonlights as a car thief... whatever I'm definitely keeping the manager on speed dial in case there are any more shenanigans! AND the note was less polite than the others (i.e. included some swearing). Psycho indeed. Thanks for the link to the daubers. I have never seen these - with acrylic paint I would think they might gum up. Like I said if people have money to burn well more power to them but I'll stick to my cheapie sponges and splurge on the good paint. Bingo daubers are more like ink consistency which is why they flow through the applicator so well. I don't have any right now (if you can believe the bingo queen doesn't have any daubers!), but I have used tham before and next trip to the dollar store I might have to pick up a few. :)

Hettie said...

I am liking that picture. Very nostalgic.
those sheets look an interesting colour. I hope you have got the onioney smell out though!
Hugs and see ya tomorrow!

see you there! said...

I'm a fan of old photos and you made a great page using this one.

I really like your dyed fabric and even the paper. It will be nice to have on hand for future projects.


Krisha said...

Great take on the Nostalgia theme! I'm still pondering ideas (grin)
I LOVE the onion skin dyeing and the effects on the paper and the fabric. Me? I'm just dyeing of heat.....LOL Yep, we're home and boy is it HOT....YUCK!
Lots to share for tea later.

~*~Patty S said...

Wonderful Nostalgic creation E!
The photo and how you used it are super...
Excited to see your red onion dyeing too!
I have been playing with avocado dye and our color results look similar...

Corrine at said...

Don't use a microwave myself, but that seems like a perfect thing to use it idea. Like your fancy cut piece. xox

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Old photos make me wonder about the story of the person photographed. Back then, it seems no one smiled or even looked happy for that matter.
I am impressed that you are always keeping busy even while waiting for your guests. I'm sure the fabric will come in handy when you need it!

thassos456 said...

This is an awesome page. Love every single detail on it. I have to get on with my journal 52 pages. Somehow I don't have the right mojo at the moment. It will come back eventually, it always does. Sandra :)