Sunday, October 14, 2012

The art of remembering!

In 2008 I took a class with Sally Jean and made a glass house. It took me a long time to finish it over several weeks, on and off. The subject for my house was of a small 2" x 2" leather envelope I found in my mother's wallet after she died and I was cleaning  and sorting her belongings. I never knew she carried it with her all those years and she never showed it to me. I am so glad I took the time to follow through with this project. Here's what I learned!
It takes TIME to create memories with art or words, but worth every second. I will try and slow done and enjoy my memories!
Below is the original post on my blog in 2008!

People who live in glass houses!!!

The House I built in Sally Jean's class!!!!

Here's the story I was talking about!!!!
I found a little leather(2"x2") black photo holder that folded in half and it was tucked in my mom's wallet.
I opened it up and inside were 3 small photos.
1 of mom
1 of daddy
1 of the 2 of them in their swim suits!
It gets better!
Also there were 2 folded pieces of paper.
1 piece was just plain note pad paper.
In my mom's writing,"
"When I think of him I shall smile!"
The other note was written on the back of an alterations claim stub for Marshall Field & Company. 11-10-45.
This note was written in my dad's handwriting. It read,
"I've fallen in love with my darling all over again - it's a grand feeling."
The date corresponds with the month my dad went off to Marine boot camp.
My mom carried it with her all her life. I only knew about it after she died(91!)
Now, isn't that the most romantic thing ever???????

So, I made copies and transparencies of the originals(safely tucked away) and incorporated them in the glass house. Sally jean was so nice about helping me figure out how the pieces would show off the best, but I did it all myself! As you can tell with the wonky soldering(first time). I like to think that it gives it an "antique" feeling!


Georgina said...

Peggy, what a wonderful memorial to your folks...what a lovely memory and tribute to them.


Anonymous said...

This is THE sweetest and loving tribute to your parents. I adore what you did with the glass house. It is the perfect way to showcase those treasures you found. Seems Mom and Dad were pretty smitten with each other!
Love this, Peggy. And yes, patience is the key!

rebecca said...

just the thought of these handwritten words tucked away in your parents hearts forever transformed into memories palace!

thank you for including us all in your beauty and family love.

Gloria said...

Oh Peggy, how wonderful your glass house. I love the idea. Beautiful post.

Netty said...

How wonderful to find these beautiful memories Peggy and such a terrific way of preserving them for future generations. Perfect. Annette x

Lea said...

Peggy!!! I think this is one of the most precious things I've ever seen! What an incredible find, and to make this house, this tribute of the love of your parents in this way is just so beautiful. I feel so fortunate to see it and to hear your story. Thank you for this! p.s. I think your soldering looks just great!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Oh how delightful, creative and endearing ~ wonderful idea ~ love it ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

Maria Ontiveros said...

This is fantastic! I have a paper house featuring my parents which I put om my Dias de los Muertos altar and this reminds me of it.

gma said...

Oh this is so cool. Love that you built this little house to honor their love.

Lenora said...

I just love this! Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart! L

Paula Scott said...

Oh, my goodness! What an incredible story of love! 91 years old and she carried it around all of her life! Now, that is truly amazing as is the note your dad wrote (see, men CAN be romantic!).

Electra said...

Wow, this is incredible! What a lovely tribute!