Whew! February has been slipping past me too quickly! But that could be because I actually have 3 'deadlines' more than usual. Nothing like a deadline to make you procrastinate and then cram it all in on one all-nighter. Gets the blood flowing, hehehe.
A huge THANKS! for all the sweet comments on my "All You Need Is Love" Beatles Card from Challenge #2 !! There were over 70 extremely talented entries that really put the punch into "WOW!" And while my card didn't win, I have a plate full of other things going on & promptly forgot all about it- until nice notes arrived in my Email (and I finally went in to download it all), Looking at the winners- I have no envy on the Judges to pick them out!! Such inspiring extreme CRAFTS!!!
So, let's get down to Challenge #3....and this one is another close-to-my-heart kind of thing. Keep in mind that while I wanted it to look great put together, I wanted a LOT of 'shabbiness' going on in this. The entire point is a home where wealth in money was not had. It had to be EARNED- the hard way (downright manual 50-60 hours a week of back-breaking labor in which the worker was only paid a scant wage. But he had 7 children to support, and his wife was legally blind. The oldest of those children, a boy, was named Donald Frederick Rush (The First of 3)- his middle name from his Father, Fred Rush. Fred was the Grandfather I never got to meet. He died at the too young age of 43, from the same type of cancer that would later claim that Son- my Dad- at age 87 in April 2016. I was 7 yrs old when he met and married my mother, and she had 4 of her own to add to his 6 kids from his first marriage. When my mother left us, I chose to stay with my Dad. And the rest- as often is said- is History! But, while he made sure he met all his financial obligations (for ALL his 10 kids he raised), he also made sure we often got things he never had.
I'll start with each part and the finished piece of that section.....