This past week the Twisted Sisters (I am one of their official groupies) had a challenge that just totally tugged at my heart. The challenge was to make a project that involved one of your favorite childhood memories and tell that story when you posted the project. I am telling you, the cards and bookmarks are beautiful but those stories got me. I just had to participate!!!
My image is from Dilly Beans and I think it is so sweet. I bought it because it reminded me of my sister and I when we were little - in one of the moments when we were not fighting of course. My mother loved to sew and made us the cutest matching dresses - we always had a new one around the holidays. One Christmas, she saw some cute green dresses at the store and she just had to buy them. We didn't have a lot of money, so this was a huge splurge - I want to say they were $50 for both and this was around 1967. She loved them, but we hated them. They had some kind of scratchy netting on the inside to make them fluff out and they were soooo uncomfortable. They also had this white lace at the neck that dug into your skin. I tried to replicate the dresses on this card.
You thought that was my memory didn't you? My favorite memories are of my llittle sister Sara. We were always very close and did everything together. She was a little sweetheart. She never lost her childlike sweetness and innocence even as she got older. We lost her in 1997, and I feel her loss so deeply I can't even explain it.
Thanks to the Twisted Sisters for this awesome inspiration. I was so inspired by this one! Hugz to you all!
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 GMT Views: 1009
Splitcoast Dirty Dozen Alumni My Pinkie is Inkie in Boxertown
Registered: April 4, 2006 Location: Boxertown USA, IL Posts: 57513
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 @ 4:22 AM
Oh, Nancy, what an adorable card. A sweet image and I love how you have made those dresses to replicate the ones your mother bought for you even though you did not like them. :)
So cute how you put the bows and flowers in their hair. I am sorry about your loss of Sara. It sounds like you have a lot of beautiful memories. Thanks so much for sharing with us and joining us for the Twisted challenge. Hugs.
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Wed, Aug 22, 2012 @ 6:28 AM
Sistah! Oh, you had me laughing at those scratchy dresses! I remember them well! My heart was tugged to read about Sara. There is none closer than a sister, and I see you shared a heart with her. Lovely tribute, and precious card. You sure know how to put a hug on paper my friend. You are such a treasure! Lymimimi! <----to a level not bound by numbers! Hugs...
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Registered: October 31, 2007 Location: South Jersey Posts: 3835
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 @ 5:22 AM
Aw, Nancy. Your whole story really touched me. I was smiling at the dress story, 'cause I'm sure I had some of those dresses m'self! I survived some 60s and 70s outfits that I would NEVER put my kids through! LOL
But then to read about your sister.....ah. I am so sorry for your loss of her. I have a tear in my eye right now as I write this!
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Registered: December 15, 2008 Location: Kingsland, Georgia Posts: 30283
Thu, Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:43 AM
Holy smokes can I wrap my arms around this monitor so that you can feel the big cyber hug I want to give you right about now!!!! It's a big screen monitor, I am sure you can feel it....lol
Now with all the memory and all the heart and soul you put into this gorgeous card, who on earth are you going to be able to send it too. I am telling you it is going to be hard to part with. I love all your fabulous details and the image is so very sweet. Everything about this is perfect-from the paper to the embellishements. Awesome. You lost your Sister the same year I lost my Dad.
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Registered: February 21, 2007 Location: Bucks County, PA, Just north of Philadelphia Posts: 17622
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 @ 3:27 PM
Sweet Nancy - I am so glad you came with a memory so dear to your heart like this one is!!
I also remember the "scratchy" dresses, but my Mom made a lot of my clothes, so not so much 'scratchy ' stuff, but your Mom had a humongous amount of love to buy you those dresses, even though they were costly back then.
I love that you made the dresses look like the ones she bought for you and your sis, and the memories of Sara came flooding back. Keep those precious thoughts of her in your heart and all the smiles too. That is why God gives us all those great memories!
Just happy that you are here!! LYMI, my sweet Sistah!!
Hope you can feel the big hugs I am sending to you in this message!! Mmmmmwahhhhh!
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Registered: May 18, 2008 Location: Virginia Posts: 24860
Sun, Sep 02, 2012 @ 3:18 PM
This is the MOST ADORABLE card and yet sad too. But, it can serve to remind us of the times people are in our lives that are beyond special even when they are not with us any more. The truth is, they will always be a part of us. And, that's what I feel after looking at this amazing card sis! Okay, so I'm your adopted sis; but, I'll try to be a good one.
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