Happy New Year 2017.
We are starting a new challenge for the new year at
Art Journal Journey
and this month the wonderful
is our host. She has chosen the theme
'Every Journal page tells a story', and writes:
*My AJJ theme is a twist on a phrase that we say in the US (not sure about other places, so whether this is a universal phrase or not, I don't know). The saying is "Every picture tells a story" and I am switching it up to "Every journal page tells a story". I think we tell stories all the time, whether we talk about books we've read, movies we've watched, or told someone about an adventure we've had during our day, Our stories come from our past and things we find interesting in our present. Sometimes we even tell stories about our dreams for the future. We describe people we know, those we wish we could meet or maybe have just met. Our stories are often non-fiction, but they can be fiction too. So this month I want to "see" your stories and hopefully get to read a little bit about them too.*
My first page for this theme is a hybrid page, using a part of
Tennyson's wonderful poem
'Ring out wild bells', which is about the new year:
And now for the story. Last week I actually dusted off some of my
books - I say some, as I have a lot, too many to dust at
one time. As I picked up this one I thought about
my Auntie Clara, a wonderful old lady,
who gave it to me in 1964, more than fifty years ago.
It opened at this page, and thus the idea
for my journal page was born. There is even a little
Bible verse in it, which she probably got
at Sunday school as a child.
She was an educated, kind and caring lady, and also my God-mother,
and sent presents every single birthday as
long as she lived. She had no children of her own,
but a huge family of God-children.
I spent a week every summer at her house in the country,
which I much enjoyed. She wrote a dedication in each
and every book she gave me, and several of my
glass treasures were also from her.
This was evidently a prize she got at school in 1914,
and is one of my special treasures:
These ducks/geese were given to me by an ex neighbour,
I do not much like them, and they sit on top of the
bookcase in the hall, and look down on people:
I just hope they don't fall on my head one of these days!
These vases are all blown glass from Bohemia crystal
in the Czech Republic. They are all etched with pictures of birds, plants or fish.
These lilac ones change colour and look blue in electric light,
they have a certain mineral in them,
but I've forgotten what it is! And they are very heavy.
Ha! I just had a light bulb moment and remembered
that it's Alexandrite glass!
This is another piece from the 70s:
The glasses from the 1930s belonged to my great
Auntie Fanny, another very dear person:
These are from the beginning of the 20th century:
1930's again. This colour was evidently much liked!
These are more space age pieces:
I will put more photos up when I have taken them!
Have a great day - week - month - year!
Take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!