Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Museum of Forgotten Things. Part 2

This part of my spread was originally going to be a diary for Hester. A secret book made from luscious velvet and filled with her darkest confessions. I ended up making a pocket at the back of Charlotte's 'blue page' for Hester's diary pages, the satin heart and a key.

The diary page says...
I've been saddened by the loss of my sweet Charlotte for more years than I can remember. She deserved a better life, so much more than I can offer her and that's why I sent her to live with my sister. We swore to keep the truth from Charlotte.  I felt it my duty to protect her from the dreadful truth that her own Mother had given her away. If you're reading this now I am gone sweet Charlotte please know it was because you deserved better than I could ever have given you in. A life of virtual solitude is not one for a child. It was a lesson hard learnt. A lesson carved from pain,  you see 3 years before I bore Charlotte to Han's I had a son. I didn't know it at the time of that dreadful fire but I was already with child. A son was born,
 who I name Thomas. He was the sunshine on my gloomy days but it was not to last...he was returned to heaven at just 3 years of age. I could scarcely breathe the day I had to let go of a second child, but sweet Charlotte it was for the best. You've grown up to be a fine girl, with honour and grace.....

Now that you know who the little boy was in this previous post I will show what I did do with the book.

                                                         First page of the book is the imperfect patch.
                           
The second page is a grid of buttons. I wanted the 'diary' to become a sewing book with buttons and bits of fabric. I wanted it to feel like it does when you inherit your Grandmothers or Mother's button jars and remnant of project. There's something very precious about inheriting your 'family buttons.'  They're from an era when everything was saved and reused. A time when we lived on the land and depended on very little of the outside world. A purist of course, will note that these items are not from the late 1800's early 1900's as Hester was but it's the best I could do!
                                                                                    So there it is! My part in Alicia's book completed! I apologise for the looong post, originally this was going to be 2 parts but my son was re-admitted to hospital again today with the same problems as before. I'm home at night because DH is on night shifts this week so thought I had better make the most of this time and post while I could! I will endeavor to visit on the nights I'm home if I'm not too exhausted. Needless to say I am really saddened and frustrated by this turn in events and I hope that his stay will not be a long one. Please keep you prayers and good thoughts coming our way!
PS: This time I've taken my sewing with me! I am working on a piece for Kim's book while at the hospital. I found my way back into my zone the other day, just as I promised myself I would and I'm planning on taking a bit of it with me!

Best wishes and warm fuzzies to you all!

10 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

warm fuzzies back to you! this is just smashing and the buttons all in a row are fabulous! and of course I adore your bird nest!! delicious texture!

ArtPropelled said...

Oh no Lisa, I'm so sorry. I will definitely keep you in my prayers.
The work you have done for this diary is wonderful!! All the embroidery, sewing and button details add so much to the whole feel of the book and the story. Great work!!

Mick said...

Beautifully done and my prayers are with you and your son and all of your family.

Kim Palmer said...

Just popped in to try to catch up with posts and wow, Lisa, this is fabulous! Love all the twists the story has taken with everyone here. I have so many ideas for this one but I will just have to wait to see if they pan out, LOL! Great little nest and the imperfect heart is gorgeous. Love the sew/fabric ideas for the diary Grannies left over bits etc. Hope you and your family are holding on okay and things pick up for everyone soon.The warmest of wishes and fuzzies right back at ya lady! mwah!

Seth said...

Wishing you and your son and the family the best. Sending out healing thoughts to you right now.

哲維維 said...

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alteredbits said...

lady, i am loving this! what fantastic work you've done here!! i feel just awful that it's taken me so long to have a peek but i was out much of last week, then my modem exploded and i had no internet until just a little while ago.

i love the snaps and all of the buttons -- they are so sweet! and i agree -- i have a heap of my mum's old buttons AND my grams!

how is your sweet boy? i hope all is well and that he's much improved!

Deborah said...

Your work is lovely. Best wishes for your son!

江婷 said...

Pay somebody back in his own coin.................................................................

Grit said...

i love your work; thank you for sharing it and enthusing me! hope your son's hospital stay is short. x