Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Vision of Art...

It has only been about a week since entering the OWOH Blog Giveaway Event but it has truly been a most Blessed and Beautiful experience to say the least.  So many talented hearts around the world finding each other in "Blog Land!" Wow, who knew that blogging would be such a powerful tool to bring people together from all over the world.  I am truly Humbled by the experience and grateful for all the comments and words of encouragement and support for my...
Vision of Art...xoxo
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Monday, January 25, 2010

One World One Heart Giveaway...

Hello To All You Wonderfully Talented and Beautifully Gifted People Around the World!
Welcome to Fabric Photo Memories!! My name is Lovey and I'm thrilled that you have decided to come to my Blog!! I believe it an honor to be involved in such an event as this!
#186
OWOH - Magic Carpet Ticket Holder
Now that you're here....you know that I will have my first blog giveaway for this
One World One Heart Blog Event!
In order to win you must leave a comment below this post, leave an email address or make sure your name is clickable so that I have a way to contact you.   Love those comments. Keep them coming!  Don't forget!
Well what do you have the chance to win if your name is selected? "Drumroll Please! I create fabric art using vintage African American Women images and home decor fabrics.  The item available will feature those elements beautifully brought together in harmony with some flowers, stitching, gems and pearls....ooh lala!
The title of the piece is "Yes, I'm Ready"  I thought it fitting for the Magic Carpet Ride we are about to embark on!  You have from now January 25, 2010 till February 15, 2010 to win!  On February 15, 2010, I will randonly select the winner! I will contact you via email and leave a "winner's message" on my blog!
How cool is that? Oh, and don't foget to "Follow" my Blog as well! I'd love the chance to meet you and follow your heart too! Alright here we go...Now that you're here...stay awhile, kick back and enjoy the ride! Smiles....Lovey
The piece measures approx. 3.5 in x 7.5 in.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Place to Create...My Studio


On my journey across so many beautiful sites I have noticed a common thread that pulls all of us "artist" together...our studio spaces.  We all have that special place that we call our own in which we love to make art.  It doesn't seem to matter how large or small our space is as long as it's "our space."  I have come across such talented individuals, some that even create out of their closets! Now, how creative is that? Think about it....Give us a corner and we can make it work!

My studio space is in my room.  Actually it is on one side of my bedroom...although I seem to be branching out to other parts of the house as well.  My husband with some coaxing gave up the dining room space for some of my craft supplies and books...hmm...that was such a debate....I won...but I don't scrap or create anything down there anymore. Funny how that happened.  I will have to go out and get him something special for giving in on that one...Shh...don't tell him. Smiles.


I love the hues in my studio.  I seem to gravitate towards earth tones and soft pinks.  My area is definitely uniquely mine.  I have my fabrics, sewing machines, laces and trims that occupy one area.  While adjacent to my sewing table is my scrapbook area for my cricut, sizzix, stamps and all things scrappy.
I love to print my own photos so I have several photo printers and 2 large format ones.  I enjoy all that my space allots me.  It will be a wonderful day when I have an entire room to myself but until then...I'm blessed to have the space I'm in.  A place to call my own...My place to create...My Studio.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Inherited Gem of a Machine...



About 4 years ago, I inherited this beautiful Royal Sewing Machine from my maternal grandmother.  She gave it to me knowing how much I loved antiques, vintage photos, old and even broken things.  I have always wanted a sewing machine since I was a little girl watching my grandmother sew.  To be given that same one...priceless... and what was new then so long ago...a vintage treasure to me now...truly amazing. 

I know this machine meant a lot to my grandmother as it was bought by my grandfather and given to her as a "house wife" type of gift.  From what I've researched, these Japanese models sold as fast as they were made and weren't very expensive for some families during that time.  However, my grandparents didn't have much money...they were both children of sharecroppers and great grandchildren of slaves.  Grandpa worked odd jobs until he became a minister and had four additional mouths to feed.  So for them, I know that this was a huge sacrifice.  She must have really needed the machine or they would not have made that decision to spend whatever the amount on a "sewing machine," when other necessities were present as well.   I could see the sentimental value in her eyes.  We were both a bit teary eyed.  Grandma depended solely on grandpa's earnings since the day they wed, and he spent some of those earnings to buy this machine just for her.  Oh the history and love right here alone... phenomenal.  Thank you Granddady and Grandma for your sacrifices for us as a family.

I have since bought my own machines as well.  Adding a Baby Lock Ellageo, and Kenmore Professional Power House to my arsenal of sewing machines.  Granted, I have no desire whatsoever to sew clothing (sorry Grandma),  the fabric collage that I create will always and forever have some type of stitching in them...lots and lots of stitching...for the love of the machine!  For the true love of the machine!


Well, I decided to take a few photographs of the Royal Sewing Machine to post as it seems most appropriate now that my love for antiques and vintage items is only expanding with each passing day.  I know that grandma hasn't used the machine in over 60 years and it even seemed hard for her to depart with it...but she did! "Thanks Grandma! I will take care of it."  It really is in great shape. xoxo.

Like I mentioned earlier, I tried to research the origins of the machine online to find out more information about it.  What I know is that it has an embossed seal made of what appears to be some type of brass metal that reads "Deluxe Model Made in Japan." It also has it's original serial number engraved on the base of the machine.  The attachments have USA patents engraved on them like the "Ruffler" attachment made by Greist.  How cool is that!?  The machine is solid (very heavy), the color is black with gold colored decorative decals on the surface of the machine.  It is encased in wood with a wooden cover.  It is created out of sturdy metals and chrome! Love the chrome on the front and the hand wheel! The foot pedal is green with a bit of rust. The light is still attached and comes on.  There are a few extra needles in the Rotary Attachments box, as well as the one grandma was using still in the needle clamp.  Also inside the attachments box is the original manual with illustrations and directions on how to use of each of the rotary attachments.  And Ahh...Yes, the machine itself does appear to still work (although, It won't be used for sewing clothes again.)  It's a real Gem of a Machine to look at and ponder.




This sewing machine is the first thing I have ever inherited from my grandmother (whom by the way... is about 95 give or take a year or two). Grandpa is already resting with the Lord.
I will treasure this "treasure" from my grandmother and grandfather forever!
Pretty Cool...Huh? Smiles and hugs.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Flower Girl


 Such innocence in this photo. Such delicacy...like a flower. "Flower Girl"



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What Drives You?


A special moment to share...
 My mom and I caught in a special moment,  February 21, 1998.  I remember this day and time like it was yesterday.  We had a few moments alone before the wedding and my mom was trying to make sure I was ready for what was to come.  I remember the love in her eyes and the feeling of "nothing will ever be the same after this day."  It must have been difficult for her to let go of me being the last child and all (the baby) getting married.  During the time though, so much was going on in my mind that I really didn't have the chance to think about what was going on inside of hers.  When I reflect on the image now, I see the love.  I know she was happy for me and maybe a tad bit afraid of really letting go, but the love was strong enough to overcome the fear.  8 years later, on February 25, 2006 my mom's battle with pancreatic cancer ended and she went home to rest with the Lord.  I created this layout in her memory and I have it displayed in a beautiful frame on my wall at home.  I am so grateful to have this image.  This moment though so many years ago, like the vintage images that I collect and respect so much is forever frozen in time.  Even if the stories are long forgotten, the voices never heard or the faces never seen again until now, the captured moment...the image, can always be shared and a new story brought forth in it again.
That's why I do what I do...What drives you?

Mom (18yrs.) and Me (26yrs.)...I love the resemblance!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Women of Old

Gel Medium Transfers on Fabric

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As some of you may know I love vintage images of women and children.  As of late, I have focused more on the images of women.  I love their dress from long ago.  Where were they going? What were they thinking?  So many questions to ponder and answers to create.  It's something about their faces.  Something uniquely beautiful, real...classy.  "The Women of Old," a befitting title.  Each of them had a story to tell.  Maybe no one ever heard them.  Maybe everyone did.  A past so rich with culture, heritage and beauty.  I wanted to capture the essence of these women through my eyes.  I  used gel medium to transfer the images onto fabric.  There's an etheral (...characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy...celestial: of heaven or the spirit; "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death") look and feeling that comes upon me when I preserve the images this way. I hope you can see the beauty as I see it...If not...through your "eyes" works well too.  
 The Women of Old.



This could have been the camera used to capture "The Women of Old."

Created by Lovey

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Another Songful and Blessed Birthday!

Today I turn 39 years old! Wow, to think about all I've experienced in these blessed 39 years of life! Amazing that God keeps me strong and gives me life!  Oh, how I love HIM! Thank you Father for Another Birthday in YOU!

My 10 year old son took this picture of me.  Great job Samuel!

My mom passed on February 25, 2006.  It was one of the hardest days of life.  I will always have the memories of her and her love for me... it's okay now you know? "Mom I know why you had to go."  I love the way she use to sing to me on my birthday.  She would call me up normally the first call I would receive and she would sing "Happy Birthday Boobie." Oh how I loved her beautiful voice. So melodic even  when she added a few extra notes. Smiles.  Those were some awesome days.  I can still hear her sweet voice singing in my ears...in my heart.  So on this 39th birthday of life that she blessed me with...I say..."Mom, keep singing and sing for the Lord, I have your song forever in my heart...sing mom, sing!"  I will always treasure her and her voice.  I am extremely humbled for the life that she gave me and the song that she placed in my heart every Birthday...39 years and counting!! 
By the way...the post below with the beautiful woman in a vintage sepia tone...is my mom when she was about 18 years old! I love that picture!

Mom and Me several years ago...
This song brings it straight to the heart...for all our dearly departed. The artist made a "freudian slip" at the beginning of the song. Please excuse that word.  It was bleeped out partially.  Other than that...the song is simply a beautiful tribute for all our dearly departed.
Peace and Love...Lovey
This one is for you Mom! I love you...for all eternity.
Ella Katherine Campbell 12/20/46-02/25/06




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Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Sneak Peek at My Supplies...


 


These are a few of my favorite things!  The antique dresser I found at an outdoor vintage/flea market.  I bought it in excellent condition for less then $20.00! It's solid wood and the paint is simply beautiful! Love the vintage/flea markets.  The sepia tone photo is of my mom when she was about 18 years old.
 I will post more pics soon. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Just Go For It!


Thank you Flowers Just For You...


And you, and you and you!

Well the New Year is well on its way and it absolutely came in with a bang. Just think "Twenty Ten (2010)" really quite cool when you think about where we are today and how far we have come (besides that the year just sounds so cool...Twenty' Ten). Smiles.  Anyway, I really wanted to thank everyone for their support of this blog, my new banner and fabric photo collages. "Thank you!" You are all such talented people! I love it!   I know that this will be a phenomenal year for all us! We just have to "buckle down" and get started living our lives for today. Each day anew and full of possibilities. See the possibilities that lie ahead and just go for it!
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Friday, January 1, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2010

Wishing everyone a great and prosperous New Year! We made it to see 2010! What a blessing indeed! For those of you whose loved ones went home to be with the Lord... I pray you peace this New Year as you move into the next stage of your life...remember the love and joy...no regrets.
Let us pause and think on this...2010!
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