Friday, June 10, 2011

Nostalgia

The phone in this little CALL ME PEEP image  by Stamping Bella's Green Bean baby line reminds me SOOOOO much of my grandmother...or Baba, as we affectionately called her. It sat on a little table in her her front foyer. It was black and really heavy, probably not that heavy, but it seemed heavy back then. At that time, some 45+ years ago, there were no cordless phones, no cell phones and only one phone in the house and hers was in the front hall. And it was a party line! YUP, that meant she shared a line with someone in the neighborhood. They each had their own phone number but they shared a line. So if you picked up the phone and heard someone talking you couldn't make a call because the other 'party' was using the line. That temptation was way too much for me to resist and could not help myself and HAD to pick up that phone when I passed thrugh the foyer JUST to see if someone was using the line. I didn't care what they were saying, I just wanted to know if someone was on the phone. Can you imagine kids today (and even some adults) living under such restrictions! O-M-G! Personally, I sometimes miss those days.

Enough reminiscing....in keeping with today's challenge, this card REALLY is paper pieced although it may not look like it.


I chose to pair her up with Basic Grey's Ambrosia and there was a piece of subtle grey patterned paper that worked perfect for my phone. I stamped it again on a piece of white for the dial and again on a piece of brushed silver for the cradle. Then of course I had to shade it with a combo of copics and pencils. Then I had this crazy idea to stitch around those tiny curves and I wish I didn't! I can sew fabric like a pro, but paper is a different animal altogether and it was not an easy task so don't look close okay.

Next week our challenge over at Blogabella is HERE COMES SUMMER and in southwestern Ontario summer is here in full force and it seemed to come overnight! Can you believe that I had our furnace on one day, and two days later I was turning on the A/C...the good thing is our pool is heating up nicely and this weekend I MAY be floating around in my new chair with a pina colada! Life is good!

7 comments:

Pauline said...

ACK!!!this is beautifully done! The phone does not looked pieced!! Haha - I remember those party lines -- my grandma had the same. Have a great weekend.

Ebru Vatansever said...

I had to zoom into this image to see where you paper pieced it. If you never mentioned it, I would not know the phone was paper pieced. Awesome card as always Linda.

Leslie said...

WOW, love the colours and your shading! I can't believe you paper pieced that phone! Amazing!!

Beth Norman said...

This is coloured so well. But then, everything you colour is perfect. I remember my aunt having a party line. How times have chsnged.

Tammy Hershberger said...

LOVE this card, Linda! The phone looks awesome! (My grandparents had a party line too, way back when! My sister and I loved to listen to the boy across the road talking to his girlfriend! LOL)

Robin McK said...

Love, love, love this!
Beautiful colouring, and that orange is beautiful!

Wendy said...

Linda, this card is stunning! I love the paper you used, just works with it!!!

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