Sunday, July 15, 2012

Whatevers *July* "Someday"

We'll here we are our second month of "Whatevers" Creative Story Telling.  If you miss our first posts last month, no worries, you can play along anytime. You can play long any or all of the months over the next year.  You can read more about it at the bottom of this post.  Basically we provide the photo each month and you create with it and write a little story to go with your project. None of of us "know" the people in these photos... so it's up to us to give them a story.  That's where the idea of the "Whatevers" came to be.
  Not a lot of rules... but a lot of creative freedom.    Last month my story was just a few sentences, this month I got a little carried away :)   But I had fun with it and that's what this is all about right?
Here is the page I created with this months photo.

Before I started my story I spent some time just looking at the photo. The first thing I notices was she was alone in the photo... yet she was wearing a wedding ring.  This is where my story began.


Poor Sweet Adeline. Just two years before, she was living the life she had always planned, with the man she loved with all her heart. They had been sweet on each other since their grammar school days. As they reached their teens, shy smiles and sheepish glances led him to finally ask her out on an official date. Time passed and before long there wasn't a day they didn't spend time together. They quickly realized they were meant to be. Everett was a year older then Adeline and he worked as a farmhand for her father. When Adeline finished High School, Everett promptly as for her hand in Marriage. Over the next three years they worked hard to set up a home and a farmstead for themselves. Everett worked in the field sometimes fifteen hours a day while Adeline tended to the household chores and took care the animals. Feeding and milking the cows, caring for the chickens, and gathering the eggs was a daily routine for her. She sold her garden produce, eggs and cream at the mercantile. No matter how hard the work, at the end of the day they had each other and that was all they needed. There was only one thing that Adeline's heart longed for and that was children. The two of them hoped and prayed God would bless them with a child soon. Adeline's sister Alta had been neatly packing her children's baby clothes away in hopes that someday Adeline and Everett could use them as they started a family of their own.
Another Summer passed, the leaves started to turn, and before they knew it the first snow was falling. Little did they know that first snow was only the beginning of one of the worst winters in Nebraska history. It took all they had to keep wood in the stove just to keep warm but the wood was getting low. Late in January Everett took ill. He wasn't one to complain, but she knew he was not well. What started as a cough had gone deep in his chest. By the time the fever came the snow was too deep to call for a doctor and no one was getting out in this weather. She knew she would have to care for him herself. She stayed with him day and night, sitting by his bedside changing out the cool cloths she was putting on his head to try to keep his fever down. After a few days the wind and snow had let up enough that her father made it over to check on them to see if they had enough wood to keep warm. She was so thankful he had arrived. Now he could go get the doctor. He tried to comfort Adeline before he left, knowing in his heart just how serious things were. What neither of them knew then was that there was nothing the doctor could do for her beloved husband. Everett passed early that Sunday morning; with him he took her heart.
Adeline's grief consumed her thoughts but she was a strong woman and she refused to leave the farm. This was her home. Her beginning with Everett. She now did the work of two people to keep things going, still tending to her home and animals. She continued to sell her goods at the mercantile and even took in mending and ironing to get by on her own. Yes, she was strong when she needed to be but no one know how she cried for her love each night. She wore her wedding rings faithfully, never taking them off. She often found herself deep in thought, wondering if things would ever be different for her. As she looked down at her hands, rough and cracked from endless hours of work, she wondered about the babies she had always hoped to hold and nurture with those hands. She adored her niece and nephew, Ada and Clancy, and was so thankful her sister Alta lived close now and brought them over often. They loved their aunt Ady. Everyone did their best to support Adeline but there was always a hole, a hole in her heart that she wondered would ever be healed. Would things be different for her some day; some day would her heart be healed? Someday?

      _____________________________________________________________________ now don't be sad.  Remember the stories will all link together in the end... and there is still time for Sweet Adeline to find happiness. lol
If you read the story from my page last month you will see  Ada and Clancy, Adeline's niece and nephew.  HERE.

You certainly don't have to explain what you used to create you page. I just like to share :)
I am doing all my pages on watercolor papers.   I created my background by first creating a design using a white crayon.  I made circles and wrote in cursive the words.. "her heart, over and over across the paper.   I created the background colors with Glimmer Mist and Acrylic pains.  I also used some "Artist's Paintstik"oil paint for the dark edges.    I printed my photo on Canvas Corp Cream colored Tissue Stock and laid it over book print.  The ephemera pieces and tissue tape are also from Canvas Corp.
I love the textured look of the water color paper with the Artist's Paintstik rubbed over it.

Okay friends.
.... Now pop on over to see what Nathalie and Catherine have been working on with this photo.

and don't for get to join us on...


We invite you to play along! As a matter of fact.. we'd love it!

Here's a quick re-cap of our commitment to the Whatevers:

  • Cat, Nat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th – each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There are no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the art form you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post, but your link must be about the Whatevers story you have created.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

  • Thanks for stopping by!



    Donna said...

    Ah, Vicki! What a lovely (and sad!) and fun post to awaken to this morning! I can't believe it's already been a month, though! You really should be a writer! This makes me wish I were reading an entire novel about Adeline! Great story!! Also I like this month's layout...the colors are so soft and delicious and really highlight the photo perfectly. GREAT job on this one!

    Sarah said...

    The saga continues. I love it!!

    Jan Hennings said... sad! I was hoping that she had just passed gas and her hubby refused to stand next to her...LOL!

    Gloria Westerman said...

    I've just found you and I love this idea....just might have to join....I so enjoy your story....kinda fits the era.....thanks for it...

    scrapbooking for others said...

    I love your background paper! I use watercolor paper for ATC's but I have never used the white crayon, love the way it looks!

    julie said...

    What a great story and I like how it all turned out very pretty.

    Catherine said...

    this is fantastic, and I must admit I shed a little tear or two ;-) sorry it's taken me so long to get here and comment -- what a whirlwind of a week! I love how you created the background -- simply GORGEOUS dahling! xox. miss you!

    penny4thoughts said...

    Love the way you chose to layer the photo over book text - like her story is written on her face.

    Nathalie Kalbach said...

    ahhh- what a heartfelt story- so amazing!!!! I love this!