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?
Oh...now 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.
.... 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!
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