Friday, January 22

Family History

I have been working on a new series of bottles.  It's about self discovery through the stories of my fore-mothers.

The little girl in the picture is my Great Grandmother Alma. She was a real life prairie girl. Her sister died of appendicitis at the age of 12. A year after this picutre was taken her Father took her Mothers' life and then his own. Her Father made this desperate decision after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, you see his wife was blind. Without him there was no chance of her surviving a hard life on the prairie with 2 children. After this tragedy my Great Grandmother was sent to care for the children of wealthy relatives.

Can you see this story in her eyes?
The quote on the bottles reads, 'in search of my Mother's garden, I found my own'.

Epilogue: While working as a nanny Alma met and fell in love with the most eligible bachelor in town. They were married, had 3 beautiful girls & lived a long happy life together.


vintagesue said...

i just found your blog and i am in love!!! can't wait to sort thru it all!! your bottles are amazing. thanks so much for such lovely posts!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Lisa, you did a wonderful job making this very sweet bottle. Such a sad story with a wonderful ending.


Linda said...

What a great project with so much signifigance! It's really special how much you know about your family history...makes me want to learn more about my own. Thank you for sharing this story!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Beautiful Bottle ~ Beautiful Story..... The Perfect way to Keep the Memories going

icandy... said...

What an amazing story this magical bottle creation tells... interesting, yet somber. I'm sure that it holds a special place in your heart.
She turned out beautifully.

Charlene said...

Your bottles are DIVINE!!!! There is so much work on that bottle. I LOVE IT!!!!! And such a sweet/sad story. Awful that he took both their lives yet, when Alma went on with her life she met her prince. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see the rest of them. And the quote you used was beautiful. HUGS! Charlene

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
That is such a sad story but wonderful that she met the love of her life ~
What a beautiful bottle ! You are so very talented ~

Caleen said...

I just found your blog and just love it.. I love the bottle. How special. What a great story and legacy. I just love your studio. So many treasures.. Love everything about it.. I would have a fun time there.. :) I collect some of the same things you like to.. I admit.. I may have a lot but, I never tire of it.. Always looking for more fun treasures.. I am glad I found you.. Have a great weekend.. :)

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The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweetie, what an AMAZING story Lisa!!!! Oh my goodness, could we have survived under the same circumstances?? I love your bottles so much...but I guess you already know that :) hugs and love, Dawn

Mimi Sue said...

I guess every cloud has a silver lining. Beautiful bottle. Mimi

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Oh Lisa, What a sad story! I'm glad it had a happy end for your great grandma! Your bottle is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the sweet details!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and love,

DustyLu said...

Just found your blog! love it! great, sad, such a beautiful story! love happy endings! lulu

Carol Mae said...

What a heartfelt story of your family history, I love the altered bottle you made. Such a nice way to remember. smiles, Carol Mae

Dorthe said...

Lisa , how very beautifull
what an gorgeus bottle, and what a sad story, they have had to be strong back then,-this little girl looks so sweet,it must have broken her heart,to loose both mom,and dad, so good she found love later in life.
Dear Lisa, your work is wonderfull, thanks for this beautifull post.

Love and hugs ,Dorthe

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

I am head over heels in love with this bottle..and it's meaningful story. Nice that she had a GOOD life after that.
OH MY GOSH..I love it.
I am not a crafer..but this has inspired me to at least TRY something like this..I have bottles..oh do I have bottles..and lace and I can start on it today..!

Thank you for the inspiration.


June said...

Lisa, I am so moved by the story of sweet Alma. What a beautiful bottle and tribute to your fore-mother. I LOVE this so much.

minnamarika said...

You are a true artist! I admire how you have given a "life" to that beautiful bottle. Such a beautiful piece of art!!!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh I LOVE it, I am it is stunning. All the layers, different materials, I can not wait to see more. Clarice

Rustique Gallery said...

Lisa, this story brings tears to my eyes. I love that you did this story like you did. The bottle is a lovely vessel for the feelings this represents. Love your blog! Sherry

Then and Now at Collected Treasures said...

Up to 136 and I can see why. Your blog is great. Thanks for sharing your story and your amazing bottle.

Rebecca said...

Hi Lisa
Love your blog, where have you been all my life :)
The bottles are great, such a heart rendering story! Do you use encaustic wax on them? Have been experimenting.
Love your banner also... enough drooling. I will put you on my sidebar and be back...

Ticking and Toile said...

what a story! that must have been so heartbreaking for such a sweet little girl. Oh the pioneer days were so very difficult. What a wonderful ending though, finding a great husband & having her own family!!
I don't know if you've heard of the book "These is my words" but it is about the life of a 14 year old pioneer girl & her coming of age. It is soooo good. Run right out & get it to read when all the babes are sleeping! :)

p.s. love the bottle!! maybe a tutorial would be a good thing???:o)


BellaRosa said...

LIsa amor, first..what a beautiful story about your grandma, my eyes teared up and I just kept thinking...loves enduring path..for some reason. But you inspired me with your post, I hope to do one for my Ita (grandma) to honor her one day, I just have to pick one of the many stories and memories that she shared with me :) Your bottle came out absolutely beautiful! and I so agree with Shellagh of Ticking & Toile...tutorial please, please :) Besos, Rose

Anonymous said...

Lisa, these bottles are gorgeous!

Mary said...

Your blog is one of the most beautiful I have found. What a treasure! I adore this bottle.


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Anonymous said...

The story started out so sad and yet through so much sadness happiness was found. Such a beautiful bottle!! ☺