Thursday, June 28, 2012

Black Velvet and Lace

I've been feeling a bit nostalgic ever since I went through a box of my dad's old pictures for a post I did for Father's Day.  I feel so fortunate to have so many old family treasures that belonged to my Nana (paternal grandmother), including this picture of her in a beautiful black velvet dress.

This was taken around 1930 when she was 33-34 years old.  The color and special effects were added by an artist around the same time....no help from any photo editing software.

This is her beautiful black velvet dress in 2012; it's one of my most cherished possessions.
I always wondered if she made this for a special occasion.
The years have been very kind to the lace and silky soft velvet.

A few thin wires were attached to the back of the lace collar to help it stand up. 

About a year ago I made this necklace out of the watch that Nana gave me for my high school graduation.  I wore it for several years until it stopped working, but I could never part with it.  I replaced the inside parts with a tiny picture of her, added a glass bead, and hung it on a sterling silver chain.

This version had a little help from PicMonkey with the new Sketchedy frame.

I'm sure Nana would be so proud that her dress has held up so well all these years, and I don't think she'd mind that I repurposed my graduation gift.

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