Photo Challenge Number Three

My creation

100_2083Beachy Cape Cod Cupboard is hosting her third photo challenge. If you visit her blog on Monday, March 31st, you can visit all the participants in this lovely challenge. I decided to begin with a story about this wonderful photograph.

The Photograph...

My creation

The year was 1935 and Whitby promised Charles that they would go to the beach and have a picnic. What he didn’t know was that Whitby had plans to bring her bridesmaids along. Charles didn’t mind, he anxiously awaited their wedding day in just a few short days.

FalmouthBeatrice, Ashley, Doris, Sarah and June all went for the walk and giggled as their skirts blew in the shore breeze on Old Silver Beach on Cape Cod. Whitby had grown up on the Cape and her dearest friends would surely be missed after she became Mrs. Charles Lawford. June ran ahead and turned with her camera aiming at the foursome. Whitby yelled to June as she took the photo, “”I wish I could bring you all along to our new home.”

June would later surprise Whitby and Charles with this framed photo as her gift to them at their wedding. After the wedding Charles and Whitby would be traveling abroad to live in London, and she would cherish this photograph of them forever. Even though June wasn't in the actual photo, Whitby would always remember how her best friend made them all laugh as she knelt in the sand when she took the photo. Memories of that day in Cape Cod always made Whitby smile.

My creationYears later the photo still hung in the parlor of their flat in London. It was a wonderful reminder of this incredibly romantic era.

100_2083I just couldn't resist creating a story about The Photograph to bring the romance to life that I saw in these delightful people. Louise from Beachy Cape Cod Cupboard originally said, "As promised, I cheerfully submit my latest photograph for the 3rd Blogger Craft Challenge! This photo originated from the same album, and this picture was entitled "Whitby - 1935." After reading Louise's introduction to this challenge and seeing the faces in this photo, I set out to create something romantic for this photo challenge.


How enchanting to find such a treasure. To celebrate the romance of this era I colored the photo by hand using colored pencils. I added a bit of glitter to show off the ladies frocks and a bit of color on their shoes.

My creation

Then I designed a shaker card, with lots of embellishments.

My creation

Whitby Shaker Card FrontI do hope Whitby would approve.Whitby Shaker Card Back

Now if you would like to visit all the designs that make up the photo challenge, visit Beachy Cape Cod Cupboard" on Monday, March 31st for the links to everyone's blogs. This photo challenge was so enjoyable and when I got lost in the imaginary story I was reminded of a lesson I learned living ten years abroad.

Each moment spent with a good friend
stitches another thread into your heart.
Not even living worlds apart can
separate the garment of friendship.

My creationback of shaker card

My creation

100_2083The song for this post is by Glen Miller, Mr. Romance himself, Moon Light Serenade

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Gail McCormack said...

Loved your creations Karen, I think Whitby would fully approve! Great little story. Hope you found the perfect prom dress for you daughter

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Karen what wonderful creations! Love it!

Alison Gibbs said...

Karen that is beautiful

PA Fiber Artist said...

Hi Karen,

I love this post - it's very comforting! Your blog looks ready to submit to the Artful Blogger too.

Love, Susan

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Just beautiful! I love the story, too.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Karen! And I love the story you have woven into it! All the glitter, the coloring... the music! WOW! Have a fabulous time prom dress shopping!!! =)

Anonymous said...

Its a total crafty, vintage package ( music, story, creativity) and such wonderful photos too. You have a good eye for taking pics!

Anonymous said...

Love your story and the shaker card is delightful. The detail and color is very nice.

Kari & Kijsa said...

This is a beautiful rendition for the challenge! Fabulous and creative job!!

kari & kijsa

She'sSewPretty said...

Beautiful! Simply beautiful! said...

Oh my goodness! not only is your story wonderful, but your creation is beautiful and your photos are dreamy!!!

Cowboys & Custard said...

So much thought and imagination has gone into this wonderful creation.. I love it!
The music is the icing on the cake!
Thank you for your kind comments..

Lynne Laura said...


Thank you for stopping by my blog, A Romantic Nest. I love you picture, great job...very pretty.

Lynne Laura

LW said...

This is beautiful, love the hand coloring…
And the music is perfect….

Had a wonderful time here today…


Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Karen, I just love what you've done with this card, it's so pretty and romantic, and I loved the story to go with it. Wish I had an imagination like that!
Will be stopping by to visit you again and see what gems you have created!
best wishes,
Lucy x

Debbie in NC said...

Kathy, thank you for your nice comment about my attic. As I look over these absolutely beautiful creations of yours and others, I am really awed by the creativity!

I love the romance in your creation for the challenge and I especially love the photo of the lone chair on the beach. I've always loved black and white photos. I will visit your Etsy Shop!

María Elena said...

Beautiful story!!! I loved your job.

Anonymous said...

Oh Karen what lovely creations - you are such a talent!
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Marina Capano said...

Karen! Hi!I love this idea, what a perfect creation with this photo!!!!Its so cute! I hope you visit me!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi! I found you through my very dear friend Celeste of La Rea Rose! I just wanted to stop by and tell you how beautiful your work is!


Linda said...

Hi Karen,
I love what you have created with the photo, it definitly does look very romantic. The quote on the back is just perfect for it.
Cheers Linda

Pearl Maple said...

The story you have spun from this photo is beautiful and all the more so for all the little detals you have added to make it extra special.

Visiting your blog apace has really made my day.

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen. Just stopping by to see what you've been up to while I was away. I missed my blogging friends like you! What you did with the photo was sweet and I loved the idea of a story to go with it. I love your creativity!That saying on the back of the card is really good. DId you create it? Rhondi xo

windy angels said...

hi Karen, I am always astonished at all of your fanciful, fabulous creations. These are absolutely gorgeous. I so appreciate your friendship. You are a wonderful person. Thank you for being you :D

angels be with you,

Minnesota Kathi said...

Very beautiful, Charles looks pretty happy surrounded by all those women :). You are very talented Karen!