Friday, September 12, 2008

"Max Hopkins & Carrie Quipp Underhill's home that they built themselves. They lost it in the Great Depression for a $3000 debt. Watchung, Somerset, NJ."

This LO is special. The pictures are of the home my grandparents built themselves and then lost in the Depression. The bank called in the mortgage of $3000. When "better off" family members refused to help, they lost their home and business, a laundry they built behind the house. My grandfather committed suicide the next year. Not a happy story, but one that just comes rolling forth when I look at these photos.

The background paper is a copy of an actual letter from that grandfather's grandmother sent to his mother, Anna Hopkins Underhill, in 1839. I used a paper from Misty Cato's 'Frosted' kit, and elements from Shabby Princess 'Holiday Sampler', J. Baechtold's 'Essence' and Correen Silke's 'Unplanned Outing'.

My son Tim and my grandson Miles, both softies :D I used Amanda Thorderson's 'Count Your Blessings' elements and the background paper is from Dea Spina's 'Burnt Sienna'. (Two of my favorite designers...)