Monday, 31 July 2017

Kraft+ DT post - August 2017 Tree

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to August where today I'm sharing a DT post for
The challenge is to scrap about a tree, it can be a special tree to you, or trees in general.  
Be inspired by the mood board and let your imagination run free.
I chose to use a photo of a favourite tree of mine.  It's in the Flinders Ranges and it's called the Cazneaux tree. The photographer is Jacqui Barker from Port Lincoln.  I purchased the image and she has graciously given permission for me to use it on this page.
I extended the landscape by painting with Tim Holtz oxide distress inks.
The journalling is on the back and it reads:-

My early years were spend on a farm in the mid North of South Australia and I relished the space, freedom and quiet which surrounded me.  Although this tree is not one I climbed as a child, it's majesty reminds me so much of the avenue of gums which lined the track from the main road to our farm house.  One particular grand old lady was my favourite; I'd clamber up, with an apron full of fruit and my big Sister's Golliwog, to wait for her to come home from school.  Our neighbour used to bring her to the beginning of our track with a pony and trap.
One day when I was about four, I was in deep trouble with Mum.  I can't remember what I'd done to cause her ire, but when she said, "Just wait until your Father gets home" I decided that nothing good would happen to me when he arrived and I'd better run away.  I shimmied up the tree and waited, and waited and waited, for at least 20 hours before I heard the old buckboard wheezing up the track.  No one called my name, no one came looking for me and  it started to get dark.  My stomach was rumbling as I tentatively slid down the trunk and snuck toward the lobby.  I slunk inside, expecting the strap to appear. "Where have you been?" asked Dad.  "I ran away because you were coming home to get cranky at me."  With a tiny glint in his eye, he said "Well I think you've punished yourself enough - you'd better hop up and eat your tea".   What an anti-climax!  

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  1. Oh my goodness--where to begin! Your journalling is such a treat to read, Helen--what a fun memory! Your page is absolutely stunning--so creative & beautiful! Once again, I'm in awe!

  2. What a wonderful take on this challenge, a majestic tree and love the way you have continued the photo along the page.. and had a smile at your journalling.. my goodness you would have been hungry by the time you got back to your home... things we remember from our childhood!!

  3. Oh wow Helen, this looks amazing...... just love it!!

  4. Ah this even brought back memories for me of farm life and the strap :P Your background is just gorgeous Helen. Now I know you can paint as well... You really are a woman of many talents. It is beautiful as is the photo. Of course it is always your journalling which speaks to me and leaving behind such precious memories for you kids and grandkids so they too will know the life you lived and how different things were back then Love this!

  5. I so enjoyed reading the journaling on this one Helen. My, you must have been really hungry when you finally went home .. and very relieved too I bet!! And you are a lady of many talents!! Love, love, love the way you continued the photo along the page .. absolutely perfect background for that stunning tree .. and so beautifully rendered!! Simply stunning!! hugs xx

  6. A creative and gorgeous take on the challenge Helen. You are a lady of many, many talents. Im still picking my jaw up off the desk...sigh...its just AMAZING. Thanks for sharing. Your childhood memories made me smile. :)

  7. Stunning layout Helen, love how you extended the image, very clever and very well done. Wonderful childhood memories , thank you for sharing

  8. this page and you did such a fabulous job with the oxides. Where has this amazing artist been hiding???? So gorgeous.
    Love the journaling too....I can sympathise with that little girl and when my Mum used to tell me the same thing...the fear of God was put into me! LOL.... sadly I had no big tree to go and hide in! ;-)