Sunday, July 15, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness July, True Romance

True Romance - July Scraps Of Darkness

Welcome to the July reveal for Scraps of Darkness.  
The great thing about the Scraps of Darkness kit is that it is packed with versatile products that allow you the freedom to create art to fit your mood.   Or maybe you're more like me and scrap to fit your photos.  I am not am emotional scrapper.  I like to focus on the photo and make the paper do all the work.  

This magnificent kit, thoughtfully assembled features the papers from:
Prima-Almanac Collection
Websters-In Love
Glitz-French Kiss
Carta Bella-Beautiful Moments
Stick pins by Mandy Harrell

Harvesting Cabbage in Pie Town

This layout is based on the monthly sketch from Charlotte Jenkins, suepup.  Thanks to Charlotte for her creative mind and helping to set the art process in motion each month for me and countless others. 

This is is a photo taken in Oct. 1940 by Russell Lee in Pie Town, New Mexico.   It's a photo of Mrs. Norris picking her cabbage crop.    I obtained this photo from the Library of Congress Flickr site.  There are no restrictions and no copyrights.   

 As Mrs. Norris picks her crops below, I'll tell you a little history about Pie Town.

The town had been around as a settlement since at least the early 1920s, started, or so the legend goes, by a man named Norman who’d filed a mining claim and opened a general store and enjoyed baking pies, rolling his own dough, making them from scratch. He’d serve them to family and travelers. Mr. Norman’s pies were such a hit that everybody began calling the crossroads PieTown. Around 1927, the locals petitioned for a post office. The authorities were said to have wanted a more conventional name. The Pie Towners said it would be PieTown or no town.

The annual Pie Town Pie Festival is held each year on the second Sat. in Sept.  Soooooooo folks, that means we all have plenty of time to book our travel an attend this year.  I mean, who doesn't love pie?

Mrs. Norris with home grown cabbage.

I have added some Dusty Attic Corner Flourish #3 DA0623. I topped it with Stampendous Aged Green Embossing Enamel.  Love the stuff as it leaves pools of gold here and there creating a weather and rustic look.

Brothers, Friends, Survivors -The Titanic

This layout was created in conjunction with Once Upon A Sketch.  I used the sketch provided by the talented Nadia Cannizzo as my inspiration.

Journaling is a requirement for this challenge.  This month's journal topic is "Friends".
When I saw this photo, felt it was a perfect fit for the topic.  These boys in the photo shared a special bond as brothers, friends and survivors of the Titanic.

I added my journaling as a backdrop to the photo.  I printed out the story of these boys onto cardstock, embossed it, inked it and set it as the background. You can see what is written if you continue down my blog.

Below, I indicated the date of the sinking of the Titanic. 

Loius & Lola - Library of Congress by Bain News Publishing

Here is what is written on the page:
Michel Marcel Navratil, Jr. (June 12, 1908 – January 30, 2001) was one of the last survivors of the sinking of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Michel, along with his brother, Edmond Navratil (1910–1953), were known as the "Titanic Orphans", having been the only children rescued without a parent or guardian. He was the last male survivor of the Titanic.

Michel Marcel Navratil was born on June 12, 1908 in Nice, France to Michel Navratil, a tailor and Slovak immigrant to France, and Marcelle Caretto, an Italian, who had married in London. Michel had a younger brother, Edmond Roger Navratil, who was born on March 5, 1910.
The marriage was troubled, and in early 1912, Michel and Marcelle separated. Marcelle was awarded full custody of their two children. Marcelle allowed her sons to stay with their father over the Easter weekend; however, when she went to collect them, they had disappeared. Michel had decided to emigrate to the United States and to take his children with him. After a brief stay in Monte Carlo, the three traveled to England where they boarded RMS Titanic.

Michel, his brother, and his father boarded RMS Titanic at Southampton, England on April 10, 1912, as second-class passengers. For the journey, the elder Navratil assumed the alias 'Louis M. Hoffman', and the boys were booked as 'Loto' and 'Louis'. On board the ship, Navratil led passengers to believe that he was a widower. 

After Titanic’s collision with an iceberg, at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, M. Navratil placed Michel and his brother in Collapsible D, the last lifeboat successfully launched from the ship.  The elder Navratil died during the sinking, and his body was recovered by the rescue ship, CS Mackay-Bennett. In his pocket was a revolver. 

While in Collapsible D, the boys were fed biscuits by first-class passenger Hugh Woolner.[3] When the rescue ship RMS Carpathia arrived at the scene, Michel and his brother were hoisted to its deck in burlap sacks. Since the two children were toddlers and spoke no English, they could not identify themselves and were soon referred to as the Titanic Orphans. French-speaking first-class passenger Margaret Hays cared for the boys at her home until their mother could be located, which occurred as a result of newspaper articles which included their pictures. Marcelle sailed to New York City, New York and was reunited with her sons on May 16, 1912. She took her children back to France aboard the RMS Oceanic.
Michel lived the remainder of his life in Montpellier, France. He died on January 30, 2001, at the age of 92.  Michel's brother, Edmond, worked as an interior decorator and then became an architect and builder. He joined the French Army during World War II and became a prisoner-of-war. Although he escaped, his health had deteriorated, and he died in 1953 at the age of 43
This is a photo of the boys as they reunite with their mother on May 16, 1912.

Thanks for spending the time looking and reading.  I appreciate this a great deal. 

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