Wednesday, August 27, 2008

August monthly special

Take-Out Photo's August monthly special has a photo-within-a-photo theme. Once again, I was fairly intimidated by the examples I saw. But once again, in trying to be supportive of Marc, I'm posting an effort, even though I don't think I managed to take a great photo (believe it or not, there were several attempts).


This is an example of a photo being used in my home -- it's a photo of my mother, taken when she was around one year old. I'm not even sure how it came to be in my possession, but I sure am glad it did! I love everything about this photo, from the curly hair to the pensive look to the peter pan collar. I even reproduced it as a pencil drawing in one of my high school art classes, though I'm sure I don't have the skills to do that anymore.

It sits in one of the teacups in my chemistry cupboard-turned-china cabinet that Marc made for me. I love the way it matches my black and white toile dishes (given to me by my mother). I love its vintage look, and its sentimental value. I just love everything about it!

17 comments:

Jill said...

I love that photo too and your toile dishes. You did a great job with this assignment. I've thought of a couple ideas, but they may be too literal. I need to get on it.

crystal said...

This is great!

Someday I am just going to show up at your house for a tour; every time you mention it (chemistry cupboard, etc), I think what a pretty place it must be.

And that, my friends, should seal my status as a Weirdie Blog Stalker.

lelly said...

wonderful!

i was just thinking this morning that the clock is ticking on this challenge... hmmm....

stacy{s} said...

this is so touching. i love the photo AND your feelings about it. i need to use more photos like his around my house.

{i want to see the chemistry cupboard to!}

Lindsay said...

That photo is beautiful and such a wonderful treasure of your mom. I am totally loving your dishes!

April said...

Love the photo and LOVE.THOSE.DISHES. Your clever combination of them is just divine.

Kim Sue said...

beautiful story to go along with your photo challenge...good picture within a picture

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I think you did a wonderful job with this challenge. I really, really like it, Michelle.

Barb said...

I'm having a hard time believing this isn't the cutest interpretation of this month's take out photo challenge! It makes me want to check out all the nooks and crannies of your home . . .

marc said...

I'm glad you did the challenge and I think the positive reaction proves that it's great work. The photo in a teacup is such a great detail because it's an unexpected use of a family photo that has great impact. I'm guessing it might inspire some others to give a little more life to their china cabinets.

Amy said...

I love this - great photo.

rebecca said...

Beautiful - I love that you have it permanently propped in the dishes she gave you.. So sweet!

Mother said...

Of course, I have always loved what you did with that old photo!

Hey, couldn't we use that for one of our emails somehow??? For sure, it might be one of if not the best photo of me.......

And by the way, I've been saving a big chop plate in that pattern for you for some time!

Liz said...

That is a great photo. I love that you have it placed within a teacup!

Claudissima said...

this is a beautiful post...love that you drew the picture a long time ago and that you cherish it this way...love the plates by the way! one of my favorite patterns is spoi....i LOST THE NAME....i know it , i know i know it...
spo....if english..of course... i will come to me! YOU MUST KNOW IT TOO..

Claudissima said...

o marc is funny...because i was just thinking what china cabinet...of course i will never forget the wonderful deal i GOT for the top of a china without the buffet part, but it was kind of barcelona style for only 100 dollars...and the best part...I had the truck to take it...w/o cost! argh.....well...I will look to get a china in due time...speaking of china...Alexei thought the eiffel tower was in china? what in the world?, as jill would say

Hannah said...

I love your china cabinet- this is a great use for that photo.

And here I sit with my photo within a photo somewhere in my archives on the computer. August was lost on me in so many productivity areas! Glad summer is over :)

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