just an old-fashioned girl

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Distracting The Baby

The thing that struck me when I first saw this photo – apart from its battered condition - was the expression on that poor baby´s face, and after all those years I can´t quite define it even now that I´ve removed the blemishes which partly hid it from me. It´s not exactly fearful and it´s not exactly pouting but it looks to me like the lull before the storm and I can well imagine that she probably burst into tears the very moment after the shutter clicked. She´s obviously not looking at the photographer so I can only imagine that the look is directed at her mother. Maybe it´s an appeal for help which says, “I´m being a good girl and sitting as still as I can but I can´t keep this up much longer.” So I thought I´d try to distract her from the ordeal by giving her something fun to look at, but showing her the girl on the swing doesn´t seem to have done the trick. Maybe she´ll cheer up when the girl with the dog runs past her. Hmm. But then again, maybe not, and the pensive child clutching those original defaced images seems to be entirely in sympathy with her.

I created this whimsical page using mainly the teal, blue and turquoise elements in my new kit which is a heritage kit with a difference in that it´s possible to use it for either elegant or playful layouts, hence the name Vintage Whimsy. I´ll be releasing it soon and I hope you´ll like it when you see the previews.


  1. Ah, poor baby. Even now that she looks more herself, you're quite right that it wasn't a happy self. Lovely elements may not distract her, but it is a delightful page. The kit is going to be another stunning one, I'm sure.

  2. Your descriptions of what might have been going on with this picture are very insightful. And I love how your LOs is trying to distract Mae in hopes of bringing a little smile to her face. Though the attempts were unsuccessful what a fun and yet lovely LO your new kit has made for this precious photo.