Census 2011- looking back.

My first task of the day was to submit our census form for the 2011 UK census. I had soon filled in the information online and submitted my form showing who was resident at our address on the night of 27th March 2011 and other details the government need to plan for the next few years. In 2001 there were four of us here, but now the family have ‘flown the nest’ and are embarking on lives of their own. How proud my parents and grandparents would have been to see the life we lead now! I started to think what life would have been like for us 100 years ago and decided to look back through my genealogy files at some of my family in the 1911 census.
The 1911 census document shows that my great-grandmother, grandma and her sister were all cotton weavers in the local mill:-

Here is a photograph taken in the mill in 1911 celebrating the coronation of King George V on 22nd June 1911.
Left to right: Hilda, my grandma’s sister; Bertha, my great-grandmother; Annie, my grandma. There is no record of the names of the other ladies but I expect they all worked on the same section of looms. My grandma and aunty Hilda always shouted at one another because they had been deafened by the noise of the machinery! In 2011, they would have to wear ear protectors and breathing masks because of the dust from the cotton. What a fascinating window on my family history this is!
NB. Click on the photos for the whole version!!

i. Scrap

Here are some los from ‘i. Scrap’ an 8×8 album project by Stacy Julian at ‘big picture classes’. I haven’t included the journalling pages because it’s a private, introspective album.

The first page.

i know that I am happy living here.

An example of a journalling page.

i once ate a fried Mars bar!

i am glad that I have more time to relax and enjoy my hobbies.

i wonder what adventures I’ll have now I’m 60!

i went on a beautiful holiday to the Cotswolds.

i was delighted when Ben first called me Grandma.

i believe that I can do more activities to relieve my depression.

i love John and my family very much.

i will try to visit more beautiful gardens this year.

The She Art Workshop

This is my second girl made from Christy’s pattern. She has wings rather than arms.

The third girl with a dress and old style pantaloons.
I’ve just finished week one of this class and will now go on to create more girls with a different style of background and more complex clothing.

The She Art Workshop

I’ve been trying some mixed-media art this week in the form of these pretty little girls. This is my first effort from The She Art Workshop by Christy Tomlinson. I am quite pleased with her, although I think the background is too dark and I’ve cut the dress with too straight lines! The workshop has been great fun and the videos that Christy produces delight and amuse me at the same time because she has such a funny turn of phrase. She also had to stop the filming at one point to put the cat out, as it was meowing on the sound track! She has designed two other girls for us to work on for which I have also done the background canvases, so I’d better go and get them finished!

Got Paint?

 Yes! I have got plenty of paint, but I never use it on my layouts for scrapbooking, well not recently anyway! So I signed up for ‘Got paint?’ by Emily Falconbridge at Big Picture Classes. In week 1 she encouraged us to produce an 6×6 art journal using the following paint techniques as a background to each page. We could use any subject for the journal, so I used some photos of a pleasant afternoon spent with GS at DD’s home. I wrote the painting technique used on the back of each page as a reference guide.
 The cover : dry brushing using two wet colours.
 Dry brushing using one colour.
 Gesso with pattern scratched on and highlighted with a layer of paint.
 Dry brush then wipe surface with a baby wipe.
 Acrylic wash.
 Acrylic glaze.
 Etching into a thick layer of paint.
My painter’s pledge!