Here's the piece for Bronwyn's birthday, titled Becky & Paul. I started with a 12x16" deep-sided frame. I painted the canvas side in a cool green that was a favourite shade of both my parents. I also painted the sides and the small turned in edge of canvas on the back. The wooden stretchers were painted with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle in Antique Linen. The vintage carpenter's rule is for my dad's love of building and working with wood. The knitting needles for my mom who spent so much time with them in her hands creating beautiful sweaters for us. Bronwyn is a knitter too.
For the back ground I made copies of their wedding certificate on parchment paper. The three pictures that Bronwyn asked for went on next. They were scanned and then printed on cotton fabric, which I fringed and then attached with horizontal brads.
I used a WWII medal and uniform ribbon, a uniform button and a small propeller to represent my dad's military service.
Her school letter and class ring - Citrus High School, Azusa class of '43 - and a donkey from her collection surround my mom's picture. All were attached with brads or heavy gel medium.
Small copper number pins (used for storm windows in days gone by) show their birth years.
I loved doing this piece and Bronwyn loved receiving it.