Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Three Muses Challenge - Bottles and Jars

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Another true story from the annals of my colorful family history.
This picture reveals a secret rarely spoken of because few people pickle their ancestors and we do not want to be thought of as “odd”. Aunt Fifi is first on the left. The less said of her the better since her favourite pastime was parading around in her undies. Next, Maude lurks in the background. I always felt she harboured a dark secret. Great Aunt Nellie was a promising musician. Sadly her battle with the bottle shattered her dreams, although luckily for us she was already pickled so needed little special treatment. Grandpa Fred was larger than life, standing 7 ft tall and weighing a ton, which made it very difficult to find a bottle in which to pickle him. Great Uncle Leonard was a showman and a show-off and his “ great magician” status was very much exaggerated. Finally, Grandma Florence was a tiny lady with a will of iron and a knockout punch to match.

I apologize in advance for the lack of perspective in sizes but you will understand that my ancestors were not pickled at the same time and allowance must be made for shrinkage.

Fifi’s origins are cloudy, Maude’s photo is a freebie from our own Ali Mayes (thankyou Ali). Great Aunt Nellie is from a collage sheet by Maya at SBG. Grandpa Fred is a Flickr free to use image. Great Uncle Leonardo is a freebie from Terri Kahrs at Pringle Hill Studios (thankyou, Terri). Grandma Florence is from a collage sheet by Lunagirl.

32 comments:

  1. Oh what a hoot! Talk about a dysfunctional family. It's wise they've all been pickled for posterity. What a brilliant response to the challenge, Marie.

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  2. This is just BRILLANT!!! Great Aunt Nellie was already pickled! LOL!!!! Love it Marie:) Love, Jamie

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  3. what a beautiful piece! very creative - love the people in the jars!

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  4. Marie, this is awesome, brilliant, fun, whimsical, wacky and totally YOU! Love your family history and all of your zany relatives. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  5. I am just hysterically rolling with laughter at this marie! your sense of humor is wonderful. i think i have a few ancestors like yours too a couple of generations back.

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  6. You are so clever, I just keep looking at this and saying, how did she do that!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Oh how wonderful...I love your jars Marie!!! wonderful work!!! very clever!!!

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  8. What a FUN piece of artwork and your background story is hilarious! You surely have a way with words as well as with your art!

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  9. Just imagine them all at a family Christmas, Marie!! Once again Marie at her brilliant & funniest best!!

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  10. This one just tops the lot Marie, - your creativity never ceases to amaze me! You are a writer as well as a digital artist, this piece is not only brilliantly put together but also funny and amuzing!!!

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  11. Oh this is just the loveliest thing. What an incredible sense of humour you have and so much fun reading about the antics of your ancestors. Maude definitely looks like she is better off pickled. There is something sinister about that look.... make sure you keep her well stoppered!

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  12. this is hilarious!!! i so enjoyed your story, laughing and spilling my morning coffee!! and of course the making is great, again! such a delightful piece!

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  13. I didn't recognize any family resemblance, they must be your predecessors, lol. Gets you thinking tho...wouldn't that be an awful way to go. Excellent artwork, as always, Marie....kinda shows a little "nasty" streak in you...what should we do about that?

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  14. What a fabulous idea Marie and I'm delighted to see that Maude looks as happy pickled as she did in real life!!! Great story too.

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  15. Thank you for making me smile on this early and cloudy morning. Your ancestors look fabulous! Do you get to pick your own bottle?

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  16. Yeah Marie this rock.
    Stunning design. Love them.

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  17. Your bottles are super, Marie. Love your story!

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  18. I opened the gallery this morning and the first sight I see is your hilarious pickled ancestors ........ only you Marie could think of a family history as interesting and funny as this. You are priceless and this is you at your very, very best. Have you got this in high res?

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  19. wow, what a delightful and funny story and picture, Marie.
    I wish my family history could be as funny as yours.

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  20. LOL Marie,this is fantastic and hilarious,love it!!

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  21. LOL Marie, I love this!! your pickles are hilarious and fantastic!! You've got a wonderful sense of humour and your piece is fantastic!!

    Linda

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  22. What an amazing piece, Marie!
    Beautifully done, and very artistic as well!

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  23. This is great, I used my bottles for my fairies. The digital work on yours is so fantastic. I love the whole idea.

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  24. *crawling back on to the sofa after rolling on the floor with laughter* The picture is lovely - but the story to it makes it unique! What a great idea - I could think of one or two that I'd prefer pickled... this is absolutely hilarious. Thanks for the laugh!

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  25. This is so fun and clever! Love your work :)

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  26. I could think of a few people I'd like to pickle!.......... fab stuff!

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  27. Wonderful story, love your idea.

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  28. Good gracious, we think alike Marie! I hadn't seen anyone's entries, barring Bev's till I arrived here - and looky! We have a very similar take on our rellies!! Wonderful!

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  29. Marie, I can't say enough about your art...your pickled ancestors are the best!!! I loved looking at them and reading about them. How absolutely delightful! The composition is great...I just love this piece! LynnF

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  30. Oh, Marie, thanks for sharing your family history with us! Your bottle collage is absolutely gorgeous, and your stories so hilarious and touching at the same time. And I think we all have some skeletons in the family closet...

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