Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Echo Hills Farm Mini Album

This little mini album is a work of heart that I created for a challenge between the wonderfully creative ladies on The Crafty Scrapper Design Team.

The subject of the little album is Echo Hills Farm and a few of the experiences that I had  at my grandparents' place in the country.
My Grandmother never did like to have her photograph made, so I have abided by what I think would be her wishes. After the album is no longer on display at The Crafty Scrapper, I will insert another envelope with a few pull out pages showing  her photographs. Only my family will be seeing these.  

This pull out file was perfect for remembering the kinds of fruits and vegetables that were grown in Dandad's garden.


There was a plethora of love put into creating this mini album, as these were some of the best days of my childhood.

The photos on this page were taken of me when I was just a few weeks old and later at about five months, being held by my parents. They were taken at the farm.

Here I am at two and then about nine.

I was taught to love animals and to be kind to them, at the farm. There were always numerous dogs, cats, horses, peacocks and ducks around. The little dachshund was my dog, Lady. On the two pages below, is a photograph of my beloved horse, Diamond. He was half quarter horse, one fourth thoroughbred and I'm not sure about the remainder of  his blood line.

There was never a lack of fun activities. I was always fishing for crawdads or for fish, riding horses, climbing trees, building forts in the hayloft of the barn, or just  exploring in the woods.

My grandfather was Sheriff of Tarrant County, Texas and later United States Marshall of the Northern District of Texas. Each year, he would have a barbecue at his farm for his law enforcement friends. The food was delicious and nobody enjoyed these gatherings more than me.

I have my father and mother to thank for saving these wonderful photos throughout the years. What treasured memories they represent!  

Techniques used were painting, inking, masking, embossing and doodling. Texture was added, using modeling paste and a stencil.

Products used for this project are October Afternoon papers and embellies, Maya Road embellies, Prima flowers and other finds from my stash.


  1. Oh Patty...I LOVE THIS!!! What a wonderful tribute to your grandparents and life on the farm! I love every page but especially the cover and the page with the pearls. Love the twine you used for binding it together and the scallop edges. Beautiful technique work and embellies. Love the journaling. You can tell you put a lot of love and thought into this and I appreciate your sharing it with us! Would've liked to have seen a picture of your grandma but I understand. My husband doesn't like his picture taken either although he will let visiting church members take a family picture of us, although he will seldom look at the camera!
    Hugs, Elizabeth

    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, Elizabeth....big hugs!

  2. I forgot to add that I love all the pictures too. So wonderful that you had so many good ones to add to this treasure!

  3. Wow! I really really love this album you created. It is by far one of my favorites. You have such wonderful memories of the farm which can be seen through these photos. I was so lucky to have been able to join you there in our teens. Those are memories that I will always treasure! Thank you again for sharing this sweet album!!

    Love and hugs - Ginger

    1. We DID have some fun there, didn't we, Ginger?