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Times Gone By

Over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight the theme is

Times Gone By

I am sure this is everyone’s fave theme for stamping as it allows you to make virtually anything you like. Dot has added lots of info for your inspiration which led me to put a little info of my own below.

I chose to show you the last two pages of an album I have made which shows two pics on tags … one of a much younger Andrew in fancy dress with his mates and one of Andrew’s Dad (Tom) sitting on the lap of his parents.

Also want to bore you with a little piece about Andrew’s Dad who sadly isn’t with us any more but can you believe the family only learnt this piece of info at his funeral.

Tom’s mum married a Canadian but he went back to Canada without her and she followed later.
She booked her passage to Canada to be with her husband but at the last minute she couldn’t go because she became ill so she cancelled and booked another passage for later.

Thank goodness she did her first voyage would have been on the …

TITANIC which sank on 15th April 1912 – can imagine what would have happened … no Tom … no Andrew.

Anyway she eventually made it to Canada and into the arms of her husband, as you can guess, Tom was born in 1913.
The First World War broke out and Tom’s dad had to go and do his bit, that left Tom’s mother all alone in Canada so she decided to book a passage home to England and take Tom with her.

Can you believe what happened she broke her arm so could not make the crossing so again she cancelled and made another booking for later.

Wait for it … can you guess what was the name of the ocean liner she cancelled to go home on …

LUCITANIA – which was torpedoed and sank on 7th May 1915 – again can you imagine … no Tom … no Andrew.
How amazing was that, Andrew’s grandmother was definitely meant to be on this earth and here is the pic of Tom with his parents … awww

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You really must take a peak at all the Design Teams pieces they are truly inspirational


24 Responses to “Times Gone By”

  1. Claire C says:

    Oh Shirley what a beautiful project and what a wonderful story about a very special lady
    Claire xx

  2. irene chillman says:

    Absolutely love it Shirl, Andy has never looked better, It’s a great tale isn’t it, it is so incredible, I’m sure people must think it can’t possible be true. Just think, no Paul, and we would never of become SIL’s, our paths might never of crossed, now there are some would say that would be a blessing (mentioning no names), but it begins with an A and ends with a Y, lol. Love the album pages, you do them so well, you need to come home to give me a few more lessons.
    Irene xx

  3. Fliss says:

    Really fabulous album Shirley and the story is the most amazing thing I’ve heard in ages. Tom’s Mum must have been one of the luckiest people alive to manage to avoid both disasters so fate obviously loved her.
    Thanks for sharing the amazing information.
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  4. Terry says:

    What a story!!!! I am pretty sure that after two such events, I would never attempt my luck at a third! That is amazing and so is your album! I don’t know where to start! The vintage feel with greens, browns and red is luscious! Placing the pictures on lovely decorated tags is another element of pure beauty! Fabulous! Have a great Sunday!

  5. Avril says:

    Love the album Shirley, fabulous pictures and a geat way to display them. Love the colours you have used.
    That’s an amazing family story, Someone really was watching out for Andrew’s Grandmother – and not just once!
    Thanks for sharing their story. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Avril xx

  6. Brenda Brown says:

    Beautiful album and pics to show it off Shirl. The story of Andrew’s grandmother is incredible, to think she could have been on either of those boats makes this a story that should be on that TV programme about finding out about your past.
    I love the mix of colours and stamps you have used and this is definitely very reminiscent of times gone by.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  7. Sue C says:

    Fabulous project Shirl, love the sentiments and the distressing is just stunning. Fate most certainly has played a hand in Tom’s Mum’s life ! There’s got to be a book in there somewhere ! Sue C x

  8. What a story, Shirley. A lovely tribute to Andrew’s ancestors, indeed. Thanks so much fo sharing! Yvonne

  9. Dot L says:

    Sometimes we forget that not everything from the past was good or safe…it wasn’t her time to go and Andrew was meant to be! Lucky you!!! I love the colours that you have used and your mojo is definitely back 😉 Great stamping Shirl!
    Dot x

  10. Yvonne Whaley says:

    Fabulous pages, holding amazing memories for you. Isn’t ‘fate’ a stange thing, thankyou for telling us a piece of your families past.
    Yvonne x

  11. Cazro says:

    Such an interesting and amazing story, wonderful to have this information and family photos. Thanks so much for sharing both. love the snapshots of part of your allbum. Caz

  12. Paula says:

    What a great album, with lovely photos, something to treasure, made even more special by the wonderful story behind it. XX

  13. Shirl, that’s a wonderful album and a great memory, really a little treasure.

  14. fabiola says:

    le vintage c’est trop classe! biz

  15. Joanna K says:

    Shirley, wonderful project and such a special, lovely story… beautifully executed my Friend…! big hugs, Joanna xx

  16. Denise says:

    Shirley, you always make the neatest things! AWESOME!!!

  17. Shirl
    On viewing your album I was speechless.
    The love and care into creating it is certainly in evidence.
    You captured Times Gone By but also with a story.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  18. Shirley says:

    Wow, beautiful pages and what a wonderful story you shared!

  19. Kelly says:

    A fascinating story, Shirl. I am truly a believer in fate. Someone was watching out for her.


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  21. Sue says:

    Lovely pages Shirley and an incredible story of luck and perhaps, divine intervention.

  22. Charo says:

    I love your story Shirley, and yes, destinity is unexplicable.
    thank you for sharing and such a cute book.

  23. Antonia says:

    Lovely project and amazing story, coincidences are so strange that they really make you believe some things are absolutely meant to be xx

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