Old photos of my sister and I playing in the bush in the Australian country side.

I have painted the background
Used fabric butterflies
Added vintage images

The journalling is about this day in my childhood. It is on the back of the page

When I was a small child, I lived with my family on a farm about ten miles out of a small country town. My sisters and I led a carefree and bare foot life with only each other and some kittens for company.

We had very few toys and as a result were imaginative and resourceful children; we roamed free, climbing trees, baking mud pies, weaving daisy chains and trying to wrap the kittens in baby blankets. They were not impressed!

These photos are two of a just a handful I have of me as a child and maybe because of that I remember the day so clearly. My little sister and I had a balloon each, such a rare treat. We tied them onto the upturned wheelbarrow, spun the wheel like mad and “flew” to London to visit the Queen.

Little did I know this was to be my last year of freedom before the horror and incarceration of school began.

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Comment by Heather Jacob - DT on May 18, 2012 at 4:59pm

wow wow wow soooooooooooooo different and creative ... so much to see .. awesome Helen x

Comment by Helena Virpi on March 31, 2012 at 12:00pm

Congrats Helen! This is lovely: the stamped fence and the "weeds" are great and I love the vintage kids. The journaling brings back childhood memories also for me.

Comment by Michele Singh on March 30, 2012 at 12:32pm

such a sweet page, love the little scene you've created. Those photos are priceless. just love everything here!

Comment by Debbi Tehrani - DT on March 28, 2012 at 5:10pm

Your layout is so sweet and so charming with those precious photos and the cute little scenery surrounding them, but the star of your layout is your journaling--so happy we added the Star Witness award last week! Love your stamped fence and the gauze clouds and the alphabet frame and how you've tucked those sweet little vintage dolls into the garden that cleverly hold the title of your page. You've certainly created a storybook masterpiece!

Comment by Debbi McCue on March 28, 2012 at 2:48pm

Congrats, Helen..I wasn't the least bit surprised about this one!! :)

Comment by Eila Sandberg on March 28, 2012 at 1:19am

All my childhood summers were spent in my parents' ancestral country of Finland. In my memory all those years seem seem like one endless summer filled with all those things you are describing so vividly. Absolutely wonderful Helen! this is one of my fave pages for sure - CONGRATS on being featured darling! xoxoxo

Comment by Gayle Price on March 28, 2012 at 1:14am

Oh your story is just beautiful. I can relate to it exactly, being a country girl and not having a lot to amuse me. What a precious time...don't you just wish you could turn back time and visit that whole experience again. Love your page and your story Helen. Congrats. on being featured. xx 

Comment by Jenn Kennedy on March 27, 2012 at 11:06pm
This is so pretty. Love the clouds and those butterflies
Comment by misty russell on March 27, 2012 at 9:45pm

Loving the scene that you've made! beautiful!

Comment by Adrienne Ford on March 27, 2012 at 8:45pm

Helen! Congrats! I was hoping I would see your layout in the Most Wanted! It is so well done! 

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