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Valentine Sweethearts – Part XII

Last but not least in my series of Valentine Sweethearts, at the center of my family tree, there is me. I chose a lovely Rose Album Mat (ya’ll know how much I love roses):

Wings of Whimsy: Rose Frame #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #valentine

Here I am with my daughters on The Norwegian Constitution Day (May 17th) a few years ago. I have searched “high and low” for a picture where all 3 of us are well dressed and look great, and this is the best I could come up with 😀

I am wearing a traditional bunad (national costume) from the Norwegian region called Trøndelag, thus my bunad is a Trønderbunad. I inherited this bunad from my mother, who came from that part of the country. I also have another bunad from the Nordfjord-region, where I’m born and raised, that I got for my Confirmation. Unfortunately after the girls were born I am not so skinny anymore, and simply can’t get into it…:-P We are now living in the Sunnmøre region, which has yet another bunad, so that would be first choice for my girls when they are old enough. I am kind of hoping one of them might wish for a Nordfjord-bunad, so my handsewn (by my mother) pride and joy can come out of the closet again…:-P

In the picture the girls are wearing bunad-imitations, mass-produced rather than handsewn…:-P But a real bunad is really expensive, raging from 20.000-50.000 NOK (approx $ 2.650-6.650) so I could never afford buying them in child sizes. Hopefully I will one day be able to provide one for each of my girls, like my mother did for me and my siblings! 

I am adding my photos digitally, then printing the finished image on matte photo paper (Canon 170g matte photo paper). I then glue the image onto thin cardboard (cereal box) with spray glue, before I cut it out. After cutting I also distress and ink the edges and corners, for a vintage, worn look. This makes for a nice and stiff image, that I can hang, erect with an easel or even just lean agains something (similar to cabinet cards).

Here is a low resolution preview of the ready to print frame. Print it out and add the picture manually, or use the PNG-file (transparent background) to add pictures digitally:

Wings of Whimsy: Rose Frame #vintage #ephemera #freebie #printable #valentine

Find your high quality copy of the file in the download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂

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I have also added a family tree to my project, the tree I have used is neither vintage nor free, but if you want to buy it you can find it HERE:

Wings of Whimsy: My Family Tree Chart

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5 thoughts on “Valentine Sweethearts – Part XII

  1. Thank you for sharing this precious picture and the interesting information about your traditional clothing. Love the smiles.

    1. Thank you Susan Irene 🙂 I always have a hard time taking nice pictures of the girls, they seem to be making faces as soon as they see a camera…lol! This one is at least half decent… hehehe xoxoxo

  2. What an awesome picture here of all 3 of you. And really gorgeous outfits, you´re all wearing. I have seen my friends outfit too, and they´re really amazing work and sooooo gorgeous, and I really love yours in that beautiful blue color too. I feel really humble, when I think of all the stitches and many many hours of work, that´s gone into making these, but the result makes it soo worth it, they´re really really amazing and soooo beautiful. And to see you all in suits like this is truly amazing, also even the girls are not the real ones, they still looks fabulous in theirs as well. And you all look amazing on this picture here, thanks so very much for sharing it with us here.
    Have a wonderful week-end sweet lady and lots of fun with your beautiful girls.

    1. Thank you Darling 🙂 One of the few images that exist of the 3 of us. I’m usually behind the camera 😛 We had a great weekend, my sister and her 3 children came for dinner on Sunday, and we celebrated Mother’s Day together, my FIRST celebration in 10 years, since the girls were babies, they have always been with their father on Mother’s Day weekends all these years. Both girls had prepared letters and gifts, and they woke me up with breakfast in bed. It was a marvellous day indeed 😀 xoxoxo

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