Monday, 11 October 2010

The Past - inchybyinch challenge

It's Monday so it's time for a 1" square dance!  The words chosen by Fiona at inchybyinch this week is 'the past'.
'the past'

The girl in the picture is me in my school uniform, aged 10.   The wording on the inchy was originally going to be 'Looking at the past with rose coloured spectacles' but try as I might, there was no way that lot was going to fit on!  So, I changed the phrase to 'happiest days of your life'  - maybe I should have put a question mark at the end, because although that seems to be the common opinion, having been a child (albeit 100'ish years ago) and now working in a school, I'm really not so sure.  I see lots of unhappy little people trying to fit in, find their way and be accepted in an unaccepting environment.

I have to confess that Penny inspired me to make a school themed inchy, hers is fab (as well as the accompanying photo booth pic of her and best friend!!).  

15 comments:

Fiona Whitehead said...

Great inchy Jo - I love the way these inchies are so personal - and I'm sorry but they were not the happiest days of my life - I can remember being teased and tormented but we just had to get on with it in the 70's.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Jo,
wonderful inchy and so very special!!
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,
Marie

agypsyangel said...

Adorable inchie and congrats on winning the prize at greenpaper. Hope you have a great week,
Kim

Katie said...

So fun to see everyone's childhood pics! cool inchie! Love your thank you card in the next post too!

daisy said...

It's fabulous xx

bad penny said...

He He what fun Jo love it ! Must admit I went of with the words Down memory Lane in my head then made my inchie. When I went to post about it I realised that the prompt was The Past - but it works just as well.
In answer to your Q - Tash & I aren't in touch but I'm sure will be again. I have her parent's address so I can find her again ! She married & had her children very young & I was travelling & married nearly ten years later. She came to our wedding but we haven't met up again since....so I MUST find her !!!!

Heavens2Betsy said...

Hi Jo, love your childhood inchie and your comments about little people trying to fit in touched me very deeply. Lovely visiting to see your wonderful work again. Pen x

Sabrina said...

The inchie concept is new to me, and I'm very impressed so much can be communicated in such a small space. I'm interested in trying one, but I'm very intimidated (the whole cutting, gluing, thing is still new to me).

Thx also for sharing Penny's link -- I love her site as well. So many lovely things to look at!

Relyn said...

Oh, I am a very rose colored glasses kind of a girl. Love this!

Joni James said...

Boy, I agree with you on the unhappy children trying to fit in. Especially the "odd" creative kids that have to sit in boring classrooms not geared toward their style of learning. I think any classroom is lucky to have someone creative working with the kids. Nice blog!!

Irish3 said...

I love it!!! What a fantastic picture to use in your inchie, and you made me laugh with showing your longer saying that was perfect but didn't fit. Good stuff!

Carole said...

Wonderful inchie!

Charlotte said...

Take heart, not all classrooms are staffed by teachers who force square pegs into round holes!
My son is a very square peg, and his wonderful, one in a million, teacher knows and respects this. She let's him be himself and nurtures what he is good at. When we were told she was moving year groups and having her class for a second year every child and parent cheered. All this in an inner city school in the bottom of the key stage two league tables.

I love the idea of your inchy.

Gina said...

Fabulous inchy Jo! What a wonderful use for all those school photo's we tried to destroy, but our mums managed to save haha! :D XXX

Linda said...

I love your inchies...I haven't made one in ages! I think you've inspired me to try again...