I used a background of brown scrapbook paper which provided an 'aged' foundation.
When I took a step back it seemed they could even be the 'vintage ghosts' of a bygone era, traversing a land of dusty hard-backed books and carrying on conversations that echo of times gone by, wafting back and forth between then and now. I love that idea.
It's a bit like family stories being passed down through tit-bits of letters and secrets whispered in fits and starts and old tape-recorders found squirreled away in the loft.
The washi tape of the old telephone and the pocket watches remind me of the phone my Nana had in her hall; big and heavy with the rotary dial system that is unthinkable now for speed and efficiency and probably didn't have a hash key or a star key.
The tea-cup was a last-minute addition and I'm not sure it totally fits, but if only to suggest the leisurely pace (and style) of travel on a glorious cruise liner perhaps or the Orient Express.
Fine china and smart tailoring and pearls and expensive millinery and feathers and a slow extravagance because no-one had a better place to be than right there where they were at that moment.
Sounds appealing doesn't it?
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