I based my creation on a fan, one of many, that was in my grandmother's trousseau. The fan is ivory (yes, I know, that's a huge no-no today) and it is carved with snowflakes. I asked my grandmother why, and she told me that she loved snow and that her father bought it for her on a winter trip he took to New York before she married.
Fans were an absolute must for a southern girl...it's hot down here in the summer! And a "proper" southern girl doesn't sweat. She "glows" or "mists" and the hand fan was the only real form of cooling for a woman. The fan was also VERY important in the world of romance. Imagine, flirting with your eyes across the room with Rhett Butler, lol!
I found the template for the fan at Mirkwood Designs, and the directions were very easy. I can see making more of these! Her design was very simple and direct. Check it out!
I think my only problem was shading the fan "blades" with the blue ink. Shading it really wasn't the problem, getting it to show in the pictures was! I think I took 20 pics, and not one really showed good. I promise the fan is much prettier IRL.
After my grandmother passed away, my mom took all of her fans and had them put in shadow boxes. She made sure they were protected as best as we could. The fans are all gorgeous, and I'm so glad I asked Grandma about them. Each of her fans has a little story.
Fan details:Now for a little fun fact of my own...my grandparents were at the Atlanta premiere of Gone With the Wind in 1939. My grandmother only spoke about it briefly, saying that Clark Gable was very handsome, and she thought that Vivien Leigh was not as pretty as she thought that Scarlett needed to be, lol!
Stamps: Snowflakes (Inkadinkado)
Paper: Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark Watermark, Bashful Blue (SU!)
Accessories: ribbon, embossing powder, cosmetic sponges
I hope you like the fan! And thanks for looking!