by Janet Blue on December 19, 2015

Mom said that we could write today’s post as it features her and her sister, Judy. The photo for our today’s Caturday Art post is from Christmas 1951. That’s our mom on the left and her sister on the right. Mom was 2 and 3/4 years old. Judy was 9 1/2 years old. The stocking hanging behind Mom’s head (It’s weird to call her that as she’s a toddler in the photo.) is hanging from our mantle right now. Her grandma knit it for her when she was born. Judy had an identical one.

Mom says that remembering is hard for her. Everyone who was at that Christmas celebration is now gone except for her. Christmas Eve was her grandpa’s birthday, and her dad died the day after Christmas, which makes remembering the family Christmases from her childhood poignant.

So here’s what Mom created for Caturday Art.


Remembering Christmas 1951


She used the Tube effect in Ribbet to create a reflective swirling vortex and then added the green color in the same program. The white edges and green bow were added using piZap. We think it has a nice nostalgic look. She really didn’t need to do anything, however, to achieve that look. Did you see that TV on the right side of the photo? They don’t make them like that anymore! And who still uses tinsel? Did you know that tinsel was originally made from silver? When our mom was a kid it was made from a combination of tin and lead.

Do your humans ever share things about their childhood with you?

neonThis is our entry in Athena and Marie’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. Hope to see you there. It’s lots of fun and gives your human the opportunity to develop their creative skills.

Cat4-001Tomorrow is our Blog Hop: Sunday Selfies. Mom has informed us that we are all off the hook as we will have a guest host. Phew…that’s great news! No interrupted naps for us tomorrow. We know you are all super busy with the holidays, but we sure hope you’ll take the time to join us. Until then, toodles!

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo



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Kitty Cat Chronicles December 22, 2015 at 10:28 pm

A very special photo and special memories. We send Mom Janet hugs and purrs, and we wish all of the Blues a wonderful and Merry Christmas. Sampy sends 2394857 2309485720 kisses to Astrid, and we all send lots and lots of love!


Austin Towers December 20, 2015 at 7:50 am

Sweet memories, but poignant! The Staff’s dad died two days after Christmas and so it is always bittersweet time!
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pam December 19, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Oh you were so cute! I’m so sorry your holiday is associated with bad memories.
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Raven December 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

You did a great job creating art from one of your childhood photos. And it’s very special she still has the stocking that her grandma made her.
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meowmeowmans December 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm

That is a lovely flashback, but understand how it is bittersweet for your Mom. Sending love, hugs and purrs…
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McGuffy's Reader December 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

This is precious. We understand painful holidays. We have no one, and now we have to be apart because of Bill’s job. We have the critters, though, and Stella is traveling with Bill.
Holiday hugs.
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Harvey Button December 19, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Sorry you are not with Bill at this holiday time.


Sweet Purrfections December 19, 2015 at 7:28 pm

What a wonderful photograph to help remember times past.
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Melissa, Mudpie & Angel Truffles December 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Your artwork is so special and meaningful!!! Christmas is all about the memories.
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The Island Cats December 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

What a great picture…and a sweet memory. Purrs to your mom at this time.
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Georgia and Julie December 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm

That is a pawsome picture!
Mom remembers that tinsel!
Her Mom and Dad are gone now, but she does have good memories.
We purr you have made happy memories with your own Christmases.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ
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The Swiss Cats December 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm

What a lovely picture ! Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories ! Purrs
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Athena and Marie December 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Such a lovely photo, and we love the art you’ve created for it.

We always look forward to Sunday Selfies!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Vera December 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Lovely old photos that bring back who we have been, where we have been, and whom we have loved.


Cathy Keisha December 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm

This is great art! I love the old photo wrapped with the ribbon and bow! So original and pretty. BTW, no wonder why everyone our peeps’ age is #senile with all that lead in the tinsel.
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Zoolatry December 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

Christmas memories, often the best.
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Bell Fur Zoo December 19, 2015 at 10:43 am

Oh we wuv this photo so much. Our Mom loves to bring out the old photos. They are her favorite to remember all those that are now watching over us. Although it does bring watery eyes sometimes they are probably having the best Chrissymas’s ever up in the heavens don’t ya think 🙂

Ginger, Matt & Matilda
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Annabelle December 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

We love it!
What a great photo!!
Happy Caturday!
Annabelle, Boo, PIng & Mr Jinx
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Flynn December 19, 2015 at 10:01 am

That is a lovely photo. My mum doesn’t remember Christmas 1951 as that is the year she was born and was 4 months old.
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Ellen Pilch December 19, 2015 at 9:23 am

That is a beautiful photo. I am sorry your Mom has lost so many family members. It is nice to have photos to bring back good memories.
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Brian December 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

That’s a totally wonderful photo!


Peaches & Paprika December 19, 2015 at 5:40 am

You were the cutest! Thank you for sharing this sweet picture. Your posts always inspire us!
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Summer December 19, 2015 at 3:56 am

My human did not have a happy childhood, so she doesn’t share about it a lot. They are all gone now too, but she doesn’t feel sad about it.
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles December 19, 2015 at 2:33 am

Remembering is hard, yet so precious.
Our meowmy has a few like that too, memories of events that make her feel sad, yet glad to be able to have them at all. ((((Many hugs to you))))

Meowmy is of a similar vintage, and she remembers tinsel like that. But we did not have a TV, our pawppy had one like that, though, MOL!


Caren Gittleman December 19, 2015 at 12:46 am

Ohhhh I LOVE THIS!!!!! I am so sorry for the heartbreak that you endured around the holidays, that has to still be hard (((hugs))))) you were such an adorable toddler!!!!! Just precious!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE this photo, thank you so much for sharing! xoxoxo
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