Thursday, 23 August 2012
Tearing for LIM
Welcome, lovely to see you, pull up a chair if you have a minute, grab your favourite tipple and let's have a chin wag! Gosh that's an old saying one from my childhood, I'm reminiscing a lot today :0)
Today I made a card for LIM where Chrissie and Mandi the lovely divas in residence have challenged us to create a card with some tearing on it!
Thanks for dropping in, Gay xxx
My Dad's Glassine
Dad has been gone for many years now but he worked as a Calender Man in a papermill, a job that required quite some skill in handling the great rolls of paper as they moved up or down the massive rollers to dry or be treated in some way. He would often check the paper's progress with his hands and he had almost smooth as glass but rock hard callouses on them. He told me that Glassine was the finest paper that they made and he brought some home just to show me, now that must have been about 35 or more years ago so it's very precious to me!
I was surprised when a certain Mr Holtz started a line of Glassine products but his is dyed brown and opaque as you can see my Dad's was translucent and as fine as the best vellum :0) I think this was quite an achievement because I remember him telling me all about it and he didn't often talk about his work at all. Shift work, often 12hour shifts made him grumpy at times and I can remember having to play quietly so that he could sleep during the day, with three young girls, my sisters and I probably made his getting and staying asleep really hard.
He didn't make the glassine alone, it was just one of the products the mill produced but he seemed really proud of that one! I do have a whole pack of it and you would think that after all those years it would have yellowed but no it's still white. I hesitated to use it but what good is it stuck in the cupboard? No I think he would have wanted it used :0)