Day 229

Today I started my April challenge for the Mighty Lucky Club. I’ve got a week to get it done but I’m pretty stoked about my idea. Alison Glass is the instructor this month and it’s about recreating a personal photo in fabric. As soon as I read the challenge I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use.

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My first car. I fell hard in love with this one, and she broke my heart.

This is an actual physical photo. I didn’t know where it was so I asked my husband if he remembered where we’d stashed this picture. I described it in too much detail but he didn’t remember anything about this.

It was taken on a belated honeymoon road trip in 2002 from Vancouver, BC to Newport, Oregon to stay at the lovely Sylvia Beach Hotel. We had stopped to stretch our legs and then noticed “hey, blue and orange!”

She’s a 1974 Mercedes 280CE* with a custom paint job (not mine). White leather seats. The sweetest engine rumble. She drew eyes everywhere we went. The dancing hula girl on the dash added some class. But there were no seatbelts in the back. You could take the key out of the ignition while driving. She only had four gears. The holes in the floor were a big downer. So was the ~9,000$ we spent in one year to keep her running.

But you never forget your first as they say.

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Clearly my stash is big enough to yield all this!

*The 280CE was first released in North America in 1976, but had been made for the European market prior to that. At some point this car travelled aboard ship to get to N. America. I have several 10 pfennig pieces found under the carpet to prove this!

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