My Grandmother’s Supplies


I shared a little bit ago a glimpse at a project, an archive of my grandmother’s supplies, I was working on. Last week after too many¬†consecutive 4 am bedtimes, I finished. Please excuse the bad phone photo! I wanted to printed them on 22×30” sheets of watercolor paper.¬†I photographed each item, dropped out the backgrounds, and labeled each item. It was super time consuming, but I am really happy with how it turned out! I set them up in inDesign, for those wondering.

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  • Tricia May 26, 2014, 7:12 pm

    This is so awesome! What a great way to celebrate her. My grandma died in 2007. Crossword puzzles were her thing, and she left them scattered around the house when she died. I took one to keep, but wish I would have kept more.

  • taylor March 4, 2013, 6:27 pm

    incredible. such a sweet and beautifully creative way to honor your grandmother and her artwork. <3

  • Dinah February 26, 2013, 6:25 am

    I think this project is an amazing way to honor your grandmother. So beautiful and simple. I love her paintings as well. Thank you for sharing.

  • Alisha February 25, 2013, 4:50 pm

    This is amazingly beautiful and simple. You should be very proud of yourself.

  • Caroline February 25, 2013, 10:38 am

    This is such a beautiful project and the perfect way to honour your Grandmother. It’s making me wish I’d done something similar with my Gran’s theatrical stuff, so much of the make-up had such amazing packaging.

    Thanks for sharing it!

  • olive February 24, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Hi! I love your art, this is pretty inspiring and touching.

    Olive xox

  • Audry Nicklin February 24, 2013, 3:04 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your grandmother.

    I also lost a grandparent this past month. It’s been bittersweet seeing the legacy left behind. My grandfather was the one who taught us the best way to take a roadtrip.

  • Charlotte February 24, 2013, 1:57 pm

    It looks amazing! Such a beautiful project…

  • Jada February 24, 2013, 11:17 am

    This is absolutely beautiful, Kara. You and your grandmother shared the same love for art and creating!

  • Lyzi February 24, 2013, 2:55 am

    This is truly stunning. I’m a big fan of things arranged neatly in this way, but it brings so much more meaning to it that it’s your grandmother’s supplies. Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and including some paintings of hers brings it all together, and makes it more than an anonymous bunch of paintbrushes.

  • Kate February 23, 2013, 10:54 pm

    This is so touching. I loved the work in progress, but this exceeded my expectations! It’s extrordinary! Your family must be so proud! Well done!

  • Tina @ My Highest Self February 23, 2013, 7:12 am

    What a beautiful, heartfelt project. Those paintings are absolutely gorgeous as well!

  • amy t schubert February 22, 2013, 10:21 am

    Kara: This is amazing! Love it, and I’m sure your family does too

  • Grace February 22, 2013, 7:54 am

    So beautiful – and it means so much.

  • Ciera February 21, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Kara, these are AMAZING! I started something similar with a bunch of my grandmother’s vintage shoes… but I have not found the time to edit the photos, thanks for the inspiration to get it going again!

  • kim whitten February 21, 2013, 10:17 pm

    This is incredible Kara!
    What a treasure.

  • Danielle February 21, 2013, 9:34 pm


  • Bailey February 21, 2013, 9:31 pm

    This is damn beautiful. heart warming. inspiring. I love what you do.

  • Britney February 21, 2013, 8:09 pm

    Oh wow Kara!! They are amazing!

  • rachael February 21, 2013, 7:47 pm

    what a fitting tribute! <3

  • Tesia T. February 21, 2013, 6:30 pm

    ohmygosh, these turn out AWESOME! What a wonderful job you did! I love how they turned out! You are so blessed to have these as a memory of your beloved grandma. prayers are still with you!


  • Megan Anderson February 21, 2013, 5:57 pm

    This is the most beautiful project I’ve ever seen.

  • Jade Sheldon February 21, 2013, 5:43 pm

    This is really, really wonderful Kara…

  • Rachael February 21, 2013, 5:38 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful. Your grandmother would be so proud.

  • Nora February 21, 2013, 4:46 pm

    Every single detail of this project is really, really amazing.

  • Melinda's Musings February 21, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Wow, I love this! What a wonderful (and ambitious!) project. And a great way to record an intimate detail of your family history. Perfect!

  • Hannah Nicole February 21, 2013, 3:23 pm

    This is truly beautiful and what photography (and art) is all about. Thank you so much for sharing, lady. xx

  • Maggie February 21, 2013, 3:10 pm

    What a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Michelle Clement February 21, 2013, 3:07 pm

    This is gorgeous, Kara!! So gorgeous. :) Are they hanging in your home somewhere? Every item looks so 3d and loved and alive! Ah!

  • Infinity May 3, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Your’s is a point of view where real incelligente shines through.

  • Tiffany B. February 21, 2013, 2:26 pm

    I love this Kara. You did a wonderful job and what a way to remember her items. Thank you for sharing.

  • Caitlin February 21, 2013, 2:23 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love when class projects can be personal. <3

  • Lindsay February 21, 2013, 2:12 pm

    I Love this so much! What a great idea + memory to have. I’d charish those items, especially since your an artist. My great grandmother was an artist. I wish I had her supplies. I have a painting of hers + a picture of her painting which I treasure.

  • Kaitlyn February 21, 2013, 2:08 pm

    This is beautiful! What an amazing way to pay tribute to her life.

  • LG February 21, 2013, 1:56 pm

    this is gorgeous. so amazing. so personal. it made me tear up to think of all my grandfather’s paints and tools probably went by the wayside when i was too young to know enough to save them. thankfully i’m still have of his colored pencils in his old wooden box (he engraved it to me in 1989, a prized possession indeed).

    great work girlie.

  • Nienke February 21, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Such a beautiful project. And she was such a talented painter.
    Wonderful job!

  • Renee February 21, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I lost my grandma nearly 6 years ago. I still miss her. She was a huge inspiration to me; her personality always lit up a room. I started my business, Ribbons of Red, because of her. Your project touched my heart beyond words. It’s beautiful, but more importantly, something you can cherish forever.

  • Kelly Luna February 21, 2013, 1:35 pm

    It’s perfect – absolutely gorgeous. You should be so proud.

  • Laura Mazurek February 21, 2013, 1:34 pm

    this is sooooooo amazing! so inspiring. what a tribute! wow!!!!!

  • kelly ann February 21, 2013, 1:32 pm

    This is incredible, Kara… a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to your Grandmother. She would be proud. <3

  • giulia February 21, 2013, 1:23 pm

    your grandma, your grandpa, your family and yourself should be so, so proud of this amazing work.
    you are the greatest :)

  • leann February 21, 2013, 1:20 pm

    i’ve been a reader of your blog for a long time and am finally delurking to say that i think this is probably one of the most lovely and perfect things i’ve seen. such a neat way to capture a little slice of who your grandmother is. it is obvious the amount of time and care you put in to getting all of the pieces just right. just, really…you should be proud of what you made.

  • Leila February 21, 2013, 1:20 pm

    The way you have turned your grief & sadness into this beautiful project is amazing. A truly inspiring way to honour your grandmother. xx

  • Corey February 21, 2013, 1:15 pm

    that is absolutely beautiful. amazing project!

  • Jenn February 21, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Love how this project turned out – what a great way to honor your grandmother!

  • Moorea Seal February 21, 2013, 1:13 pm

    this is absolutely AMAZING kara. WOW. what a beautiful way to honor your grandma. My gosh, this will be such a treasure for you over the years. It would be so special to create a box of all of her supplies and laminate these pages and keep them all together. I think cataloguing items is such a beautiful way to show how precious each little object is beyond it’s physical worth.
    Just beautiful.
    xo Moorea

  • Britta Swiderski February 21, 2013, 1:13 pm

    This is so amazingly lovely. A true work of love and art. This deserves to be hung up on your wall forever and always. <3

  • Hailey February 21, 2013, 12:56 pm

    This project is so many things- beautiful, heartbreaking, and engaging, to name a few- but most of all, it is completely you. Even though this came about through such tragic circumstances, I’m glad you got the chance to honor your grandmother in this way.