Introducing The Bennington Girls

You may remember that I was the extremely lucky recipient of a tile book made by the incredibly talented Penny Bennington. On receipt of the book I knew I wanted a theme to run throughout the book and for each page to be relevant to the following page. So let me introduce you to The Bennington Girls!

Dorothy – Dot was the Mom to the twins, Josephine and Tallulah and her youngest, Daisy. She was a nurturer, whether dotting on her family or tending to her much loved garden. She brought the outdoors indoors and the scent of cut flowers would waft throughout their home.

Josephine (Jo) – Jo and Tallulah were the twins. Such opposites they were but despite their differences they were fiercely loyal to each other. Jo hated the name Josephine and insisted she be called Jo at all times although the cries of “Josephine” would resonate throughout their home if she were ever in trouble – a common occurence! Jo was a natural athlete and when summer arrived her favourite place was their summer retreat at Martha’s Vineyard where she would head outside at the crack of dawn.

Tallulah – As soon as she could walk, Tallulah could dance. Many an evening Tallulah entertained family and friends with her song and dance routines – certainly not the wallflower of the family. She always dreamed that one day she would become a professional dancer in Paris so when she came of age she boarded a ship to travel to Europe. Many a tear was shed as her family waved her off on her journey but they were happy tears as they knew she was embarking upon an adventure which would result in Tallulah fulfilling her dream of dancing in Paris.

Daisy – Sweet natured Daisy who everyone adored. Daisy’s love was the piano. Unlike her older sister, Tallulah, Daisy was not an exhibitionist. She would quite as happily sit by herself and play the piano, purely for the joy of it. Although at family gatherings there were cries for Daisy to play and the family would gather around the piano and music played late into the evening. All of the family treasured those times together.

Cousin Claudette – Claudette was the dedicated follower of fashion in the Bennington family. She had a talent at dressmaking. A mere look at a mannequin in a shop display or the latest fashion in a magazine spread and Claudette was able to run up copies. As well as copying she had the flair to create her own designs. She was also one of the first to raise the length of her skirt hem and to cut her hair into a bob. Later in life, not surprisingly, Claudette worked with several of the top Fashion Houses in NYC.

Aunt Gertrude

Aunt Gertrude – The Eccentric of the family. Gertie had three loves in her life: her dogs, writing and her family. No, make that a fourth, cigarettes. A plume of smoke always wafted around Gertie. Gertrude would bestow love and indulge the Bennington girls but for others, let’s just say that she did not suffer fools gladly! Throughout her life Gertie published many books, several of which made The New York Times Bestseller list. She also managed to work her way through several Agents – many she judged as too insufferable to work with. Gertie lived to a ripe old age of 102.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 2amscrapper
    May 30, 2010 @ 15:56:35

    amazing! I was thoroughly entertained by both the art and the narrative!


  2. craftytrog
    May 30, 2010 @ 16:25:04

    A delightful family photo album! x


  3. Lynn Stevens
    May 30, 2010 @ 16:44:20

    What a delightful book. Loved your stories that went so well with each page. The Bennington name will go down in History. I’m sure Penny will Love everything you created with her Lovely book! Bravo!!!!!!


  4. Cath
    May 30, 2010 @ 17:05:34

    OH, I did enjoy reading that, lol – lovely work, Lynne and a great story woven around your characters 😉


  5. Penny
    May 30, 2010 @ 17:39:08

    Oh, Lynne!!!!! I am truly at a loss for words after seeing what you’ve done with my plain little book – it’s so absolutely wonderful! You’re stories for the pictures are beyond fantastic – I love every bit of it!!!! Well done, my friend!


    • lynne
      May 30, 2010 @ 18:04:02

      Penny, there is nothing plain about the tile book. The colours you managed to create on a humble tile is amazing. Thank you for allowing me to have such fun. Lynne x


  6. thefrugalcrafter
    May 30, 2010 @ 18:07:45

    Stunning! I’d love to know how penny made the book! you both put a lot of work in to it!


  7. Chris
    May 30, 2010 @ 19:20:15

    Lynne, I’m totally gobsmacked! What a wonderful tale you tell and the book is stunning.


  8. alcoholinky
    May 30, 2010 @ 19:36:13

    well I’ve learnt something today! what a gorgeous book Lynne. looks like you really enjoyed putting this together and you had a wonderful base to start from.


  9. Terry
    May 30, 2010 @ 21:00:55

    Lynne, I got so involved in reading the stories, that I almost forgot to look at what I went to see! Fantastic job you did on that book, just beautiful!


  10. Suzie Hayward
    May 30, 2010 @ 21:49:12

    This is absolutely wonderful. You have captured the girls on each page and love how you have put everything together. I am working on an altered book and you continue to inspire me with your creations. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.


  11. ScrappySuzanne
    May 31, 2010 @ 06:17:22

    What a wonderful legacy…loved reading about these girls. Your pages are fabulous just like that era!


  12. Jana D
    Jun 02, 2010 @ 11:20:52

    This is so much fun. Love this. And so pretty too.


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