Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Son of Ireland

The Son of Ireland in my title is my Great-Grandfather McCormick. He was born in Ireland on March 15, 1838 – only two days before St. Patrick’s Day – close enough for me!

The base of my layout is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time collection; I love the neutral colors and the look of long-ago time. To give a bit of a St. Patrick’s Day look, I cut a circle from the Time to Flourish 8x8 paper pad and adhered it to the base.
 Next, I stripped a piece of corrugated packaging and colored it with Prima Metallique acrylic paint in Emerald Green. While that was drying, I treated the chipboard vines by applying a coat of gesso and sprinkling on embossing powder and then heat drying it. The vines and the corrugate were then lightly sanded and given a light coat of Distress Ink to give them an aged appearance. 

Time to assemble and I couldn’t stop! I’ve used flowers from my stash (I’ve owned those large green ones for years, just waiting for the perfect occasion, I guess. I’m so glad that I had hung on to them!), metal flowers treated with Opal Magic Wax and centered with rhinestones, and a dose of microbeads.

I finished it off with a journaling tag tucked behind the photo.

 (Full thanks and credit go to my cousin, Joe Darby for scanning and uploading a treasure trove of family photos to CDs to share with all of us some years back and for finding this newspaper clipping while doing family research.)
The Daily News, Batavia, N.Y., Friday Evening, June 7, 1918
            Bergen, June 7. - John McCormick, a well-known and respected farmer of Riga, died this morning at 2 o'clock, aged 80 years.  He had been ill about a year.  He was a native of Ireland and had resided on the farm on which he died about 25 years.  Besides his wife, whose maiden name was Jane Keenan, he leaves four daughters, Miss Katherine McCormick of Riga, Mrs. Joseph Darby of Bergen, Miss Margaret McCormick of Rochester and Mrs. John Darby of Sweden, and three sons, Patrick and Edward of Riga and John of the aviation camp at Morrison, Va.  The funeral will be held from St. Vincent de Paul's church, Churchville, on Monday morning.


Graphic 45 – A Place in Time Collection – Calendar Foundation #4500615
Graphic 45 – A Place in Time Collection – March Cut Aparts #4500596
Graphic 45 – Time to Flourish Collection – March Cut Aparts #4501033
Graphic 45 – Time to Flourish Collection – 8 x 8 Paper Pad #4501064

Prima – Plume Collection – Citrus #575557
Prima – French Riviera Collection – La Mer #586171
Petaloo – varied blooms
Metal Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Plaid Ribbon – Moss/Cream – 3/8”
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Flourish 15 (2 pkgs)
Kaisercraft – Self Adhesive Rhinestones – Island Lagoon #RS402

Golden – Gesso
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Emerald Green #963170
Prima – Art Alchemy – Opal Magic Wax – Green Brocade #964245
Prima – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Prima – Art Ingredients – Glass Beads – Peacock Green #962692
Ranger – Embossing Powder – Verdigris #EPJ3769
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Walnut Stain

Kreaxions – Circle Cutter
EK Success – Circle Punch – ¼”
Zutter – Bow-It-All

Corrugated Packaging
Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.


  1. Hello! It appears we are cousins. I was doing a little family tree searching this evening and ran across this blog. Very exciting! I have never seen this picture before and certainly never saw the obituary. So happy I ran across it. Thank you for posting.

    1. Wow - how cool is that!!! Which of his children is your ancestor? My grandmother was Jane Darby "of Sweden".

    2. Sorry for the delayed response. I just found this page again after all this time. I have bookmarked this time. My grandfather was John McCormick, the son of John and Jane.

    3. Okay, got it. Your grandfather and my grandmother were brother and sister. Was your grandmother's maiden name Freeman?

    4. Yes, my Grandmother was Margaret Freeman, married to John McCormick. And yes, if Jane Darby was your Grandmother then my Grandfather and her were brother and sister.
      My email address is that is easier for communicating you can use that one.