The image is torn from a magazine. The background paper
is from an old Simplicity pattern. The button is from some
that I found in my MIL things after she died.
That is where the unrequited love comes in.
My MIL and I had the kind of relationship that you
read about in the ask Abbey column. We didn't really
get along and that's saying it nicely. But, Victoria had
a very interesting past involving the love of her life.
She met Malcolm, who was from England, when she was
a young working girl in Washington DC. They fell in love.
But, eventually Malcolm had to return to England. He returned
without Victoria. Malcolm came from a very prominent family
in England, complete with title, position, wealth and family manor.
They strongly objected to his romance with Victoria. Victoria
came from a family that had lost what wealth they did have but
other than that, she had no credentials. Malcolm went on to
marry and have a family with someone suitable, to his family's
relief. Victoria married Lorne Sr. on the rebound and had
a very unsatisfactory marriage that lasted until Lorne Sr's death.
Lorne Jr. was her only joy in life other than her memories of
When both spouses had died, Malcolm and Victoria renewed
their romance. She made several trips to England to stay in
the lovely manor house. She started to dream again of marriage. But,
alas, it was not to be. This time it was Malcolm's children that
objected to the marriage. Victoria returned to the U.S. without
a ring on her finger. Malcolm died. Victoria lived into her 80s.
When we were going through her things after her death, we found
a journal of her life with and without Malcolm. But, he was always
there in her thoughts and heart. She loved him until the day
she died. Maybe they are finally together now.