I've used a few of the famous quilter, Lisa Shephard's products in a few layouts and I keep up with her events by reading her newsletter, Cultured Expressions . Here's the latest place where she is featured...spent hours reading this website. Just LOVE IT...check it out for yourself.
Before I tell you about my jaunt to Long Island, New York, check out this article about a new cafe here in Maryland, DC area called Artmosphere. Two weeks ago my sister had her going away party there and it was fabulous...love the ARtistic atMOSPHERE there...and the food and coffee are YUMMMMM.
Okay, last week I took a very quick jaunt to New York. One of my Grandmother's sibilings passed away (the first) and two car loads of the sisters & brothers along with us nieces & nephews travelled together. Let me tell you their were about 10 members over the age of 65...so the four hour trip took over seven hours.
Here are my Grandmother's siblings (one is missing, he was away in the military)
My kids were happy to take one last trip before school starts on Monday (yippee). The highlight of the trip for me was to see the impact of a family scrapbook. The relatives in New York had never seen the photos of their mother/grandmother and I think it started them on their way to move through the grieving process. Aunt Stella (third from the right) had an infectious laugh...it lives on in her daughters and granddaughters. This may be the end of one mother/daughter relationship, but I hope it's the begining to a more enhanced relatioship between the daughter/granddaughters with their Great Aunts and Uncles...because they truly are GREAT.
okay if you read this blog entry first, you'll understand my title. Yes, I heard about these tins on Cathy Zielski's blog and picked up a few (though I was a bit surprised by how small they were). I knew I'd find some use for them, so here they are on a shelf in my studio.
I didn't want to label them with rub-ons because I might change my mind about what they hold so I decided on tags. I'd heard so much about the crop-a-dile tool, I decided to use my fiskars hole punch to see if would go through the metal and I'm glad to say it did. This is my rubber stamping corner and so one holds embossing powders and the other small ethnic stamps that I pick up along the way here and there. The candle holder is a Christmas/Birthday gift from Jonathan that he said he wanted me to have in my scrapbook room (sweet). My African doll is from one of my sisters many trips to Senegal...that's what I ask people who travel abroad to bring back for me...I have quite the collection from all around the world. The Star of David box is a set of Hebrew alphabet (new fave).
My girl Lisa is coming to scrap with me this weekend, so I don't want to give away too much of my room. My decorating is almost finished...so here's a little sneak peek at something I don't usually see in other studios posted on-line...I'm sure they are in millions of scrappers homes.
I hated the look of the sizzix primary colors in the room, but it's a necessary tool. So I put patterned international currency paper on the storage tower windows and turned them around...proof that I can be creative when I have a quiet moment.
A couple of weeks ago I decided that I was tired of being the task master at home so I let Leah be Mommy for the day. That meant she had to do all the things I would normally do in a day. Well...she started off screaming for everyone to fix their own breakfast and shouted,"Where's my belt!". I responded with, "Now Leah, I make oatmeal for breakfast just about everyday and I usually don't scream for the belt until bed time...be for real".
After she bossed everyone around all morning we went to the pool and she didn't fix enough snacks for everyone...so I ate her portion and when she got out of the pool looking for a snack, I told her she didn't get any because mommy always makes sure her kids eat first....boy was she mad...so mad she cut our trip to the pool short and we went home.
Later that evening we made this scrapbook page, because I took this quiz earlier in the day and she had to do everything I did so here it is.
Funniest thing about her day as Mommy was when Jonathan asked (with much excitement I might add) if he could be Daddy for the day so he could, "Go to work and come home and JUST watch T.V.!"
I can recall scrapbooking at least since 2nd grade. Last week during the heat wave, we stayed indoors...basically cleaning one room at a time. WHile sorting through photos for my "Life Album" that I'll one day get to, I found any actual scrapbook from my elementary school years. I was most tickled by the 5th grade photos of me, since one of my daughters just finished the fifth grade, but I'll save that story for another post.
Here are three pages from that scrapbook.
Boy I've come a long way in terms of photo selection ( and choice of albums too). This was an award ceremony from when I belonged to a majorette corp.
Page to the right is a hodgepoge of stuff, but I was struck by my little "to do list" for when I got a dog (a topic brought up by my kids everyday) funny... the name I gave the dog doesn't match any name on my list.
A page with feather's... I guess I've always longed for texture on my pages.
I'm proud to say that every loose photo in my house is now catergorized and in an easy to retrieve location. Next, step is to scan my most memorable photos of my childhood and possibly blog about them in an effort to get that "Book of Me" done. Does that sound like a plan?
Little did we know that this photo of my sister and I on an airplane would be a constant event in her life...not travelling for business, mind you, but purely for adventure. She's off to Africa again (trip # 8-9...should check her passport that I scanned today, it had 18 pages of stamps!) for at least 4 months. Please keep her and her travelling companions in your prayers as they cross the waters to experience a new way of life.
The expression originated in Roman times as canicularis dies, "days of the dog", and was an astronomical expression referring to the dog Sirius, or possibly Procyon. The Romans linked the rising of the Dog Star, the most brilliant star in the constellation, Canis Major, with the sultry summer heat, believing that the star added to the extreme heat of the sun. "Canicular days," of course, have nothing to do with heat from the Dog Star, but the ancient expression remains popular after more than 20 centuries.
My sister and I, August 1973...the day I realized I hated watermelon. It's a sticky mess on a hot summer day...now I prefer seedless watermelon cut into cubes served indoors with the AC on full blast.