Friday, December 31, 2010

Simply Renee Clip It Up Rotating Craft-Storage Base Rack with 80 Swivel ClipsSimply Renee Clip It Up.  This is the first Scrapbook Tool I'll buy in 2011!

Wanted the older version -- different supplier -- for the last two years.  This one is for me.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Creative Ideas Journal


Entries from my Creative Ideas Journal


Winter finally here, the Solstice just recent.  The holiday season, warm hearths and hearts.  Gifts of love and affection.  Christmas pajamas.  Soft socks.  Warm chocolate in winter cups.  YARN.  Lots of yarn.  Knitting needles and crochet hooks.  Scrapbooking and reminiscing over those summer photos. 

Is there any more savory feeling than to cuddle with a great book and a comfy quilt? 

Reading can be a craft!

Current read is Susan Wittig Albert's An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days (Southern Writers Collection Series), a memoir of the year 2008, including all of it's major upheavals and turn-abouts.  The year of the first woman candidate for president, at least in the primaries, as well as the first black man, who ultimately won.  The job losses and big bank bailouts.  The subprime mortgages and defaults.  Average people living on the streets or in homeless shelters.  A controversial, illegal war being fought and the daily loss of human lives. 

The book follows the author throughout her own daily life as she writes, travels to book signings and speaking engagements, reads increasing numbers of books on the threatening changes to our world, cares for her pets, tends her garden, and chronicles the grim news reports and political victories and losses.  I love this book and it's a keeper for your home library.

 



Then there's an audio book, a CD or an MP3 download of Wild Places, read by the author, Susan Tweit.  Click to go to CDBaby to order http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/susanjtweit


I love listening to books on my MP3--soon to be Ipod Touch.  Got my grandson one for Christmas and got hooked when I played with it.  Check out Susan's Wild Places on CD or download.  Go to Women's Memoirs.com to listen to a sample first if you like.



Crafting -- I'm still knitting, though now I'm not on any timeline or deadline to finish a project, which means I leisurely watch the Today show in the morning while I knit a lovely, soft  scarf for my husband.  This is relaxation.  Soon I'll be working on some socks, which are nice gifts to put aside for birthdays throughout the year, and of course Christmas next year.  Who doesn't like socks??? 

Also some scrapbooking and working with photos.  Needed some layouts for my Women's Memoirs guest blog on January 6th.  "11 Tips for Saving the Stories in 2011."  Scrapbooking included, but not all the stories are in albums.  There are other tips for saving your stories too.  Tune in on January 6th to read.

This layout is on my Everyday Display board, hanging on my diningroom wall.  Layout of Anna Maria Island, where we vacationed in 2008.  I was emotionally sliding downward then from months of severe family issues.  I needed a quiet get-away, and this is where I found it. 


The above is a layout I created for the first page of my "People" scrapbook. 


Writing:  Posted Part 2 of "Your Life's Soundtrack"  "Voices of the Past," on my guest blog.   I started writing this and realized the first words I recalled I've kept secret all of my life.  Instead of writing about some sweet words of encouragement my Grandma probably said to me, I wrote the true first words I recall.  Disturbing words that followed me through life. 

You can also read "I Remember the Music," Part 1 while you're there in case you missed it. 


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Craft Journal Entry

What I've Been Up To. 

Youngest granddaughter wants a Baby Alive.  When I got her, I couldn't find any decent baby doll clothes, and I wanted a cute Moses-type basket to carry her in along with her diapers and bottle, etc.  Also it's winter out there.  She was dressed  in a little flimsy sundress.  No shoes. 

So I knitted Baby A. an ensemble -- a hat, sweater, and booties.  Then a pink basket, and made a colorful blankie from fleece.  This was fun!


And here is the cute hat I made for Granddaughter!  This was so easy. 
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Read Spoon Fed:  How Eight Cooks Saved My Life.  This was a great read!  Written by Kim Seversen, Food Editor for New York Times.  The stories of early life in her big family around the old oak table brought back lots of food memories for me, and I've decided I love these types of books most of all.  The author's mother is an authentic Italian, and there are some awesome recipes in the book along with the stories.  Authentic pasta sauce and the kinds of meat is used along with the sauce.  Not just plain old ground beef meatballs.  I hung out with three Italian sisters as a teenager along with having lots of good Italian cooks in our neighborhood, and it became my favorite food.  Oh, yes, I was called "Betty Spaghetti." 


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I posted a fun piece on Women's Memoirs.com recently.  "The Soundtrack of Your Life."  Part 1:  I Remember the Music.

I'll bet you can recall events from your life when you think back to the hit songs of the times.  I had a good time writing this.  This week -- Thursday -- will be "Voices From the Past," so check it out.

Christmas is upon us.  Can't believe it's only a week away.  I'm a Christmas Believer.  I love the magic, the goodwill, the peace of Silent Night.


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