Around here…October 2014

Around here Shadow is relishing the autumn sunshine on the enclosed front porch…oh the life of a dog!


Around here soccer is king queen


Around here we just had our first frost warning…time to pull the last of the tomatoes


Around here we just had our first nor’easter of the season


Around here I’ve been using my silhouette for craft projects and to cut 1000 people shapes for our church’s “Imagine no malaria” campaign


Around here, Dad is visiting and we have spent hours organizing, editing, purging and strategizing how to deal with the family archives of slides, negatives, photos, memorabilia and we haven’t even gotten to the films (!)


Around here a big Project Life catch up was completed (2013 done!!) and 2014 catch up in the works


Around here…life is very very good.

Memory Keeping:: Week in the Life 2011

Oh the blog updating fun continues!!  Week in the Life 2011 is uploaded!  Hop over HERE and take a look!


Memory Keeping:: Layout Shares !

I think the turning of the seasons is inspiring me to tidy up…last week the kitchen pantry closet…this week my blog ;-).  I realized that I have not posted any layouts from this year on my blog.  Last Sunday I did a big photo shoot of all memory keeping efforts on paper and I’ve been slowly going through and editing and uploading, so you’ll be seeing posts as I get different sections of the blog/website completed!  Today was Layouts 2014 Jan – Sept…I’ve highlighted one of my faves below but you can see the whole gallery HERE!


Now, go make something!  I have a pot of chili to get on the stove.





















Works of Art  

Kit:  Designer Essentials Series 1:Stained  & Stained (Mini-kit:  Era)     Template:  Template Blends:  (Series #1) .





















Anticipation/Summer Fun

Background paper:  April Showers Bring May Flowers Kit-Paper 1    Green journal tag paper: Summer in Bloom Paper 1      Template:   Anatomy of a Page (Template set 1) – Template #1.  Frame:  Up-Lifting Frames 1,  Frame #2   Word art:  Anticipation kit  Summer Fun Sticker:  LFDD FreebieCollab with Katie Pertiet – Summers Here





















The Cure

Kit:  A Little Art Therapy    no template, my own page design.





















Easter Photo Shoot

Kit:  April Showers Bring May Flowers &  April Showers Bring May Flowers (addition kit)  Template….can’t remember where !





















Spencer Douglas Roe (Yay he graduated!!!!!)

Kit:  A Graduate and A Scholar   Template:  BPC Class-Sketch Solutions, template free with class (!)

Now… Desk is cleared to document more memories!!   Would love to see what you’ve been up to, please link to your own memory keeping projects!



Reads: Update September 2014

As part of my pledge not to buy any more books until the pile on my nightstand is depleted (ha!)  I was successful in finishing off a number of books that were laying around partially read (poor dears).  I’ve updated my “reads 2014” section with all of these reviews so in 3 months I can look them up and say…have I read that????

The Yarn Whisperer:  My unexpected life in knitting / Clara Parkes  (own)  I love this little book…I think she and I lived on the same street in Fairport, NY but at different times.  Really enjoyed her memoir about finding knitting.

Creative Time and Space / Freeman-Zachary (own)  I always like to read about other artists/designers, where and how they work etc…  Super great little book about making space for making art.  Will dip in and out of this again I”m sure

A Million Little Ways / Emily Freeman (own)  I love love love Emily’s writing.  I follow her blog Chatting at the Sky and I really enjoy it, it’s so peaceful.  Good book about creativity and faith and work.  Glad I bought it.

Inside of a Dog / Alexandra Horowitz (gifted)  Since I own a dog now, my Dad thought this would be a useful read.  It’s very interesting and gives a lot of insight into why dogs do what they do.  If you’re a dog owner, pick this one up.  Helped me not feel guilty when my dog goes *sigh* as she puts her head between her paws.

Wild / Cheryl Strayed (own) I enjoy reading adventure books and I used to read backpacking/hiking memoirs all the time back in the day.  This one is very good and I definitely recommend it, even if you are not a hiker.  Not so sure about the movie version though, we’ll see.  Liked the book too much to see it wrecked on the big screen

Written In My Own Hearts Blood / Diana Gabaldon (own) If you have never read/heard of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” Series….get the to a bookstore or download to your reading device immediately upon finishing reading this post.  Could not wait, jumping up and down for this latest installment of Claire and Jamie.  *sigh*swoon*   Starz series is awesome too but nothing beats the books.  Go. Read. Them. Now.