Oct 012013
 
faded memories of sisters

The sisters don’t remember where the two dressed up sisters were going, but they all remember that the sister in the middle was going on a blind date–with the man she would marry.

Three sisters recall a faded memory from over 50 years ago. Each recalls a slightly different circumstance. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? What’s the truth?

Memories can be ethereal. It can be hard to get all the details right. That doesn’t mean you can’t write about them. Continue reading »

Sep 202013
 

Make a Wish blog hop icon Today’s post is part of the  Make a Wish Blog Hop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your hop so far and I’m glad you’re here.
If you’re coming from Connie Umstead’s blog, you are in the right place! (If you want to start at the beginning, go to http://www.craftyneighbor.blogspot.com/2013/09/september-blog-hop.html.

Making a Wish on a Birthday

Birthday cakes are a big deal at our house. Of course, part of our ritual is the obligatory photograph before the candles are blown out.  I always wonder briefly what my kids wish for. I’m sure they much more immediate (like for gifts they’ll unwrap), than the wishes I have for them. Continue reading »

Sep 192013
 

Fashion history flower childWhat’s your personal fashion history? As fashion trends have come and gone, which ones have resonated with you over the years? (That might not be the same question as which ones actually looked good on you.)

Which ones did you wear gladly? Which ones did you wear that you shouldn’t have worn. What fashion history do you fervently hope does not repeat itself? “Big hair” of the 80’s comes to my mind.

It can be fun(ny) to provide others with a personal fashion history or retrospective. I’m not talking about just cutting out old magazine covers, though they can provide inspiration.  (See M. Howsom’s Vogue Cover Pinterest Board) Write yourself into the story. What did you wear? What were you required to wear? Did you think you were “all that” at the time? What do you think now? Continue reading »

Aug 222013
 
Keeping up appearances don't make for good stories

Keeping up apprearances ?Dignity is overrated

We all want to look our best and present ourselves in a positive light whenever we can. Keeping up appearances and putting your best foot forward is great advice going into a job interview, but it’s not the legacy you want to leave for your loved ones in your writing.

Keeping up Appearances is Boring

Perfection is boring, which is why I avoid it so ardently. All kidding aside, perfection does little to connect you with others. Continue reading »

Aug 202013
 

When you’re writing, journaling, or scrapping your family’s  history, historic images, like pictures of your past, offer something other illustrations can’t.

Historic images include immigration and naturalization records

Just think how cool it would be to include an immigration record like this with the story of your ancestor.

Historic images don’t just increase visual appeal; they offer evidence of the footsteps of the past, bringing texture and meaning to your narratives. Continue reading »

Aug 012013
 

your hobbies include gardening Share your memories by showcasing your passions and your hobbies.

Your hobbies and interests can tell a lot about you. However, some hobbies lend themselves to showing-off better than others. If you’re a gardener and have neighbors, everyone around knows the extent of your green thumb. (Unless deer come through and eat all your perennials, but that’s another topic.) The key words there are everyone around. All your neighbors might be aware of your garden prowess, but your loved ones ten states away might not be. The same goes for quilting, photography, woodworking, and the like. Continue reading »

Jul 182013
 
Shelf for kids awards

Ribbons range from reading awards to cross-country awards; I draped the graduation honor cords to showcase them more.

Kids’ awards are natural gems for a Treasure Chest. We all want to preserve, highlight, and display all our kids’ awards, but a hectic life and our natural propensity to procrastinate get in the way. Here’s some quick and easy ways to make sure your kids’ awards don’t get lost in the shuffle

Display kids’ awards

If your child is into sports, they probably have all sorts of awards that lend themselves to display. Especially small children receive “participation” ribbons, medals, and trophies. These are great to display in their bedrooms. Hanging shelves with peg are great for these if the top of the dresser is already full. The trophies (or other treasured objects) can go on the horizontal surface, and ribbons can hang from the pegs. Continue reading »

Jun 272013
 
Elephants becoming a family

Photo credit: Pink Puppy Paper Company

Don’t just preserve memories of your children, capture and share your memories of becoming a family. Every child—even grown-up ones—will enjoy reading about the excitement and joyful anticipation with which they were welcomed into the world. Use these ideas for a “Treasure Chest” entry, photo captions, or scrapbook narratives. Continue reading »

Jun 152013
 

Blog Hop Scrapbook Tutorial Today’s post is part of the June Blog Hop and offers a scrapbook tutorial for my interpretation of our “What June Means to Me…” theme.

What does June mean to you? We hope our interpretations will provide you with some inspiration. If you’re coming from Cindy Murray’s Crafty Neighbor blog at http://craftyneighbor.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-blog-hop.html, you’re at the right place.

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Jun 102013
 
My Mom THings I want to Remember

My mother posed for her mother. The photograph is torn, but the memory is still intact.

In her “Treasure Chest,” my grandmother wrote an essay entitled “Things I Want to Remember.” In it, she briefly dwelt on her memories of each of her children. What makes this such a gem, however, isn’t simply a mother’s descriptions of her growing children, but rather the way in which she allows her readers access to those scenes in her memory as if she were leaving a snapshot in time. Continue reading »