I did this art journal page soon after my mama passed on -
I love how the overlapping words show how this thought
was constantly swirling through my head
-- to the point of not being able to think clearly about other things --
It perfectly represents that time in my life...
... all scrambled up in my brain...
And there are moments, or days...
when I still can't believe she's never coming back to me...
Process: I opened the page in my [old spiral recipe] book and took a marker and just wrote this phrase over and over and over [and over] again - overlapping and on top of each other and all jumbled up just like it was in my head.... and I left it like that for months...
Then I created a text box on the computer that clearly stated
We've not had the opportunity to get up North to see him for ourselves -] NOTE: HANK IS HAVING HEART SURGERY THIS MORNING!! PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM, HIS PARENTS, GRAND PARENTS, ETC. THE DOCTORS AND ALL WHO WILL CARE FOR HIM!!
Hank was born at 27 weeks, weighing a whopping 2 pounds, 12 ounces.
He's got a struggle ahead of him - so prayers are much appreciated!
Here's the deal, I CAN sew, I know HOW to sew,
but I don't LOVE sewing -
But we know how much this little family LOVES Alabama football -
so we wanted to do something special for them,
to bring a little 'happy' into their day-to-day struggle with a baby this tiny -
I found this tiny jersey and cap and decided I could alter it a bit so that it could go on around all the medical stuff he needs right now. [It was originally a pull-over...]
I bought some soft fabric and made plackets [?] on each side of my cut up the middle, then I sewed down some velcro for a closure.
[I'm not a professional and it's not perfect, but it IS CUTE.]
Then, I thought - he needs a diaper cover like the ones my mom made for our boys. I found the pattern on the internets and stitched one up out of the same fabric.
The cap was left just like it was purchased [about three inches across, laying flat above]
I think they liked it -
[Their photo of his and daddy's 'matching caps'.]
But, oh my goodness - he's still gotta grow into it!
in the scrap booking blog hop fun that's making the rounds on the internets...
1. What am I working on right now? Seriously
- I've been dissecting albums and putting the pages in NEW [American
Crafts] albums that are centered on people we love, things we do, places
we go, and all about us, naturally [a - la Stacy Julian
and Library of Memories -] It is SO MUCH easier to find a photo this
way - MUCH easier than trying to remember what year it was taken ---
2. How long does it take me to create a project? A
layout? I can do that in as little as 15 minutes or I may take as long as
several days - just depends... but I'm mostly a quick scrapper - I use
kits that have everything coordinated for me to
4. How does my writing/creating process work? I
almost always start with photos - usually more than I will use in the
finished layout - I crop and combine them into a sensible [to me!]
pattern and then add the patterned paper and embellishments around
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? I
enjoy seeing other people's layouts - but, honestly, most of mine are
based on magazine advertisements [I like that clean, graphic style -]
6. What is my signature style? I
notice trends in my stuff from time to time - I had a 'circle' period
where I used GIANT circles on just about every page... and I've had a
'multiple tag' period where I'd gather a bunch of tags together
and journal over all of them... currently, I think I'm in a banner
period - I just can't get enough of banners - all shapes and sizes... I love to use patterned paper as my background paper, and I'm loving these giant instagrm prints from costco --
But mostly, I think my pages are pretty clean with graphic lines that let
the photos shine --
Now to tag some friends - Viji - Kathy - and Cindy - come on, girls - get your blogs updated and show us what you've been working on!!
My favorite time of year -- We LOVE camping in the fall -
and hanging around a campfire
We still have warm days [in the 80*s,]
but we're beginning to have some awesome cooler nights ---
I enjoyed doing Bible Study by the light of a lantern
while Craig was watching a ball game.
[Hey! I never said we 'roughed' it!]
And we love cooking hobo meals
in foil packets placed in the coals of hot [HOT!!] fire -
These photos are from a couple of weeks ago [have I shared them already?!]
We camped at one of our favorite campgrounds [DavID Crockett] and just enjoyed a relaxing time together - had a quick visit with a sweet cousin of mine who has recently fully embraced the camping lifestyle - wish I'd realized we were in the same place sooner!
[See, I told you --- no roughing it here -
Our little RV - just big enough for the two of us -]
This weekend we camped a little closer to home -
at a great campground up on Monte Sano!
It was fun to get away with friends and
enjoy dinner together on Friday evening -
[Thanks for the photo Doris -
but we should have got one with ALL of us in it!!]
More friends joined us for hobo meals
[we love them, what can I say?!?] on Saturday night.
We should have taken a photo then too!!!
Great place to camp, with wonderful trails to hike, etc.
But there was a problem -
The cell service was sketchy --
As in, run-the-battery-down-hunting-for-a-signal sketchy -
And sad to say... we've just got to be connected --
Soooo - I'm not sure if we'll be back,
even if it is just 20 minutes or so from our house...