Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Latest Project--The Story of Me

I've been a scrapbooker for quite a while now. I've got a ton of albums packed full of stories about the kids, about our trips, about many of the adventures that go on in the life of our family. However, when you look though many of my albums, there is one person! Since I am usually the photographer as well as the historian, the stories are from my point of view, but rarely about ME.

So to challenge myself, I've just begun a new online scrapbooking class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. The class is called "The Challenge of Me" and it's taught by veteran scrapbooker Lisa Day. The goal of the class is to create a scrapook about myself. The class began today, so I'm just getting started, but I'm really excited about the idea of featuring myself for a change.

My youngest daughter just graduated from high school; this fall both of our girls will be away at college. Taking this class is a way for me to close the book on the mom I've been for the last 20 years and open the book on this next stage of my life.

Stay tuned...I will post updates along the way!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My Favorite Place

Every summer we pile the kids in the car and take off for a couple of weeks of beachy bliss on a small island off the Jersey shore. It's a quiet place, no boardwalk and not much to do...which is just how we like it. We spend a lot of time on the beach, reading, swimming, just doing beachy things.

The kids aren't small anymore, my youngest graduates from high school next week, the oldest is in college, but they still look foward to the relaxation and renewal that comes from our beach time.

This year's beach week is coming soon. Yahoo!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Operation Gratitude

I'm a member of the Etsy CreateCrochet Team. The team is organizing a "knit a scarf" project for Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces of our service men and women by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas.

Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. Check out their website here for more information.

If you would like to knit a scarf for Operation Gratitude, you can check out their website and mail the scarf straight to them, or contact the CreateCrochet Team leader in her Etsy shop here. There is no set pattern you must follow. The scarf should be 5-7 inches in width only, and no more then 50 inches long. Subtle colors are preferred -- maybe go with greens,blacks, tans, browns, maybe a little blue, white -- stuff similar to military uniform colors. All yarns are accepted, but go for something soft.