This is the scene that greeted me as I entered our playroom last Saturday morning. This would be our "costume" closet. We were doing "team clean" and I was holding it together really well until we got to this point, and in order to resist losing my cool, I announced that we had accomplished exactly enough and called it quits!
Just for the record and regarding the roadtrip, I am constantly reminding my kids to buckle and re-buckle their seat belts!!!! I do appreciate your concern. Your comments have given me fuel for the fight — that will perhaps work this week on our 12 hour drive to Utah.
The lockers — built by a family friend. I do love them — and no, my children do NOT put everything away. More often than not they dump their stuff right in front of their locker (drives me batty)
The frames – the cheap ones from IKEA, painted by me.
The chalk board — lucky "find" from the same store as the bench – sorry.
The green in my kitchen — Behr, Grass Cloth and Grape Leaves
and, the school clipboards — I’m looking for the documents. I know I saved them, but I think they must be on Geof’s computer (so I promise I’ll find them and post!)
I finished my introduction today, for a book. This is NOT something I thought I would do again for a while, but the opportunity and timing and circumstances aligned and I am now committed. Most people write "follow up" books, but I am writing the precursor (is that the right word?) to The Big Picture, focused on the system that supports my scrapbooking approach. Writing a book is scary and hard, but the more I think about it and the more I get into the writing, the more excited I am — this is a good thing. Right after I returned from SS meetings in June (when I agreed to the book) I was questioning my decision and the value of what is essentially a book about photo-organization and I got the coolest thing in the mail – it was actually waiting for me when I got home, but as often happens, boxes get overlooked. When I finally opened it a few days later, I was completely blown away. It was early morning and I had just returned from my jog. I just paced back in forth in my living room, bawling.
It is what I call a "photo-album scrapbook" — and it is a compilation of thoughts and thanks from a handful of students in my 2007 Library of Memories class.
each woman took two slots (one page) in the album to tell me what they learned in LOM and how it has enhanced or changed their perspective. I cannot adequately express what this gift means to me and how it gave me confidence when I really needed it — one of those tender mercies that are so abundant in our lives, if we but look for them.
I’ve actually already sent this album to the SS offices in Utah. Ali Monson will be my book editor (something I did NOT have with The Big Picture) and I am so very excited to work with her. This album totally helps Ali understand and see first hand how scrapbookers across the globe can and have adapted and customized my system …
anyway — to Anneliese Truame and Kristy and EVERYONE that contributed to this project – YOU will never know how truly grateful I am. Thank You so very much. I will treasure this as evidence of a dream come true.
life is good.
btw, book will be out March 2008 and will be included in the 2008 Library of Memories course.
If I’m not blogging as much these days, please know why.