Wow. I took Seth Godin’s advice today and have gotten so much good creative work done. I feel super-productive, except that I forgot all about this blog post that I was too tired to finish last night!
I’m pretty crazy busy with my online class, but I’m so enjoying everything about it–the ongoing preparation and especially the chance to build a new community and interact with so many fabulous scrapbookers. We are still working fast and hard to get all of the kits out the door. Registration exceeded our estimate, so we have been waiting for additional product to arrive and the last of it came yesterday evening, so my sweet nanny Jennifer (who is so very capable) is overseeing the packing/shipping — Yay!!
I had a burst of unexpected energy on Wednesday night, so I cleaned up the homework table and pulled out some Valentine’s decorations. I’m amazed how happy little things like this make me and how much I am now thinking of Valentine things to do and make and have fun with. I grabbed all of the Valentine images that I have tagged on my computer and put them on the digital frame, so that there is a constant stream of past Valentine’s images — I love it when I do this for specific holidays! I’m absolutely going to order some of these Paper Coterie cards for Addie to give out and send to cousins and I’ve pinned some very CUTE ideas on Pinterest that I want to follow-through on!
Jennifer snapped this photo of Addie yesterday and I LOVE it. The only thing better than a sleeping child is one completely absorbed in a happy and quiet moment of play. Addie is in LOVE with her “misspunzel” doll and all that long hair! Just wanted to share.
So, this really is going to be a Friday FIVE …
Totally got this idea off of Pinterest — we had a big bowl of make your own snow (the just add water kind) over Christmas break and Addie loved playing with it, but it was getting old and a bit stinky, so we made up several EASY batches of colored rice, mixed them together and now she has something else to dig through — it keeps her happy for long periods of time and it sweeps up remarkably well!
Toilet Paper blotter.
Got this idea from my friend, Nancy.
Wrap a couple of rubber bands around a roll of toilet paper and use it to soak up the extra water in your brush or dry your paint brush all together. It stores away easily and saves a ton of paper towels! Addie has used the one on the right for almost a whole year!
Apples For Jam.
This is an AMAZING cookbook and feast of colorful memories that my sweet friend Veronica sent me as a wonderful surprise. I’m making my way through it, slowly and savoring every page. Each chapter is a collection of recipes and memories, cataloged by color! In the green chapter there are recipes like broccoli soup, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, pea and potato mash, watercress omelette and peppermint crisp pie! Mixed in among the recipes are tiny pictures of Tessa’s kids’ art and handwritten childhood memories — it is so beautiful. Here’s Link on Amazon.
Story People Charms.
I’ve ordered this charm/necklace three times and given it away three times! Last fall as I began to pull together ideas for my Twelve class and contemplated making such a huge commitment to online teaching. I remembered this necklace and ordered it again! I’ve been wearing it a lot and I LOVE it. I photographed it for the postcard that is going out in the product kit for my class and I’ve had some questions about how to get one! Here’s the link — but I just realized this particular charm isn’t listed right now. I’m sure if they get enough emails, they make more!
Note: Story People is the website where you can learn more about the imaginative world of artist and storyteller, Brian Andreas
I just learned (yesterday) about this super-cool new website (1000memories.com) and FREE iPhone App (ShoeBox) that will help you scan and share your old one-of-a-kind pictures. I just downloaded the app and scanned my first picture — one that I grabbed from my family tree drawer, for my grandfather James McDougal. In literally seconds, my phone took a picture of my picture (scanned it) and it is now part of my collection. Technically I would have to have two photos to make a collection — but that will happen later today! The other COOL thing about this website/app combo is the social media aspect of it. You can follow people and people can follow you, so hopefully you have some tech-savvy extended family members that would be willing to scan the one-of-a-kinds that they have, so you could all share and exchange information, etc… If not, I’m sure you have some tech-savvy friend and it’s ALWAYS fun to scroll through old photos.
I adore companies that tackle big ideas and get the help of millions to do it.
I hope you’ll visit 1000memories.com very soon.
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