Mémêre was my mother`s mother, my grandmother, an Acadian lady by the name of Hélèna Allain (nee. Richard 1900). She was a wonderful grandmother who made a big fuss whenever we`d visit her during our summer holidays. My father was in the Air Force, so we usually we lived a long ways away from her, which made a trip to visit her a very joyous event for us both. She would bake for days in advance of our arrival – and stash in her kitchen drawer – date squares, other treats and her own special recipe for coconut chocolate macaroons that we lovingly called “Mémère Cookies”. My children love this unique cookie too, and have asked for the recipe. When I give it to them, there is a strict rule that they must always call them “Mémère Cookies” in tribute to her and if they share the recipe they must receive a promise from the receiver to do the same.
I made this layout to honour the memory of my Mémêre and her cookie recipe for the 15th December sketch challenge over at another Freaking scrappy challenge … using Melissa Frances paper and embellishments.
design and layout by Anne Pennington
Scrapbooker’s Anonymous just put their 15th of the month alphabet challenge up this morning – and this month’s mid-month challenge is the letter “e”. You can use a paperline or embellishments that begin with the letter “e”, or a theme of the letter “e”, or whatever you can imagine with the letter “e”. My layout uses Sassafrass Ellie’s Tale paper line. I LOVE SASSAFRASS EVERYTHING!!!
Meanwhile, over at Bird is the Word the word is TRUST. Well, as I say in my titling “Trust you to be WACKY” referring to my daughter Mary Pennington, who, in this picture is at her sister Jacqueline Pennington’s wedding shower in 2006 and is just hamming it up (as could be trusted to happen) for the photo op.
design by Anne Pennington
Oh my gosh, this was a bittersweet layout. I was inspired by Nadia Cannizzo‘s Once Upon a Sketch blog, where she supplied a wonderful sketch for inspiration and asked those who played along this challenge to “write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to?” I am not certain that my journalling really follows her challenge, but I found her sketch so inspirational that I just needed to use it to express what I needed to express this season.
My journalling reads:
“The Ghosts of
This time of year I cannot help but think of Christmases past – Christmases when I was young and spent them with my parents and siblings. My father and my twin brother Gary really loved Christmas time. Dad would make his “Dad’s Christmas Expectations List” complete with catalogue names and page numbers so that we could buy him just the right gadget for under the tree. When Gary began to work he would buy himself a Christmas gift – something he had wanted all year. Mom loved to have us all at home. After Gary and Dad were gone, we would have Mom for our Christmas Eve celebration, take her to my in-law’s home in the morning with us, then take her wherever she wanted to go for the afternoon and Christmas dinner. Chris and Mary were on the road since their first Christmases, and love to travel now on the day. I am so grateful for my own family to spend Christmas with now.”
We all have memories we wish we could relive. I was so happy to honour mine with this layout. And I am so happy to be able to create Christmas memories at this time for my own family to cherish.
Nadia’s creations are inspirational, as is her challenge blog. We are very lucky to have her as guest designer for another Freaking scrappy challenge … – I had no idea at the time I asked her that she had so much else going to challenge her own and other’s creativity. So nice to meet new friends to inspire us !!
Here is my layout based on her sketch:
We have a new challenge over at another Freaking scrappy challenge … and it is to scrap a treasured Thanksgiving memory for you, DO NOT USE THE COLOUR ORANGE anywhere in the layout. Ha ha!! If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving – how about scrapping what you are thankful for, or why not scrap a family reunion or gathering????
The photos of my layout look quite orange – but I’ve used Sassafrass Paper Crush, and the papers are a golden yellow.
I am grateful for my children. Since I was a child myself, I always wanted to have 6 children, I am blessed with 5!!!
Here is my layout for the challenge:
And over at Stuck Sketches they have added a new sketch for December. Here is my take on the sketch, again using Sassafrass Paper Crush papers:
Here are Mary and Scratch in a layout done with Sassafrass Paper Crush Heartsick Cure papers for a challenge at Bird is the Word using the word adore. Mary used to hug Scratchie when she was mad at me, or if I hurt her feelings when correcting her and tell Scratch that she was her real Mommy – especially making sure that I heard her say that when she was angry with me. Was pretty cute.
I used the sketch this week at Sketchy Thursday as inspiration for my layout!!!
The latest challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous is all about the season, and using a tag and glitter. Love how Lea and Theresa challenge us to use up our stash!!! Come on over and play along with us, we always have so much fun there!!
Here is my layout for the challenge using October Afternoon Tinsel and Falling Snow papers. It features our son Chris Pennington with Pierre Bolduc as the real Santa. Pierre used to work with me, and he used to play Santa at our Squadron children’s parties. He also came to our home a couple of Christmas Eves. He always called Chris and his sister Mary by name, and they were convinced he was the real Santa.