Been working on a few layouts for Scraptivity’s February kit. Nostalgic papers, can’t reveal them right now, but I couldn’t help but make a couple of layouts of Mom and Dad’s wedding with the papers.
Well, you know the rest. Reminiscing. Missing Mom especially. Not that I don’t care about my Dad, but he’s been gone 16 years now. Mom is still fresh. Not even a year since she is gone.
It’ll get better, I know.
Well, I was tasked for meet the requirements for a challenge from Scraptivity, today is the deadline. I have sent it in. Wish me luck!
Here is their website address: http://www.scraptivity.com/ They specialize in mail order scrapbooking supplies, and offer a generous monthly kit, amongst other products.
The challenge: to provide a product that reflects myself and incorporates the use of inchies. Their description of inchies is: “Inchies are 1×1 inch squares. Inchies can sometimes be described as miniature pieces of art but they can be anywhere from plain to completely embellished”. Well, my inchies are one inch photo representations of myself at various times of the last 5 decades of my life. Well, actually, THE five decades of my life. I was 51 this past March!
Here it is:
It was both fun and nerve-wracking to produce. Nerve-wracking because I am being judged on my work. Surely they can’t be harder on me than I am on myself. But, aren’t we all like that?
The journalling reads:
“I was a very shy and quiet child. I wasted too much of my life feeling like I don’t measure up in some way, or that I needed to excel. Too much time wasted when I could have just enjoyed whatever I was doing for the sake of doing it. I never learned to really laugh at myself until I was in my in my twenties. Thirty was a crisis point for me. I had always wanted a family, and didn`t have any sign of having one, was single and cried the whole day of my birthday. Forty was great. I figured, `well now they have to start taking me seriously, I`m not a kid anymore`. I had five children by then. Little did I know that the best was yet to come. Fifty was a non-event, wasn`t a huge thrill to achieve. But then I started to realize that in reality, I had achieved a confidence I didn`t think I`d ever achieve. I wouldn`t change a thing.”
Wouldn’t it be great to still have a great body and be incredibly attractive at the same time as you achieve some confidence in life?
That’s what is cooking on the stove right now. Not quite five minutes before the dumplings are cooked and the meal is ready to serve.
Chris and Scott turned vegetarian while I was out west in Victoria end May-beginning June this year. Upset me at first, because I loved to cook meals for my boy. He loved my big burgers, turkeys and beef or turkey stews. Was very depressed and almost cried the first time I went out grocery shopping after I came home from my trip. Oh well, it’s a healthy choice for them, but it changed a lot of things for me. Lonely eating my meals now. But learning to find and cook some healthy choices that Scott, Chris and Mary (who has been vegetarian for years) would all like, and keep their protein intake a healthy level.
School days in Florenville and Marville
Been sorting through old photos of Mom’s and my own while sorting through her estate. These are a few that I found and scrapbooked using Sassafrass products (my new favourite find). This is a Vicki Boutin design. I attended her class at Scrapbook Academy on June 13 this year. One of 3 layouts.
Coincidentally was contacted by Rob Zimmer whose family was in Marville with our family in the 60s. So good to hear from him. He and my twin Gary were good friends back in 2nd and 3rd grade. His sister Cheryl had contacted me a few months back, which I was glad of!
Will write again soon, getting very very very sleepy.
Was out in the pool for the first time this year today. Arm work back and forth and laps. Only 68 degrees, but OK once you get totally immersed. Hmm, guess you can say that about a lot of things we try in life.
Mom’s house was listed this week. Someone’s been through and interested already. Hope it goes soon, as it is hard to go in and out some days. But if it does take its time to sell, well, it does.
Had a scrapbook class with Vicki Boutin yesterday. Don’t care to try the one technique again (Perfect Pearls Pigments), but enjoyed the chipboard album class. Will use a lot of those techniques and built some of those periodically now. Interesting textures, earthy feel.
Behind posting some photos and layouts. Will get some up soon!!!
Had to run twice, it was so fleeting.
First the tops of the trees were like they had been painted gold.
Then the colour was gone as fast as the sun had painted the gold.
I went back in the house.
My son Chris called from downstairs – look at the orange!
I ran again with my camera.
Again, gone as fast as it came.
My daughter, Mary had been out with her friends and had taken her camera. She said she took some of her own photos as fast as she could. I’m looking forward to seeing hers.
Nice distraction, although I’d spent the rest of the day fairly pleasantly making thank you cards for the kindnesses shown our family while we grieved the loss of our mother.
Trying to make sense of it all.
And that’s just me. Intensify it a million times for my mother.
Please God, give Mom the peace and resolve she needs.
This is me. Anne Pennington. Mom, photographer, scrapbooker, publisher, sister, daughter, wife, friend, student, advocate, teacher and I don’t mind a party either.