Thursday, February 23, 2012

Outside The Box

Whew! It's been almost two weeks since I posted? Where has the time gone?! Well I'm back with another "Outside The Box" post. As I'm going through memorabilia that I've hoarded set aside, I thought I would share the ways that I am putting them in my scrapbooks so others may enjoy them instead of sitting in a box in the back of a closet/storage area.

Here is a piece of artwork that my son made in third grade. Isn't it sweet? Of course every bit of art that my son made I feel that way about and that is why I've been having such a hard time weeding through it. And I'm pretty sure that is one of the big reasons why I have been procrastinating sorting through the massive amounts of artwork/schoolwork that my son brought home during elementary school. I'm thinking that other weeny moms like me can relate. ;-)

This particular piece of artwork was another one that was too large to fit on a typical scrapbook page. So I took advice that was given in a video on Two Peas In A Bucket. I took a picture of it, had it printed in a 5x7 print and placed that on the layout. Easy peasy!

I have other ideas for more memorabilia that I've gone through. So stay tuned! :-)

I wish everyone plenty of Tender Loving Care from those they love!

Thanks for looking in!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Finally, after having the winter halfway over (on the calendar anyway) we got snow. This year had been unusual in that it has remained mild and relatively dry for most of the winter. On my birthday at the end of January it was a whopping 54 degrees! Never do I recall the temperature being so mild in January. Well, except for in 1978, the night before the Great Blizzard, the thermometer worked it's way into the 50's. I remember my mom saying, "There is no way that a blizzard is in the forecast.". The next morning, the snow and ice was beating against the house the likes we had never seen before and haven't since.

I'm really sounding like an old-timer. :-/

So last night, we got our first substantial snowfall of the season. And by that I mean a few inches. Here are some pictures:

Dang, but that light is bright!

And here are some shots I took this morning.

And here is our forsythia bush,

with a couple of little blooms.

According to this weeks forecast, the snow and cold will not last for much longer. Which I suppose is not too bad.

I'm ready for Spring. :-)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Outside The Box

For the past month or so, I've been wading through my paper clutter trying to get it under control. At times it was overwhelming. Especially when I would come across one shoebox after another full of memorabilia. Shredding receipts and sending piles of magazines off to the recycling bin felt freeing. I was actually doing very well with that. But when it comes to the things that holds precious memories, how do you part with them? I'm still trying to figure it out and I thought I would share some ways that I am coping (if you want to call it that) with the memorabilia.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran across an art project that was completed by my son (actually his Sunday School teachers) when he was four years old. I had set it aside thinking that I would frame it. But I put it up in a closet and forgot about it for over a decade. *gulp*

This particular piece of art was on legal size paper. Too large to fit into a 12 x 12 scrapbook. Since I've had it hidden away for so long I did not want to fold it up and tuck it away. So (light-bulb-moment) I cut it apart.

These little feet are now BIG feet. :-) 

I think buttons are so cute on a page like this. And I'm still digging the October Afternoon/Echo Park products that Santa brought me for Christmas. :-)

I've got some ideas for more memorabilia that I have hoarded set aside. So stayed tuned....

I wish everyone will have good memories! :-)

Thanks for looking in!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Here it is the day after the Super Bowl, and for some people you might as well say that it is the day after Christmas. Or the day after insert major life event.

For us, it was relatively quiet. We had plans to watch it at my sister-in-law's house with extended family, but the flu decided to make it's untimely appearance. Actually, the flu should never make it's appearance. But it doesn't work that way. :-( Hubby woke up sick and pretty much stayed in bed or on the couch all day. Even though he wasn't feeling well at all, nothing can keep him from watching the Super Bowl. Me? I watch it for the commercials. And sometimes the halftime show, depending on who the performer is.

Here are a few of our favorite commercials:


and especially this:

This last commercial featuring Clint Eastwood for Chrysler, I feel, spoke honestly of the sentiment being felt in the United States. Especially here in the midwest. I had read on the internet today that some "talking heads" in the Republican Party felt that this commercial was Pro-Obama. I do not like to discuss politics especially on this blog, but I felt that that was a reach. When viewing this commercial, I did not think in terms of Democrat or Republican. I thought in terms of what it was like to be an American. And even though she has blemishes and a few bumps and bruises and maybe even a wrinkle here and there, America is beautiful. And I'm proud to be one. And this commercial reminded me of why I am proud. :-)

Okay, stepping off my soap box. Back to reality. Back to nursing hubby back to health and sanitizing my house. :-P

Hope that everyone has something that they can be proud of.

Thanks for looking in!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.

Paul "Bear" Bryant