A Challenge and Privilege

My friend Heather sent me a box a few week ago and has asked me to put her old family albums into a scrapbook. The box arrived and all I can say is that I have never seen such organization in these albums.  Many of the photos have names written on them, as well as the year. These albums are really a beautiful testimony to this family, but sad to say that the actual albums are falling apart. It is now my privilege to put them in a new one (or two or three).

My current project

My current project

Check out the amazing organization!

Check out the amazing organization!

Today was the day  to get started. I am inspired! I am literally taking the photos by year and transposing them. These photos range in size from 2×3 all the way up to 4×6 so far.  The photos begin about 1939, I am currently just completely 1942 so I have a few more years to go. It is a challenge when you are scrapbooking for someone else, guessing the style they might like, hoping they are happy, also not really knowing the stories behind the photos. It is interestng to see little things written on the back of the pictures though, and the story can start to come alive. As you continue on,  seeing the children growing in the pictures, the happy faces on their wedding day , the people start to live. This project is truly a privilege. So today is the beginning, I look forward to the journey and I hope you follow me as I continue this adventure.

Title page

Title page

1339

1939

 

1941

1941

1940

1940

1940

1940

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Wilson Family Movies

Our family is so fortunate to have old movies that my Grandpa took in the 1950’s and 60’s. A few years ago my oldest brother put them onto DVD, which was a real undertaking. With them being so old, they were very brittle and would break when they were put into the projector. As a kid growing up it was a real treat so be able to watch them up on the big screen. To see my mom as a little girl visiting the London Zoo, seeing my great Grandparents, watching my grandpa drive across the brand new Trail Bridge. These movies are pretty special. A few of my grandparents friends have shown some interest in wanting to see the old movies so my aunt has decided to throw a movie night. Today I worked on the invitation, I even included a few pictures from the film.

Wilson Cinema

Wilson Cinema

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Trail market

Yesterday was the first market I have ever entered. I have to say I had such a great time. Karen and I had a blast chatting and visiting with all of our friends that came down and supported us. We had a great spot with lots of shade and a nice cool breeze from the river. I should have taken more pictures. I will next time for sure!
The biggest sellers were the post it holders and the note traps. So guess what I am making the next two weeks! We will see what else I come up with for the next one. I look forward to the next one. So much fun.
But I have to say a big thank you to Spenny for the help. He came and picked me up with all my stuff, went and got Karens things and then helped unload and set up. THANK YOU Spencer!

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Something new

Tried something new today. I have been looking at mixed media art for a while and I decided to attempt it. Browsing Pinterest, there are many mixed media artists that use many elements to bring their art work to life.
For this piece I used a dollar store canvas and leftovers from other projects. I wanted this to be a project that i could learn from, how the materials work together and react to the gesso. When you gesso over a blue flower for example it takes on a purple hue, the butterflies were a coloured wood so the colour bled when the gesso was applied over top. The doilies, when modge podged on the canvas,were delicate so you have to be careful they don’t tear.
For my next attempt I will gather the pieces and use them specific for the design.

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Trail Market

Yesterday my friend Karen came by so we can look at the calendar and plan for the Trail Market on the Esplanade. We have decided to enter for July 19th, August 2, 16th and 30th.
Now the panic starts. Have I made enough, is there enough variety, will people like it?
Last night and today I got busy and finished my flyers and my business cards. Then I started on some new birdhouses.
Every time I make new ones I add them to my favourites and I want to keep them all! I completed four today and have three more still to decorate, here is a sneak preview of a few that will be for sale next week. Wow next week! And the panic sets in again!
Hope to see you there. We will on the river side on the grass. Please come by and say hi!

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Craft Fair

So once again it has been a little while since I posted, but I wanted to let you know what I have been up to.
I am getting ready to go in a craft show here in Trail. It isn’t really a craft show, more of a market. Trail started this last year and a fried asked me to join her so. I am thrilled with the idea!

So I have been busy card making, decoupaging, painting. Just having fun.
Anyway I made a sign, got a table and decided to try a set up to see how it would look. Some have seen the picture but I thought I would share it for those who haven’t

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We plan to enter this month, in about 2 weeks, once the heat isn’t insane! I will update my post once it has taken placed and show you how the booth turned out. Excited to give it a try.
Last night my friend, Karen, asked me to make a gift for a friend she is going to see next week so I was busy today working on it. Pretty happy with how it turned out. I am almost a pro at these now, only take about 2 hours now start to finish including rolling the flowers and drying time.

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Bird house

I know you have seen the tea boxes and the tissue boxes I have been decorating, but since I have been on this roll doing decoupage, I decided to just keep going.
Last week, a friend gave me a little wooden bird house. I have seen them at the store. They come plain, just like the tea boxes, but I never gave it much thought to spruce them up. So now I have this plain wood bird house. I need to get my creative juices flowing, as usual I turn to Pinterest. Being inspired, I decide to give it a try.
After decoupaging and embellishing the first one, I had to run out and get more. (The first one is the little one in the front). I am loving these! It’s like decorating but way more fun!
I am not sure of the boys like that they haven’t seen me in days, or are getting concerned that my only time out of the house is when they drive me to get more craft supplies. Which reminds me, I need to head to the store tomorrow to buy more bird houses.

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