Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Scrapbooking for Family

For my cousin Josh's wedding to Jessica last November, I made this recipe book for them titled "Favorite Family Recipes" It is a culmination of my favorite things: cooking, scrap booking and photography. You can do this too, it is that easy and really fun, a little time-consuming but worth it!

I first printed out recipe cards from the Internet (so that they would all match) and then sent them out to all the women on Josh's side of the family. I asked them to send me 3-5 of their favorite recipes and a picture of themselves. I then laid out the book. Their picture went on the first page and the recipes followed. One person even found VERY old pictures of long-gone relatives and included them along with recipes and a brief history of how they were related to Josh--I included those as well.

Since the newlyweds aren't close in proximity to most of our family I thought it was a fun way to introduce ourselves to Jessica and to give her a little "taste" of our family. The last few pages were a collage of pictures of Josh growing up with many of us.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Easy Knitted Hats

Here's something a little different...I have been knitting since I was about 5 years old. I have mastered the fine art of "knit" and "purl", I can whip up a mean Barbie sleeping bag and tube top (not sure that they go together, but whatever), I can make a long, very long scarf, I can make afghans (4 baby ones and 1 toddler size this year already) I can even make you a washcloth (the best darn washcloth you'd ever use), I can NOT however do anything other than "knit" and "purl"! I have books and magazines that I pour over and wish, wish, wish I had the patience to learn a new stitch, I'd be really happy just to figure out how to read a pattern. So when it comes to finding a pattern, it has to be easy and only use knit and purl.

I love Debbie Macomber and one of my favorite series of books is the Blossom Street books about a yarn shop and all that goes on there. In conjunction with Leisure Arts, Debbie Macomber has written 4 (that I know of) pattern books that go along with her book series-clever idea! I read pattern books like I do cookbooks and novels (and People Magazine)--from cover to cover. One of them had this cute pattern for these hats and since it has only knit and purl stitches, I knew for sure that I could handle it. Arin liked them as well and wanted me to make a few for his friends for Christmas. These are a few of the hats that I made. If you can knit and purl, you should pick up one of these pattern books and give 'er a try. Each one takes me about 2 nights to whip up and I'm so excited to have something new to add the repertoire!

"Knit Along with Debbie Macomber" back on Blossom Street A Leisure Arts Publication

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, 2009

Merry Christmas one and all!  Our local scrap book store The Paper Studio had a fun idea this year.  Starting in September, they had a class every week to make a Christmas card, when you went in to make it, you actually made 3 of the same card, this went on for 12 weeks, so in the end you had 36 homemade cards to send to your friends.  What a great idea!!  Now if I only could have made it to more than 7 weeks, I would have had 36 cards done instead of a measly 21, oh well, better luck next year!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Special Memories

Since I was young, I have always had an interest in photography. Maybe not "photography" so much as just taking pictures and recording memories. I found an album dated 1974 that my mom wrote "Anne's first roll of film developed". It was very miscellaneous-pictures of my brother, cat, dog, friends, camp, trees, etc.

I have been going through all of our old albums with the "magnetic" pages and carefully extracting the photos that are meaningful to me and putting them into new books to preserve for years to come. It has been so much fun looking back and reminiscing about the times I had growing up.

When I was born, I was preceded by 4 girl cousins, 2 on each side of the family. So many of the pictures were of holidays and vacations spent with these 4 women and we had so many great times that I thought, "maybe I should make a copy of some of these pictures to send to them". Then I decided that was a cop out. Since I love scrap booking, I should do something with the photos before I send them out, not just pop them in an envelope. So what started as just a copy of a photo turned into 4 wonderful little books filled with photos and thoughts.

Each book is "cousin" specific with mostly photos of them and myself. I don't remember much before the age of 3, but then a lot of those memories came flooding back and I spent hours pouring through them and picking the right ones to include, ones that I actually remember doing- not just a memory from a photo.. The title on the cover says: "These are what my memories are made of". My hope is that the photos bring back memories for each of my cousins and take them to a place of remembering how much fun we had and how much we loved each other.

During this "project" I have also come across so many funny things. Like the handbook from the hospital where I was born that instructed new mothers to 1. Shut the window 2. Stop smoking and 3. hang up the phone 10 minutes before your baby was to come to your room for a feeding.

Not all families have nearly the pictures that we do--we are shutter bugs many generations back. But I'm so glad to have the photos and all the memories that go with them. The boys each have a digital camera and it is funny how they take them everywhere with them and rush home to print out the pictures. My Grandmother (Mimi) would be very proud! Print