I actually finished it this year. Most years I take the photos, have the album and embellishments and don't get it put together. So I was pretty excited to finish and love even more that the family has taken note of it a few times. I won't subject you to twenty-five photos, but here are the highlights:
The page layout was inspired by the scrapbooker who started DD originally, unfortunately I am not very savy with digital design and am also new to my Mac so I was quite pleased to have gotten this far creating the basic layout.
As we come to the end of the holiday season, I thought I would post up a few highlights of some of our favorite moments. Christmas tree hunting and family photo. Christmas cards and decorating Holiday baking Christmas Eve snow play Christmas Eve Christmas Day And because I am always taking the photos...a few self portraits [proof of life] thanks to my favorite iPhone. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holiday!
Finally! The project which began Tuesday evening is finally complete. It would be simple to use the clearance boxed cards that have been with the Christmas decorations for years, but I try each year (except for last year) to make handmade cards. The more simple, the better and office supplies are usually a must. And great ambiance is a bonus.
We finally made it out today to find our Christmas tree and this year I thought it appropriate to go in style... The family was even quite cooperative for a few photos as well. And the usual fun and games began.
Isn't she beautiful? This years photos just make my heart smile!
As we transition into another season, I thought I would capture just a small glimpse of our fall season and the beginning of Project 40. The first couple months of Project 40 I have really focused on reconnecting. Mostly with those I hold dearly but also with who I am and what makes me happy. No miraculous changes, just pointing in the right direction for how I hope the coming year to unfold.
Again, this is only a snap-shot of October and November so it does not include my wonderful conversations over lunch at Cappies Brewhouse in Albany or dinner at Chevy's. Both of which I hold dearly.
Reconnecting for me is also about establishing relationships with new acquaintances and friends I may only see once a year.
Reconnecting is also about rediscovering myself and finding happiness and health. This quest is not necessarily about change and turning life upside down, but finding happiness and laughter right where it has been all along.
I've always had a soft spot for paint-by-numbers paintings. Something about the layered look of the colors and soft edges. Two years ago I came across this painting at a local antique shop and fell in love with the color palette and the fact it was painted years ago by a woman named Gladys. I added another last year and this years Coburg Antique Fair yielded a few more. This began what is now a small but personally curated collection of paintings. Unfortunately they sat in a closet until recently when I finally grouped them together and hung them in our entryway.
I love the calming soft color palette which greets us as we come through the front door. What have you been collecting lately that deserves to be dusted off and displayed proudly?