Saturday, July 21, 2012

Country Cousins

My sister had a new camera...
So we dressed all of our children in kakis and bluejean (so typical for the 90's!) and headed to a family friend's property with a cool vintage truck and wagon wheels and then... attempted the impossible...getting all of the children looking in one direction and smiling at once:)
Four families, 10 children and lots of patience later this is our cousin photo shoot.
Cool statistic, I had 4 children, my sister 3, one brother had 2, and the other brother had 1 child. I love silly family statistics, probably because my dad was an accountant so we are always counting things. We eventually added 4 more grandchildren to the mix:)
All of the children in the 8x10 portraits are mine:)









The layout details:
Don't you love it when you have materials laying around for ages and then you find the perfect use for them:)
I had this background paper in my stash just waiting for a layout.
This fabulous stitched border was the same on both sides.
I double matted the photos with cream & taupe or copper. This was my first time to use metal and I love it! I traced the chipboard flourish images and hand cut the metal flourishes. The large chipboard flourishes were colored with sienna, distressed red, and copper ink. Punched stars with pop dots complete the look.

And there you have it...another One Event/One Design creation by me:)






















Friday, July 13, 2012

Another rainy day...

Why do we aways wish them away?

We had a drought last year...this year we have prayed our area into a swamp! 
It has been raining for days but today the pool finally filled up completely, spilling over the edges if you stick even a pinky toe into the water!
Our rainy day adventure began with Grandad giving Annabelle a push in her "coup coup" (as she calls her cozy coup) while he brought in the garbage can. 
If only she would always be impressed with such simple adventures!




Look at the size of our Texas raindrops!



 I couldn't resist a photo shoot with my girls to brighten up another rainy day:)







 Annabelle loves to march around the jacuzzi to the elephants marching song from Jungle Book:)





On a more serious note I have been reflecting on the over abundance of rain we currently have and the lack of rain in the west. Some here are trapped by flooding and some there are fleeing fires. The worst of our human nature sometimes demands that we wish for whatever is NOT at any given moment. If in those moments if we would look around the world we will usually find that our lot is the better option. 

So today my yard may be like a boggy swamp which means I can't mow for weeks, the weeds will spring up faster than I can pull them, and the mosquitos will hatch by the millions... 

BUT...I am not fleeing a fire, my home is safe, my grass is green, we are not on water rations,
and even our Texas heat seems bearable. I am grateful for the rain and pray for those who need it. We are often tested by the inequality in life, but if everything were perfect and equal we would have no need of each other's compassion, service, and prayers, which are the best of our human nature.

p.s. in 2015 I finally created scrapbooking layouts of these photos:)
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-rainy-day.html

Monday, July 2, 2012

Patriotic festive displays

When I first began scrapbooking I was ruthless about cutting out backgrounds until I discovered that I was cutting out a piece of our history! I now take background photos with abandon:) These types of pictures tell us about our culture and traditions, silly and serious. 











The hairy feet are my unfortunate nephew who was out numbered:)



Look around your festivities and notice the things that make the event festive and record even the seemingly trivial like those plastic cups! Those cups tell the story of an ever expanding family, too many dishes to wash, conserving the planet by not using paper, a mometo of an event, and the family legend that Crossley's will drink out of any cup they find so you better have your name on yours:) See what I mean.....and you probably thought why the plastic cup picture?

Happy Festive Freedom Day!