Thursday, June 26, 2008
Thanks to Patricia at pve design for allowing me to post her
beautiful watercolor illustrations.
I thought they would be perfect to set the tone,
as I head out for a weekend excursion
the little ferry only fits 5 cars at a time
the ferry isn't much bigger than this lobstah boat
There are no hotels on the island
My Aunt's friends are all graciously opening up their homes to all the visitors
This is a charming cottage -
I think the cottages on the island are a little bigger.
This is what I imagine BG & Sam will look like when they emerge from the
we will be so sad to leave the island paradise
if it were August, we could bring home those delicious, tiny, maine blueberries
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
i am so excited
by kirtsy editor, kareym,
who is also the author of the clever, entertaining, thought provoking blog,
kareym ― posted 5 hours ago
this boost comes at a very good time because i
received the dreaded thin envelope the other day
but i am ok with it now
one door closes and another opens
here is my open door
funny how life works out
let's see what happens next
my etsy shop and my business, mrr design, are like the
little engine that could...
i am going to keep chugging up the hill
hugs, hugs, hugs to karey m in jordan
fuel from the middle east!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Show and tell is almost finished
just want to inspire any of you readers out there
journals do not need to be elaborate
all you need is a little organization
a place to put some pictures
and a few words
these hiking pictures are terrific
when Isabel hiked in the White Mountains as a camper
she stayed in the AMC huts.
(Appalachian Mountain Club)
The huts have guest books and
Isabel found my name from 1970 when I stayed in the Madison Hut
as a hiker with Camp Asquam
kinda cool -
it makes it so easy to tell stories later
you know how kids love to hear stories about their parents
prompts like pictures and words help spur the memories
they did become a bit of chore for Isabel as she grew up
it became a "mom thing"
oh well -
glad we have the early ones
Thursday, June 19, 2008
these are some of the early summer journals
2 1/2 feet ago
my little girl is now 5' 7"
my sweetie pie liked school - can you tell?
but she liked other stuff too
she was and still is a HUGE Harry Potter fan
She is writing about her excitement about the next book
kickball and bicycling and swimming jumped to center stage
and this sweet poem.
If you still have little ones,
these journals are such wonderful keepsakes.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
a how-to project
Here is a project for any of you going on fun adventures to new places.
It is so easy to make one of these very special journals.
You don't need any fancy supplies,
just construction paper, lined paper and a manilla envelope.
Anybody can make these fun travel journals
do the writing on the trip and add the bits and pieces later.
Collect all your ticket stubs, maps, pamphlets, napkins etc
and save in a large manilla envelope
use a glue stick and construction paper
then cover each sheet with laminating paper
hole punch and tie together with ribbon or twine.
The rough garden twine looked good 10 years ago,
but over time, but it started to disintegrate
so ribbon is probably a better choice
So easy and a wonderful record of a great trip
memories stay alive
my daughter can't wait to go back to Paris
she is quite a francophile now
and her french is very good
so much better than my school
girl french was on our trip
we went again the next year - but
we cannot find the journal - i hope it turns up...
isabel had her first sleep-over in France -
the bedroom window looked out on the Eiffel Tower
man oh man - what a lucky girl
Isabel is holding up Sly - a beloved beanie baby (remember them)
We lost him on a rainy day on our way to the Museum of Natural History.
A kind soul, probably another mother, plucked him from a puddle
and placed him on a bannister
We retraced our steps and we were almost ready to give up when I turned around
voila, Sly, waiting for us at that very spot.
the ever present umbrella
Isabel and I had a pact: something for mom, something for Is
usually, a playground, then a fabric store,
the zoo, then a fabric store...
love the spelling
fort in the hotel
and the best part of all, the double-decker bus
always the top and the seat in the front
we were regulars on the #22
tried to get
a fun Christmas card photo at Nelson's Column
The journals were much less elaborate in the beginning
a few words
but still lots of fun to look at as a teenager
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
kids can't get enough when it comes to reading about themselves
or looking at old photographs
When my daughter started to go away to summer camp
I created a camp journal each summer.
It is so much fun to reread these journals.
You see how your camper grows
summer to summer.
I loved summer camp
and so did my daughter.
I gave camp journals to friend's daughters when they were about
to embark on their first camp experience.
I think the campers liked them; I know the mothers did.
So I decided to create more and sell them.
You can find them at Sea Beans in Wilton
along with the Summer Journals for the younger children,
or through my etsy shop.
create your very own record
of summer fun near the mountains, lakes or oceans
food in the dining hall you liked and disliked
activities you liked and disliked
and l0ts of room for doodles, pictures, badges, awards
Monday, June 16, 2008
so much fun to read years later
lots of sun and fun in the months ahead,
swimming, biking, hiking,
As soon as my daughter could write I started making her summer journals.
I now sell them at Sea Beans in Wilton, Connecticut
and through my etsy shop.
Here are some photos of the journal.
The photos are not the best quality,
but you get the idea
clear plastic to protect the cover
lots of fill-in the blanks
easy to write - fun to read years later
especially fun to see the changes in penmanship
and activities of interest
today's buzz page
writing prompts from the writing wizard
A map to mark the States in books that your child reads
or the States that you visit on your summer vacation.
Draw a map of your travels.
Sorry, international folks, a world map next year.
this was always a favorite - chart the high temperature of the day
and draw a graph at the end of the summer
We also recorded the high and low temperature each day
and then figured the average
good for the math skills!
Tomorrow I will show you the camp journals
and then later in the week...
guess you will just have to come back and visit!