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Once upon a time, for about 25 years, in the 70’s and 80’s and early 90’s mostly, I really enjoyed the process of making photo albums. This was an activity that “sparked joy”. The albums have been seen with some regularity over time, and do help to retrieve memories of those years.  However, there are some enthusiasm gaps in the taking of photos, and also an under developed system of organizing the photos that I wish to use for artwork inspiration (good composition, usually outdoors, some architectural things, and candid people and pets, usually with good light).

Also….. The digital age altered the way photos were taken and shared and stored. I miss having a camera with a view finder that is braced against my face, showing me the artistic choice of cropping that I have made. Taking photos with a phone is very random with glare on the screen and wobbly aiming. Easy to delete the poor ones, however. So I have boxes of negatives/prints and also boxes of CDs/prints, and both are obsolete. Drat.

Fast forward to 2019. Husband has retired and moved his office space into the room that held those boxes of photos, some of the albums, and plenty of other catch all debris. My “some day I’ll get to that project” has arrived! The big box of Christmas wrapping paper (taking up a lot of realstate) was easy to largely  elliminate and move elsewhere. We decided that one Norfolk Pine in the room, would do better than six, and there was no rule saying ” you must care for these trees for the rest of your life”. So, abra kadabra…. out they went. And now, I am knee deep in the overhaul photos project.


The earliest old albums are the peel- back -the -plastic- and- stick- photos on -page type. The pages have yellowed along edges and are falling away from the spine. The photos are of surprisingly poor quality (clarity, color, size of people lacking), with most photos stuck like the devil to the adhesive holding it to the page. So I’ve been ruminating on the problem  (sometimes when I am supposed to be clearing my mind during meditation practice).

I’ve decided that I don’t like the traditional ways that photo albums are usually done. Even in the digital age (send digital files to a printer- book version), photos are usually arranged around special events or family chronology. For a while I thought about saving the favorite (iconic) photos in a (pretty) box in no particular order. A special wooden box (with a lid) holding a managable number of photos was enjoyed at my in-laws house (in the 90’s), so I have some fond memories of identifying the what-where-who as we poured through the treasure.



Very hands on! Which is the very thing I need to get the project going in a fun way. Albums are so wonderful to share, and are a joy to create. Can I get that joyful feeling back? Maybe???

I have ordered new Creative Memories albums. In the meantime, I am going through all of it. Old yucky albums, cardboard boxes, and manila envelopes. I have a plan. It will be shared with you next month. This will keep me honest about getting it done!

Creative Memories Album


This recipe was created by Addison Osta Smith, who won MasterChef Junior. Recipe for Lemon Pea Pesto: In a food processor or blender combine 2 c. frozen peas(thawed),1/2 c. olive oil, 3 T. lemon juice, 1 T. lemon zest, and 1 clove of minced garlic. Process until smooth. Transfer to bowl and add 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. This can be served with pasta or rice or quinoa. Enjoy.


Pendulum Swinging

Pendulum Swinging

Politics also go through a seasonal cycle, but instead of the sweet and nurturing circle we experience within seasons of the year, political climates are right and left, pendulum swinging back and forth. The trapeze is up so very high! The political tribes have opposite view points on so many things – Are rules for the… Continue Reading

The weather promises to change


Can you guess which one of these images represents December and which one represents March?   Which image is April and which is October?     I have been creating small (10X14) abstract artwork for each month of the year. I use a combinatiion of hand painted and commercial fabrics. All applique and quilting is done… Continue Reading

If the Power Goes Out

After a week of enjoying 2 hours a day of Spring garden cleanup, Winter has returned for a bit. The power is not likely to fail, but what if it did? Some artists work without power tools of any kind – colored pencil, paint, markers, etc. to render an image, as long as there is day light.… Continue Reading