Favorite Childhood Toys Part 1 – Rebel on a Pink Scooter

Do you remember what your favorite childhood toy was? For Christmas 2009, I made an altered art book for my mom and dad, and inside one of the pockets is a list of our family members’ favorite childhood toys.

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I contacted each family member and asked them to share their memories.  I was able to print out the lists on a small scale so they’d fit into the book. You can check out that blogpost here.

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Here are some of the family members in 2012 at my mom and dad’s 60th wedding anniversary party.

After I gave the altered art book to my folks, I never read the list again, until now. What a treasure trove! Reading through these favorite childhood toys is lifting my spirits this holiday season. I don’t know why, but all the hustle and bustle makes me feel neurotic–I mean excited.

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This series will feature the various favorite childhood toys from three generations and hopefully some favorites from the fourth generation. They’re children nowadays.

For starters, today’s post features one family member’s favorite toys: April, my oldest daughter. Her answer was long enough and entertaining enough to be a blog post in and of itself, so here we go:

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April – Age Four – Long before she became a rebel on a pink scooter!

April – Born in 1981 – In her own words:

I couldn’t for the life of me remember what my fave toy was, so I used the handy-dandy internet to help jog my memory. Lo and behold, the good ole days came flooding back, and I couldn’t choose just one!

Do I pick My Little Pony or She-ra? Pound Puppies or Glow Worm Friends (they totally glowed in the dark!), my pogo stick or my Rainbow Brite doll?

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Vintage My Little Pony

Here are the top three, in no particular order:

  1. My red-headed Cabbage Patch doll I took everywhere. I don’t remember her name, but she did tattoo her boyfriend’s name, “Xavier Roberts,” to her booty. I think this was a cry for help.

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2.  My Strawberry Shortcake music box. I loved to wind her up and watch her dance in her box. Although, her dance moves looked more like convulsions, but I guess I’d dance that way, too, if I was stuck in a box all day.

3. My scooter. It was light pink with white, thick rubber wheels. I’m not talking about these lame Razor scooters with the tiny, wimpy wheels. My scooter had sturdy jump-off-the-curb-and-land-without-breaking-your-leg type of wheels. I’m talking shock absorption.

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My scooter glided me around my neighborhood, leaving the cares of the world behind. Yep, those were the days. I was a rebel. A rebel with a pink scooter!

April is married with two children. She came up with a new holiday drink called The George Bailey, so I recorded her explaining how to make it (Note: It’s a grownup drink):

If you’re not familiar with George Bailey, he’s the main character in the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. It’s one of my favorite movies. Here’s a trailer:

“George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all — and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?”

So, what was your favorite childhood toy/toys? What made it your favorite? Have you seen It’s a Wonderful Life? 

Please share your thoughts in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.

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How to Barbecue a Turkey on a Weber Kettle BBQ – So Easy and Yummy

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Barbecue a turkey this holiday season. It’s scrumptious!

Lucky me. Ever since George learned how to barbecue a turkey, I haven’t had to cook one. It’s perfect since he enjoys barbecuing and I don’t, plus we all love the moist, smokey flavor.

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I asked George aka Gramps to share his instructions for barbecuing a turkey on his Weber kettle BBQ, so he was kind enough to jot down the directions so I could share it with my blog peeps.

Note: We don’t stuff the turkey if we BBQ it because when we tried this, the stuffing had too much smoke flavor. Instead, we cook the stuffing separately in the oven.

Plan to cook your turkey a total of ten minutes per pound. So, if you have a 13-pound turkey, you will cook it for two hours and 15 minutes.

You Will Need:

First, pick out your turkey. “I think hen turkeys are more tender and have better flavor,” George says. Thirteen pounds and under are usually hen turkeys. Turkeys weighing over 13 pounds are Tom turkeys. Let your turkey thaw out.

A 22 1/2-inch Weber kettle barbecue. George says the 18-inch kettle BBQ isn’t big enough.

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12-inch by 12-inch aluminum pan.

10-pound bag of charcoal. Do not use Match Light charcoal. The lighter fluid in the briquettes will ruin the taste of the turkey.

Peanut oil. If someone has a peanut allergy, you can use another oil that tolerates high heat, such as avocado oil.

Garlic powder.

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Our company arrived, and they brought an appetite!

Now You’re Ready to Begin

Set the aluminum pan on the charcoal rack of the kettle BBQ. Add about one inch of water to the pan.

Put 30 briquettes on each side of the aluminum pan, for a total of 60 briquettes. You’ll be using indirect heat to barbecue the turkey.

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Light the briquettes.

When the briquettes turn to ash (about 15 minutes), you are ready to put the turkey on the top rack.

Briquettes have turned to ash.

While waiting for the briquettes to turn to ash, rub the peanut oil all over the turkey.

Sprinkle with garlic powder.

When the briquettes have turned to ash, set the turkey breast side up on the top rack of the kettle barbecue.

Note: Some people prefer to place the turkey breast side down, but George doesn’t barbecue his that way.

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Next, put the lid of the kettle barbecue over the turkey. Open all vents.

You are going to add more briquettes each hour, so set your timer for 60 minutes. When the timer goes off, put ten briquettes on each side of the pan. This will keep the temperature high enough.

Add 10 more briquettes to each side of aluminum pan. The turkey is browning nicely and will be done in one hour.

Set the timer for another 60 minutes since you will need to add ten more briquettes to each side of the pan when the time is up.

How to Tell When the Turkey is Done

Poke a fork in a breast. If clear liquid runs out, the turkey should be done.

You can also use a meat thermometer. The turkey should be done when it’s 170 degrees in the breast and 180 degrees in the thigh.

Note: Do not hit the bone with the meat thermometer or you’ll get a false reading.

Voila! The turkey is done. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and then carve and enjoy!

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Son-in-law and middle daughter are hungry!

A Turkey Speaks

I have never understood
why anyone would
roast the turkey
and shuck the clams
and crisp the croutons
and shell the peas
and candy the sweets
and compote the cranberries
and bake the pies
and clear the table
and wash the dishes
and fall into bed
when they could sit back
and enjoy a hamburger.
– Anonymous

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“We’re stuffed!”

We ate just enough to feel full and satisfied.

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Youngest daughter is resting before getting ready to go to work.

Do you feel like taking a nap after a Thanksgiving meal? Have you ever had barbecued turkey? What are your plans for this Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?

Wishing you and yours the best Thanksgiving ever!

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Thanksgiving – Family, Fun, Poems, and a Gorgeous Talented Turkey

It’s been 19 years since George and I hosted a big Thanksgiving dinner.

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Our family celebrating Thanksgiving 19 years ago.

Belly Stuffer

Thanksgiving always brings a terrible chore,
‘Cause I’m forced to eat and eat some more.
If I don’t eat it up right down to desert,
I fear the cook’s feelings will be hurt,
So I do my part, even though I suffer;
To help out the others, I’m a belly stuffer.
– Anonymous

Looking back at the picture above, I now realize what a special Thanksgiving it was. At the time, it seemed like an ordinary family holiday. Three of my four siblings and their families, plus my parents and grandmother, celebrated at our house. We ate and laughed and joked and ate and played charades and ate some more.

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My niece, youngest of my parents’ 16 grandchildren

Little did we realize that some of us would be moving away. Get-togethers like this are a rarity now. The kids grew up in a flash, went their own ways, and now the family is more scattered than ever.

My grandmother has since passed away. (We miss you, Grandma). All four of our kids are married and so are many of our nieces and nephews. At the time this family photo was taken, my folks had 16 grandchildren. Now they have 15 great-grandchildren and two more on the way!

Thanksgiving 8000 Calorie Poem

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
– Anonymous

Here’s a short,  cute, and fun video for you:

What a gorgeous turkey and talented, too!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Do you love the hustle and bustle of the season? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’m working on another post for tomorrow on how to barbecue a turkey, George’s favorite way to cook for Thanksgiving.

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How to Make a Therapeutic Heating Bag – Wonderful Idea for Christmas Gifts

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Are you looking for ideas to make for Christmas gifts?

My friend, Maria Cisneros Toth, just uploaded this video tutorial explaining how to make a therapeutic heating bag. They’re something everyone will like, and if we use colorful, fun fabric prints, these will make nice Christmas gifts.

I think my favorite fabric in this video is the mermaid print.

Maria says, “I can’t say enough good stuff about these therapeutic heating bags, which can also double as a cool pack. I purchased my first therapy bag about 20 years ago at a craft fair. In fact, I bought one for my dad, too, and he also loved it.

“The bags are so simple to make, and they also make wonderful gifts any time of the year. Instruction on how to heat/cool these bags is included in this discussion box. Thanks for watching! Happy sewing!”

Maria Explains How to Use Your Microwaveable Heating & Cooling Pack:

1. Lightly spritz both sides of rice filled cloth bag with cool water.

2. Place the therapeutic bag in the microwave and heat for one minute.

3. Carefully remove from microwave and place the bag on the back of your hand to test for its warmth.

4. For additional heat, microwave at 30 second intervals, but DO NOT overheat bag.

5. Place the warm therapeutic pack over clothing on sore muscles.

6. For pocket warmers, lightly spritz small cloth bags and place them in the microwave. Heat at 30 second intervals until warm, usually about one minute. Slip pocket warmers in pockets.

7. Therapeutic bag also doubles as a cooling pack. To use as a cooling pack, place bag in freezer for two hours, or until cooled to your satisfaction.”

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Look at the various fabric prints Maria has used to make these heating bags. She’s giving some as Christmas gifts and is selling some, too.

She gave me one of these heating packs, and let me tell you, it works great to loosen up knots in my neck and shoulders.

Thanks for sharing these with us, Maria.

Maria’s not only a YouTuber, but she’s an author, too.

For those who appreciate excellent children’s literature and enjoy compelling stories mixed with humor and characters you’ll fall in love with, read Butterfly Hollow.

Cover of Butterfly Hollow

“The Great Depression. An innocent man in jail. And something lurks in the woods…

“My name is Charlene Parker. I’m eleven years old and my daddy is behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. The Gator-Man killed Otis Beecher, but no one believes me. Even Momma thinks I’m telling tall tales. But the Gator-Man is as real as the Great Depression. I’ve seen its monster shadow creeping in the woods. What will it take for someone to listen? Another body found down by the creek? If it’s mine, then maybe they’ll finally believe what I already know—my daddy is not a cold-blooded killer.”

Also available as an eBook:

Bio: Maria Cisneros Toth enjoys creating family friendly videos. Her YouTube channel offers plenty of Halloween fun for the entire family, simple crafts, a children’s storytime, store tours and shopping hauls, visits to Disneyland parks, recipes & food reviews, pet rocks, and much more.

She has a background in journalism. Her work, including children’s stories, has appeared in The Los Angeles Times and the San Bernardino Sun. She’s served as a Reading Buddy at local schools and has appeared on Storytime, a children’s television program.

She’s written a historical fiction mystery novel, Butterfly Hollow, and a collection of spooky short stories: Strange, Weird, and Creepy Tales for tweens. Maria also co-wrote two middle grade “Monster Moon” mysteries under the pseudonym, BBH McChiller, Curse at Zala Manor and Secret of Haunted Bog.

Her favorite holiday is Halloween. She enjoys ghostly tales and reading epitaphs at historic graveyards.

Learn more about Maria at www.mariacisnerostoth.com

Do you like to make gifts? Do you appreciate homemade gifts that come from the heart? Do you enjoy children’s literature?

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Friday Funnies From A Funny Family – A Little Giggle Getaway

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My funny family clowning around at son’s 4th birthday party. Yours truly disguised as Buffy the Clown.

Welcome to Friday Funnies. How about a little Giggle Getaway?

I always wanted to be a clown, but everybody just laughed at me.

So, I raised four clowns instead. They, in turned, passed those funny genes on to my grand clowns. So far, there are five funny grand bunnies. We never know what to expect.

This video of grand baby’s lip smacking and funny faces always makes me laugh.

I don’t know which is funnier, my daughter’s laughter or grand baby’s lip smacking and funny expressions. What do you think?

It all started with my mom and dad:

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My mom clowning around a few years ago.

Here’s Dad riding my nephew’s clown bike 15 years ago:

I love being part of a funny, quirky family.

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My son in a rabbit outfit with long arms and freaky big hands, two of my nephews, and middle daughter.

From the bottom upwards: Dad, my sister Pam, me, and my sister Cindy in the early ’80s.

“Families are like Fudge – Mostly sweet with a few nuts.” ~Anonymous

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Should I be worried?

I hope some of these gave you a chuckle or two. If not, you can read this link about When Laughing Isn’t Appropriate.

How about you, do you come from a funny family? Do you like clowns? What makes you laugh?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for visiting. If you enjoyed this post, I’d be tickled if you’d subscribe!

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Goodbye Super Mario Brothers, Pong, and Other Video Games

Do you play video games, or did you play them in the past? My experience playing video games was short lived, and I’ll explain why in a bit.

Do you remember when the first video game came out?

Pong – The beginning of a new global obsession. It first came out as an arcade game by Atari in 1972. Then a home version appeared in time for Christmas 1975. We had one. It was so slow, we took naps while waiting for our opponent to hit the ball back to us.

Go to 1:15 in the video below where it shows the beginner version of pong. That’s what I remember playing, but in my memories, the game was much slower than this.

The video below features an old arcade Pong game, but modern kids are trying to play it. Very interesting!

Check out this video from 1969. It documents the first video ping-pong game.  Why wasn’t this in color? Weird. I was 13 years old then and wouldn’t become familiar with Pong until 1975 or later.

After Pong, newer video games sped up the pace. I liked Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.

Here’s an original arcade Pac-Man game in this video:

That was just my speed.

Then there was the beloved Donkey Kong:

Super Mario Brothers was by far the most popular video game in the late ’80s. It has withstood the test of time. It ranks 5th in the Five Best-Selling Video Games Of All Time, which is amazing considering how old it is.

My nephew, Corey, excelled at it. I think he was only nine when he mastered the game. His younger brother and my son and sometimes my daughters would patiently watch and wait for nephew’s turn to be over.

I admired nephew’s skills, and my son was pretty good, too. Every so often, I butted in and took a turn. It challenged me, and when I actually got some points, I wanted to jump up and down and say, “I did it! I did it!”

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Instead, I had to focus to get another point or two.

I’ve got to give kudos to whoever wrote the theme song. That catchy tune played in my head the rest of the day. Yep, ear worm.

One night my husband George nudged me awake. “You’re grinding your teeth so loud, it woke me up. What are you dreaming about?”

“Really?” I said, trying to recall my dream. “Oh, wow! I was dreaming I was one of the Mario Brothers trying to jump over all the objects.” In my dream, Mario’s world was life-sized. Not an easy feat to hop over boulder-size objects.

With that, my gaming days came to an end.

“Lynn Kelley – age 32 – Official 1988 Video Games Wimp”

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July 1989 – Look what happened to me after I gave up playing video games. No, that’s not a tent I’m wearing. It’s a maternity dress.

Nowadays, I guess Minecraft is a biggie. It ranks second in the above link of the Five Best-Selling Video Games of All Time.

When my grandson (nickname Grasshopper) was not quite five, he became obsessed with watching Minecraft on YouTube. He wasn’t allowed to play video games yet, but somehow he discovered it on YouTube and was mesmerized watching some other kid play it. Go figure.

Hey, it sure made it easier to be his caregiver.

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Grandson’s Halloween costume

Now he actually plays it. With his dad. They’re both hooked. Look what Grasshopper wore for Halloween.

I haven’t kept up with the latest in video games. Nope. I was left in the dust decades ago. The global obsession has been building momentum since its inception. I wonder what the games of the future will be like. What do you think?

Do you like video games? Did the sound of the video games in the clips trigger any memories for you? Do you think video games are healthy for us? Any other thoughts?

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Time Travel Baby – Writer’s Prompt to Stretch Your Imagination

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For years, I’ve been wanting to make a short video that gives the effect of a time travel baby, which could be used as a writer’s prompt. I’m not sure if I accomplished my goal or not.

Perhaps if you stretch your imagination it will work, so let’s try to bend it a tad here, twist it a wee bit there, and voila! Let the magic begin by writing your short story.

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Questions to Get Us Pondering

Let’s begin by asking some questions, which will hopefully lead to some amazing answers and thus light a blaze under our muses.

  • How is this baby able to time travel?
  • Why is she alone?
  • Is she in danger?
  • Is she from the future or the past? (Note: Some time travel theories state time travel into the future isn’t possible. Perhaps those theorists need to exercise their imaginations.)

  • Is this baby from another universe?
  • Does she have super powers?
  • Is she an only child?
  • Where is she going to land, touch down, or appear?
  • Why isn’t she in a time machine?
  • How will she get back to her own time or will she?

That’s plenty to get our imaginations stirred up. Did the questions trigger any ideas? Do these questions make you think of more questions that need to be answered?

Does the video spark any other type of story you could write about besides time travel? Maybe you don’t like time travel tales. What genre would you rather write? How about fantasy? Or a nonfiction piece about making videos with a green screen?

Who is your target audience? Do you want to write a story for children or for grownups? Or teens?

I think I’ll write a story for children. Now to decide what age group. I don’t think the concept of time travel would work for a picture book, unless they’re little toddler geniuses.

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Oh man! Toddler geniuses! That just triggered another idea for a story. Did a group of preschool geniuses invent time travel? Did they nab a baby from another time period when the teacher turned her back, just so Lucinda could have a baby sister?

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If you need some tips for how to write a short story, check out The Write Practice, How to Write a Short Story From Start to Finish by Joe Bunting. It has some good tips.

If you already know what to do, get started or at least jot your ideas down so you don’t forget them. That’s happened to me many times.

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If only I’d written down that masterpiece idea as soon as I thought of it, I could have sold a million copies. Ugh!

Believe me, it’s not a good feeling when you forget that brilliant story idea.

For another writer’s prompt, you might find some inspiration in this post, Ugly Foot Finds Its Doppleganger.

Happy writing. Have fun with it.

Are you a fan of time travel stories? Do you like story prompts? Do you enjoy exercising your imagination? 

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Old Time Movie Stars Dancing to Uptown Funk

“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here, we should dance.” ~ Anonymous

It’s Friday, so how about something light and fun? The video below features favorite old-time movie stars, but they’ve switched out the music to Uptown Funk.

Uplifting and funky.

Wow, well done!

“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing.” ~Anonymous

So true. As long as I can tap my toes or snap my fingers, I’ll keep on dancing. How about you?

 Who’s your favorite old-time movie star? Do you like to dance? Are you looking forward to the weekend? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Altered Art Book Wedding Gift – Photo Essay

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Front cover of altered art book.

Working on this craft helped take my mind off worrying about George while he was going through chemo and dealing with cancer and all the issues that go along with it.

I played music, too. I highly recommend art therapy (in whatever form you prefer) and music therapy. The combination worked wonders in keeping my stress level in check.

This is a unique wedding gift for a special couple. Funky and fun. They loved it.

Mixed media includes:

  • photographs
  • collages
  • scrapbooking paper
  • card stock
  • dried flowers
  • calendar pictures
  • ribbon
  • beaded trim
  • braided ribbon yarn
  • braided raffia
  • jute/twine
  • quotes and sayings printed on parchment paper
  • gemstone stickers
  • paper embellishments
  • plastic bubble stickers
  • lace fabric
  • tulle
  • acrylic paint
  • glitter glue
  • gel pens
  • jewelry pieces
  • floral wire
  • fabric flowers
  • mulberry paper
  • children’s board book pages
  • decorative tape
  • Mod Podge
  • decorative paper napkins
  • ephemera

This slide show is shorter in case you don’t have time to watch the flip-through video. And if you’re super short on time, there are photos below.

Yes, that’s Ryan Seacrest. This was an amusing game played at the bridal shower. Everyone was given a card and a penny to scratch off the hidden face. One of the cards actually had a photo of the groom, and that player was the winner.

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Side view: The altered art book is tied together with ribbons. I threaded floral wire through each page to hold the book together.

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First spread: Photo on left is the couple’s first picture taken together. The photos are the right are from a party they attended while they were dating.

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This photo also serves as a pocket. Only three edges are glued, so there’s a slit to slide this card into.

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This photo is on the other side of the card. They’re dressed as nerds for a costume party. I used a pair of Cutter Bee craft scissors to cut the backgrounds out of some of the photos. I think it gives it a cool effect to glue their images onto a different setting.

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The groom when he was a whippersnapper. The photo on the left is also a pocket, and there are more pictures of him tucked inside.

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There they are. What a cute kid!

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The bride when she was a little girl.

An invitation to her 5th birthday party that I’ve saved all these years. It was fun embellishing it. This is altered art, after all, so we can alter things.

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The invitation was handwritten by her mother. The year is 1992. The border is made of braided 1/8th-inch pink ribbon.

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More photos from when they were dating. In the picture on the left, they’re dancing. Photo on the right: She’s dressed as a peacock and he’s a bird watcher.

The background picture is from a calendar. I used a silver gel pen to outline the trees and branches, then used pieces of jewelry and a dried flower to embellish the corners. The page is bordered with braided white raffia.

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More photos of their courtship.

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This was in the pocket on the Disneyland page. This quote has a special meaning to the bride.

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The marriage proposal in Hawaii.

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Fun tags tucked in the pocket.

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Background picture is from a calendar and outlined with a silver gel pen. Braided ribbon yarn decorates the border.

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When you lift the flap, you find more surprises.

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These pages were a ton of fun to create.

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More photos from the proposal in Hawaii.

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On the left page is the Save-the-Date card. All personal info is covered up. Both photos are from their engagement pictures.

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Back side of the Save-the-Date card and a photo from the engagement party. The dried flowers are coated with Mod Podge.

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A bookmark glued 0nto the following page peeks out above the pages. I think it adds a nice touch.

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These photos are from the bridal shower. The groom arrived right before it ended so he could say hello to everyone and help load up all the gifts.

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There’s the photo of the groom on the scratch-off card for the Who Has the Groom? game.

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A panorama postcard from The Madonna Inn is folded over and embellished.

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A photo of the Gay 90’s room is glued to the postcard.

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A collage decorates an envelope that serves to hold more photos and mementos.

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The lace lining the inside of the envelope is from a piece of lace that decorated the bride’s chair at the bridal shower. Another game we played was guessing how many candy kisses were in the jar.

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Top: Beautiful panorama photo of the front of The Madonna Inn.

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The page on the left has a few photos of some of the gifts. Good Wife is a book that’s hilarious to read now, but it was published back in the ’50s or ’60s, maybe, instructing women how to be a good wife!

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The cards for the scratch off game featured various celebrities.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Guests were invited to fill out a card with advice and words of wisdom for the bride to be. One of my pieces of advice for her, “Remember the Alamo!”

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

The page on the left is the invitation to the bridal shower with my added embellishments to alter it. Page on the right is the envelope with the wedding invite.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

The envelope with the wedding invitation is attached to a wide piece of magnolia paper, which folds over.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Photos of shopping for the wedding gown, finding the wedding venue, and then a toast when she said Yes to the dress.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Page on the right folds over several times.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

The envelope with the RSVP card is attached to the wedding invite envelope.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

The wedding invitation envelope already had the beautiful light pink floral illustration above the addressee’s names.  The honeymoon destination was Italy. Those photos are from a calendar.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

 

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

 

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

 

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

 

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Wedding invitation. Again, the personal info is covered up.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

The engagement photo is also a pocket.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

The pocket holds a photo of the bride, taken at the bridal shower. On the back another photo is glued to it. It features one of their favorite gifts.

Beautiful personalized blanket from the bride’s grandmother.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Another engagement photo.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

 

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Another card (ephemera) that tucks into the pocket.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

One of their favorite wedding photos will complete the altered art book.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

A cardboard photo frame was used for the front and back pages.

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Back cover. Yes, it’s different. I wanted to try something new!

Lynn Kelley, altered art, scrapbooking, art therapy, multi media scrapbooking

Added earrings and pendants just for fun.

“Live in the moment.” Good advice for the newlyweds and for all of us.

Do you enjoy arts or crafts? What do you do to help you relax and destress? I’d love to hear from you. 

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I’ve used these scissors for years for my altered art books and other crafts. They’re sharp, well made, and comfortable to hold and cut for long periods.

  • Precision-ground tips cut expertly in even the tiniest of places
  • Comfort-grip handles prevent “sting” on hands during long-term work
  • Includes protective safety cover
  • Left or right hand use
  • Excellent scissors for gardening, pruning and shaping of flowers, herbs, and small plants
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Dancing X-Ray Skeleton and Pat Down at the Airport

This is one of the most popular videos on my LynnKelleyAuthor YouTube Channel. How did I make it?

Of course, this isn’t a real x-ray. It was done using the x-ray feature in iMovie. I was wearing my Funny Bones outfit, skeleton costume. It’s a child’s size Large that I got on sale after Halloween one year. That’s why the joints don’t fit where they’re supposed to.

Ow, me aching joints!

A few days ago someone left a comment, “Obviously fake.” Duh!

Speaking of x-rays, last month I set off the x-ray machine at the airport as we began a trip to North Carolina. George and I seldom fly, so this was our first encounter with an x-ray machine at airport security. It was about 4:30 a.m.

George went through first, with no problem. I was surprised when the lady pulled me aside and showed me a screen that highlighted the area where my right pants pocket would be, but my pants had no pockets.

She was very nice and asked if I wanted to be screened in private or right there. I said, “Right here is fine.” She patted me down. Nothing.

She asked me to hold my pants at the waist band so they wouldn’t move when she ran her hands down each pant leg a third time.

She patted me down in various stances, first with the right foot forward, then the left.

She went through the routine more than once, obviously perplexed as to what set the machine off, but not as perplexed as me. After a very thorough pat down, she concluded my baggy pants must have been the problem. They weren’t very baggy at all, but were loose enough to be comfortable for traveling.

Then she got a small gauze cloth that looked liked a Stridex pad, only it was square in shape, and she ran it across each of my palms. Next, she had me put my hands under some kind of lamp on the counter.

“Are my hands going to light up?” I asked playfully.

“I hope not,” she said in a serious tone.

At that point, it dawned on me she was looking for traces of something on my skin. Nothing showed up, so she let me continue on my merry way.

Looking back, I wish I had thought to ask her to pat down my left calf a few more times. With all that tension, I felt a Charlie horse coming on.

A neck and back massage would have done wonders for all the knots in my shoulders. I would have given her a good tip. She would have been happy to make some extra money, and I could have relaxed enough to sleep like a baby on the plane.

On the trip home, we didn’t have to go through an x-ray machine, but George set off the beeper to the metal detector, so he took off his belt, but the beeper went off again.

He took off his back brace, which is nylon and wraps around his waist. Perhaps there was some metal in it, he thought, but the detector beeped again even after removing it. Third beeps a charm. I guess they didn’t want him to take anything else off, so they waved him through. Maybe because he looks like Santa Claus? Who knows?

We had a three-hour layover in Salt Lake City, where I ran into Mr. Bones. I wondered if he was related to Funny Bones. Nah!

The name tag says “Mr. Bones.”

Gorgeous sunset in Salt Lake City.

We were home by midnight. “There’s no place like home,” I repeated over and over.

Happy Halloween to you and yours!

Do you like to play around with special effects in iMovie or Movie Maker? Have you ever had any Twilight Zone moments while traveling? What’s your favorite costume you wore when you were a kid?

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