Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Keeping cherished moments can be done in ways big and small

Do you miss opportunities to create memories? Your digital camera is your friend. Put that device into your purse!

Can you make cookies at least one time a year? The most important time would be Christmas, right? If your child is two years old, he can sit on the counter and hand you items as you prepare dough. He can also cut out cookies! Each year he’ll be able to mix, read directions, find ingredients, and before long he will be mixing the dough and chilling it in the refrigerator for the family event. Go out and buy a child’s apron and cookie cutters!

Easy cookie dough: 1 stick butter, ½ cup sugar, l/2 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1-l/2 cups self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix all. Divide into thirds. Use drops of food coloring to make red and green dough, leaving the third amount plain. Chill in fridge for about an hour. Have fun cutting out cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Decorate and don’t worry about looks - the cookies taste great!

Have you heard about picaboo.com? If you have years of pictures housed in a huge box, consult this website and you’ll become a designer of a priceless digital book. The quality is tops. Also, check out the “specials” and save money.

Are you aware of the wooden chest-type boxes at craft stores? Instead of creating a scrapbook of memories, buy a box and paint it in a bright color. Buy a paint pen and add your child’s initials on the front. Then begin to file important pictures, school records and artwork. Actually, this is a very “masculine” keepsake. It’s a great place to keep all of the 3-D awards such as school pins and letters because – alas - letter jackets are not popular!

Where are all of those cross-stitch pictures from friends and family? Are they piled in a closet because you can’t seem to pitch hand-crafted textiles? Take the cross-stitching from the old frames. You may have several, so each one will be a different size. Add borders of material to some in order to make equally-sized squares for a pieced memory quilt. One wall hanging could be better than small outdated crafts!
Have you seen wooden trays? These trays come in all sizes and can be stained or painted. Gather your favorite pictures, make a collage that fits the inside of the tray, and finish with a decoupage medium. These trays can be seen on a daily basis as they hold car keys and other personal items.

Do your family members have favorite flowers and bushes? Create a memory garden in one part of the yard. Add plantings in honor of people. As babies are born, add to the yard. Take pictures of your loved ones next to their plants and notice the changes each year. Take pictures for grandparents or dry flowers and paste to candles. Bouquets are even faster!

Is e-mail still your friend? Have you converted solely to texting? Find family pictures. E-mail those family members and ask them three questions of your choice such as “favorite food, favorite gift ever received, and favorite song.” This easy task might guarantee an answer within a week. Simply print answers and add to a quick picture album.

By Beverly Drapalik

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