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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Mother's and Other's Banquet

My Mother-In-Law, Peggy, and Sister-In-Law, Kathi, invited me to their Church's Mother's And Other's Banquet. Kathi was going to be speaking and Katie was hostessing our table. To do that she made strawberry cupcakes for our dessert and decorated the table. She also introduced her mother and did a beautiful job. Kathi spoke on influencing others in our life with our Confidedence in our God, Courage to do what God says for us to do and Compassion on others in Jesus' Name. It was a great lesson. There were door prizes and I won a very nice hummingbird feeder. They had a hilarious "fashion show". Our dinner was served by the men of the church and it was delicious! We had chicken breasts baked with rosemary and mushrooms, roasted potatoes and broccoli casserole with fruit.

Katie gave me some things from the table to add to my scrapbook page which is why there is a gap in the top right corner. I took a photo of the pink and green tablecloth and used it to frame the photo of Kathi speaking.

I love digital scrapbooking and have found a way to print the 12 x 12 sizes now. So here is the digital scrapbooking page I did of the banquet.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Digital Scrapping Of Zoo Photos

Here are the digital scrapbook pages I've done of our zoo trip.

Gorillas scrapbook layout

Monkeys scrapbook layout

Zoo scrapbook layout

Pooped Out On Pickles

Milkshake scrapbook layout, "All I Need Is Love... But A Little Chocolate Never Hurt!"

Zoo scrapbook layout (all digital scrapbooking)

Brett in constant motion with Granddaddy Pickles and Grandmother Grommie right behind him! Constant motion digital scrapbook layout!

Silver and Gold, Pickles and his grandson Brett

Out to eat scrapbooking layout. We ate at Lizard's Thicket and here is my digital scrapbooking layout.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Decorating With Ribbons and Trophies

Horse Show Ribbons

Everyone has received a show ribbon or show trophy at one time or another. Ribbons for horse shows, dog shows, cat shows, fair ribbons, the First Place ribbon from your art project in the 6th grade, baseball tropies, 4H ribbons, a trophy for memorizing scripture or a certificate for no absences in Sunday School in 1992. There are the big trophies like the huge silver trophies for winning a tractor pull or the big crystal bowl for winning the golf tournament. All these mean something to you and your family but what do you do with them!

If you are a professional golfer or football player, you may have a whole room just for your trophies and that's cool. Maybe you have enough for a dedicated show cabinet.

But for the rest of us... how do we display our trophies? If they are flat like ribbons or certificates you can scrapbook them or frame them. If you have a lot, you can get someone to take a photo of you with your trophies and scrapbook them or frame the photo. Children win all kinds of little trophies these days. Some are for nothing more than showing up. This may be good for their self esteem, but do we keep every ribbon, trophy, certificate they ever got? Maybe photos are the way to go in this case. Keep the trophies and display them on the fridge or in their room for a certain length of time, but then take photos and get rid of the little nothing prizes. It becomes too much clutter.

But, there are ways to display the more important things. A once-in-a-lifetime horse show ribbon? How about framing it?

I remember when my sisters were in horse shows and they got so many ribbons. They usually displayed them in their tack room by hanging them around the room like these people did.

I did a Google search on ribbons and trophies and found some unique ways people have saved their trophies and ribbons. And it seems vintage and antique show ribbons and trophies are in demand. Keep in mind these are quality ribbons and trophies, NOT the junk stuff passed out at the neighborhood softball banquet. Real satin and silk show ribbons, sterling or silver plate trophy cups, real crystal cups or bowls... these are great for home decorating. Hey, I never got a sterling silver tennis trophy but I love the art deco look of the trophy cups and they can be used whether they have my name on them or not.

Here are the show ribbon quilts and pillows I found. How cool are they!?!

I found a few photos that show trophy cups in home decor.

I noticed that some keep their silver trophies polished and some like the tarnished look. I may suggest a tip with silver... if you like your silver polished, then polish it when it starts turning yellow. It's a lot less difficult to polish it back to a shine. If you wait until it's black with tarnish it's more difficult to shine back up. And polishing is actually removing a layer of silver which eventually takes you back to the original metal of silverplate and will eventually, over a long period of time, make your sterling thin. For more on this check out my post on silver at

I had some ideas of my own but didn't find a photograph for it. How about a glass box or glass box table filled with those show ribbons?

* Using the show ribbons as tie backs for curtains?

* Using a display side table or display coffee table filled with show ribbons and small trophies?

* Use trophy cups for candles.

* Fill trophy cups with natural items like pine cones, shells, sand, twigs, apples, etc. Group 3 and vary heights to make a trophy vignette.

* Trophy plates and trophy trays displayed on the walls

* Trophy plates and trophy trays used as clocks

* Use trophy cups to hold miniature Christmas trees

* Use small trophies and ribbons on Christmas trees

I hope I've given you some ideas!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Little Critter In The Backyard Yesterday

We saw this possum running along our backyard neighbor's fence yesterday. I don't like possum's, too much like a large rat. But he's having a good time. Maybe eating our neighbor's figs or out of their vegetable garden on the other side of the fence.

A Day At Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC

I haven't been to the Riverbanks Zoo so when Elaine and Ronnie decided to meet Jenny, Kyle and Brett at the Zoo, I wanted to go too. April is the perfect time to go because Columbia can get very hot and humid during the summer months. It was bright sunshine, a little breeze and not too hot. Elaine, Ronnie and I got there before Jenny, Kyle and Brett. So we looked around. Once they got there we had a picnic that I made. I brought a cold Gazpacho soup that I threw together along with slices of summer sausage and hoop cheese, bananas and seedless grapes and lemon cookies with canned drinks. Not too heavy and yet had all the nutrition you need for a long day on your feet.

Elaine and Ronnie

I caught this penquin swimming.

The Flamingos!

Reptile house



Grizzly bears

I got a good shot of this little meerkat.

This was a very tiny orange monkey.

This black and orange monkey was also so tiny. These would be considered the "tea cup" breeds of monkeys! LOL!

These black monkeys were hilarious! There was a bunch of schoolchildren taunting them. The monkeys with their throats blown up like balloons were hollering, "NO, NO, NO!" and the children were screaming back at them, "NO, NO, NO!" It was just too funny!

This one was sitting all the excitement out. Doesn't he look like a muppet?

The Lions

The zoo has 3 gorillas. There is nothing but a piece of glass that separates you from these huge gorillas. It's a weird feeling to be that close to a gorilla. They are nothing but muscle and are awesome!

When Jenny, Kyle and Brett got there he was wide open and ready to go everywhere. He is walking and running 90 miles a minute so we took turns running with him. We were particularly worried he would fall and hit his head on the pavement so we had him by the shirt a lot to stabilize him.

Jenny, Kyle and Brett

Looking at the monkeys who were still hollering "NO, NO, NO!"

Now Brett wants to play monkey and his Daddy helps him out.

Silver and Gold, Ronnie and Brett

A little hot and tired now so he's taking a rest.

Kyle bought them a chocolate milkshake and he made the mistake of letting Brett have a sip through the straw. He loved it! Then his Daddy tried to give him his cold water back and Brett wouldn't have it and was lunging for that milkshake. I don't know if Jenny and Kyle ever got a sip of their chocolate milkshake.

Finally, Brett sacked out and Ronnie held him while Jenny and Kyle did the rest of the Zoo and I did the Botanical Gardens.

Riverbanks Botanical Gardens

On our way out of the Zoo

We stopped at the Lizard Thicket to eat an early supper. We got the restaurant to ourselves and had a round booth so Brett stood up in the middle of the booth and entertained us all! By the way, the Lizard Thicket makes good home cooking food. We've been to different Lizard Thickets in Columbia and enjoyed it each time.

Here he is touching foreheads with Ronnie. That's one of his ways of "kising" according to Jenny.

Feeding Pickles (Grandfather Ronnie)

Trying to use a fork to feed himself like a big boy!


Oh he loves our cold Southern sweet tea!

Before we left, I gave Brett this little monkey outfit to remember this day by. Kyle wanted to put him in it right away and I got this picture. Boy, it sure was hard to leave him.


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