Sunday, April 29, 2012

DIY Composition Notebooks to a Grandma's Journal

I am such a blessed woman.  I turned 50 in December, and  became a grandma for the first time in January and the second time in February!  Carson Davis is 16 weeks old and Eloise Mae is 9 weeks old.  And I get to be their Mimi.  Complete bliss!

I met an experienced grandmother who told me that she has journals for her grandchildren.  She writes in them about the times she spends with them, and as the kids are getting older, they love to read them.  I was smitten by this idea, right away.

Since I've decorated Composition notebooks before to use as holiday idea books (read about that here) and life organizers too, I decided to go that route with Mimi Journals.  October Afternoon has adorable vintage papers that I decided were perfect for my project.

For each of the journals, I chose coordinating papers, some buttons, and I printed the baby's name on cardstock.

And with the use of a pencil, scissors, glue stick, raised foam dot, photo splits, tacky glue, and spray adhesive, it just took about 30 minutes to cut the papers to size and attach them and the buttons.  I love this one for Carson.  Carson is ALL boy.  And I can just see him riding his bike some day with boots on, like the little boy I used as an embellishment.  :)

Inside I will journal about the excitement of waiting for his birth.  The things I made for him or found for  him.  The special events of the day he was born, and then about the times I've gotten to spend with him since then.  I will add a few photos, plus other paper ephemera from times we've been together.  Can't wait!

Eloise is a sweet, gentle, darling baby girl.  So I made her book all pinkness and prettiness.

I just spent 3 days with her in her home in Chicago!  So I have already written in her journal and gotten it up-to-date.  I am including a few pictures of her birth, the Valentine card her Mommy sent to Papa and I from Eloise before she was born, the hospital cafeteria receipt from when we were there, etc.

Feel so blessed to be their Mimi.  
Daily praying for them and their sweet
parents.  And looking forward to all the memories we will get to make over the years.

These embellished, personalized journals are easy to make.  I hope you'll give one a try.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

1940's Gossip Bench

Meet the newest member of our home...a little 1940s Gossip Bench!  I've been stopping to ooh and ahh over little Telephone Benches or Gossip Benches for the past few years, but I really didn't have a good spot for one.  Until THIS girl!  

She was in a corner booth at a local favorite Flea Market.  She caught my eye right away.  I looked.  I liked.  I walked away. Then I came right back and looked some more!  She's only 30 inches wide, which is small enough for the spot I had for her.  And that rounded table part just got to me.  Love!

She was very scratched.  But sturdy.  She had a red velvet upholstered seat that had to was worn out and had dog hair on it.  Ick.  But she was only $25 and I HAD to bring her home.  And I'm sooooo glad I did!!

An antique dealer recommended that I not paint her or refinish her, but just use dark wood scratch remover.  That was certainly easy!

I couldn't resist this little piece of fabric for the seat.  I have aqua and this green throughout my house.  And the chocolate brown circles match the wood!

The little cubby in the table is meant for the phone book back in the day when benches like this were used.  The phone was stationary, so a bench/table like this was a great place to sit and use the phone.

This hat is very special to belonged to Auntie husband's spiritual grandmother.  She is still living and prays for us every day.  She was a pastor's wife, and wore hats to church.  Isn't it precious?

And now this little lady is clean, reupholstered, and gracing our dining room!

I love her!  And she fits here beautifully and perfectly.

Thank you for stopping in my home and letting me show you my weekend project and new favorite piece of furniture!  I had a ball!


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