Sunday, January 10, 2010

 Blog Hopping

One thing I love about the internet is the ability to see what everyone else is doing out there in stamp/scrap/craft land. Just a little harmless voyeurism, I suppose....what can be wrong with tons of great inspiration? My hands do get jealous of all the ideas my brain has, though. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to get all these projects done!
First up, my good friend Kim, over at Confessions of a Stampbooker turned me on to this great little project, and even though it says "Reindeer Food", wouldn't it be cute for many occasions? Valentines Day, perhaps? or, if you can't wait that long, just make something up, like "Happy Sunday" or something. Check out the actual project here:

If you need a good laugh, and who doesn't these days with this frigid weather...brrrr...anything to get my mind off how much my heating bill is going to be this month, is a great little video for you:

And, last but not least, some blog candy. A great calendar kit over at Melissa's blog:

Have a great Sunday, everyone!


Saturday, January 09, 2010

 My Journey Through the most miraculous incredible sometimes ugly and always perfect Life...

 Faith Sisters "My Lifetime Challenge" details are here:

Crack cocaine destroyed my life over and over again, and I never even picked up a pipe. but I was one of the lucky ones. I took my life back and REBUILT it..only by the grace of God.

Another LO about something I hate....

I just thought about how ironic it is that I have titled my blog "sweet memories" and my first two posts have been rather...ahem....dark? any case, not so sweet.

This layout has some hidden journaling that isn't appropriate to share, in order to protect the innocent (or not so innocent, as the case may be) but this is part of it:

"Angry, angry, how I feel about crack. I still remember how naive I was when a man I fell in love with told me he was a crack addict. I thought "well, just stop..and I will love you enough in any case, how hard can it be?" Fast forward to the WORST time in my life, when I ended up losing everything- my home, custody of my two beautiful boys -all because of my own choice to remain involved with someone who could not stop smoking this shit. It broke my heart, destroyed my family, made me crazy, and I had no one to blame but myself for the choices that I alone made. If I had it to do over again, I would have stopped that relationship at that fateful conversation. But for some reason I had to go through the pain. I only wish that my children had been spared the pain I imposed upon them, and for that I will always be sorry. Perhaps they will learn from the mistakes that I made."

Dirty Scraps Layout

This is my first time posting on a blog and I can't believe I am doing it by using something so personal to me. Yikes.

Anyway, I had done this LO for a SFTIO challenge on peace. The challenge was to scrapbook an time or event that affected your peace. I chose to use the relationship I was in last year and the assault that I experienced. It was the first time as an adult that I had ever been hit, and, prayerfully, the only. I have not
done the journaling on this page yet because I guess I am still at
a loss as to what exactly to say.

The emotions are so conflicting that it is difficult to know where to even start. But I am grateful for the challenge which motivated me to begin exploring my feelings about the experience.
I see a domestic violence counselor who is also a scrapbooker, and I plan to show it to her at my next session and get some prompts for the journaling.

Thanks for looking and not judging. I know I am not the only one
out there to go through this and it does make it easier.