Friday, April 23, 2010

Change Begins at the Dinner Table

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
~Ronald Reagan

Three of our four daughters. The pics speak for themselves.... A fun patriotic family evening...

Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.

~Ronald Reagan

Little Projects Anyone?

Projects anyone? I call them little "doodle dandies". I call a lot of things little "doodle dandies". ; )

Do you ever wonder what to do with those little mint tins? Those little doodle dandies? I like little craft projects, I'm an "art" person, an HSP, highly sensitive person, yes that's me... I usually color outside the box in various ways if you will.... Even in highschool, I would turn out several fashion illustrations a week, and they would usually be displayed in the showcase at school along with a portrait every now and then.... My media? For the fashion illustrations I used pastels, colored pencils, a Bic black ball point stick pen, and a child's watercolor paint set, those little dime store ones. Yes indeed. For my portraits, a number two pencil worked fine. If something works don't fix it, and don't complicate it. I was the girl who didn't buy many record albums, only the very special most favorite ones...the radio worked. : )

Here is one of my little projects I threw together, I just (try to) do and K.I.S.S. "Keep it simple sweetie" If we overcomplicate things it stresses us and we are not happy campers... Have you ever been around someone who complicates things unecessarily? They aren't much fun to be with are they? So I just try to have fun, and only detail things that are worthy of detailing in life... Keeps a smile on my face...And a smile on my family's face too. : )

Here is my tin I painted and mod podged, the little print on the front is of a painting of Udine, Italy. My grandma was from Naples, Italy and I'm thinking this scene looks similar to Naples. My grandpa was from Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy. The little pic is from the thumbnails on the back of my calendar from last year.

I first glued white paper on the top of the box, then the little pic. I painted over the white paper and sides with shades of white and green acrylics. I then brushed the modge podge on the painted part carefully around the pic... purposely leaving brush marks for that old world painted look. I gave this to my mom for an Easter gift, a little something. I like little somethings.... She uses it for her vitamins and cough drops etc. I think it would also be nice for little stevia packets too.

What's for dinner tonight at your house? Lea, my oldest cooked a Greek dinner last night and it was so much fun! She even made little name cards with her chosen Greek names for us!

I'm not sure what I'm making tonight yet... Yes, the dinner table is an important place to be for a family. : )

Have a nice rest of the week. K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie) ~Amelia


Anonymous said...

I love Ronald Regan....He was an incredible man! Yes, dinner table time is so important...our family talks are so good around the dinner table. There is much laughter & sharing and teaching and training that happens during meal times. The meals themselves are so much fun to plan and prepare, to look forward to and to smell. The warmth of the home is so much more evident when there is a good meal cooking!
Love your advice to K.I.S.S. Today's society doesn't do well with that, now do they?:) It's so easy to get caught up in things and add in unnecessary details.:)
I loved the pictures of your beautiful girls, but I couldn't see the picture of your creation. For some reason it wouldn't show up. :( Your description sounds so neat and innovative though! Maybe the next time I come on here, I'll be able to see it!
Love and (((Hugs))) to you, Amelia. Thank you for sharing.....I love to come here & see what my wise & loving, godly friend has written.

Maxine said...

Oh my, Amelia. How absolutely beautiful your girls are. And oh how refreshing to see young people like them on our side, out doing something and saying things that need to be said. Those Ronald Reagan quotes are fantastic. Will there ever be another like him?

Your K.I.S.S. project is the best kind. I am sure it gives such a sense of satisfaction doing something like that. What a neat idea to use the little picture from the back of a calendar. Love it; I'm sure your mom does too, especially since you did it.

Tell your girls I am proud of them. I can tell they are gems. They make me a little more hopeful about the future. I have a quote that has stuck with me, which I posted once during the elections. I don't know who said it but it says: "Children are messengers that we send to an age we will not see." I don't know if the original quote was that exact wording, but you get the picture.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I could see your creation! It's beautiful. I don't have any artistic ability, but my friend; Becky does and she might be able to help us make something like that. I'll have to show her the picture. You are so talented! It's lovely & I'm sure your Mom cherishes such a beautiful gift from you!
Thank you for letting me know the picture is here. (((hugs)))

WinkAtTheCabDriver said...

What a pretty work of art you have there! I just want to grab it out of the photo and use it myself. Ha ha! That sounded really self-centered of me, didn't it? lol You know what I meant, though, right?

Oh, how I wish I was more creative.

Love the pics of your girls. Creative signs! Y'all are just oozing creativity, aren't you? :) I love you all! Actually, if it was possible, I'd grab YOU ALL from the photo and fix you some tea or something. :)


The Saxophone Player's Wife said...

Hi, Amelia!

How are you doing? I have not gotten to settled in at Blogspot, but I'm working on it. Glad you are still blogging and sharing your world with us.

I love your box. It is lovely! Little somethings are my favorite!

God bless you and your lovely family!
Caroline (BooksForMe)

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