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Updating My Blog!

Hello and welcome to The Scraps of My Life!
I am finally trying to get back to my sorely, neglected blog. I am giving it a bit of a new face lift, so be patient with me as I try. I luv to blog because I love to write. So, I hope to do more from here on out. It may get a bit confusing, because I have also started a written journal, which I love doing as well.
I have moved back to our home, which did not sell, and am trying slowly to pull some resemblance of my life back together.
I have re-joined the you tube scene in hopes of having a way to share a bit of myself with those who
seem to be interested in my same interests, but I am still finding, that after being gone for several years, it is pretty much as I left it sadly. But! I think I have come across a few real people and hope to find more.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the old/new junk journal shares and look forward to many more to come.
I have made and published a few new videos on my you tube channel should you like to take…
Recent posts

A "Quickie" Pretty-It-Up Spring Project for a Recycled Container

Believe it or not, we have lived in the new house in Raleigh since last July and we are s-t-i-l-lllll moving things from our last home which still has not sold as of yet. So, I have two boxes sitting in my kitchen that I need to empty out and of course the box has some kitchen items in it, of course. So I come across this open box of dishwasher cubes and I do not want to put them under my sink to somehow get wet and make a mess for me to clean up later so I began looking for something more solid to store them in. I have been keeping a few heavy duty containers that we have emptied out just in case I can use them to better organize items in my craft room, so I came across this popcorn container I decided to keep and thought it would be perfect. Tall and skinny, and won't take up too much space under my kitchen sink! Yay me!Okay! So, the container had this really sticky label still on it and because I did not want to take the time to remove it, as I was in a hurry to get these boxes…

I Am American and this is My Country!

I believe in my heart that the anger and revolt that people are voicing in the social media groups, in protest marches, in truly very small ways are simply trying to convey as do I the words that here to follow. Though extremely simple, I believe it is how most of us truly feel.
My heart feels such great sadness and such heaviness to see this country, the place that I have called home for all of my life, turn into a place that I can barely recognize any more. Considering that true, honest, hard working, Americans have sacrificed so very much for the freedoms that we see being taken from us by our own government, no less, on a daily basis. And with each new election of government offices we find ourselves governed by those who work against the further building of this once great, unified nation, but rather they only seek to tear down all that is good, and honorable. Stomping under their own feet the blood, sweat, agonizing tears of loss that help to build this country to the great nat…

My Life Has Been A Nightmare Or Something Horrible like That!

No, not my whole life...
For the last 10 years of my life, or so, I have been partially holding my breath, my life on pause, waiting, waiting, waiting, and hoping for all of the dark, bad, horrible things to stop showing their ugly faces laced with unmentionable amounts of hurt, anxiety, and pain so I can move on and get back to the life I knew before it all began. It seems as though I have waited at least half of my lifetime. Speaking of which, I am only 51 years on this beautiful planet we call earth. So I am not as "saged" in life as some but not nearly as naive as others. I do not claim to "know it all" or to even know more than any of you who may find yourself perusing the words I have written on this blog. I am, however, tired of holding my breath, which causes such a continuous pain in my chest, and constantly waiting and hoping for my world to turn back to at least it's original state of balance and what I once called happy. Instead I have decided to p…

"He Created Me"

"Creator." What other title brings such feeling and flood of emotions like this one can? This title alone allows us to pass on a part or portion of who we are to that which we have created. With that being said, we will go to great lengths to guard and protect that which we name as our own creation.
I posted a couple of videos yesterday of children grown into young people who had found themselves abandoned of those whom they believed would always protect them and keep them safe from all harm. But I am posting this so that they and those like them, and those who find themselves feeling like them, lost, abandoned, undone, with no source of hope it seems... to let you know, no matter in what situation you find yourself you can know your Creator has not or never will abandon you or leave you without anything that you have need of, ever. Our Creator gave me the following lyrics and I want to you to read them, believe them, and never, ever, forget them. This song is for us all bec…

A New Project and Back to my first Love in 2014!

I have wanted to make something for my Aunt Shirley for a couple or more years now, but i wanted it to be something she would use practically. Since I have been heavy into creating books and mini albums, my sweet, dear mom has not been so thrilled with me, even though she tried her best to love my newest craft as much as I did. She even bought all of the tools and wares of the trade to feel more a part and to show her support. She tried so very hard, but my mom's side of the family are mostly all seamstresses you see! For my mom, her mom, and her two sisters, it was all about sewing of any kind. They could sew anything they wanted. My grandmother, who is no longer with us, was the most excellent seamstress I have ever yet known. She basted her seams by hand before she ever took them to her tread peddle singer. She made all of her clothes! She made her aprons, everything! She even made her own, most beautiful, full length coats to wear in winter. All her hand work was always beauti…

Finally!!

I have for so very long, a few years now, wanted to make a doll house album. I have talked about it, drawn out ideas and designs for it, and mulled over it for quite some time. The only other project that took me this long to pull together was my first Recipe Album!! Yesterday, I decided on a design and today a theme! Two elements one absolutely must possess in order to create any thing at all! I was thinking I should like to have my book designed so that I can have interactive paper dolls in it. I thought that I would design them as well, but as I glanced through an old 2009 desk calendar by Mary Engelbreit, I decided I would try to use the many paper dolls I have in the magazines I have collected of hers over the years instead. I think I have found a suitable paper line as a base to start. So! Onward and upward I go in true Mary Engelbreit fashion!!
Wish me luck!
Julie