My inspiration came not from a character but an author. Last month I had the chance to see and hear one of my favorites, Debbie Macomber. As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew I needed to work on this topic.
If you haven't ever heard of Debbie, here is her website, where you can read about her books. I don't know what you call that genre - ultra-light feel-good drama is what I call it in my head. I mean the following as a compliment to the writer and my fellow audience members: It's simple reading. And that's exactly what I want and need sometimes. I chew through those books really quickly, and that's why I love them. I can get lost in those stories of small towns, charmed lives and interwoven personal stories, and I can do it within a few hours. I can't get enough of them!
I loved her Cedar Cove series, and I just read the first book of her new series, which is set in the same town. She has had some books turned into Lifetime TV movies, and this year I learned that there will be a TV movie based on the Cedar Cove stories. I'm hoping that opportunity turns into a series. It is supposed to star Andie MacDowell - who, speaking of characters, was a character in my favorite growing up movies, St. Elmo's Fire:
OK back on track. So, Debbie came to Columbus, and her remarks were so funny! I had no idea what kind of talk she would give - I thought maybe some writing process, some knitting talk, maybe about the new movie or the new book. I had no idea she would be so funny. She wove together lots of stories about her life and experiences, and Crystal and I still talk about how much we laughed that evening. She was inspirational and just really fun to listen to. Last year I went with Crystal to meet her favorite author, Tess Gerritsen (she writes the books that spawned the Rizzoli and Isles TV show), so she came with me to see Debbie. Around our house that's called "being a trooper," but I'm glad it ended up being a very nice weeknight date.
|Starting the evening at Cap City Diner for dinner probably didn't hurt the mood, either.|
Seriously, 3 layers of cake?! That's just crazy :).
Anyway, I don't have a lot of weeks ready to show (and honestly, some of them are pretty unremarkable and may never see the light of day here), but this challenge made me get busy and get the week that included Debbie Macomber completed. So here it is, using a bit of my September kit:
Most of my photos at the event did not turn out - it was a dim auditorium, and neither my phone camera or regular camera came out with anything good. So I turned to these pictures on the Thurber House Facebook page and used the photos they posted there. Photo credit is given to Leslie Miller.
|Page 4 of 4 for the week: I found a way to use some of my puffy stickers from my kit. A slick writer works for smudge-free writing on top of the sticker.|
|I had more to say for this week that most weeks, so I used a little extra space for writing. |
Most weeks are a lot easier to fit within my little pages.
One final note about my project: I really don't want it to replace my 12x12 scrapping with these pages. I can see how it might turn that direction, but I'm going to keep doing full pages for some of the day to day stuff of life. I always have. It's one of the reasons I chose the 6x8 size, so I don't get too comfortable with just doing these project pages. I just want a little something extra to capture the few months before and after my 40th birthday.
And finally, please add your own challenge submissions and other kit projects to the Counterfeit Kit linky page here. I love seeing everyone's great work, and adding a link is the best way for all of us to find your pictures and posts. So, link away!
***And thanks for making it through a looooong post this week!***