Pupdate: Fable recall

In about 36 hours we will be on the road to drop off Fable at the puppy truck for her trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind in Boring, Oregon. It has been a fabulous year with lots of ups and downs, triumphs and frustrations. While we will miss Fable’s big spirit we are excited to see what she decides to do with her life. She has huge potential to be a fantastic guide dog if she wants to be. The big question is does she want to be a guide dog. Fable isn’t the kind of dog that you can “make” do anything. If you do there will be unwanted side effects. She has been very challenging to raise and she has taught us many new tactics and strategies along the way. The rest of her litter have all been dropped from the program. They are an energetic, assertive and fun-loving bunch. At least two are doing other types of service careers. Fable has made huge progress in the almost 14 months that we have had her and she is ready for her next adventure. The house is going to feel rather empty without her. Good luck Fable! We love you and are proud of you no matter what path you choose.

Still working on Fable’s puppyhood book and her video. Despite plans to work on it each week, I didn’t ever get it done, so I’ll be working on it after she leaves and hope I’ve taken enough photos to complete both projects. It will be good therapy to work on them when I’m missing her.

 

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50 Button Crafts: idea #40 – button Christmas trees

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button Christmas tree made by Passmore Knick-Knacks

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

There are so many fun ideas for using buttons to make Christmas trees. I’ve gathered a few here to inspire you (and me). Lots of opportunities to bridge into family stories about Christmas with this idea from your own personal memories or those handed down.

Noel button tree via Kay Lusnak

Noel button tree via Kay Lusnak

button Christmas trees via Pinterest

vintage jewelry Christmas tree from SomethingCreatedEveryday.blogspot.ca (it would be fun to mix fancy buttons with the jewelry)

button Christmas tree by CupOfDelight.blogspot.com

button collage tree from SewMuchaDo.com

Button tree from HydrangeasAndWhiteDaisies.blogspot.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

The Family: A Proclamation – png template update

pages 2 and 3 of my “The Family” photo book

So I finally figured out how to export my InDesign template for my “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” photo book into png files that could be used in the software of your choice. It is a multi-step process that takes two exports and the combining those files back together in Photoshop. So I haven’t gotten the whole book done but wanted to share the good news in an update. It will take me a while to process all the pages and get them uploaded. In the meantime, feel free to test out this spread and give me feedback on how you like it.

50 Button Crafts: idea #39 – button garland

button garland from funkyjunkinteriors.net

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

Here is another idea for Christmas, or any time of year. I can totally imagine this would be so much fun to make and use for decorating a Christmas tree or for a festive but homespun holiday look. You can use waxed twine (see the image below from HomeTalk.com), some light weight wire (as shown in by CountryMomAtHome below that), or short pieces of stiff wire like FunkyJunkInteriors.net did in the image above.

button garland wrapped around a candle from hometalk.com

button garland on light weight wire from countrymomathome.blogspot.ca

button garland tied around a package from bhg.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World – InDesign Template

title page of “The Family”

While I haven’t figured out how to translate this project into png files, I have cleaned it up and prepared an InDesign template to share. Send me an email to raelyn@tellingfamilytales.com and I’ll send you the fold with the template, links and fonts I used. Here are jpgs of all the spreads from the InDesign template created in Adobe InDesign CS6. They could be used the way they are but there are issues with overlapping elements when adding photos and the placeholder text for labeling the photos. If you find them helpful feel free to use them for personal projects or gifts but not for any commercial use. Hopefully I’ll have the png images done soon.

50 Button Crafts: idea #38 – button snowman

button snowmen by Urban Paisley

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

Fall really feels like it is here but when I look ahead I realize that Christmas isn’t that many weeks away. I want to spend the next few weeks exploring ideas that I might be able to give as gifts this Christmas, so here is the first one. These little snowmen are super simple and so effective with how they use the button holes on the top button to make mouth and eyes. I tried to find the original posting of this idea by Urban Paisley but google keeps blocking my access, so I don’t have a link. But the idea looks pretty simple and easy to replicate without instructions.

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.