Thursday, September 16, 2010

Enjoy the Journey…


Good afternoon, my friends!

What an interesting week it’s been…full of so many things to keep me busy…and things to test my patience! 

Our computer got a nasty virus on Monday, but was thankfully quickly fixed on Tuesday…our dishwasher broke last night.  I love my dishwasher.  I was just bragging about my dishwasher a few days ago.  I guess I shouldn’t have done that!

Little things get in our way and try to take away our happiness, don’t they?  Sometimes I let them do just that…and I shouldn’t.

As I was making my card last night, I realized how perfect it was for me, and what a good  lesson it was reminding me of…



What a fun, nostalgic image from Crafty Secrets’ brand new “Vintage Photos” Creative Scraps—quickly becoming a favorite of mine!



…some lovely Graphic 45 paper, lace, ribbon, a few vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, a touch of platinum Stickles for some sparkle, and I glammed up a white flower with some Gold Glimmer Mist…love that stuff!

This cute old couple got me thinking about some of my favorite couples from both my husband’s and my side of the family from over the last 150 years or so…and of course, I thought I’d share some of them with you…

Nels and Anna Peterson

Nels and Anna Peterson, 1880’s

George & Sarah Ellsworth, 1883_edTMP-1

George and Sarah Ellsworth on their wedding day…1883

Thomas & Mary Ann Bliss Stapley

Thomas and Mary Ann Stapley…here pictured in the 1890’s…

Leo H. & Minnie F. Peterson Campbell

Minnie Frederica and Leo Henry Campbell…about 1900

Don F. & Mary West Riggs

Don and Mary West…early 1900’s

Asahel H. & Pauline Smith

Asahel and Pauline Smith on their wedding day…1909

Ted & Fern being silly

Ted and Fern Gorrell…late 1920’s

Rud & LaPriel

Rudger and LaPriel Smith…in the mid-1930’s…

Orley Glenn & Estella Stapley

Estella and Glenn Stapley in the 1940’s…

Dow & Velda 1

Dow and Velda Ostlund in the 1950’s

Paul & Shirley off for their honeymoon in a cab

Paul and Shirley Campbell…off to their honeymoon, 1959

Clayn & Karen at Stouffer's Picnic, 1973or 74 

My wonderful parents, Clayn and Karen Smith, at a company picnic in the 1970’s…

So many wonderful couples along the way in my life, reminding me to enjoy the journey.  Life isn’t always easy.  Stuff breaks.  We’re not happy each and every day…but that’s okay.


Enjoy the journey….I think I will…

Campbell Family 3

I hope you all have a wonderful day…and I’ll see you soon with something new.


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  1. Hello Julie... thanks for sharing the wonderful photos of the special couples in your life... yes, life is not always perfect, but there are so many good things, I try to let the imperfect things not get to me... sometimes it is hard though!... xoxo Julie Marie

  2. I so love all these couples, and it does help to think of all these people and the journeys they partook did they do it? It gives me hope as I look back into my family too...if they could do it, so can I! I loved your picture, very sweet! :D

  3. Beautiful card, Julie - love the soft greens, and the creative scrap set looks fab! Loving the walk through history... how many of those gals would have been floored by the thought of a dishwasher, LOL! Or a computer, for that matter, LOL! Life is good. :)

  4. Hi Julie! I was just reading Elizabeth's blog and noticed you wrote you were from Ohio, I am too!
    How wonderful to have so many nice old family pictures.
    Your card is wonderful too. Have a great weekend, Nan

  5. Julie, I LOVE your work! Each one a little piece of art...congratulations!!!! and yes...let's enjoy the journey!

  6. Oh wow, Julie, your posts are so awesome and nostalgic...I love this and all the pictures--and I love the one of your parents and of you and your husband--so adorable!!!

  7. Lovely pictures...and I love the new crafty secrets images..hope soon the see in the Netherlands...


  8. What a treasure trove of photographs you have Julie! I always love seeing them, as well as your cards. You are so talented. You always amaze me!! I love this sweet picture of you with your husband. What a lovely couple you are! I wish we could get more of the crafty secrets stuff over here. I hunt and hunt, but to no avail! You are so lucky to live where you do and have what you have available to you. I just love everything you create! Visiting you is one of the hightlights of my early morning blog surfing!! I am always disappointed when there isn't a post from you waiting for me! I send oodles of love and hugs across the sea from me to thee dear friend! xxoo

  9. Isn't that super! You having all this old family photos! Cool!

  10. Hi Julie, I've been travelling and then just trying to keep up with real life these days that I haven't had time to create or blog or catch up with everyone. I have read back through so many of your wonderful posts. I love the one of Vie and her wonderful journal. How inspiring! And your post on mom's and advice, so many fabulous old photos. I know I keep saying this, but wow, you are so fortunate. Girl, I am thinking you could write a book and fill it with family history, pictures, journal writings, and your scrapbooked pages and it would be a best seller. I am just amazed that you and your husband have such a rich and wonderful history, with names and dates. Not many families pay this much attention to detail. So much today is not worth preserving. :/ Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Best wishes always, Tammy

  11. Julie! I love your "vintage" couples in black and white! Wonderful photos!

    Patience...Oh yes, that elusive element in life! Always a challenge!
    Have a great week!

  12. Hi Julie,
    What a wonderful collection of family photographs you generously showed us today. So much love portrayed in histories moments. Believe it or not, my favorite photo was "Paul and Shirley Campbell…off to their honeymoon, 1959." Such excitement in their faces.
    Your card was lovely too!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Julie,
    "Enjoy the journey." What great words to live by! My neighbor, Mary has a European dishwasher that runs silently. I sure would like that, but I think I would rather go to Prague. Life isn't at all perfect, is it? I love my husband most days but about one out of each year, I look at him and wonder why I married him. The rest are pretty good.

    I love your old photos and the fact you have so many! You must have been collecting family photos for a long, long time. I am sure your family is very grateful to have you.

    You did a great job on the card. I must check out the new Craft Secrets. I love their little sets!

    We are off to Rijeka tomorrow. There are going to be heavy rains all week. Still, it is more fun than heavy rains at home! It is just another part of the journey.

    Thanks for your wisdom!


  14. Dear Julie,
    your card is a beautifull piece of art, and how fantastic for you to have all those wonderfull pictures, from dayes long ago, till now.
    We all do have dayes, not so lovely as we could ask for, but yes dear ,we should realy :"enjoy the journey" and be gratefull for our lives.

  15. Julie, Every couple is so cute! Especially the last! It is just wonderful that scrapbook lines realize how much we all love vintage photos. This new line is just wonderful! It is something that you have all of these wonderful photographs. Have a lovely weekend! Elizabeth

  16. I always adore seeing your precious old family photos! What a treasure trove of memories you've got there, Julie! :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Hi Julie, Your card is beautiful! It always amazes me how much you know about your family history and how many pictures and other treasures you have to remind you of your ancestors. That's just wonderful!
    Have a great weekend!

  18. Old family photos are sooo precious. Lovely post today!
    Thank you for entering my giveaway. I threw 2 Julie notes in the big bowl, fingers crossed for YOU!
    Hope your weekend is off to a great start xxxx

  19. Whats that old saying, life is what happens when your busy making plans! oh yes we all have those kind of days. I do hope things are back in order and stay that way for awhile. A Lovely vintage piece and wonderful family photos
    Hugs Lynn

  20. The picture I liked the most is the last one!! it is you and your husband, right??... and your parents, very handsome both of them.
    hugs dear Julie,
    maria cecilia

  21. You know, you and I would have an absolute ball together. We love those old pictures and to top that... stories and facts jump out at us when we look at them. We have some significant memories to draw from... some sad but most happy. How blessed we are. Love your post!! More... more!!
    Have a truly blessed week. And by the way, my mother-in-law taught me how wonderful and "theraputic" (sp?) it is to wash dishes by hand.
    Ladybug Creek

  22. You are so lucky to have these photographs- all lovely pictures! How cute is Fern Gorrell's 20's outfit?! Love her hat!