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A little over a year ago on May 27th, I posted a blog about smash books. I even showed one I made  myself. Smash books and junk  journals are what I call, ” Scrapbooking for the rest of us”. I haven’t gotten into proper scrapbooking yet, although I’ve seen some awesome mixed-media type layouts. Most of my photos are still lingering on my computer’s memory.The ones I have actually printed out are lingering away in photo boxes. “One day,” I tell myself. “One day!”

But what about the ticket stubs, playbills, receipts, candy wrappers, maps, postcards and other ephemera you want to hold onto?  All of life’s little papers hold memories that deserve to be remembered. That is what junk journals and smash books are for. And the best part of junk journals is that there is absolutely no talent required to fill one. You can tape, glue or staple your papers in. No particular order is required. Then you can add doodles, stickers, sentiments or nothing. It’s entirely up to you.

I have filled up the junk journal I made a year ago and there is absolutely no empty spaces for anything else. IT IS STUFFED. So here are some random pictures from my stuffed junk journal.


In my next blog post I will show pictures of the awesome new junk journal that I got from my friend Camilla in a swap. And if you’d like to make a junk journal for yourself, see my post from May 27, 2013. If you’re not inclined to make  your own journal, but still want one to fill, please visit my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage?ref=si_shop where I have many to choose from. Once you start “smashing” things into a journal you’ll see why it’s become so popular!





A Smashing Time

As some of you already know, we just returned from a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas. We had a lovely time and Royal Caribbean really knows how to keep people busy and entertained. I actually need a vacation from my vacation because I did so much!

A while ago I wrote a blog post about making a smash book. I believe it was call “Get Smashed” or something like that. Anyway, I took my homemade smash book on the cruise AND I actually worked on it.  I didn’t get everything in it on the cruise though, so I have worked on it a little at home too. Here are pictures of some of my cruise pages, and don’t worry, there are no family photos involved!

Our Cruise Was Postponed!

Our Cruise Was Postponed!


As you can see, our original cruise date was pushed back.


Some of the first paper “stuff” we got on the cruise.


The airboat ride was really fun as were all our shore excursions.


Yeah, you can read it right there, I only worked out three of seven days on the cruise. I paid for it at the gym this morning though!


Not working out did NOT stop me from eating lots of food and drinking fruity “mocktails”.


The trivia games were fun, but Martin and I were horrible at it. Only 13 out of 40 right on the ’50s and ’60’s rock game and 26 out of 40 on the classic rock game. In our defense though, we only had little 2 or 3 second snipettes from obscure parts of the songs.


Nothing really “smashed” here. I took the daily activities schedules, folded them in half (so they fit in the book) and punched holes in them. I put number stickers on the top of each day. Oh and see the yellow rubber bracelet on the right side? That was flung into the crowd by the cruise activities staff during the 70’s Line Dance Party! I had forgotten all about the Hustle!!!

Well the summer is half over folks, but that still gives you plenty of time to go out and have some adventures of your own. Just remember to keep everything you get so you can have a “smashing” time too!

Happy Birthday to Me!

We all celebrate birthdays in our own way with our own little traditions. I have never been one to love having parties in my honor, and NEVER surprise parties. It’s just not my thing. Well yesterday was my birthday and I had a wonderful day, in my own way.



After I dropped Adam off at school I went to my parents house for a cup of coffee. Oh wait, it was two cups of coffee. Wee! That fired me up to go….



to work!!! I had some merchandise to put in my booths so I worked for about 1 1/2 hours. Whew! I love my job and I love being the captain of my own ship even more. My reward for working so hard  (haha) was a trip to…..



Goodwill. I actually had some donations to drop off but it is against my nature to be this close without actually going in, right? So I spend some time leisurely browsing and found these treasures.



A bright pink tinsel Christmas tree, a hand painted tole trashcan and a vintage metal drinking glasses carrier. If any of you know me well enough, nothing in this group would surprise you. So after purchasing these goodies I treated myself to a trip to….



Michaels. I mean what’s a birthday without stopping at a craft store? So I spent a bunch of time looking at all the crafty goodness and ended up with these…..



I know, I showed tremendous restraint but these are two things I’ve really wanted for a while. The colored pencils are actually watercolor pencils and can be used wet or dry. As the name says, they turn into water colors when you get the paper wet. The little canvases are 3″ x 3″ and are just waiting to get the mixed media treatment. You don’t even know how happy this little purchase makes me! But by now I was getting a little peckish so I went to…



Wegmans. They have an amazing prepared food section but I avoided that and got two of my favorites.



A spicy Asiago cheese flat-bread and some Greek olive and feta salad from the olive bar. You would be hard pressed to find a better $2.73 meal anywhere else! And if the food wasn’t good enough, I chose a better location than Wegmans food court to eat it in. I decided on a beautiful Spring day I needed to be by the….






Rappahannock River. It was truly lovely sitting on my blanket watching the scenery and enjoying my delicious lunch. Alas, I had to move on to one last destination before it would be time to pick Adam up from school. I know this will get a moan out of most of you, however, I enjoy going to……



the gym. I went and heaved rocks around for an hour and then had to go pick Adam up from school. I forgot to take pictures of the evening, but my parents came to Bowling Green and took us all out to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. We had a wonderful time and capped off the evening with big slices of cake (yes, of course it was chocolate) and tea. So you see, I had a wonderful birthday spent my way!!!

P.S. I want to thank every one of you who took the time to wish me a happy birthday. Because my friends and family are really what made the day so great!!!


A Curiously Strong Tin

I have always been fascinated with little tins. I remember as a child my friends and I would put leaves and sticks in Sucrets tins to make homes for Wooly Worms in the fall. Now I have friends who eat Altoids. Like Sucrets, they come in a great little tin. I am not shy about asking friends and acquaintances alike if I can have their empty tins. This is post number 1 of probably many posts about what you can do with empty Altoids tins. 

Before we get on with the little tutorial I want to explain why I wanted to make this project. There have been many occasions when I am at somewhat of a loss as how to console someone who is hurting, or just having a bad day. You know, the mother of a child having a meltdown in the grocery store, the friend who is going through a tough time, or someone who just looks like they need a pick-me-up. In an effort to be more Christlike and giving, I came up with this idea.

ImageFirst, rinse out your Altoids tin. Then cut a decorative paper to fit the outside top, side and bottom and the inside top and bottom. Also select some clip art that will fit the top cover.


Decoupage the papers to the tin, inside and out.

ImageAdd your clip art to the front cover.


Add embellishments like stamps. I even rosied up her cheeks with pastels. Then I gave the top and bottom edges a quick going over with sand paper. I prefer the worn look over the freshly cut look.

ImageThen I inked the edges with Tim Holtz’s Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

ImageBefore we go on to the next step we want to make sure the chocolate we are going to use is fresh. Mmmmm it is, so we can go on.

ImageCover six miniature chocolate bars with pretty papers and finish with string, twine and embroidery floss.

ImageFill your little tin with the chocolates. That’s it. Now you are ready to go out into this big, cold world and offer a bit of happiness (in the form of a piece of chocolate) to someone in need of some loving. Who knows what doors this could open. And just think, in one day you could make six people smile just by emptying your tin! My challenge to you is to make a tin, fill it with some kind of treats and then go out and empty it on others! I’m excited at the prospect and just may blog on my results. 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:16