Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce...apple with caramel...to head on to Oak Glen, Calif. (The link is at the botoom,)...so be ready to put on your jean overalls and bring out your Cameras...ya'll. Lots of Pumpkins and Apple Orchards. These pictures are from a couple of years ago and man have my girls grown! Another place that is beautiful to pick apples is Julian, near San Diego. I loved that town. We went a few years ago and we had just gott there and MacKenzie peed her pants..I had no spare clothes, she was like 4 and fully pottied trained, so I didn't think to bring an extra pair and it was a chilly day, so we had to turn around and go home :( We were in the town approx 15 minutes so we didn't get to see much. I loved what I saw though and plan to go back. I could actually see myself living there in the country..I am such a country girl at heart even though I have been raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. I loved living on Kaua'i..it was so country. People would ask, " do you get rock or island fever"...I never felt like that at all., it was so beautiful on Kaua'i.
This is an excerpt from one of my very first posts I ever did in 2007, can you believe it? I've been blogging for 9 years! I've grown as a blogger but probably not as fast as I could or should have, I wish I was better at it and was able to attend some of the conferences that many of the "superstar bloggers" go to. I think you learn so much from the blogging world and would really improve my blogging game, I know there are keys things bloggers do to have a successful blog and make some or a lot of money at it. When I started Home be Inspired blog it was a way to journal about my life, I was really big into scrapbooking before I had children and when they were very young. Somewhere along the line I stopped scrapbooking, I miss that a lot. I was even published in some of the major publications at the time, as was my scrapbook room, Mr. Incredible built for me. It was huge and had air conditioning and cable television, It overlooked the backyard with the jungle gym the girls played on, it even had a creative space for them to paint and play along side me. But that was in the first house we lived in when we moved back to California. Some of my best work came out of that creative space.
Scrapbooking was such a creative outlet for me to do when the children were little and it gave me something else to do instead of tending to all my Mom and housewife duties 24/7. Being creative was very therapeutic as it still is to this very day. I have to do something creative.
When I look back at this page, I can't believe I hand painted all the brads white to give them a shabby chic look, boy I was a bit nuts!
As you can see I loved patterns and it's been transferred from my scrapbook pages to my home décor.
That little metal box in the top page in the left bottom corner opens up to reveal an accordion book of mini pictures. Yes, I put a lot of details into my pages. I don't know how it happened but my scrapbooking time ended up being replaced with blogging about my family life, crafts and DIY projects for the home. Shopping yard sales and thrift stores and repainting furniture to turn my house into a home.
I belonged to a scrapbook group and we called ourselves The Scrapanos and we would meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month and scrapbook ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT and sometimes go on excursions like French General or The Rose Bowl. We always had such a fun filled time and I cherish those relationships that came from that time in my life. Soon those Saturdays got replaced with Soccer or Volleyball games and slowly my scrapbooking ceased which is so sad but such is life as a Mom. My Scrapanos group are split from living in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties so we don't all live close together, it has not been easy to keep this creative group going. I know we miss each other and we have been trying to carve out a girls weekend together., it quite hasn't panned out yet. Quite a few of us have used the scrapbook world to springboard to careers into something else, one of the girls has a photography company, one has taken calligraphy and started a company with her fantastic penmanship. Some have gone back to teaching and I've continued to substitute and kept of this blog and work as an Ambassador to World Market.
I know that I'll never be a Superblogger because My Home...be Inspired blog was never created to be a place where I make an income, it was a replacement for my lack of scrapbooking. That creative outlet has moved to DIY projects in the Cottage on Cullen, gardening, renovations and the interior decorating that I enjoy to do. Maybe as time opens up to me I'll come full circle and go back to finishing the Albums I've started and begin scrapbooking again, you never know stranger things have happened.