Making Memorial Day a Family Affair

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Since the Decoration Days of the 1860s, Memorial Day in the United States has evolved from a day to honor those who fell in the Civil War, to a celebration of summer.  Some purists want to strip away the traditions that have crept in to overshadow the original purpose, but I think we can do [Read More]

The Librarian’s Daughter – A Mother’s Day Tale

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Once upon a time with just an apple and a book to keep her company, a young girl rode Babe the horse to a quiet spot for a heavenly, peaceful afternoon of literary adventure.  I hope she enjoyed it while it lasted. A few years later, with a whirlwind of children surrounding her, she must have desperately grasped [Read More]

Unboxing Family Photos – 5 ways to dust off old albums

Unboxing Family Photos | Using old family photos in your favorite projects | www.bitsofivory.com

In generations past, one lucky family member would inherit old family photos.  The others could do little more than hope for a glance when visiting the fortunate photographic heirs.  As technology advanced it became easier to make copies of the treasured family photos, but quality copies were still relatively rare.  I feel so fortunate that [Read More]

A Bibliophile’s Kindle Confessions

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It’s no secret that I love books. My dining room china cabinet is bursting with the beautiful books displayed there while my dishes stay hidden away in a dusty corner cupboard. Other dining room shelves display the overflow, and that’s just one little room. There’s hardly a room in the house that doesn’t contain a [Read More]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas | BarbaraAnneWilliams www.bitsofivory.com

I honestly and truly love Christmas.  I don’t love everything that happens this time of year.  The chaos of the season is enough to make anyone crazy.  Several years ago, when I was sad that the magic had waned and Christmas had become a bit of a chore, I had an epiphany that saved the [Read More]

Favorite Photo Friday – Sieze the Day!

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The summer is waning and autumn is finally tiptoeing in. The pleasant canyon breeze makes my morning walk to work so much cheerier. Is there anything quite as delightful as the scent of the ripening concord grapes hanging from the backyard pergola, or the flavor of sun-ripened garden tomatoes?  Welcome, Autumn.  I’ve missed you. Of course, [Read More]

Dutch Oven Teriyaki Chicken

Dutch Oven Teriyaki Chicken | Barbara Anne Williams www.bitsofivory.com

Few family reunion traditions have the power to strike fear into my heart the way cook-offs do.  The competition is fierce and intimidating.  The results are mouth-wateringly delicious.  And beautiful. This year my clever sister-in-law threw a little twist into the competition, taking it to a new level of fun.  The adults who had brought [Read More]

Favorite Photo Friday – Paths

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I loved this photo straight from the camera, and just couldn’t resist using it to try out the Vintage Attic action from The CoffeeShop Blog.  I think I’m in love – beautiful results and simple to follow instructions.  A little scripture verse seemed the perfect finishing touch. _________________________________________ Barbara Anne Williams Original Artwork for Crafts [Read More]

Random Thursday – The Family Squirrel Rides Again

The Family Squirrel Rides Again

You may remember the Family Squirrel from THIS POST.  The sneaky little guy appears unexpectedly at homes in our family.  Sometimes he’s in disguise, and others times he’s hidden so cleverly that it takes weeks to find him.  And sometimes he’s someplace we can’t miss – but his appearance is shrouded in mystery. Mystery.  And [Read More]

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