Monday, January 30, 2017

January is . . . #5

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January 30:

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Birthday

National Popcorn Day

Escape Day

1933: Adolf Hitler is named Chancellor of Germany by President Hindenburg.

1948: Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

1957: The United Nations (UN) General Assembly calls on South Africa to reconsider its apartheid policies.

Vanessa Redgrave, actor (1937)

Gene Hackman, actor (1930)

Boris Spassky, chess player (1937)

January 31:

Jackie Robinson (1919), the first black man to play in major league baseball. Recipient of the Prinngarn medal in 1956. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Backwards Day

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
What a GREAT Day to schedule a stamp camp/workshop, etc. A day devoted to experiencing art in your life. “Food sustains you as a human; art inspires you to be divine.” Go to an art museum, browse through an art nook at the library, enroll in an art class or commission an artist.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -- Pablo Picasso

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

1865: Congress approves the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery.

1958: The United States Army launches Explorer 1 into Earth's orbit. The first U.S. satellite, it is used to study cosmic rays.

1990: McDonald's opens its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow, Russia, serving more than 30,000 customers in one day.

Norman Mailer, writer (1923)

Zane Grey, novelist (1875)

Anna Pavlova, ballerina (1881)

Tallulah Bankhead, actor (1903)

Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader (1925)

Franz Schubert, Austrian composer, famous for The Unfinished Symphony (1797)

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge #5

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Week 5

Stickers, diecuts, and rub-ons are some of the hardest things to organize because the different sizes and shapes pose many challenges. Rub-ons present their own challenges because if they aren't stored properly, they stick to each other, damaging precious supplies.

SORT: time to be ruthless. Consider if you are really going to use these items. If you bought a whole sheet of die cut just to use one or two tags, why are you hanging on to the whole sheet? Those stickers you bought in 1999 were adorable then, but definitely not your style now, are they? So, sort into piles: TRASH, SELL, DONATE, TO KEEP

PURGE: Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up, and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile and put them directly into the garage sale box. Make immediate arrangements to rid yourself of the DONATE items.

ASSIGN: The KEEP items need to be divided into categories that make sense to you: by colour, by manufacturer, theme, size, or type.

CONTAINERIZE: Here is an article about storing stickers, diecuts and rub-ons:

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrap session, and whenever you return from a crop or a shopping trip to put your stickers, rub-ons and diecuts where they belong.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bee #1

Bee #1

3" x 4"


May not be exactly as shown because each piecing is individually made.

Bedbug with Teddy

Bedbug with Teddy

4" x 6"


May not be exactly as shown because each piecing is individually made.

Bedbug Pointing

Bedbug Pointing

3" x 4"


May not be exactly as shown because each piecing is individually made.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January is . . . #4

January 23:

Measure Your Feet Day
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History tells us that many units of measure were derived from the physical property of a king or some notable. For example the English unit of length, known as “the foot” was derived from the actual length of a king’s foot.
Celebrate Measure Your Feet Day by taking photographs of your family’s feet. For a great focal point photograph, have your family sit on the floor with their legs outstretched with their feet up against or touching a wall. Line up the feet in order from longest to shortest and snap the picture. On the scrapbook page, label each set of feet and record the size in inches. Since you know this day is coming, treat yourself to a pedicure the day before.

National Handwriting Day
The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. Handwriting adds intimacy to a scrapbook page as you share journaling facts with those who will enjoy your albums for years to come. Some scrapbookers are self-conscious of their handwriting skills. Keep in mind that everyone’s handwriting is unique. Your descendants will cherish the words written in your distinctive style.

National Pie Day

1960: Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy lieutenant Don Walsh descend into the bottom of Challenger Deep (10,916 m/35,810 ft), setting a new undersea record.

1989: Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter, writer, and member of the surrealist movement, dies in Figueras, Spain, at the age of 84.

Édouard Manet, French painter (1832)

John Hancock, patriot and statesman (1737)

Jeanne Moreau, French theater and motion-picture actor (1928)

January 24:

Compliment Day

1848: The California Gold Rush kicks off when James Marshall, a construction worker, discovers a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill, California.

Edith Newbold Wharton (1862-1937), American novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Yale University.

1885: The CPR telegraph was completed from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

1935: The first canned beer is sold by the Krueger Brewing Company in Richmond, Virginia.

1952: Vincent Massey was appointed the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. He served from February 28, 1952 to September 15, 1959.

1965: Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain from 1940–1945 and 1951–1955, dies in London, England, at age 90.

Ernst Hoffmann, German writer and composer (1776)

Edith Wharton, writer (1862)

Aaron Neville, singer (1941)

Ernest Borgnine, actor (1917)

1978: Cosmos 954, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, re-entered the atmosphere and crashed in the NWT. The Canadian Armed Forces launched a large operation to recover radioactive debris scattered over a wide area.

January 25:

Opposite Day

National Speak Up & Succeed Day

1890: Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world trip in record time, beating Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg's record of 80 days.

1932: The Trans-Canada telephone system was inaugurated when the Governor General, the Earl of Bessborough, spoke to nine provincial lieutenant governors.

Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759)

Burns Clubs around the world hold Burns Night celebrations toasting the “Immortal Memory” and concluding with the singing of Burns’ famous Auld Lange Syne.

William Somerset Maugham, British author (1874)

January 26:

National School Nurse Day

National Compliment Day

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul
And health to the body.

Australia Day
Australia day is a day for the people of Australia to reflect on what has been achieved and to be proud of a great nation. Also called Foundation Day, it commemorates the landing on the Australian continent of Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of men and women in 1788.

1679: The keel of the 44 tonne Griffon was laid at the mouth of the Cayuga Creek on Lake Erie. Launched on August 7, it was the first ship to be built on and sail the Great Lakes.

1905: The world's largest diamond is found near Pretoria, South Africa.

1924: An order-in-council decreed that the Canadian Red Ensign could be flown over Canadian government buildings at home and abroad.

1950: India formally becomes a republic, three years after gaining independence from Great Britain.

1956: Buddy Holly has his first recording session at Decca Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player (1961)

Bessie Coleman, first African American female aviator (1893)

Eddie Van Halen, heavy metal guitarist (1957)

Feast Day of Saint Polycarp, one of the apostolic Fathers whose martyrdom created the tradition of observing saints’ days.

January 27:

National Kazoo Day

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

1721: A mail stagecoach service was established between Quebec and Montreal. It was the first regular postal service in Canada.

1880: Thomas Edison patents the electric light bulb.

1888: The National Geographic Society is established for the purpose of increasing and diffusing geographical knowledge.

1916: Manitoba allowed women to vote and granted political equality.

1945: The Soviet army marches into the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, liberating about 7600 prisoners abandoned there.

1950: India’s Republic Day, Basant Panchmi, is celebrated in commemoration of the proclamation of the republic on this date. India declared its independence from Britain and everybody else and adopted a new constitution.

Jerome Kern, composer (1885) whose most popular achievement was the score for the musical version of Edna Ferber’s novel Show Boat.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer (1756)

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), author (1832) and English mathematician who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Donna Reed, actor (1921)

Family Literacy Day

January 28:

Fun at Work Day

1914: Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) and other suffragettes held the Mock Parliament in Winnipeg, to agitate for votes for women.

1916: Manitoba became the first province to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections and hold public office.

1968: Aretha Franklin tops the charts with her hit "Chain of Fools." She goes on to earn a string of awards including lifetime achievement awards from the Grammys and from the Kennedy Center of the Arts.

1986: The space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after lift off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

1866: Scottish explorer David Livingstone embarks on his final expedition in Africa to establish the true source of the Nile. All outside contact with him is lost after he reaches Lake Tanganyika.

Jackson Pollock, American artist (1912)

Anna Ivanovna, Russian empress (1693)

Susan Sontag, writer (1933)

Serendipity Day
Serendipity roughly means “a pleasant surprise.” Since it is impossible to plan to surprise yourself, you will have to be the “surpriser.” Here are some possible serendipitous scenarios:
Hide a love note in your mate’s pocket – be mysterious and include a time and place to rendezvous later
Bake some cookies and stop by a friend’s for coffee
Buy a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and leave them on your mother’s kitchen table.
Stop by your child’s school at lunch and eat with him or her in the cafeteria
Wrap a five dollar bill around your teenager’s toothbrush
Pack a picnic lunch a camp out under the dining room table with your toddler

1980: Canada’s Ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, arranged the escape of six US Embassy employees from Tehran. The six had escaped from the US Embassy when it was occupied by Iranian “students” in November 1979, and by November 22 were safely housed with Canadian Embassy staff. Afraid that the Iranians had learned of the whereabouts of the six, the Americans were driven to Tehran airport, and were able to leave Iran with non-diplomatic Canadian passports they had been given. Taylor and four other Canadians left Iran a few hours later after closing the Embassy.

January 29:

Chinese New Year, 2006

National Puzzle Day

National Corn Chip Day

1856: The Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military decoration, was awarded to Alexander Dunn (1833-1868), the first Canadian to receive it, for gallantry at the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.

1891: Liliuokalani became Queen of Hawaii following the death of her brother King Kalakaua. She was the last monarch in Hawaiian history.

1897: The Victorian Order of Nurses was founded in Ottawa with the aid of Lady Aberdeen.

1936: Baseball greats Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson are the first players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The hall opens its doors to the public in 1939.

W. C. Fields, actor (1880)

1946: The Bluenose sank after striking a reef off Haiti.

Thomas Paine, political philosopher (1737) and author of Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason.

Common Sense Day
Named in honour of Thomas Paine to encourage the use of good sense in appreciating and protecting the rights of all people.

Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host (1954)

Anton Chekhov, Russian dramatist and short-story writer (1860)

2017 Craft Space Organizational Challenge #4

It's Week 4 of the Get Organized Challenge . . . Tools & Adhesives

Gather together all of your tools and adhesives into the Big Box, and let's start them!

: one by one, put each item into piles: FAVOURITES, TRASH, TO SELL, STORE, DONATE. 

: For the SELL pile: bag up and assign a price and your initials to tools/adhesives that you don't love/use anymore and put them in your garage sale box. Throw out the TRASH pile. Arrange pick-up or drop-off of the DONATE pile.

: Store your most used items in a basket or box or other system right on your desk, within easy reach. Divide the STORE items into categories that make sense to you: cutting tools, pens, punches, templates, etc. 

: This is the time to tidy up your tools. Tools need regular maintenance to keep them efficiently working. As you put your tools away in whatever container (drawers, shelves, boxes, baskets - always ensuring the container is clearly labelled) give them a little maintenance.

scissors - sharpen your scissors using a small scissor sharpener, or have them professionally done. Carefully clean the blades (I like alcohol swabs to remove sticky adhesive)

pens - test pens and throw out the ones that are dry or don't work well.

craft knives - change the blades

trimmers - clean the deck of your trimmers with a damp cloth, and a little cleanser if necessary. Replace dull blades, or cut through fine sandpaper or aluminium foil.

work surface - clean ink, adhesive and paint from the mat.

punches - to prevent punches from sticking, punch through wax paper. Problem punches may need a little lubricating oil such as sewing machine oil, then punch through scrap paper several times to remove oily residue. Dull punches can be sharpened by punching through aluminium foil or fine grade sandpaper (both right side up and upside down)

rubber stamps - stamps should be cleaned after each use, but if there is a build up of ink on your stamps, you should clean them with an alcohol free baby wipe, or paper towels moistened with a mild cleanser (ammonia free/bleach free) Use a soft toothbrush to remove ink stuck in the crevices of a design. Store stamps flat, rubber side down.

: Once you have a system in place for you tools, putting them back in the same place every time will become a reflex, and you will never have to hunt for you scissors again! Take a couple of minutes at the end of each scrap session to put your tools away.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January is . . . #3

January 16:

National Nothing Day

Religious Freedom Day

Good Teen Day

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1964: Carol Channing debuts in Hello Dolly, the Broadway show based on Thorton Wilder's play The Matchmaker. The Broadway play earned a Tony as Best Musical of the Year.

1547: Ivan the Terrible is crowned tsar of Russia.

1804: French physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac ascends to a height of 7,016 m (23,018 ft) in a hydrogen balloon, a record that lasted 50 years.

Marilyn Horne, opera singer (1934)

A.J. Foyt, automobile racer (1935)

1939: Toronto cartoonist Joe Shuster published his first Superman comic strip. Shuster and writer jerry Siegal created the character in 1933 and sold Superman to Action Comics for $130.00.

Niccolò Piccinni, composer (1728)

Ethel Merman, actress (1909)

1970: The government announced plans to convert from the Imperial to the Metric system of measurement. A special commission was appointed to oversee the introduction of metric, or the International System of Units.

January 17:

Hat Day
How many different hats have you worn in your life? Can you find some pictures that depict your various head ornaments? Or perhaps you can journal about all the hats you wear that no one can see: chauffeur, short-order cook or chef, psychiatrist, tailor, tutor, house cleaner, gardener, cheerleader, etc.
Pose your family or friends wearing their favourite hat for a photograph.
Do you have a hat collection? Each piece in a collection has its own history, from who made it or who wore it. Try to document the hats in your collection in a small journal.

Customer Service Day

1893: The Hawaiian monarch Queen Liliuokalani abdicates the throne as pressure from white sugar planters and businessmen intensifies.

1962: Chubby Checker tops the charts with "The Twist."

Jim Carrey, actor (1962)

Muhammad Ali, boxer (1942)

Mick Taylor, musician (1948)

Mack Sennett, motion-picture producer and director (1880)

Al Capone, gangster (1899)

Benjamin Franklin, American printer, author, diplomat, and scientist (1706)

St. Anthony’s Day
St. Anthony is the patron saint of four-footed beasts.

1974: Pauline McGibbon was appointed Lt.-Governor of Ontario, the first woman ever appointed to a vice-regal post in Canada.

January 18:

Winnie the Pooh Day
Today, sometimes known as Pooh Day, is the birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh creator, A. A. Milne. (1882)

1486: King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV, hoping to unite Yorkist and Lancastrian claims to the throne in his Tudor dynasty.

1778: Captain James Cook discovers the "Sandwich Islands," which are later renamed the Hawaiian Islands.

Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), English physician, author of books on physiology, remembered for the famous Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.

1896: The X-ray machine is first exhibited in New York City. The X in the name is used because of the initial mystery of what type of ray it is.

1912: Captain Robert Scott reaches the South Pole in a quest to be the first person to do so. Unfortunately, a month earlier, Roald Amundsen had already achieved that goal.

Kevin Costner, actor (1955)

Danny Kaye, comedian, dancer, singer, and musician (1913)

Oliver Hardy, comedic actor (1892)

Weedless Wednesday
Weedless Wednesday is the focal point of national Non-Smoking Week. It raises public awareness of the benefits of quitting smoking.

January 19:

Penguin Awareness Day

1937: Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles, California, to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours and 28 minutes, setting a new transcontinental flight speed record.

1943: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was born in Ottawa where the Dutch royal family had sought refuge after the German occupation of Holland. In honour of her birth the flag of the Netherlands became the first foreign flag to fly from Ottawa’s Peace Tower.

1953: Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gives birth to little Ricky. More viewers tuned in to watch that blessed event than the following day's inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1966: Indira Gandhi, daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, becomes prime minister of India.

Dolly Parton, singer (1946)

Paul Cézanne, painter (1839)

Robert E. Lee, Confederate general (1807)

James Watt, inventor (1736). Scottish engineer and inventor who developed a separate condensing vessel for the steam engine. The watt and the kilowatt of power are named in his honour.

Janis Joplin, singer (1943)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809)

Popcorn Day

Feast day of Saint Henry of Uppsala, patron saint of Finland.

January 20:

Cheese Day

National Buttercrunch Day

Aquarius Begins
Aquarius is the first astrological sign of the year. Do you know someone born under this sign?

1961: President John F. Kennedy gives his memorable inaugural address that includes the words, "Ask not what your country can do for you.…"

1964: The album "Meet the Beatles" is released in the United States.

Federico Fellini, Italian film director (1920)

George Burns, comedian (1896)

Patricia Neal, actor (1926)

David Lynch, motion-picture director (1946)

January 20-26, 2006 – Hunting for Happiness Week

1892: Anniversary of the first basketball game; played in Springfield, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game.

1971: Radio Tuktoyaktuk began broadcasting in English and Inukitut.

January 21:

National Hugging Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day

1915: The Kiwanis International worldwide service club is chartered in Detroit, Michigan.

1966: Beatle George Harrison and Patricia Ann Boyd marry after meeting on the set of A Hard Day's Night.

1976: The first Concordes simultaneously take flight from London and Paris, with commercial passengers onboard.

Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer (1940)

Plácido Domingo, opera singer (1941)

Christian Dior, French couturier (1905)

Geena Davis, actor (1957)

Saint Agnes’ Day, patron saint of chastity and all Girl Scouts.

January 22:

National Answer Your Cat's Question Day

National Blonde Brownie Day

1968: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In premieres on NBC.

1666: Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India (1628-1658) who built the Taj Mahal, dies in Agra, India, at age 74.

Lord Byron, English poet (1788)

August Strindberg, Sedish novelist and dramatist (1849)

Sam Cooke, American soul singer and songwriter (1931)

Linda Blair, actor (1959)

St. Vincent’s Day. Saint Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of winegrowers.

1992: Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar was Canada’s first woman in space on board NASA space shuttle Discovery.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge #3

Week 3: Organize your photos . . .

Week 3

So, your paper is beautifully organized, your scraps carefully stashed or purged, and your desk is gleaming!  Doesn't it make you feel creative?  Don't you want to get cropping?  Well, you CAN'T scrapbook without PHOTOS!

Our third challenge is to organize our photos.  Here is an excellent article to get you thinking about how to organize those precious photos before we S.P.A.C.E. them:
SORT: Gather together all of your photos, and sort them into categories that make sense: TRASH (it's okay to throw out photos with bad colour, expression, composition.  Why keep them?  You're not going to scrapbook them) TO SCRAPBOOK (the shots you know you are going to use) TO STORE (photos that need to be kept, but aren't necessarily going to be going into your scrapbooks) TO GIVE AWAY (doubles that you want to send to friends and family)

PURGE: Throw out the TRASH pile.  Put the TO GIVE AWAY photos in envelopes and mail them to friends/family, or put them in your car so you can drop them off the next time you visit.  Do not leave them in your studio, or they will creep back into your organized space. 

ASSIGN: Sort the final two groups of photos into a system that makes sense to you:

CONTAINERIZE: Now it's time to decide how you want to store your photos.  Perhaps you want to put your TO STORE photos in acid free envelopes or albums.  Perhaps you want to put your TO SCRAPBOOK photos into photo storage boxes, or accordion folders.

EQUALIZE: Next time you get new photos from the photo processor, spend a couple of minutes and put the photos where they belong: throw out the bad shots, give away the extras, put the keepers away in their album, and sort your photos for scrapbooking into their container.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge #2

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How did you make out with last week's challenge? Did you find your work table?

I managed to get all of my tables cleared and scrubbed. I've posted photos in our Facebook group but you are also welcome to post links to your challenge photos as a comment here.

We have started a Facebook group as a place for us to share photos, accomplishments, encouragement, tips and tricks as we work through the 2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge.

Here is this week's challenge:

Your challenge this week is to S.P.A.C.E. your paper - - and I mean ALL of your paper: cardstock, patterned paper, specialty papers, and all those SCRAPS!

SORT: Bring all of your paper to one area. Sort it all into piles: KEEP, SELL, DONATE, TRASH

PURGE: bag up, and assign a price to paper bundles that you want to SELL at a garage sale or online, and put the bags in the garage sale box. Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up the DONATE pile and immediately make arrangements for drop-off/pick-up or put in your vehicle.

ASSIGN: separate your paper into categories that make sense to you. For example, you may want to divide it simply into cardstock and patterned paper. If you have a huge stash of paper, you may want to divide it by colour, theme, or manufacturer.

Another way to sort your paper is in page kits. Package matching patterned papers in a zip lock or similar bag, add matching cardstocks and embellishments to create kits.

CONTAINERIZE: store you paper in a way that makes sense to you:

- vertical paper holders
- hanging vertical file folders
- wire cubes
- paper trays
- paper organizers
- bookcases with adjustable shelves

Click here to see lots of different storage ideas.

EQUALIZE: each time you finish a scrap session, return from a crop, or bring home new papers, spend a few minutes putting your paper away where it belongs.

January is . . . #2

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January 8:

Show & Tell Day at Work

Feast of Saint Gudula
     The Feast of Saint Gudula, patron saint of Brussels, celebrates with great solemnity the anniversary of the seventh-century saint who is always portrayed in the company of an angel who is lighting her lantern.

1889: American inventor Herman Hollerith patents his electric counting machine.

1948: William Lyon Mackenzie King set a Canadian and Commonwealth record as the longest serving Prime Minister with 7,825 days in office.

1976: It was announced that Canada, the US, the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland, and Czechoslovakia had agreed to take part in an invitational hockey tournament in September, known as the Canada Cup.

Elvis Presley, American singer and actor (1935)
     Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Teddy Bear, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes. Elvis’ songs make great page titles.

David Bowie, British singer and songwriter (1947)

William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), English novelist is remembered for The Woman in White and The Moonstone.

Lowell Mason (1792-1872), American music educator and hymn writer composed such familiar hymns as Nearer, My God to Thee and From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.

Midwives’ Day
     A veritable bevy of ancient goddesses watched over mothers-to-be and women in childbirth. And midwives were these goddesses’ earthly helpers. Thus, in the mountains of Green Macedonia, this date was long ago set aside for the honouring—for the toasting, anointing, propitiating, and venerating—of village midwives.

January 8-14, 2017 is Universal Letter Writing Week
     Some say the art of letter writing is ancient history. But if you were to take a poll, most would admit that the sight of a letter in their mailbox is thrilling. E-mail is efficient, but it lacks the intimacy of handwriting. In fact, letters are so valuable to most of us that we cannot bear to throw them away. Honour this old-fashioned tradition by writing letters to your loved ones this week. If you have small children, request that they, too, write some. These keepsakes will make wonderful additions to future scrapbooks.
     A new year is a wonderful time to write letters to those people who are most important to us. Why not make this an annual tradition in January? Write a letter to your spouse, children, parents, siblings or close friends – sharing your dreams, hopes, fears and love for the coming year. Use acid-free papers and permanent pens to ensure the longevity of the letter. Be sure to include the full date on the letter.
     If the letter to be contained within your album is very old or valuable, consider making a copy of it and then storing the letter in a safe place. If you decide to copy a letter, you have the option of reducing the original letter down for an easier fit on your page. If you want to place the original letter in your album, you can use photo corners to attach your envelope to the page, leaving it free to be removed later so you can take out the letter for reading. You can also make a pocket page or use a top-loading page protector to hold your letters.

January 9:

National Apricot Day

National Static Electricity Day

Feast Day of Saint Julian
     Saint Julian is the patron saint of hospitality, pilgrims, hotel keepers and travellers.

1839: French painter L. J. M. Daguerre announces to the French Academy of Arts and Science the first practical photographic process.

1951: The United Nations headquarters open.

1988: Sylvana Tomaselli married the Earl of St. Andrews at Leith, Scotland and became the first Canadian to marry into the Royal Family.

Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer and pianist (1810)

Joan Baez, American folksinger (1941)

Jimmy Page, rock guitarist (1944)

Gypsy Rose Lee, American entertainer (1914)

Lee Van Cleef, actor (1925)

January 10:

Peculiar People Day

1920: Canada became a founding member of the League of Nations.

1946: The first meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations convenes in London, England. Canada was represented on the Atomic Energy Commission, the Economic and Social Council, and the International Court of Justice.

1949: RCA announces the seven-inch, 45-rpm record.

1960: Marty Robbins holds the record for the longest playing number-one song in history, "El Paso," at five minutes, 19 seconds.

Ray Bolger, actor (1904)

Sal Mineo, actor (1939)

January 11:

Milk Day

Secret Pal Day

International Thank You Day
     We all have important people in our lives that have helped us get to where we are now. Make a point to recognize their contribution in your life. Whether it is by telephone, e-mail, fax, letter, or in person, make a point to thank at least five mentors today.

1922: Canadian Leonard Thompson, 14, became the first diabetic patient to be successfully treated with insulin.

1935: Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to California.

Sir John A. Macdonald, first Canadian prime minister (1815)

Thomas F. Dixon, writer (1864)

Stanley Tucci, director (1960)

January 12:

National Handwriting Day

Work Harder Day

Edmund Burke, British statesman and orator (1729)

Tex Ritter, singer and actor (1905)

Joe Frazier, boxer (1944)

1971: The long-running comedy All in the Family premieres on CBS.

1977: Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn of the National Ballet of Canada performed with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, the first Canadian dancers to do so.

1997: HAL, the computer in Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, informs the crew that he was built on this day.

1998: Carlos Santana is the first Hispanic inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

January 13:

Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Poetry Break Day

Rubber Duckie's Birthday

Blame Somebody Else Day

Charles Perrault, French lawyer and author (1628), famous for Les Contes de Perrault, through which he gave immortality to the folk tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, and others.

Horatio Alger, writer (1832)

Sophie Tucker, entertainer (1906)

1854: Anthony Faas of Pennsylvania patents the accordion.

1930: The comic strip "Mickey Mouse" debuts in American newspapers.

1982: Ann Cools was named to the Senate and became the first black person to sit in Canada’s upper house.

January 14:

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Benedict Arnold, military leader (1741)

Albert Schweitzer (1975-1965), author, organist, theologian, and medical missionary; recipient of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his work for the brotherhood of nations.

Faye Dunaway, actor (1941)

Hal Roach, film producer (1892)

1321: Italian poet Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, dies in exile in Ravenna, Italy.

1972: Redd Fox stars in the premiere of Sanford and Son on NBC.

1559: Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England.

Clean Off Your Desk Day
     This holiday falls early in the New Year in hopes that a clean desk will promote more organization and less wasted time looking for things papers. Once your scrappin’ space is cleared, make a list of products that you could purchase to keep yourself organized. Consider decorating your various boxes, photo holders, and file covers with some of your scrapbook stickers, papers and embellishments. Decorating your desktop may encourage you to keep the surface clean so that you can admire your new products.

January 15:

1892: Dr. James Naismith publishes The 13 rules of basketball.

Martin Luther King, Jr., clergyman and civil rights leader born (1929)

Gene Krupa, drummer (1909)

Lloyd Bridges, actor (1913)

1944: Canadian troops received copies of the Maple Leaf, the first regular newspaper published by the Canadian army during the war.

Elementary School Teacher’s Day

One good teacher outweighs a ton of books. – Chinese proverb

Create a personalized, handmade card to brighten the day of the teacher in your child’s life. Your child will love to help make this card extra special. Consider including a personal note telling the teacher how grateful you are for all of his/her efforts.

Donate a book to the school library in honour of your child’s teacher. Using your scrapbook supplies, create a personalized nameplate for the book.

It is Teachers’ Day, Dia Del Maestro, in Venezuela

Adults Day, or Seijin-no-hi, observed in Japan as a special day in tribute to young men and women who have reached adulthood; observed by families and organizations.

January 15-21, 2017 National Non-Smoking Week (third week of January)
     First held in 1977, National Non-Smoking Week helps raise Canadians’ awareness of the effects of tobacco use, addiction prevention, and of ways to quit smoking and to ensure a smoke-free environment.