Everyone loves a souvenir!

November 5, 2007 at 10:21 pm 6 comments

2 posts in 1 day, whew!

I always have ideas brewing in my head and a million projects going at once. I just thought I’d share them with you.

When I was little we always got a souvenir when we went on vacation. Do I have any of that stuff anymore? Little or none.

I still love to get souvenirs, but they’re so expensive and usually not heirloom quality. Since Nathan was a baby we started collecting pennies from the pressed penny machines. Over the last 4 1/2 years during our extensive travels we’ve collected quite a few (12 to be exact). I just taped them in scrapbooks and forgot about them.

On a recent trip to California, I decided to do something else with them. Why not put them in frames?

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(Its hard to tell in the picture, but I used shadow box frames with scrapbook paper that matches my decor for the background.)

The kids have fun scouting out the machines. There are usually 2 or 3 choices to make, so they each get to make one. The best part is that they only cost$.50 plus a penny. The kids are happy because they got to crank the machine, I’m happy because I got a souvenir to add to my collection that I can keep forever, and when mom’s happy everyones happy, so that covers dad.

Stay tuned for more of  my ingenious ideas…

Entry filed under: Projects/ideas.

Is a little extra sunshine really worth it? Seriously, its really starting to take its toll.

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Char  |  November 5, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    What a great idea! We struggle to find something for Clare when we are out on trips….and end up coming home with more crapt than necessary.

  • 2. Jen@BigBinder  |  November 6, 2007 at 2:04 am

    Cute! I think I tried to remember to do that, but then I lose the pennies. Our ‘thing’ is a patch from everywhere and I sew it onto A.P.’s backpack for school, which he will like for about another year before he is too cool to use a backpack with patches on it.

  • 3. Olivia  |  November 6, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I do the patch thing too and sew it on my backpack that I usually take on outings with us. Sometimes I have a hard time finding patches, though.
    Best patch ever…Bell’s brewery.

  • 4. Catherine  |  November 6, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    We have always been avid “patchers” as well. Unfortunately I now have to huge beach bags covered in patches and extra patches sitting around. Do I want to go for a third? I was thinking about taking them all off and putting them on a quilt, next!

  • 5. thediaperdiaries  |  November 7, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I do ornaments. Half the time, I forget to date them though and that bums me out. Still I love collecting them.

  • 6. Olivia  |  November 7, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Yep, I do the ornament thing too.
    Ricardo always says all I want to do on vacation is shop and sleep. This makes me a bad person, why?


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