Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

A heartfelt greeting to all on this Memorial Day.
With deep and profound thoughts, all of us at Family Museum offer our reflections of gratitude and appreciation to all of America’s veterans for their dedication to making our country great! Thank You.
Please take this moment to read this previous Memorial Day post.
And again, thank you for reading How to Create a Family Museum. I hope you have started yours. Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                Family Museum Curator


Monday, May 23, 2016

Cat eyes . . .

That was what these eye glasses were called back in 1960, the year I wore my first pair of glasses and of many more to come. The black frame had mother-of-pearl inlays above each len. Pretty snazzy for a 10-year-old. I look back now and regret that I never had a picture taken of me wearing these glasses. At that time I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing them when my picture was taken. And not only then. When I looked through my picture album covering years from birth to thirty years of age, not one of them showed me with glasses on. Vain? I guess so. But today, eye glasses are very fashionable. So here is a little history of my eyeglass journey. Do you have any of these style glasses? I bet you do!

Here are most of the eyeglasses I have worn over the years. I’m sure there were more than what is pictured here, so I am glad I saved what I did. I was tempted to donate them but decided these glasses tell part of my story. It also tells a fashion story, how styles changed from big & round to slim & trim. As my age progressed, so did my vision impairments. From the being, I was diagnosed with Astigmatism and eventually required bifocals, making finding frames that would accommodate thick lenses a challenge. So my choices were limited, however, I did run the gamut, wearing a wide array of styles and color.

My eyeglass purchases were often. There was one time I had to get a new pair of glasses because I couldn’t find my glasses. While I waited for the new pair, I had to wear my sunglasses in the house. As soon as I got the new pair of glasses, lo and behold, I found the ones that went missing. And you wouldn’t believe where I found them. They were resting on top of a lamp shade that had a top vent that was set just below the top of the shade, therefore, I couldn’t see the glasses.

One of my favorite pairs were the ones with the multi-color frame. They went with everything I wore! And when my husband and I went to Paris, there were so many eyeglass boutiques with stunning frames, I just had to find a pair. And lucky me, there was a buy-one-get-one-half-price, so I picked out the purple and red frames.

Currently, my frames are a dark purple. Pretty much in the same style befitting my oval-shaped face. According to the Vision Council, you should consider three main points when choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape:                                               
Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue
  frame to match blue eyes). 
* The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
* The frame size should be in scale with your face size.

Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square. Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work best for each. A good optician can help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses.
When I researched vintage eyeglass frames, I couldn’t believe how many websites there were selling all kinds of old and new frames. Just go to Google and type in vintage eyeglasses, and a plethora of sites come up for you to choose from. Glasses are so in style today that people wear them even if they don’t have to. Must be nice, especially when it comes to all those sometimes outrageous sunglasses. So as you don your glasses, know that you are making a fashion statement. And do you notice how those looking at you through your glasses consider you intelligent. Someone told me that I looked smart in my glasses, so perhaps that changed my view about wearing my glasses, not only figuratively but actually, making me see the world bright and clear. So here’s to all those four-eyes (a derogatory slang for people who wear glasses) out there. Wear them proudly!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Original Mother’s Day Gift . . .

This Mother’s Day and other holiday’s where mom’s, grandma’s, and other important lady’s in your life are honored, create a small (or could be any size you want) personal landscape of her life by making a Shadow Box or Memory Box as a way of preserving and presenting her personal items of sentimental value. FYI: A shadow box is an enclosed glass-front case containing an object or objects presented in a thematic grouping with artistic or personal significance. The grouping of the objects creates a dramatic visual result.

Since this post leaves a few days for you to create your shadow box, may I suggest that you visit your local craft’s store to find just about everything you need to design & construct the box. If you have a Michael’s near you, here is their website so you can see what they have to offer.
There is a plethora of websites on shadow boxing. Just Google "shadow box" and you will be overwhelmed at the creativity that went into these memory boxes. Now if you already have your gift, think about a shadow box for another occasion. Then you can take your time and perhaps create several boxes. Here are a few images of examples that may give you some direction.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, to-be mothers and all those who have been mothering. Cherish them all with a thoughtful gift. Now get going and create!
Also see my Guest Blog post on MyCanvas. This is a great site for making Memory Books.