Once again we are visiting my Family Reunion held on Whidbey Island last summer. It is very interesting how the same event evokes different – and then again – similar responses.
Saturday night, after an afternoon of Bar-B-Que and Beach we gathered on the deck of the biggest beach house and sang everything we could think of the words. And when words failed us we got out the smartphones for lyrics. We sang everything from 60’s rock-n-roll to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Our family has always been full of singers. My immediate brothers and sisters, encouraged by our mother, sang whether we were good or not. And given that practice always makes better – most of us carry a tune with elan. I was surprised to find that not all the branches of cousins sing. The cousins from my mother’s side – sing. Now that I think of it – my dad sang like a donkey braying – but given that he loved my mother – he did sing with us.
Sister II found a whole sheet of musical note stickers at one of the thrift stores – so we both have them on the pages. It looks funny when you see them together, but these two journals live thousands of miles apart and will rarely be seen together. We also had a small star stamp and this too, made an appearance. This page (above) has had more singers added, but the pictures included the children so I did not post the finished page. I took a limited pallete of PanPastels for the reunion and the gold on the second page above is the new dark gold PanPastel
WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
As with all travel you have to carry anything acquired – so ephemera needs to be small, lightweight and cheap enough to discard the extras. When shopping add in thrift stores, farmer’s markets and garage sales to get some local flavor. If anyone will be joining you by car, have them bring the heavy/bulky stuff and pay for your share.
Supplies: A journal, glue stick, scissors, tape, watercolor crayons, water brush, pens, metallic pens, matte gel medium, heavy gel medium and PanPastels (if you have room).
Ephemera: Napkins, maps, business cards, post cards, pressed plant materials, very flat, small rocks.
Thrift Store Finds: Old jewelry, old postcards, rubber stamps, music note stickers, colorful or theme napkins, other stickers and ribbon.
Tourist Information Stops: Local maps, Stickers – often bumper sticker size, brochures with local names in fancy fonts, key chains or other dingle-bobs.
Add in at home: Printed photos from the trip. Relevant treasures (i.e. old photos, postcards and fabric) you have at home.