memorykeepersisters

“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.”

Long time no see! November 21, 2011

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Major things have happened since we last spoke. Major.

I’m a homeowner!!!!!!!!

I purchased my home in early October and i’ve been loving every minute since! ALSO, did i mention i got a new puppy?!?! His name is Buster Bluth Fairchild.

The homebuying process was really stressful and if it weren’t for the following people i’d have lost my mind!

Chris and Rach! Who have listened, helped clean, changed lightbulbs, played with Buster and paint an awesome tree. You guys are the best!

My Bubba and Seester, who got a lot of "uhhh what the heck do i do now?!" calls. I probably got on their nerves real bad but they never told me if i did!

Also I have to thank my Daddy for always telling me to that I can do anything no matter what!

I have had two housewarming parties! One was hosted by Rach and the other one was hanging out the night before a Razorback game, pictures below!

Fancy Party

Fancy Party

Me and Jason tailgating!

This is what it would be like if we were all the same size instead of them being a good foot taller than me!

Bubba and Me

Jami and Jason

Panoramic

 view of the gang tailgating (thanks to Brandi for the photo)

What an awesome couple of months! I can’t wait for the Holiday season with my family and friends and to see some more Arkansas football!!

 

Urgent Call to Action! September 6, 2011

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I am working on our fundraising activities at my school AJHS in Ashdown, Arkansas. We are collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbells Soup labels (and many other items). During the month of September we are having a huge Box Tops for Education Drive. I am asking everyone I know to collect the Box Tops (they look like small stamps) that are on packages of many things that you buy already. Then place them in an envelope and mail them to me.

I will send you in return a greeting card for you to send to your friends.

 

My address is:

Jennifer Fairchild

c/o Ashdown Junior High School

600 Ellen Drive

Ashdown, AR 71822

 

Thank you so much in advance for helping our school!

 

August and Everything After September 2, 2011

Filed under: Fairchild Family Fun,Jennifer,Jenuine Memories,Tradition — memorykeepersisters @ 5:12 pm

I haven’t written in a while because I have been too darn busy! Which is a shame because I do enjoy detailing the minutia of my everyday life. Let me recap August, I had an awesome birthday celebration with my family in Little Rock, we went to the painted pig, ate at U.S. Pizza, then had a Fairchild Family auto curse, it was great. School started up and I love it. Being a teacher is so rewarding, nothing compares to it.

And then the month of August ended with my church dedication.  My church First Baptist Church of Hicks (Hicks is a community located just outside of Ashdown almost near Wilton, if you aren’t familiar with Ashdown, then none of this makes sense), recently rebuilt our sanctuary. Our preacher no longer has to be blinded by the sun when he preaches.  Our carpeting is no longer blood red, it’s a beautiful blue. Our pews don’t have child scribbles anymore (although I found that cute). Everything is new and wonderful. Its bigger, it looks nice, but best of all, its debt free and in this economy that’s  saying something. I started going to church here in 2007 and it’s been a wonderful experience for me.  I feel a sense of community and family that I haven’t felt in a long time.

My parents didn’t go to church until I was 4. My mother  was invited to church by her supervisor at the Highway Department, Sam Huckabee.  He is still a great example of the Christian faith to me. He went to a church named Oak Grove United Methodist Church in a little community outside of Hope (If you aren’t familiar with Hope, well then…) .  It was a new experience for me. My mother didn’t grow up in the church. She was very well educated in the Bible and went to churches on occasion growing up but my Pepaw and Granny didn’t attend church. When Pepaw was young he was  involved in his Methodist church but something happened and it soured him off organized religion. He read his Bible, he watched preachers on TV and he read from Bible dictionaries and books.  My granny didn’t go to church, her parents were busy with their restaurant and there was no day of rest for her.  In my opinion she was very spiritual. She believed that if you did good things, good things would happen. She often shared with me that God did things that were beyond our understanding and that God had a plan for her and for me.  After we started attending church, my Granny was baptized and later became involved in a Methodist church in Texarkana.

I often think about this, Sam Huckabee’s one act of kindness to my mother saved my entire family.  I was baptized at 5 and later again at 32. My brother and sister were raised in church. My granny was baptized when my little brother was baptized.  My sister was the first baptism in St. John’s United Methodist Church. Our family was able to endure all of the heartache of losing our grandparents, and later our mother because we had faith in God.  And we may have never known this had we never been invited to church.

My preacher Bro.Bobby Fischer made this very clear at our dedication. The church is not the building.  The church is the people. And it doesn’t matter where your church is, or what it looks like. The important thing is that you are a community of believers all striving for the same goal: To bring others to Jesus.  I don’t know what you believe but if you are looking for something to help you and you have tried everything else, look for a church. The people inside aren’t perfect, in fact they are broken just like you and me. And if you find a church that believes in love for  ALL people, then you will have peace.

I hope you had a great August. I can’t believe its September already! Woo Pig Sooie!

-Jen

 

Triple F to the D August 8, 2011

Filed under: A little bit crazy,Fairchild Family Fun,J.Fairchild Photography,Jodie,Tradition — memorykeepersisters @ 3:05 pm

Our family has a fun tradition of having “Fairchild Family Fun Days” or as my brother has dubbed it “Triple F to the D!”.

FFFD is a day where the whole family gets together to do something fun. Sometimes its just going to a movie and eating dinner, other times it has been going to museums. This past Saturday we went to The Painted Pig here in Little Rock and painted pottery together. It was a lot of fun! We ended up spending almost three hours there painting our day away.

Dad Painted a coffee mug, and of course in typical dad style he put everyones name on it, even our dog Lexie (his furry child).

Dads Mug

Other side of the Mug

The bottom (8-15-71 is my parents anniversary, the day the family began, and 8-6-11 is the day the mug was made) Too cute!

Jamie and Brandi each painted wine goblets and a really cool Razorback Tile.

Jamie and Brandi's tile

I also painted a Razorback plate. (Can you tell our family is ready for football season?)

My Plate

Jen painted a Jenuine Memories plate to display on her tables when she goes to craft fairs.

Jens Plate

We also did something really special. We made a family plate. I think it turned out great and I can’t wait to see it once it has been fired and glazed.  Of course, when there is pitter patter of baby feet we can always add a saucer or two with feet prints on it 🙂

Family Plate 🙂

Overall it was a really good family fun day, even though “the curse” had struck again, i guess that’s a different post for a different day!

-Jodie

 

Who am I? August 1, 2011

Filed under: A little bit crazy,Jennifer,Jenuine Memories,Tradition — memorykeepersisters @ 5:45 pm

This post is going to be kind of weird….so bear with me.

Sometimes I feel as though I have no ethnic identity. I have no country of origin. My people and me come from nowhere.  Some people have coat of arms in their living room. They wear kiss me “I’m Irish” buttons, they refer to themselves as Dutch. But for me and my family we were just white people.  Maybe it was a failure on my grandparents to educate me. My grandparents did not live in the past. My Pepaw loved new technology and things.  He would try to repair things to save a dime, but if he knew there was something out there better, he wanted to get it. Color tvs, microwaves, and gadgets , he was a big fan of newer and better. He didn’t live in the past. My granny would occasionally talk about the days when her and her parents (she was an only child) were living on the oil field. And she told me she was born in a tent in Oklahoma, but other than that, I have no idea where I am from.

When you grow up in Arkansas, just being from Arkansas is your identity.  Back in the days when the internet was just sprouting, I remember telling people from other countries that I was in Arkansas and immediately they would spout off something along the lines of “you wear shoes?” or “Are you a hill billy?” Arkansan is an ethnic identity in itself and one I have never been ashamed of.  But I wish I were something more. I wish I had special holidays or ate special foods.

When I was younger I wanted to be something more than just a “white person” . I would often look at the stars and pretend that one of them was my true homeland and that someday I would return. But now as an adult, I figure I just might as well create an ethnicity. I don’t plan on having kids, so what if I am a weird old lady who thinks she is from a star.

So I have decided that since my last name is Fairchild, I have British/Anglo-Saxon roots on my father’s side. And on my mother’s side I am Bohemian. I am using that term because one time my mother used it to refer to her favorite Aunt. She said that she was an artist, that she was “Bohemian”.  I think she probably meant “like a hippie” or just an “artistic type” but that image stuck in my mind.(She loved her great-aunt and said I was like her but that is a different post for a different day.)  And my Granny would always say that her parents were “oil field gypsies” before they got into the restaurant biz. So maybe that is what I am!

It would explain a lot! For some reason I am attracted to old things, and I absolutely adore old blankets and all my walls are covered with every type of art imaginable. I love the UK and Liverpool, and Wales, and princes and princesses. And the Beatles! And have you seen my earring collection!  I love cheap jewelry and I can’t resist the dollar store. And gypsy tricks, I have pulled a few. I used to trick my sister into doing housework all the time growing up! So maybe that would also explain some of my recent cards:

Victorian Mixed Media

France Mixed Media Butterflies


I just like the way it looks, old, yet regal.  It reminds me of my mother’s “people”, (a collection of plates featuring the same relaxing couple).  And it reminds me of the elegance of the people of old Britain and France. And its different. And maybe that is what I am Different. Not Caucasian, or Dutch or French or British. Just Different.

 

Calling all Fans of the Sock Monkey! July 19, 2011

Ok, recently on Facebook and Twitter, I put out a request asking for ideas for adventures for my beloved Sock Monkeys. Let me explain. My shop Jenuine Memories has three monkeys who currently run rampant in my shop. They wreak havock and have tons of awesome adventures. So far Reginald, Eduardo and Jim have had an awesome summer. Reginald got his degree in Experimental Philosophy. He plans on being a waiter for a few years, backpacking throughout Arkansas and perhaps getting his Masters. He’s well educated and just a bit stuffy. Eduardo, is everyone’s Latin Lover. He enjoys grilling, dressing up in outfits, and dancing. His accent is amazing and when he is around the party can be found. Jim Sockmonkey is like a member of the family. He is reliable, dependable, remembers birthdays, Christmases and Father’s Day. He likes the grill too, but dressing up in funny outfits just isn’t his style. He’s well educated, but not the least bit stuffy. All three got to go the Etsy Little Rock craft fair and enjoyed all the attention!

Jim Sockmonkey!

Reginald Sockmonkey!

I am looking for adventures for the three and perhaps some girls to join the monkeys on their escapades. So far I have two excellent ideas for adventures. One submitted by my friend Rose Marie is to have Sock Monkey see a real monkey. Not only would this have funny repurcussions but also think of the self-reflection that Sock Monkey would have. Seeing his mortal likeness. I think I may make this into a serious card. And another great idea submitted by my friend Dillon Hamm is to have the monkeys rescue the ShoeLion. I am still debating if that is a lion wearing shoes or a lion made of shoes. I still need more ideas so keep em coming!
 

Etsy Craft Fair Fun!! July 14, 2011

Filed under: A little bit crazy,Fun with friends,Jennifer,Jenuine Memories,Style — memorykeepersisters @ 6:05 pm

I meant to write this sooner, but, I have been extremely lazy. That is the story of my life.

I had an awesome time at the Etsy Little Rock Indie Arts and Music Fesitval. It was so much fun. I had heard about the event in the planning stages, in May and I just knew I wanted to be a part of it. I was extremely nervous in the weeks leading up to it. I kept making cards at my normal pace and I worried that people would not be receptive to my cards, or would worse, think I was insane.  But as the weeks went by, I became more comfortable with the thought of sharing my work in person. Truth be told, its easy to share work on the internet. The person doesn’t have to look at me, also they don’t get the chance to judge me and my artwork at the same time. I am 36 years old, I look like a little old lady school teacher, but inside I feel 20ish and I am an artist making art, not a crafter making crafts. And I know that my work is not the same as the other “artists” there. But to me it is art, so I worried that people would look at me, see old lady school teacher and wouldn’t see artist. But I did get more comfortable with everyone, I didn’t feel that the Etsy Little Rock group were as judgmental as I was being to myself.  Especially since I was receiving updating emails,I felt like I knew the people I would be around, so I got less fearful.  I over prepared, and got everything ready in my home. Almost the same way I prepare at work. I had each scenario planned for and ready to go (or so I thought). By Saturday, I was in a calm space and was ready to share my art.

Little did I know that I passed all my worry on to Jo. She was more nervous than me!  Sure enough as I was meeting the people that I only saw online, I realized that they were very kind and very sweet. I am used to being in the public selling cakes and raising money so talking to strangers is not as scary as talking to other artists, but I felt that I did okay. I was seated next to Tea Party Whimsy and across from Little Anu and The Autumn Rose.     I was very surprised at the level of artistry of their products and how much they respected their work. It was a great experience.


As people came in I was able to tell them about the adventures of my Sock Monkeys and show them my robot and owl cards. A lot of interest was shown to my French cards and I plan on making more of those in different styles and putting them online.  I was surprised at how many people actually bought my cards and I hope that they are able to mail them off to their family and friends. I am willing to sell in public again, but I am going to wait until the weather is cooler!]

Our Brother Jamie and his wife Brandi came to visit!

So did the delightful Mrs. Rachael Swaty!

I could write an entire blog post about the heat and how much I sweated on that day. I truly believe I lost about 10lbs of sweat and I took a long shower when I got back to Jodie’s but I since I felt wet all day, it was just water onto water! It was so gross.

But let me tell you, I could not have done any of this without my sister. She supported me mentally in the weeks leading up to the event. She drove me by the Town Pump so I could get an idea of the space. She loaded up her car with all my stuff. She helped me set it out and sat with me in the heat. She was a great cheerleader and without her I would not have been able to do any of my art or sell it out there. I am so blessed to have her as my sister and my friend.