Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka from the Far Side of the Sea

Mele Kalikimaka! This is a page from my 2009 journal.

Far side of the sea, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
A few days ago we went dpwntown to view the huge gingerbread display and wandered in to a gift shop where I found this beautiful shell enameled in my favorite colors. It had to come home with me of course!

Yesterday I remembered how much it reminded me of the sketch I had done so I was anxious to combine them and share a bit of Hawaii with you for the holidays!

Merry CHRISTmas

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
— John 3:16 (NIV)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Another Peek

abcs1, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
Progressing. Its the perfect day to be inside creating. Outside we are experiencing Hawaiian snow (aka: rain) but this also means the waves are good. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Sneak Peek

Here is a peek at a project I am working on. I will try to post as I go along.
abcs, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.

My Rooted Technology Meme

I came across this meme here and decided to give it a whirl. Obviously I am a beginning genealogist and one that is not much more interested than in her own personal family story at this juncture. None the less its a great meme to go through since there is so much information in the original one that may lead to wonderful resources and ideas to further my search. So its clear I have NO genealogy tech cred but as you can see I now know some things to work on!
  • Technology you already use: bold face type
  • Technology you would like to use or learn more about: italicize (color optional)
  • Technology you don’t use, have no interest in using or no longer use: plain type
  • Explain or give opinions in brackets [     ] at the end of each bullet point
  1. I have a tablet computer such as an iPad that I use for genealogy[not yet . . . toying with the idea though]
  2. I have downloaded one or more apps to a Smart Phone or similar device.
  3. I belong to a genealogy society that uses social media. [This may change once we are settled in one place but that is a ways off still].
  4. I use GEDCOM files and understand the various compatibility issues involved. [Are you kidding me? I'm a newbie] 
  5. I have added metadata to some of my files and digital photos.
  6. I have utilized an API from a genealogy-related application or website.
  7. I have taken a DNA test related to my genealogy research.
  8. I have used the FamilySearch Research Wiki. 
  9. I have a Facebook account and use it regularly for genealogy.[I need to check in to how people are using fb for genealogy.]
  10. I use tech tools to help me cite my sources in genealogy research. 
  11. I have developed a genealogy-related app for a Smart Phone or similar device. 
  12. I use a genealogy database program (Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic etc.)
  13. I use cloud computer resources to store my genealogy data.
  14. I have made one or more contributions to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  15. I have attended a genealogy webinar.
  16. I have organized and administered a DNA testing group related to my genealogy.
  17. I use apps involving GPS and Geo-caching for my genealogy research. 
  18. I have a Google+ account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  19. I have created and published a family history e-book. [Heritage album]
  20. I have create a wiki related to my genealogy research.
  21. I have conducted a genealogy webinar as a presenter. 
  22. I read genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research.
  23. I have one or more genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research.
  24. I have a Twitter account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  25. I have one or more genealogy-related websites which I run and administer. 
  26. I have created a screencast or video related to genealogy and posted it at a video sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). 
  27. I use one or more digital tools to capture and record my family history.

Zen for the day

bw zens 10, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
This one is fairly small and simple but I really like it. For those of you seeing this on fb...why not give it a try and share your work? I'd love to see them!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another Zen Diddy

bw zens 2, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
Another recently scanned piece. I have a series of these tiny works compiled and bound in a mini book. Any ideas what else to do with them?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Little Zen Goodness

bw zens 11, originally uploaded by Trish Nonaka.
I have been wanting to do some scanning of work I have piled up and finally got my scanner to cooperate so here is a tiny piece to enjoy. Do you like the pink addition to it or prefer all black and white? 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Why I Scrap and Do Family History

I just finished reading this article and thought to myself how happy I am that I have begun to record the stories of our family. Years ago while the girls were in school I had their grandparents come and tell about their experience with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was priceless and many of the stories they told had never been heard before by my husband; their son. They had both taken the time to write down some notes and now I need to take the time to be sure I know exactly where those notes are.
We are planning a visit over to the island they live on and I have a running list of questions and things I want to cover with both of them as well as the other older relatives.
It all comes down to this...if WE don't tell our story...who will?

Rhonda's Journey

Friends Journey
This is a mixed media collage for Rhonda. Because 30 years is a long time. And just because. She knows why. It was done on a 18x24 canvas.
The writing is a quote from A.A.Milne -
"We'll be friends forever, won't we Pooh?" asked Piglet.
"Even longer." Pooh answered.
And the JOURNEY...continues.

In the mood to CREATE...wait...create....wait...

I decided to do some art work this morning and began by scanning and printing some of my original work to use in a nifty crafty project idea I saw on alisa burke's blog. (specifically the garland)
So I thought I would use my Silhouette to cut my circles since my largest circle punch is only 1" and I wanted them larger. Then I realized I had not installed the program to my new laptop which I have had for how many months now? Okay. So install software. YAY! Wait! WHAT? Only 50 images? Arrrggg...need to reload all 12K images for the second time. SIGH.
Decide to write blog entry while waiting. 4K downloaded. Decide to talk to daughter. Return to blog entry. 6K done. Begin to lose interest in nifty crafty project idea. Drink coffee. Wait. Wait. Wait. 7K. This is aggravating to someone who wants to CREATE SOMETHING RIGHT NOW.

12 minutes later. Added a change to a watercolor to hang above my desk. I had the van Gogh quote, "The more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." on the painting but it was really difficult to read so I rewrote it on white paper and added it. Much better.Watercolor w/ van gogh quote

30 seconds......
Now to cut circles.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Merry Everything!

Already Using My Logbook

Last night I was inspired to gather ALL my bits and pieces of stories I have sitting around in way too many various places and find a system that works to organize them. At first it was a bit over whelming to see everything piled up including notebooks, binders, scraps, backs of envelopes, etc. The binders are from writing classes and workshops I have completed but story ideas and beginnings were scattered throughout them so I pulled them from the binders. I did the same thing with the remaining pile of stuff. I ended up with a pile of papers that seemed far more manageable. I then began to divide them into categories which for me ended up being only three; story telling methods, ideas of stories I want to tell, and stories I had already begun to write.

For "storytelling methods" I have, over time, compiled a variety of interviews, questions, memory sparkers, and techniques to invite either myself or someone else to tell a story I want to bring to mind and eventually record in my scrapbooks or family history books. I guess you could say this is the HOW of my storytelling.
Due to the classes and workshops I've done, I had a nice little pile of "stories I had already begun to write" out but either had not yet finished, or still needing polishing or a place to store them long term until I was ready to add them to the books. These were all hand written stories versus those that are stored in my laptop. I have yet to develop a good system of "stream of consciousness writing" on the computer so I often prefer to hand write memories as it allows me to doodle and let more memories come to the surface.
Under "ideas of stories I want to tell" was more a listing of incomplete thoughts that are meant to trigger my memory when I sit down to write.  You know those brainstorming moments when you recall random things from childhood that you want to expound on but don't have the time to record right then? Or the little comments you hear at a family gathering that you know will need more added to it to become an actual story? Sadly I had no way to track these great but random ideas other than this messy pile of scraps and bits.
I decided to use the "STORY LIST" that came with my LogYourMemory logbook and recorded all the topics I hope to cover and tossed all the tiny scraps and bits of paper away. On a day where I am focused on writing it should be easy to grab my logbook, review the topic ideas and choose one or add a topic to the list as they come to mind. The stories that are more complete are now stored in my genealogy binders until needed. And all the ideas for collecting stories are in their own folder. I think I am set!
I would love to know how you organize your stories before they are ready for printing. Do you have a system or idea that might help me? Please share!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


FINALLY got my wireless printer set up so that we can both print from it wirelessly!!! A seemingly small accomplishment but HUGE from my perspective! Already printed a pedigree chart and family group sheet for R's genealogy! This also means the scanner is now located next to my work table so its easier to scan old photos and new art work.

Another small task I accomplished today was getting my Log Your Memory logbook ready for 2012. Much simpler this year since I used it in 2011 and had the tabs and dividers all done. And this time I opted to get the printed version instead of printing it myself.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Upcoming Classes/Workshops

Twelve (bigpictureclasses) with Stacy Julian - 1 Jan
Roundup Your Memories (bigpictureclasses) with Katie the Scrapbook Lady - 5 Jan

I also have 18 short self-paced workshops to go through at bigpicture but I won't bore you with all that info until I am actually working on them!

I mentioned I did Storyology with Ali Edwards though there are a few more prompts that I want to think through a bit more in the next few days. I also have Scrapbook on the Road from Ali that I plan to do before I take our next trip (which is over New Year's so I best get moving on that shortly!)