04 December 2008

{1958 to 2008}
I had this idea of having a slideshow running on a big screen throughout my in-laws’ golden anniversary breakfast on 13 December. The photos on the slideshow should all be black and white to create a nostalgic ambiance as if an old movie is playing in the background. Initially I thought it should only take an hour or two to put this PowerPoint presentation together, but once I got started, it snow balled and I found myself digging amongst my old negatives, albums and some old black and white photos I borrowed from Mom a few years back, with the purpose then being to create a scrapbook album. I had some of my old negatives scanned to digital format for the purpose of importing them into the presentation.
After 4 full days of input, I am now on slide no.87 and still continuing. I have also tried to dolly up each slide with some doodles and photo corner watermarks in the background. The whole presentation is in chronological order from 1956 through to 2008. It starts of where Coen and Marie started the dating game way back in 1956, the marriage, the children, the grand children, etc. up to Easter Weekend in 2008. Then it daunted on me that this presentation actually relates the whole family saga (dates, names, places, etc.) and should be kept by each family unit as a heirloom. So the idea was formed that each family unit should get a DVD with the presentation on it. And of course, true to our creative beings’ nature, the DVD had to be presented in a crafty DVD case. So here are the DVD covers for each family unit.
Now we must just hope that Barkly Theatre’s equipment will be able to run the slideshow smoothly without any hiccups.
Some more self-inflicted punishment came to mind as I thought it would look nice to have a small gesture of thanks at each table setting, so I am busy creating 24 pouches with a choccie inside (I know you are all sighing with boredom, thinking ‘can’t she have enough of this pouch thing now?’) … will upload a few pics of these some time next week, when they are all done as the final prep work for Doing Life’s 6 December 08 Scrapaganza is keeping me a bit occupied at the moment.
A few finer details have also been finalised with Barkly Theatre, namely: They have sourced some ostrich feathers to incorporate with the décor (as Coen & Marie’s wedding took place in Oudtshoorn, the home of the ostrich). They will also play the ‘wedding march’ (I think this is what you call the ‘troumars’ in English) as they walk into the venue.
So far everything has still been kept a secret and Coen & Marie still has no idea what devious sneaking is going on behind their backs … lets hope it stays this way.
Off to do some final packing before we leave for Durban early Friday morning.
- Secrecy Signing Off


  1. Anonymous6:15 PM

    `Hi` Desire...Well all that hard work will certainly pay off for you ..Your Grandma and Grandad will love their slide....look forward to seeing your pouches...phew...thats some creating goin on there!!!
    Have a lovely time in Durban..and
    `Happy Anniversary` to your Grandparents too..I`ts mine on the 12th....so will think of them...
    now I must add you to my blog roll so I can visit you more often!!!:)~X~
    S love your creations..TFS!!!
    and `Thanks` for always stoppin by you really are so `sweet`~X~

  2. I am sure it will go off very smoothly...

  3. Sjoe maar jy was besig...dit gaan "magic" wees. Sien jou Dinsdag!

  4. Those covers and the cd look absolutely stunning and will certainly be a timeless treasure for each recipient.

    I know the feeling, once you get started, you just can't help yourself, but to create something else!!

    Coen and Marie are going to feel like they are getting married all over again. They are very blessed to have such a thoughtful daughter-in-law as you to have gone to so much effort for them. I would love to be a fly on the wall on their special day to see their reactions!!

    See you tomorrow!

  5. oh wow Desire, these are awesome so pretty and what a lovely thing to do...some fabulous memories...good luck with the pouches hugs rachxx

  6. These are gorgeous! What a wonderful keepsake you have created! I adore the photo of your in laws...it's so sweet!

  7. The covers are amazing Desire! Hope everything goes off smoothly and you all have the most wonderful time

    hugs Bev x

  8. Hi Desire!
    Just want to pop in & say "Thank You" for visiting my blog & for such a warm welcome to Blogland!
    You're such a sweetie :o)

    What a wonderfully thoughtful surprise for your in-laws, I have no doubt they are going to be completely blown away.
    As usual your attention to detail is remarkable.

    Travel safe & have a fabulous time in Durban!


  9. Wow Desire,

    Those look incredible - how wonderful and wow to 50 years. Have a great day and weekend.

  10. Hi Desire
    Julle gaan almal nog eendag so bly wees oor hierdie groot poging van jou. Ons het ook so 'n groot ding, met slideshow en als gehad vir my ma se 90ste en 91 verjaarsdae. Sy is kort voor haar 92 ste verjaarsdag oorlede en ons was baie dankbaar dat ons haar lewe gevier het toe sy nog met ons was (sy was nog helder van verstand.) Met die gedenkdiens was dit 'n weersien van al die familie en vriende, wat net 'n jaar van te vore vir die verjaarsdag bymekaar was. Die fotos vir die verjaarsdae en die boodskapboekies waarin die gaste iets oor haar geskryf het, was toe ook gebruik vir haar gedenkdiens.

    Ek stem net nie saam met die verrassingding nie. Die uitsien na die geleentheid is net so lekker as die eintlike ding self. Dit het my ma sommer 'n groot hupstoot gegee...

  11. Wow Desire! That is an absolutely brilliant idea & you have done a thoroughly beautiful job of the CD cases too. Will think of you tomorrow when I am at the cricket...hope the weather here holds out for us...thanks for commenting on my blog this week, you were right Shane was in trouble for taking over there! So you are also a digi pro I see...don't you ever get exhausted from all your crafty work??!!:D Hope your Scrapping Day goes brilliantly!

  12. What a precious heirloom Desire!! They are going to love it!

  13. Oh Wow you are a glutton for punishment, but what a wonderful and thoughtful idea There will not be a dry eye in the house dear
    Hugs Jacqui x

  14. Oh these are fantastic what a wonderful idea


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