Saturday, December 31, 2011
When I was a little girl, my mother had a beautiful plastic church with plastic stained glass windows. It was a music box that played “Silent Night.” I loved that church, and I would sit for hours playing with it. My mom died when I was eight years old. Many of her Christmas decorations were packed away, some never to be seen again. I always wondered what happened to the beautiful church that played “Silent Night.” Every year all my family and friends would hear about that church. Then a few years ago, my sister insisted that she visit me before Christmas day. She arrived with a large gift bag. Inside the bag was The Church! When I opened up the gift, not yet knowing her story of love behind it, I said, “You’ve had Mommy’s church all these years?” No, she didn’t have the church, but she had great love for her little sister. She told me that she had gone onto ebay to see if she could find a church like the one our mother had. Not only did she find one, but she found two and . . . are you ready for this? When she called the seller she discovered that the seller lived in her town! She drove right over, looked at the churches and purchased, FOR ME, the one that looked the most like my mom’s. She couldn’t wait to give it to me. This beautiful little plastic church that plays “Silent Night” sits in my studio and never gets put away. Every time I look at it I know how much I am loved.
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Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
It all started with this snowball ornament. My sister and I were shopping in August when we came upon this snowball ornament in a little shop. My sister fell in love with his face. It made her smile a great big smile, but she didn’t buy it.
I went back the next day and bought three of them. I originally intended to give them to her as is, but that was much too boring. So, I came up with the idea to create a wreath for her.
My daughter came up with the idea to add the berries, and my cousin came up with the idea to add the baby’s breath.
My sister’s best friend made the bow.
And the silver and gold glass beads belonged to my mother. I strung them on wire.
The completed creation made for my sister by four women who love her dearly and, of course, a special remembrance of our mom weaved in.
A wreath truly made with love.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Last week I visited http://minepinkcurt.blogspot.com/. The talented creator of this beautiful blog had a picture of the most delicious looking pink snowflake cookies. I wanted to make a cup of tea and have one.
This week I want to share some beautiful pink glass beads.
These beads belonged to my mom.
Along with these beads. They were strung on old fashioned string and my mom hung them on her silver Christmas tree. Mom passed away in 1967 and these beads were put in a box and forgotten about. I came across them several years ago. I unstrung them and began to make ornaments for my siblings with them. When my brother opened his box he looked at the ornaments and said to his wife, "These are my mother's beads."
This year I am creating a wreath for one of my sisters.
I was in Michaels yesterday looking for some embellishments when I came upon some very pretty Christmas beads. I was blessed with inspiration to use some of my mother’s glass beads on my sister’s wreath. I am going to string them and then weave them into the wreath. I will post a picture when it is done.
Happy Pink Saturday Holidays!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Beverly, at www.howsweetthesound.typepad.com, hosts Pink Saturday, where bloggers can share with the blogging community. Beverly, this is my first Pink Saturday post. I hope I am doing this right.
Yesterday, I had a mammography. We have a wonderful Breast Center in my area of NJ. It is called The Collins Pavilion at Chilton Memorial Hospital. The people who work there are so kind and caring. They make the entire experience so comfortable. To make us all feel relaxed and comfortable they provide: coffee, tea, computers, T.V., cozy robes, and the most caring workers in the world. I am very thankful to be able to get my mammography at The Collins Pavilion.
This tree was in the waiting room. When I saw it I thought, “I need to share this on Pink Saturday.” Ladies, if you are overdue for your mammography, please call and make an appointment right now. Take care of yourselves.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Remember this photo?
I posted it a while ago – August 29th. Well it was the beginning of a special project. I love to knit and felt. I love turning my knitting into felting. I buy beautiful roving for knitting on a website: www.livingfelt.com. Well, Marie Spaulding, the owner of Living Felt, began a project called the Peace Felt project. The Peace Felt project was to spread unconditional love and acceptance. All one had to do was sign up. Marie did the rest. She assigned, to each of us, a person to send our piece to and a person to who would send us a piece. The date to send our final product was September 29. What we created was up to us as long as it was 25% felt. We were off and felting, all 300 of us. The piece above was knitted using Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool. After I knit it I threw it in the wash and felted it. Voila! The felted front for my project.
Next I sewed the blue fabric on as the backing. That was after my wonderful husband cleaned and oiled my machine because it hadn’t been used in a while.
The next step was to needle felt the design. I used cookie cutters to help me with the design.
The final step was to stuff the pillow with fiberfill and sew up the last seam. Then I took lots of pictures, went down to the UPS Store and sent it off to my Peace Felt recipient in California. I will definitely join the Peace Felt project again next year. Thank you, Marie Spaulding!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I am blessed to be a teacher. Two of my passions are reading and writing, and I get to spread this passion to others. I love my job! When so many are without a job right now, I am thankful for mine. Thank You, God, for blessing me with fulfilling work. Thank You, God, for choosing me to be a teacher.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I left my home on a gorgeous Tuesday morning to drive the thirty-five minutes to my county courthouse. The recording the night before, besides confirming that I needed to go, told me where to park. I went to the parking deck, and there was an entire section reserved for jurors. Nice! The courthouse was a short walk up the hill from the parking deck, and along with 235 other prospective jurors, I stood on line to go through security. Once inside we were put into a "Juror Selection" room. There we found comfortable seating, televisions, coffee, tea, wireless internet, an outside patio for the smokers, a couple of old telephone booths for privacy for a cell phone call, (cell phones were allowed) and bathrooms. I was impressed! So I grabbed a cup of coffee, which was quite good, pulled out my knitting, and settled in for what I expected to be a very long day.
I wonder who won that case . . .
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
My studio used to be our dining room, but since it was only used once a year I started to take it over. Last summer, my husband asked me if I would like the room to be my own - no more dining room. Of course I said, "YES!" So, he moved the dining room table out and set up two eight foot tables for me, and then I began to get settled in. Come have a look!
Have a wonderful day!