Friday, July 24, 2009
Sometimes when I've given things to people at work or other places, I have heard "oh, no thanks, I don't like that" or "ewwww, I don't like the color" or "get that away from me I'm on a diet" (OK the last one is understandable). I just have never understood pickiness. I don't understand people that complain especially when someone is offering something FOR FREE and the person it's being offered to ask for something different or just doesn't show tact when the item is offered. Someone once said to me "I really need something to eat, I have low blood sugar" and I offered them an apple. "No thanks" they said, "I don't like apples". OK, sometimes I get to the place where I don't want to offer anything because of the rejection. When something is offered to me whether it's food, water, help, a handmade item I am honored, humbled and very appreciative. I don't care what flavor or color I will take it graciously and not complain.
I was in Family Fare today and saw an elderly woman pushing a cart. She looked frail and something inside me told me to buy her some flowers. I don't get these convictions often and when I do I always act on them. I saw that she had her husband with her and when she began talking to another lady I walked up to him and asked him if it would be ok if I could buy his wife some flowers, that I was being moved to do this act of kindness and that she was the person I was to do this for. He told me "naw, really, you don't need to do this" and I told him when I felt convicted to do something, I had to do it and I wouldn't take no for an answer...LOL He pulled out a dollar bill and said, well then let me put a dollar in too" I wouldn't take it, I told him I was going to have the bouquet up at the front of the store when they were ready to check out and he smiled and said "Thank You, it's going to make her very happy, as she is going through chemotherapy right now..." The only reason I'm sharing this story with you is not to get any kind of praise or acclamations, but to encourage each and every one of you to do something for someone today. You never know to what level that will encourage them and help them in their walk of life. And what did I get? I got a smile on my face.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!
I needed a vendor apron and it seemed easy enough but the problem was that I can't sew. So I visualized what I wanted, wrote to my friend in England about it and she sent me a very detailed drawing on how to do it. It seemed mostly like straight line sewing just rolling my edges so I didn't have any fraying problems and I began.
So I took a long piece of fabric, the same material as I'm going to cover my tables with and sew'd all the edges after measuring it about where I wanted it to lay when I had it tied on. I bought a roll of yellow ribbon to match to use for ties. Then I cut out three squares of different colors of butterfly material with some really shiny strings in it, looks like glitter in the fabric, and put 3 little pockets on the front. So far so good LOL then I folded the apron in half and got a little wild, and sew'd zig zag stitches all down both sides and in the middle of my butterfly pockets so instead of having 3 little pockets in the front I have 3 big pockets too!
I'm always trying to find things that actually go around me. It was funny because recently I was asked "do you take a small, medium or large" and I had to tell them a 3X. So big is great but plus is where I'm at.
I was just glad I was able to use my head and make this. I usually leave these kinds of things to the pros but this time I needed to prove to myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to do. I can't wait for Geoff to come home in the morning so I can show him I did it, and I actually finished it HAHAHAHA as I'm terrible at finishing things. He knows that fact so this will be a suprise for him for sure!
This is my wish for how I want it to look on me HAHA nice tiny waist, but this bod uses the entire apron, TRUST ME.
I decided to put a ruffle on it, I've never made a ruffle for anything, I only eat ruffles LOL
It sorta turned out a little crappy, the ruffle ended up not even. But it's still cute to me. I'm thinking about added some hand stitched crystals to the pockets. But that will have to be another day as I need to make mobiles today.
Friday, May 29, 2009
1/2. I love my family even though I don't show it often
1. Always the optimist
2. I suck at cooking
3. I still love to sing, although I don't
4. I love every genre of music, except rap...don't make me listen to it, i'll get mad at ya
5. I'm open minded and open hearted
6. The Bible is the only book that makes me happy
7. My heart breaks for hurting people
8. I'm non-judgemental always
9. I'm honest to a fault
10. I say way too much sometimes
11. I don't have much patience but I'm learning
12. I need to lose weight but I'm too lazy to do it
13. I want a meaningful job
14. I enjoy my computer
15. I'm thankful for a good eyebrow waxing
16. If you ask me a point blank question I'll answer it honestly
17. I wish I could retire
18. I wish I had a better relationship with my oldest daughter
19. I feel bad about this, but my dogs irritate me to the point where I don't even want to come home sometimes
20. grocery shopping is really annoying
21. I have many secrets
Friday, May 22, 2009
If he made me a bouquet of wildflowers and left the mess all over, I'd honestly be astonished and love the wonderful thing he had done. He doesn't bring me flowers but he shows me he loves me by cleaning the toilet, going to work everyday and coming home to me. He shows me he loves me by eating my food too, telling me thank you and that it was good (and I can't cook that great). I know I goof around a lot and try to be funny about everything but when it comes to love and Geoff I get serious when I say I got it all with this guy. He loves to sit on the porch, hold my hand and drink coffee with me while I do all the talking. I am so blessed to have him in my life. I appreciate the little things as well as the big things he does for me and I wouldn't change a moment of the last 11 years we've been together. Something that I think of every day: I cherish this man I married everyday as there may come a time that I will be without him and I'll wish for the mess he leaves by the coffee maker.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
And I just love this picture, and I've tried her liquid soap and it's to die for! No artificial anything as I'm allergic to a lot of artificial additives and the scent was wonderful, lather fantastic and the scent was heavenly. You can find more lovelies at their shop
All of Etsy West Michigan Shops have links to each other so it's like mall shopping from the comfort of your chair!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I'm amazed at the brilliance of God in my Garden. That even at the touch of my feebleness and ineptness that God can still coax tulips up, let them know that everything will still be alright, even though they were planted in my little flower garden. I can just hear them all talking now "do you think it's safe to show our heads"? "All clear" one says...."She took the rake back inside, yet we will miss Joe, he gave his life so we could have a clean area to come up in"...yeah, I raked a tulip and broke it clean off the stem. It was the first one up. I didn't see them last year. I wasn't sure I would get any this year either. I'm not a gardener. I've always wanted to try though and when I accidently broke that little blossom off even before it had a chance to open and show all of it's glory I thought, isn't that like life? Sometimes we as human beings tend to prejudge someone before we even get a chance to see their true beauty and by the time we're done we've broken their spirit. How unfortunate that we will never get a chance to see them standing tall, in all their true beauty, because of biting words or even sometimes a hateful look (or a misplaced rake).
I have some pictures to show all that visit, of the little babies coming up in the potting soil, seeds that I planted 2 weeks ago that have come all the way from Kent, England from a dear friend named Polly. She is a walking gardening book; after looking at her garden, her green house, her plants, her yard, her home, she to me is a master gardener, and she is mentoring me, helping me to build a cottage garden.
What you are looking at above are called Nasturium Mix after 2 weeks germination.
These above in the picture are called Veronica and I believe these will be blue with spikes. Polly told me I would have to thin them out and I will try and save everyone of those sweet little Veronicas :)
Now unfortunately I think I've made a dreadful mistake with these dear ones as they've grown rather fast and gotten spindly, because I failed at keeping them warm enough. These are called cosmos and I think they are going to be red if they make it. I have this one especially on my prayer list.
Isn't this cool! It's quite chunky looking and this is going to be a butternut squash! Isn't he handsome! I'm going to transplant him this week while I'm laid off in a bigger pot and once the threat of snails are gone I'm going to put him somewhere safe where he can grow as long and as big as he wants to. Hopefully we'll find some family members on that vine LOL
Polly has written as you can see by her drawing that this particular plant is good for bees and this plant is going to have blue balls on it, I looked this one up and the color is going to be very very vivid! I can't wait to see these! This one I think, is called (Polly I need your help on this) Echnops.
I am having so much fun planning, and waiting and watching! Oh and I have to share a picture of the book that Polly so thoughtfully sent to me, which actually has some lovely examples of what I want my garden to look like. But I will share the book the next time I blog. My new project for this cottage garden is going to be handmade fencing to go around my flowers. Until next time, Take Care!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
The tooth fairy has to be a girl. Guys can't be the tooth fairy, it just doesn't sound right. How did Santa get to be a boy? The men in my life never liked to hand out presents in the past or in the present, they really don't like to shop, and every time they give something away something in their head says "cha-ching" more money out the window. Humph. And what's the deal with "Father Time" Geoff is very laid back and doesn't run on a schedule when he's home. However I do have to say in his defense that he has never been late for work, not one day in his life. And I think it's because he can't wait to get outta here LMBO!. It should be Mother Nature and Mother Time. Instead of Santa Clause maybe it should be Shanta Clause....the Easter Bunny has to be a girl because I can't see Geoff carrying a basket. And look at poor old Mother Hubbard and the @#$! that left her with all those little babies to live in what has to be the most wretched place...... I want to believe the Sales Fairy is a girl just because there is shop visiting involved in it but our Andy needs to keep his Sales Bat a boy. His sales bat probably has a pipe hanging out its' mouth. And it's probably got "Henderson" stamped on the bottom of it in size 1 font.
The next day I asked our skilled trades guys what it would take to drill a hold in each one (now I'm thinking "hey I'm going to bead with them") and they told me they could but it would take a ceramic drill and they might have time to do a couple or so a day. Well I hate to impose on people so I dropped the idea of putting holes in them and came home thinking "oh great now i have a bunch of rocks in my trunk and am I really going to make them into stepping stones"? I have a terrible time finishing anything major so I put the whole thing to rest and just have been carrying a trunk full of rocks in my car; until yesterday!
I began looking at my little pile of rocks on the table in my studio and the wheels began turning in my head. Now grey can be pretty but I wanted color. I went to a nearby craft store and found some paint but not knowing what I have as far as material in this "rock" I wasn't sure which kind of paint to get so I purchased a bottle of the prettiest pearlesque paint I could find. Purple is one of my favorite colors so I couldn't go wrong. "I'll use it on something" I thought.
So I took one triangle stone and began painting. It dried very fast and I used my nail and tried to scrape it away but it was very set and hard to scrape off so I put a second coat on it. After it all dried I wire wrapped it with 22 gauge silver wire to make a pendant out of it and crocheted a multi color ribbon for the necklace. This is the final outcome and I really wanted to share it with anyone that had an interest in seeing it.
I have a few more
to do. :)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
2. Big fluffy snowflakes.
3. A colorful sunset over Lake Michigan.
4. My grandsons; all three of them and listening to them laugh.
5. Listening to the waves at the beach.
6. Birds that are singing.
7. Giving something to someone when they are in need.
8. Celebrating a success with a friend.
9. The Big "O".
10. Sales are good but someone telling you that your latest creation is awesome (and you know they are not just saying that) is very rewarding.