Monday, December 13, 2010

YouTube Video.November Challenge.Winner "The GiftNook"

YouTube Video featuring one of the many Treasury's completed by "The Gift Nook" the winner of the November Challenge with 17 Treasuries!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaleneJewels?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/aqFqn4g9vEc

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Tribute to John Lennon


I think in my lifetime there stands three moments in which time stood still; one of those moments that becomes indelible in our minds and our souls. I am sure we can all remember exactly what we were doing that exact second when we heard the words: “Our President, John F Kennedy has been shot”; “John Lennon has just been shot in front of the Dakota, and died on the way to the hospital”; and the incident that changed the world, hearing “A plane has just hit the Twin Towers” – the day of Sept 11. It is these three tragedies that caused within me a fear, heartbreak, numbness that I will always carry with me.




Today, December 8th, marks the 30th Anniversary of that tragic evening when John Lennon, returning from a late night of recording, was gunned down in front of his home, The Dakota, with his bloodied glasses and a copy of his just released album Double Fantasy, which he had just signed for “a fan”, laying next to him. How ironic that all he ever wanted was Peace, as he sang “Give Peace a Chance”; or “Imagine” asking us to “Imagine there's no heaven, no hell below us, above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today…” – it was all he ever asked for, only to be destroyed against all that he was asking us to believe in.




Born in Liverpool, England, on October 9, 1940 during a German attack with air sirens all around, everything had grounded to a standstill almost destroying most of Liverpool that night. It wasn’t long after that that John took up the guitar to fill the void of loneliness in his life. Although we always think of John Lennon as the fighter and the rebel of the Beatles, within, he was truly shy and very self-conscious. Never really wanting the fame that brought him to us and which ultimately took him away from us. In New York he found the quietness he was seeking, and where he retired from writing and performing; living the sheltered, peaceful life he was always seeking. It was only 3 months before his death, that a renewal of life took over and he start recording his first album in years “Double Fantasy” – I always thought it ironical as I listened to that album over and over that day, that the main song was “Starting Over” singing… “Our life together is so precious, our love still special…it’s just like Starting Over again”. It is almost like he had a premonition of what was to come.





In an interview just weeks before his meeting with John Chapman, John Lennon spoke these words: “You know..give peace a chance, not shoot people for peace. All we need is love – it’s damned hard, but I really believe it. Were not the first to say “Imagine no countries, or give peace a chance, passing it on from generation to generation”…”I’ve never claimed divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answer to life. I can only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can, but only as honestly as I can – no more – no less”.


“You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one – I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” May he find the peace and tranquility in the heaven he was seeking all his life.




Daisy Photo by YankeeGirl.etsy.com
 
 **I highly recommend anyone who is a true John Lennon fan, read Philip Norman’s book, “John Lennon, The Life” – you will learn the truth behind the man we all looked to for a peaceful world. The book is one of my treasured Christmas gifts from my boys last Christmas.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I've been Tagged!!!

I have just been tagged by Margaret of Splendid Little Stars, http://splendidlittlestars.etsy.com/
http://splendidlittlestars.blogspot.com/2010/10/tagged.html  - this is the link to her blog!


She was given a list of four questions to answer. She then had to chose 4 people to tag – I was lucky to be one of her choices – so here goes!!!!


1. Do you like to travel? If so, where do you most like to go or what was your most memorable trip? If you don't like travel, why not?
I truly cannot imagine anyone not wishing to travel! When I was younger, my sister and I were lucky enough to travel all across the US with our grandparents. But I must admit my favorite and most memorable trips were my visits to India. Since I have been there a few times I have made quite a few friends there and of course one very special to me. We all traveled through South India visiting many ancient Hindu temples and Churches some many centuries old. I was also lucky to be invited as a guest to 2 different schools. At one school I visited each classroom and taught them songs that children here would sing, at the other school I was the Guest of Honor and even spoke to the audience in their language, Tamil. Can’t wait to get back there!


2. What is one of your most favorite books you've ever read?
3. What is a favorite family food you like to make?
As an avid reader, at times reading 2-3 books at a time; I only read non-fiction books, preferably historical biographies. Among the many I have read, I must put “Nicholas & Alexandra” - I have a whole collection of books on Russian history and the Tsars. My other favorites are “true crimes”. I am currently reading “Columbine” truly recommend it to anyone who wishes to find the true story being this tragic day,


3.  What is a favorite family food you like to make?
My family’s favorite food that they always request is spaghetti & meatballs – yes, I do make my own sauce. There friends even request that I cook enough for them also. I once made the mistake (I was in a hurry) of using jar sauce – my boys referred to it as “ghetto” sauce!


4. What do you collect?
I have a collection of miniatures which fill my miniature shelf. Also, being religious, I collect all sorts of angels which one will find all over my house. I really believe we all have our own little “guardian angels”.


Julie of http://StitchesbyJulie.etsy.com
Sharla of http://BeadedTail.etsy.com
Patch of http://PatchFirstShop.etsy.com
Deb of http://StoryBeader.etsy.com

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Create Crochet: What Music Inspires Me

I know I have mentioned in other blogs how music is such a big part of my life. Whatever the situation, I seem to find a song that fits what is going on at that time; but when asked what song inspires me most and has gotten me through a lot of conflicts, I would have to say “Let it Be”.
At times I may be upset by something that someone said, or conflicted with one of life’s many paths that we may not always wish to travel. It seems that out of nowhere, in my head I often find the words not only just comforting, but a reminder of how short life can be. If I find myself facing a certain situation, instead of anger building or resentments, I remember that one particular line in the song, and keep repeating it to myself “Let it Be”. Maybe tomorrow I may not get a chance to say I am sorry, or even if I am hurt, I cannot hold that within me. I may shed some tears, but within my heart I know even just a little prayer can do a lot.


When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of Wisdom,
“Let it Be” “Let it Be”
There will be an answer, "Let it Be"



It is those little words of wisdom that have guided me through so much, given me the strength to look at things differently, and the courage to move on.
Ps. I even have “Let It Be” as the ringtone on my phone. So I am always reminded that there is always someone watching over me, and an answer for all that lies ahead.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Please Help If You Can



I have a request for my Etsy friends, or anyone else who is interested in helping - my request is mainly, I guess, for those who make jewelry or knit or crochet. I have been asked by Montefiore Children's Hospital, which is one of the world's top-ranked pediatric hospitals, if I would like to teach beading and jewelry making with the children in their Child life Dept. Many of the children in this unit are suffering with cancer; they also treat those children who are in need kidney or heart transplants, some of whom come from various places around the world. I felt so honored that they even considered to ask me I almost cried - and of course I said yes definitely I would love to.



I just came back from my first interview and tour of the wards I will be working on. Before I can even start I need to have a complete physical, blood work, shots, etc (not so much for myself, but to make sure I have nothing that I would pass on to the children). Then I will get full security clearance and my Hospital ID badge.

So, my question is - if anyone who has extra beads, supplies, wire, etc. would you be willing to donate some to help out with a lot of what I would need to work with these children.
I will also be teaching knitting and crocheting to the children; mainly the older ones in their teens, so if anyone has any extra yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, that they are no longer using and would like to donate, please let me know. Just send me a convo through Etsy.

Since I don't watch any babies on Thursdays, I decided I would go down there every other Thurs and work with these children. The hardest part is that other times that I have worked with children like this, or at one time taught in an orphanage; it breaks my heart to leave them, I would love to take them all home with me and care for them.

It will be such a rewarding experience for me to put some smiles on these little one's faces. One little girl I met who has cancer is just 3 years old.


So again I ask if there is any item that you don't use anymore or left over beads, yarn, etc., I hope you can help.

Note:  CHAM stand for "Children's Hospital at Montefiore"

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What Inspires Me?


This week’s question was “What inspires me” when I am creating something.


For as long as I can remember music has always been a passion and very important to me. There is never a moment that there is not a song that is “floating” in my head. When my children were young, they would always laugh when I would answer a question with a song. Something I still tend to do!


So most of my inspirations are created with a song playing in my head while I am crocheting, knitting, designing jewelry or quilting. In you notice in my jewelry shop http://MagdaleneJewels.etsy.com, most of my jewelry is named after a song – to name a few: Layla, November Rain, Black Velvet, The Rose, Ruby Tuesday. Of course with the new listings I had to go back and change the titles to reflect the item, but within the description you will find the song behind my inspiration.


Could it be a coincidence then that our CreateCrochet Team “Weekly Challenge” was to create something from a song or musical artist that inspires us. When I first read about the challenge, the song “Good Day Sunshine” by the Beatles was the first that came into my head.


I need to laugh and when the sun is out
I've got something I can laugh about
I feel good in a special way
I'm in love and it's a sunny day
Good Day Sunshine


Hence my creation for this week’s challenge: a Lemon Yellow Sundress with a pink flower for a little toddler.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Treasury Selections by MagdaleneKnits





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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day Daughter



In April I wrote a Tribute to my neice, Tara, who was tragically killed, leaving behind 3 young children.
http://magdalenejewelspjk.blogspot.com/2010/04/tara-bridesmaid-at-her-brothers-wedding.html


This is a beautiful poem my cousin (her mother) wrote for her - and I wanted to share it with you.

(for Tara on her Birthday July 4th)

Your eyes represent the innocence and the brillance of the Fourth of July
The innocence of the child in wonderment at the fireworks,
The brillance of your personality blazing across the sky.

You are no long limited by the earth and it plains,
You are now are a part of the heavens.

When I see the fireworks on the Fourth of July, I will think of you,
The innocence, openness, and hopefulness of a child.
The brillance of what was, is now, and shall in the future be,
You see, you left behind three brillant sparks for us to marvel at (Leo, Maya and Travis);
and they will lead us on where you left off.

When I look at the fireworks, it is their brillance and uniqueness that catch my attention,
more so than the time spent in the air.
People will remember your beautiful smile - which has no earthly bounds.

Your presence on this planet definitely gives up hope, and lights up the darkness -
like fireworks on Independence Day.

*****************************************************************************
These beautiful words are from the heart of a grieving mother who still wants to share Tara's beauty and love of live with all of us.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Video the life of a Bengal Cat!




Dexter - my son's Bengal cat with Zoey, another Bengal
You have to watch this video until the very end - it is truly worth it!

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=40438122730

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Crochet Question: Honing Your Craft



This week's question: How do you continue to hone your craft (crocheting!)? Books, internet, magazines? What do you do to learn more?
I started crocheting when I was about 13, when everyone at that time was wearing crocheted vests, and berets and shawls. Of course, the first stitches I learned were the sc and dc. Once I mastered those, and yes, there was a lot of ripping out stitches, there was no stopping me. I think once someone learns those basic steps they are well on their way to a world of creative crocheting.
From those early days of shawls, etc, I began making afghans. Since I love antiques and collecting them, naturally I found a book of antique afghan patterns. The terminology was a little different, but knowing those few beginning stitches I originally had learned, I was able to follow the directions, and make some very different afghans. I still use (or should I say my kids use) one of the first ones I made – so it is about 35 yrs old (the picture above). I love browsing through different books, and now look on the internet for patterns that are a little different. I am currently working on a little girl’s sweater using a pattern from 1956. I think in those days, they just took for granted that you knew what to do, because it explains each section, but no where does it explain how to put the pieces together – it is like a Chinese puzzle – all these little pieces, and I am trying every possible angle to assemble them. Hopefully it will be in my shop one day!













I do admit, as I have grown and find myself doing a lot more crocheting, I am working with a lot of different stitches I haven’t used before. My friend in India sent me some books on crochet patterns, and quilting patterns (which I do also) – truly great birthday presents, because they are both very useful. What I did with some of the crochet patterns I wasn’t familiar with – I did little practice pieces, which I save in the book where that particular pattern is – so when I do need to use that particular pattern – I have already worked it out, and am ready to take on any project. Also, if you want to take the easy route – just go into Google and type in that particular stitch - not only will you find explicit directions, plus most of them have a step by step video that you can follow. Now if they only can explain this 1956 sweater pattern!

Monday, May 31, 2010

A Tribute to Native Americans

I received a convo today from Joni Stinson, http://www.etsy.com/shop/jstinson, that my little crocheted-baby-moccasins-in-sage-0-6-mo, were included in her very special Tribute to Native Americans.



Joni started this thread (which is now on Chapter 3) inviting people to do a search of Native American or Native American Inspired items and list their favorites or to list one of their own items) and promote any item listed throughout various Etsy shops which give tribute to our first settlers in this country. The title of this great Tribute is called “Walking with the Wind”.

“Walking with the Wind is to have the wind at your back…helping your journey along.
We each in our own way help others on their journey…We become the wind.
Helping others either through words, support, praise, or just being there to listen:
"Walking with the Wind is to have the wind at your back ....helping your journey along.

Anyone who follows Joni’s blog, http://www.jstinson-trailoftreasures.blogspot.com, knows her passion and dedication to her heritage, which she continually shares with all of us. Joni, who is Creek-Cherokee, has given us so much history of her tribe’s customs and the plight of still so many Native Americans who live in poverty. Her jewelry is just one example of her love of heritage; these are a few examples of her beautiful Indian jewelry.






I was also thinking how befitting it is to receive this honor today when we are celebrating the many American soldiers who fought in wars throughout history to make this country what it is today. What many people may not realize is that from the beginning when the first pilgrims arrived at our shores, our survival was at the hands of Native Americans who taught the settlers how to survive. Also, how many of us realize that during the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, the Cherokee’s played a very important part in these wars fighting for the Union, along side of the American soldiers who were fighting against the South who wanted to separate and form their own union. The only way American soldiers (known as pioneers) knew how to fight was face to face combat, each side standing in opposite lines shooting at each other. The Native Americans (known as the warriors) found the white man's strategy of standing still and allowing people to shoot at them, or lob artillery shells at them quite curious. It was the Cherokee’s who taught the many soldiers the tactic of sneak attacks while hiding in trees or sneaking through the dense wooded areas, completely surprising their enemies. This tactic was one of the main reasons that the North was able to defeat the South. So let us also remember those many Cherokee warriors who gave their lives fighting to help save our country from the British, who were helping the Confederate soldiers.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Vote for Zachary!


Vote for Zachary! (my little grandson)


We need your vote to help Zachary, NJ win Baby of the Week in the Babytalk/GMA Digital Cover Contest. The winner will be featured on Parenting.com

http://www.parenting.com/Babytalk/covercontest/contestant.jsp?ID=42396277

Monday, May 24, 2010

Memorial of Doves


On the wings of this white Dove, I’ll set your spirit free.
Up into the big deep sky, to heaven, where you’ll be.
I know God has a plan for us.
But it is hard for us to understand when we are left behind.
Little Dove, lift our hearts as we watch your go.
God is there if we just ask, to watch our loved ones
In the Heavens where your spirit is free.



Yesterday, my daughter Kelly, my cousin Michael, and myself, attended a beautiful ceremony, for all those who past away this past year. The Memorial Service and Dove Release was sponsored by the Funeral home where my Aunt Joyce was buried from this past February. The director of the Funeral home came up with this idea in a way to honor his own mother who past away this year also; and thought it would be nice to invite others who have lost someone dear to them to join in this dedication. After a brief service inside the home, in which they had digitial photo’s of each person being honored, we then all went out onto the back lawn, where in a huge circle were heart shaped baskets, each filled with a dove. It was so beautiful to watch as we all opened the baskets at the same time, and the Doves took flight towards the heavens. I thought it was a special way to remember a loved one and wanted to share some of the moments with you in the pictures we took.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Tribute to my Niece: Tara Alamilla

A Tribute to my Niece, Tara


Tara (bridesmaid) at her brother's wedding



Tara (second from right) holding my daughter Kelly with her twin brother & sister; and cousins 



Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there. They may become a best friend, soul mate, lover or spouse; you just know that when you lock eyes with them for that very first time, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life now and in years to come. But then sometimes that sunshine turns towards darkness and life as we expected, begins to change. That one person, who we so willingly turned our lives over to, may not be who we thought them to be.

Unfortunately, as we see those dark clouds entering in our hearts, we bear painful and unfair truths, that will test our strength and our faith. Make everyday count and appreciate those around us, our family, our children, our friends, because you never know when God may take that away. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance, God tests our faith in so many ways, that we have to be prepared with in our hearts and our souls to take on that strength to forgive and go forward.
"Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last... Tomorrow is Not Promised."Someone once told me that “God will never give us anything we can’t handle.” Perhaps it is through my strong faith and prayer that I can hold that truth. This weekend my family was put to the test, as we learned that my niece, Tara; my cousin’s oldest daughter and a mother of three young children, was murdered by her ex-husband of whom she had only been divorced from for a few weeks. As their three little children lie sleeping in their beds, Tara breathed her last breathe at the hands of her ex-husband. A life of such promise and a love that was thought to be forever has dissipated to a life lost; three little one’s left without parents; and a family left in shock and in tears.


“The cloud burst doesn’t last all day” - right now we can’t see through the darkness; but I know that when God allows our faith to take over, we will begin to see that light come shining through. It is at that moment that we know that Tara is once again safe in the “arms of her angel” and smiling down at us, letting us know that we need to continue with our lives “Living Each Day As If It Were Our Last.”

Thank you all for your many kind words, thoughts and prayers, which I have conveyed to my cousin and our family. Please keep Tara and my family in your prayers, as we wait for the sun to rise again.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Latest Update on "The Orphan Act"



Painting by: Diane Clancy

Once again I find it necessary to alert all artists here on Etsy, and elsewhere to read, beware, and to act TODAY on this important Legislation!!!! In early 2008, Diane Clancy and I wrote effortlessly on bringing the “Orphan Act” to your attention. Below is the first of a series of blogs, we both worked on at that time. On May 15, 2008, I wrote: On April 24, 2008, the Orphan Works Act was introduced into the U.S. House and Senate. In August 2008, in another blog , I wrote: Update on the "Orphan Act "I'll bet you, as I, thought this was a dead issue. Well we, DianeClancy.etsy.com and I just found out that is has been put on hold (again). In fact Congress tried 2x to push it through, and both times was held due to the fact that not enough was made known to the public of the ramifications of the Bill.

This is the original blog I wrote on April 25, 2008
THE ORPHAN WORKS ACT:I don't know if you have seen this article or heard about this Legislation which is being considered in our Congress. It is such an important article which needs to alert all artists - it basically calls for the rights of anyone to steal the ideas, thoughts, emotional feelings that an artist brings to his work. The fact that Congress can allow such an abomination of rights needs to be dealt with through letters to our Congressmen, Legistators, Senators who expect to become President! If such an impropriety can be allowed to desecrate the ideals of today's artists, what can we expect for our tomorrows, and where does that leave the many craftsmen whose own work is an extension of themselves. A lot of credit goes to Diane Clancy "dianeclancy.etsy.com" who brought this incredible information, of the "Orphan Works Act" to the attention of those in our Forum, I would like to further extend this attached article to the other artists and craftsman, who are here at Etsy. The Orphan Works Act is under consideration again and as artists and supporters of artists, I hope you will respond!! From different artists' groups, we have heard that the new draft of Orphan Works Act of 2008 is going to be released next week. Artists and supporters who have seen it are horrified. Quote from the Illustrators' Partnership "If these proposals are enacted into law, all the work you have ever done or will do could be orphaned and exposed to commercial infringement from the moment you create it. " At least 12 artists groups are working together to help get the word out so people can get informed and then TAKE ACTION!!! Lots of links below to get informed and please at least sign the petition. Anyone anywhere in the world can sign. Again, quoting from the Illustrators' Partners " forget the spin you’ve heard from backers of this bill. This radical proposal, now pending before Congress, could cost you your past and future copyrights" This includes those of you who are creating beautiful and fun works on your blogs - they can take and use them too. All of our work is fair game.Here's a link to a site where you can sign a petition against it. Why not sign and pass it on? This is so important to all of us!!! We MUST take action! Please sign ... YOU can sign - it is international. http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/no-to-orphan-works-act.html - No to Orphan Works Petition. Mark Simon has a webcast interview with Brad Holland. http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/orphan.html - They have given permission to for this audio file to be copied, transferred and replayed ... they want this stopped!!Again, quoting from the Illustrators' Partnership, "for additional information about Orphan Works developments, go to the http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00185 - IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists

New post on "Diane Clancy's Art Blog" http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/ :Today is the Last Day to Write – Here is My Letter

Sorry for the short notice, but you can write until TODAY – and I hope YOU will!! At last the government WANTS to hear from actual artists instead of only big businesses. Some businesses want to use our work without our permission (or payment) – this has been called the Orphan Works Bill. I know I want to protect my colorful, vibrant paintings!! Please read yesterday’s post for details. My letter is below just as an example. Thank you! ~ Diane
Summary of issue: Over 85 organizations opposed the last Orphan Works bills, representing over half a million creators. Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses.
My name is Diane Clancy from Greenfield, MA. I create vibrant paintings that feature color and vision to inspire and uplift people. I work both in traditional mediums and digital mediums. I also do graphic design and web design.
I sell originals of my work. But I also use my images (paintings) for prints and on merchandise. I have several online shops where people can purchase my work – both from me directly and through shops that do the printing themselves and send the merchandise and prints directly to my customers and collectors.
On some images I spend well over 100 hours to produce the original painting. To make a profit in my art business, I need to be able to use and reuse such an image over and over again to make my art business profitable. That is partly why I sell prints of these paintings and also sell these images on items such as mugs, tiles, journals, calendars and tote bags. This is how I make my money from such a painting.
As a commercial artist, I have a business plan and much of it is based on reuse of my paintings – by ME! If other businesses are able to use my images, saying that they are orphaned, I have lost much of my business and income. My paintings, my images ARE my business. I have spent much time and effort in creating them and marketing them. I need to be the one who gets the benefit of my intellectual property rights.
I want the government to protect my copyrights of my paintings … and to not make it easier for others to call my images orphaned and then make money from these paintings. I am an American micro-business, an entrepreneur – the backbone of the American economy. I need the US government to be protecting and encouraging, small creative businesses … I also think this is what is going to help turn around this economy.
Also, I am an artist living with a disability. Having this small art business is what allowed me to move off disability to be supporting myself. Please help me support myself. I know of many artists with micro-businesses who are living with disabilities. Creating and marketing our art is what allows many of us to minimize financial support from the government. To me, clearly, it is evident that is good for the economy.
Thank you for asking artists for our input! I am greatly appreciative that you want to hear from us,
~ Diane Clancy

Please act today and write to your Congressman, or one of the addresses given in Diane's Blog.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

CreateCrochet: 48hr Crochet Challenge


my entry!

With recently opening my knit and crochet shop: http://MagdaleneKnits.etsy.com, I recently joined another team on Etsy “CreateCrochet”. Although my original shop is jewelry http://MagdaleneJewels.etsy.com, a few months ago I needed a little break from my jewelry designing. So I decided to go back to crocheting and knitting for a while. I have been doing crochet work since I was about 14 years old (I really can’t count back that far to tell you how long ago that was). It is like riding a bicycle, once you learn to maneuver balancing on those two wheels, you never forget! Well, it was like that with crocheting, as soon as I had that crochet hook in my hand, and yarn in the other, it was as if I had never stopped. I only started knitting about two years ago, so I am sure there is a lot more to learn; but I find both so relaxing. Although it may seem like cheating because with knitting and crocheting, you automatically have your pattern written out for you; while with jewelry designing, your creative side takes over, and the ideas and colors form in your head before you can create a piece of your own signature work.
Actually I started to write this blog to tell you about this weekend’s exciting venture at “CreateCrochet” – a 48 hr Challenge. The CreateCrochet Team was challenged to crochet an item with a SPRING theme within 48 hours, with such inspirations as “Sunshine”, “Bright Colors”, “Spring Begins”, “Easter” and “Passover”. The Challenge started at 8am Friday morning, so with crochet hook in hand, and the clock ticking away – two minutes, one minute – the crocheting began. With many very tired fingers and sore wrists, the contest ended this morning at 8am. I actually finished my entry yesterday, Saturday, afternoon, and listed it in my shop, under the title of 48 hr. Contest. My crochet entry was a “Little Baby Lamb. I think most of the entries managed to finish on time. This is the link to CreateCrochet’s blog with all the entries received by this morning: http://createcrochet.blogspot.com/ I listed just a few of my favorites, although there were many unique and interesting pieces entered. Under the Spring theme, were many different categories, so it will be interesting to see who will win in each division. Voting will begin this afternoon (Sunday), March 21st, and continue until Wednesday, March 24th . You may just find a few of your friends from other teams busily crocheting away also!


Monday, February 22, 2010

The Special Work of Sassy



I was totally won over when I first saw the beautiful yarns and their colors when I visited Sassy's shop: http://www.sassalynne.etsy.com.
Her work has evolved into many different realms; from the beautiful threads and yarns, which she dyes herself, to her felted fabrics which she also dyes herself, creating some beautiful pieces with the help of her embellishing machine. Her other shop, http://www/WinifredCottage.co.uk,



One of her talents which really amazes me is the working with felt. The whole process of how she creates her felted fabric is done with an Embellishing machine. If this isn’t enough to keep her busy, she also finds time to teach courses and workshops in the UK. Sassy teaches various embroidery techniques using some of the embroidery threads which she sells from her other shop in England, “www.WinifredCottage.co.uk”. For most of us, myself included I couldn’t begin to find enough hours in a day to complete half of what she does. Yet Sassy also manages to find time working on her “Paper Patches” which are cards using patches of abaca tissue which she again hand dyes and prints herself. See her shop: http://paperpatches.etsy.com.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunshine Award



Special thanks to Myfawny (Sassy) for bringing a little sunshine into my life! I was one of the 5 lucky friends, Myfawny choose to receive this award. If you wish to visit her new blog this is the link: http://todays-journal.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-surprise.html
Now I am passing it on to 5 friends who are always full of sunshine!

As always this award has to be passed on, and that's difficult, because it is to be passed to 5 people, and let's face it, we all know more than 5 bloggers! There aren't many other rules, in fact, here they are:

The rules for accepting this:
Put the logo on your blog or within your post (right click and save),
Pass the award onto 5 bloggers,
Link the nominees within your post,
Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

My first blog to nominate is: Julie http://stitchesbyjulie.blogspot.com/ - Although Julie is somewhat new to Etsy, sometimes you meet that one person that you just click with.
Secondly, I nominate Joannie's blog: http://sixsistersiam3.blogspot.com/ One of the "Bbest" - there you will find some of her beautiful paintings of birds, neighborhood girl (my favorite!); and of course her little fairy's. She also takes the time to introduce the work of many interesting artists.
My third choice is Carol (Yankee), her blog is: http://yankeegirlswatercolors.blogspot.com/ which is filled with her so "real-like" paintings of flowers.
Fourth is Deb "Storybeader" her blog is: http://storybeader.blogspot.com/ where you will not only find some of her very unique pieces of unique; but Deb does great interviews on various Etsy artists (me included) on her blog!
Fifth award goes to Sharla "BeadedTail" http://beadedtail.blogspot.com/ an avid animal lover who donates part of every sale to animal shelters. But on her blog you can follow the many adventures of her famous cats!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Sweet Blog Award



What a nice surprise to log onto my computer and find something special waiting for me. A special award called "Sweet Blog Award" sent to me by Jacki of "ChristieCottage": http://www.ChristieCottage.etsy.com. Besides being one of the first artisans on Etsy I purchased from, and one of my first friends, Christie is almost always the first one to comment on my blogs. So I feel quite honored to be given an award which gives Thanks to "Sweet Friends: with kind words, sweet thoughts and good times" from someone I think is just as deserving of such an award.
In accepting this award, I first must list 10 things that make me happy, then pass the "Sweet Blog Award" onto 10 bloggers whose blogs always make me smile! Before I start my list, it is quite ironic that quite a few things that make Christie happy are truly some of my favorites also!

Things that make me HAPPY:

1. My three children - Kelly, Keith and Ryan. If you read my blogs, you already know much about them.
2. The newest addition to our family: my "first" grandchild . Zachary, born 10.2.09 to Kelly.
3. Knowing that God is always watching over me - as a Catholic I am very involved in many activities and groups within my Church.

4. Paul :)
5. My closest friends (you all know who you are!)

6. Coke (cola) - I cannot live a day without my coke! As my friends day, I have coke for blood!
7. My morning coffee (usually at 6am) and my Chai tea.
8. Roses - for their beauty and sweet fragrance.

9. My love of music - that would include (The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Guns n Roses, AvengeSevenfold (Dear God), I could keep going!

10. The many friends I have made here on Etsy!!!!!


My 10 favorite blogs:

1. http://christiecottage.blogspot.com/
2. http://sassa-lynne-blog.blogspot.com
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3. http://storybeader.blogspot.com
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4. http://beadedtail.blogspot.com
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5. http://sixsistersiam3.blogspot.com
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6. http://memoriesforlifescrapbooks.blogspot.com
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7. http://stitchesbyjulie.blogspot.com
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8. http://bethpeardonprods.blogspot.com/
9. http://dianeclancy.blogspot.com/
10. http://jstinson-trailoftreasures.blogspot.com/


Thanks again to Jacki - and don't forget put my blog on your list!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Christmas Pageant 2009

Zachary as "Baby Jesus"

I have written about our annual Christmas Pageant in our Parish Church, Sacred Heart, for the past few years. I get as much enjoyment working on the Pageant even now, as much as I did when I started the Pageant in our Church 19 years ago. Although I directed it for many years, my daughter, Kelly, has taken over the lead as Director for the past 5 years. What made this year even more special was that my new little grandson, Zachary, got the lead in his first part, that of “Baby Jesus”. Even with a grandmother’s pride, I must say he was one of the best babies we have had; it was as if he knew exactly what to do on cue!


Since every parent wants their child to be the star of the show, we begin by choosing those that have participated in most of our Christmas masses throughout the year. Once all the main characters are chosen (Mary, Joseph, Wisemen, angels, etc.), Kelly begins her directing. Our little children range in age from 3 (which are the little angels) to age 12; and of course, Zachary, age 2 1/2 mos. The older children get the main parts, which gives the other children an incentive to work up to each year. We have a wonderful Children's Choir who do all the singing throughout the play. This year due to the weather and many illnesses, we managed to stage the whole production with only one practice!
Using my experience as the costumer for our local theater group, that is my main job with these children, is getting everyone fitted with a costume; with a few alterations here and there. As with any play, once the children put on their various costumes, their whole demeanor changes. They suddenly assume the role they are portraying. A lot of credit goes not just to the Director, but to the small group of parents who dedicated themselves each year working on the Pageant. They each automatically assume the various positions that they
have taken over each year. Once assembling the little angels, another for the shepherds, and still another for the Wisemen, and drummer boy and girl.



It is the team work that makes the Pageant so successful. The success is well noted as the Narrators (children grades 5-7) begin to tell the story of the Nativity, and as you look at the smiles on the faces of each parent. Although our little angels, who I said are mostly 3-4 year old's, completely steal the show; the other children are so professional, and kneel so reverently as they portray, Mary and Jesus from the time they are approached by the Angel Gabriel, to the birth of Jesus, and the arrival of the Wisemen. The final scene is the two little Drummer Girls, and the Drummer Boy who walk so very slowly down the center aisle playing their drums while the choir sings 'The Little Drummer Boy,". The most adorable thing is not only watching them, but watching the little angels singing their hearts out - pa rum pum pum pum, I could continue talking about the beauty of the children in the Pageant, but the pictures tell it all.