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, 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.

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.