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Me thinks he may have had the gas!

When I was a little girl I always felt safe.  I knew my Daddy would take care of me and that against him the bad men and the boogie men didn’t stand a chance.  My Daddy was a former Marine that won two purple hearts.  He had been to Korea and the very end of the 2nd World War, he had lost part of his leg by stepping on a land mine, but not his determination, grit or his life.  He spent six months in the military hospital learning how to walk all over again on his artificial leg.  I knew it caused him pain at times, he got nasty sores at times, but he never laid down, never stopped moving, never quit.  With him at my side nothing could ever hurt me.

Sadly, a little girl has to grow up.  She loses her Father and has to learn to take care of herself.  She learns to be strong in the midst of adversity, learns to remember that he never gave up, learns to take his lessons to heart in her daily life.  She learns to jump over hurdles as her Father wouldn’t want it any other way. 

The last few years have been really rough and I wish, at times, that I had my Daddy to take care of me again.  It started in August of 2007 when, after I left a company for another and I was four months into it, they laid me off.  I was out of work for six months and making it on my meager unemployment.  I landed a temporary assignment in February of 2008 and worked at that assignment for about 8 months.  I hoped it would become permanent, but alas it didn’t and in mid-November of 2008 I was back out of work again. 

Enter the current economy and all the bad news we hear almost daily.  Thousands laid off in a day, 10’s of thousands laid off another day.  Worst economic numbers since the depression, stimulus packages, and on and on.  My Daddy knows what that all means and could explain it to me.  He never went to college, but he knew so much.  He would know what to say to me to make it all okay. 

Since this last lay off, I have had one interview and talked with a recruiter on the phone briefly.  I should hear the interview result this week.  It would be a great opportunity, but only part-time.  That is better than nothing at this point.  I did the math and it is what my unemployment pays so I know that I can make it.  Not well, not abundantly, but just make it. 

Thankfully, one thing my Daddy instilled in me was to never live above your means.  I took that to heart and never spent more than I made.  Never lived extravagantly. 

Each night as I say my prayers I ask God to tell my parents hello for me and let them know that I still love them and miss them.  When I get to the place that I miss them greatly I write an entry in my journal and get it all out.  I wish my Dad was still here to chase all the bad thoughts away.  He always made it okay.  If he needed extra help he brought in reinforcements of cake and cookies.  That magic recipe made it all better.  Yes, sugar and a Daddy, what more could a girl want!

‘Cause it is sure bloomin’ up a storm here at the Casa de Crafty…DSC01569

Here a posey, there a posey…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everywhere a posey, posey…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Casa de Crafty is a bloomin’ along…

 

 

 

Have you seen any signs of spring?

DSC01590This week’s MAMMA challenge was to create a Zetti ATC.  I  have seen them, I liked them, I have received them, but never have I created one.  I had no idea where to start.

I knew they were a bit out there, they were usually black and white or had those colors in them and that they normally had a black and white border.  They could be scary, they could be weird, they were definitely a work of artistic fancy.  You can see more examples in this Yahoo group

This was my attempt and my very first Zetti.  I used a black and white image of a child holding their breath.  For that image I drew a fish body with black and white stripes.  I also drew the polka dots and borders all using my gel pens.  I added the text also to the card.

I think I did pretty good for my first attempt. 

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I also received my swap for last week’s triptych swap.  This is from Hattie Heart.  I remember watching Red on The Tonight Show and Merv Griffin.  I also watched the reruns of his show often.  I thought he was great. 

Thanks, Hattie, for bringing back such nice memories.

Have you tried a new technique lately?

DSC01581 This month’s challenge for the MAD (Monthly Art Dolls) MAMMA group was spring.  The template for the doll was loaned to us by Tootieu.  Her doll template is so whimsical and I loved it when I first saw it.  Imagine my delight when she let us use it and MAMMA chose it for the February swap. 

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The background is scrapbook paper that I stamped and inked to distress it.  I added some paper flowers, a stamped face with a paper flower behind it.  Flower brads finish the look. 

She reminds me of the blue skies of spring.  The blue skies that show up after the April showers.  The ones that bring the May flowers.  Man, I cannot wait for spring to get here!  The last few days have been in the 70’s here in central Virginia.  I have spring fever BAD.  Really, really BAD!

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I received last month’s doll from Meggymay.  Her name is Petunia.  I love her hair and her cuff bracelet!  Her petunias are lovely, too. 

Thanks, Yvonne!  She will be right at home with my button fairies and Dotees. 

What have you been making lately?

I have a lot of bangles!  Seriously, I have baskets full of them.  I love them, I wear them, I pile them, I rearrange them, I pick them up off the floor all.the.time.  They fall out of the baskets and go tumbling to the floor.  I have been getting really frustrated with it.  The bending over to pick them up, although good exercise, is getting really, really old. 

As I hit the thrift shops recently my eye spied these old textile spindles.

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And then I happened upon some wooden plaques all ready for a fresh coat of paint.  (I paint on Reynolds wrap as it can be wiped off and reused over and over and over…)

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A little paint, some E6000 glue and after 24 hours of drying you have these.

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While they were drying I placed one of my bangles on them so you can get the idea.

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Now I no longer have to continually pick them up off the floor and I have some baskets to find a new use for.  Totally repurposed (on purpose) organization.  Best of all it is easy peasy!

What have you recycled lately?

I have a few people in my life that I would lay down my life for if they needed it.  They have been added to my life at various times and have weathered many a challenge in my life and I in theirs.  They have been there for me and I for them.  That, to me, is a friend

Friends arrive for many reasons in my life.  A shared interest, a common past, a hobby, or just because I need that person at that particular time.  Each brings something new and special to the equation and to my life.  Each is unique and special in their own right.  That is what makes me love them. 

I make friends somewhat easily.  There never seems to be a stranger in my life for long.  I have no qualms about walking up and saying “hello!”.  I have met some interesting characters that way.  I try not to judge, but put myself in their place.  That has gotten me a long way in my life.  Some of the greatest outcasts have been my great friends.  People that no one looked at twice were such great people.  That has made my life so very rich.

I was never one that wanted to be popular, it just kind of happened.  Since I made friends with everyone regardless my circles were large and far reaching.  In high school I was more popular than the most popular kid.  That was because I befriended the nerds, geeks and dweebs, too.  To me all people are interesting and have a story to share if we take the time to listen. 

I won’t wax on today, but will share this writing that has always expressed to me why certain friends move into and out of our lives.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person or people involved; and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships, and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Truer words have never been spoken.  Maybe now you should go and hug your friends.

DSC01560I love my new pouch!

I bought it from this Etsy seller.

Cute, no?

It makes me smile!  How about you?

 

 

 

I have also been tagged, twice so I am it it. 

I was ‘tagged’ last week by Jan.  You have to go to your photo album on your PC, pick the 6th album then the 6th photo and Blog it ! So this is mine………

 

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It is an angel headstone in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA.  It is a very big part of the civil war and home of Blandford church.  All of the windows in the church were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and when the sun hits them they are awesome.  There is one for each of the southern states in the civil war. 

There is also a life size statue on a headstone of a man’s wife.  It is said that the likeness on the face is his wife’s.  What a testament to that love affair. 

I love to take photos in black and white.  You see the image instead of getting lost in the colors. 

Apparently, I now have to tag five other people and ask them to do the same! 

So I am tagging Mary Ann, Vallen, Loralynn, Kiva, and Suzy.

 

Christy tagged me also last week.  It is for the 8 things Meme.  So here goes:

8 Things about me:

  1. I am the next to the youngest of 7 children
  2. I am willing to try (almost) anything once
  3. I don’t like to share a lot of personal info easily
  4. I am 5′ 10″ tall
  5. Love to laugh
  6. Love to have fun
  7. Cherish my friends
  8. Think people are all basically good until they show otherwise

8 TV Shows I watch:

  1. 2 1/2 Men
  2. Cold Case
  3. Law & Order (the original)
  4. Law and Order Special Victims Unit
  5. New Adventures of Old Christine
  6. Medium
  7. ER
  8. 48 Hours Mysteries

8 Restaurants I Love (not a big chain restaurant person)

  1. Chick-fil-a
  2. Hardees (chicken biscuits)
  3. Feathernesters (local)
  4. Panera Bread
  5. Klara’s Kitchen (local)
  6. Subway
  7. Chang’s (local)
  8. Central Park Deli (local)

8 Things that happened today:

  1. I went to lunch and a movie with a friend
  2. Went to the art supply store for a swap item
  3. Went to the bookstore for a magazine they didn’t have
  4. The sun was shining and it was 65 degrees (on February 2nd!)
  5. Watched Puxatwaney Phil get jerked out of his abode
  6. Went to the post office
  7. Smiled for no apparent reason
  8. Performed a RAK for a car waiting to enter my lane

8 Things I look forward to:

  1. Art filled mailbox
  2. Blog entries from my favs
  3. Someone saying they like what I have created
  4. Birds playing outside my window
  5. The squirrels chasing one another up a tree
  6. A good sweet
  7. A call from a friend
  8. Waking up each day

8 Things I wish for:

  1. Employment
  2. That the economy will get better
  3. That Barrack Obama will be the best President EVER to show the naysayers
  4. The war in Iraq will end
  5. A great decaf chai latte with skim milk
  6. ALL restaurants to offer something diet AND caffeine free
  7. The world will slow down and be a nicer place
  8. That I will learn to slow down a bit more

8 songs I just listened to:

1-8. All by Randy Newman as I am listening to his CD, but don’t know the names as it is a new one I bought at the Goodwill.

8 Favorite Movies:

  1. Boyz in the Hood
  2. Circle of Friends
  3. Steel Magnolias
  4. For the Boys
  5. Gran Torino (saw it Monday)
  6. Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo – the original one (like the stupid and the funny)
  7. Pretty Woman
  8. That Old Feeling

8 people I tag:

  1. Any
  2. One
  3. That
  4. Wants
  5. To
  6. Do
  7. It
  8. Can

Whew, that was hard! 

Quote O’ The Month

"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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