Blue Skies, Bright Thoughts and Sending Joy


Under a bright blue sky, anything is possible…

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…fruits flourish…

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…car rides become exhilarating…

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…and rainbows reveal themselves.  This was the first time I’ve ever seen a double rainbow, but the camera didn’t seem to catch the second beam very well.  I guess some things are meant to be enjoyed only in the moment.

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Wherever you are and wherever you go, may there be blue skies ahead.

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Before I end this post, I’d like to thank all of you who participated in my necklace giveaway from the previous post.  I very much enjoyed reading about the things that make you happy.  And it seems that many of us have the same things on our list of joys…even knowing this gives me joy.  And I love that we have so much in common, so thank you for sharing your bright thoughts with me!

The winner for the necklace is Deborah Klepac.  Deborah, please contact me with your mailing address so that I can send my little piece of “joy” your way.

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Simple Joy Giveaway


With Spring in the air I’ve been feeling the joy…so I thought it would be fun to share a bit of this good energy with you by offering a little simple “joy”, in the form of a necklace giveaway.

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If you’d like a chance to win this necklace, please leave a comment to this post (I’d love to hear what brings you joy in the Springtime, or a simple hi would be nice too).  Kindly leave your comment by next Saturday, April 5th and I’ll add your name to the hat.  Then I’ll be back here the next morning to announce the random winner.  In the meantime, have a fantastic week ahead…and wishing you plenty of simple joy!

 

 

 



Message on a Bottle


Yesterday I made this bottle…while thinking of my Brook.  She turns sixteen tomorrow…sweet sixteen…all too soon.

I adhered a portion of a pretty napkin around a recycled spice bottle using a glue stick.

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To make the flower all you need is some lacy fabric and some wire.  And I used more wire to hang a crystal.

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The message wrapped around the top of the jar is from an old song, “You’re as sweet…

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…as the flowers of springtime”.  So perfect for this delightful time of year…and so perfect for my wonderful Brook.

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With Brook in my life there will always be beautiful blooms…

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…and there will always be sparkle and light.

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Our children are flowers in the garden of life.  And because of this, life is rich…as the soil…that nourishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Light as a Feather


The heaviness of Winter is slowly lifting…do you feel it too?  I’m just starting to feel more like myself again, thanks to the extra hour of sunlight that we’ve been getting this past week.  Prior to this the cold and dreary darkness was getting to me and my energy was low…real low.  But luckily, daylight savings came to the rescue and it really did “save” me.  So now I’m good again, and I’m back…and with a little inspiration to share with you.

Back in December while Bill, Brook and I were in Spain I kept coming across feathers like this pristine white one.

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And here’s another white one, cozy against a curb.

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This other white feather got stuck in the sand, which makes me think of beaches and warm places.  Soon I will get to go to the shores near home…I’m soooo ready!

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Okay, back to the feathers…here’s another one that I spotted on the sidewalk.

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While Brook and I browsed the flea markets I came across a beautiful ring which is a golden feather to wrap around a finger.  What an interesting coincidence to come across this ring, so of course I had to buy it.  By the way, I should mention that all of these feathers were seen on the same day, December 26th…which happens to be the day after Christmas.  And with feathers representing hope, I find this all VERY interesting.  Why so many signs of hope everywhere, and on this particular day?

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Another coincidence that happened a few months prior to our trip, I had made this feather inspired bracelet cuff.

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I used soft, natural and light weight material – cotton twill for the band (saved from the handle of a shopping bag), and for the feather, organic cotton batting topped with watercolor painted cotton fabric.  The details of the feather were done using a sewing machine as well as some hand stitched french knots along the center.  Also, I should mention that I attached a couple inches of antiqued gold chain to each side of the cotton twill to make it into a bracelet (also added a lobster claw and jump ring to the chain).

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The two sparkly beads below serve as an anchor, a grounding element (one bead represents Bill and the other, Brook).

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Wearing this bracelet makes me feel happy…and lucky…and as “light as a feather”.

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On the verge of Spring, a time of renewal, more light is in the air…both inside and out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sharing and Listening


Last Summer while we were on vacation in Quebec I came across a sculpture that made a lasting impression on me.

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This sculpture pops into my head every now and then…I think maybe because it makes me think of our relationships and the importance of sharing and listening.

And then recently, while doing some nighttime reading I came across a quote that really grabbed me.  I always read before going to bed and I was glad to have this good thought enter while I was getting ready to drift off.

The thought goes: “When you share your sadness with another person it is halved, and when you share your joy it is doubled”. 

It is wonderful how something as simple as talking can lighten the load.  And it is equally wonderful that joy can be multiplied when we share it with the people who really love us.  I am grateful for these people…each and every one.  And although they are not huge in numbers, they are huge in heart.

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As great as it feels to be listened to, it feels equally great, if not better, to be the listener…the giver. With huge hearts and open ears life is better…lighter.

 



Hearts and Pearls


With it being Winter, and a particularly snowy one this year, I’ve fallen behind on my blog posts.  It seems that all the slushiness on the outside has made me somewhat sluggish on the inside as well.  However, the sun showed its blazing face on Thursday (and so far today looks pretty good too), so things have brightened up significantly.  And now my insides feel more energized as well…thank goodness for sunshine!

Okay, now moving on to sharing two small somethings with you.

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Here’s a closer look at one.

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And here’s a closer look at the other one.

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Both heart canvases can be seen in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of Somerset Life and the instructions are included in the article.

Awhile ago I shared similar canvases here on my blog (these were also created for presenting pearl earrings as a gift).

When you put your heart into something, that something shows love.  And showing love makes everyone beam…like the lustrous light that seems to emanate from the insides of a pearl.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Tree of Love


With Winter heavy in the air, the limbs on the trees in my area are bare.  This starkness feels cold, dark and empty…so I thought I’d lighten the mood up a bit with a fun little project.

Our family eats a lot of cheese, and Brook especially likes this kind.  One day she discovered that she could make sweet hearts out of the waxy red packaging.

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Brook used the two halves of the wax from a cheese round to make one heart.  Simply warm up the wax in your hands by rolling it into a ball, and then mold the ball into a heart shape.

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I loved her recycled wax heart idea so much that I used it to make this tree.

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Whenever I see hearts I think of love.  And whenever I see a tree I think of “grow”.

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Looking at this tree makes me think:  Going out on a limb, with love in your heart…this love will grow…and glow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Paper Hearts Love…


This past Christmas my beautiful niece Stephanie gave me presents wrapped in brown polka-dotted paper.  She and I have very similar tastes…we often reach for the simple.  Anyway, I loved the wrapping so much that I saved some.  And it’s a good thing too since it’s come in handy for Valentines Day.

Here’s a look at a heart-shaped bag that I made, which should be perfect for filling with sweets.

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In my usual fashion I used my favorite number as the focal point.

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And here’s a look at some of the details which include some inches of creamy, latte colored ribbon (also saved from Stephanie’s present wrapping) as well as a pearl dangle and wire handle (24 gauge).

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Below is another hanging heart bag.  This one is embellished with just 2 buttons and a string handle instead of wire.  I have a whole box full of string, also saved from previous presents (save and reuse is a constant for me).

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This next heart that I made is also pocket style, but I made it a little different by sewing one of the heart’s curves closed while leaving the other curve open.  And I omitted adding a handle so this heart can be used more like an envelope.

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Then I added a rub-on letter “B” along with two buttons and a strip of scrap fabric placed near the letter to create a strong but simple focal point.

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The top opening is perfect for stuffing rolled-up love notes inside.

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And speaking of love notes, here’s one that I created using the same paper.  I purposefully crumpled up the paper to create texture before adding the embellishments.

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Here’s a close-up of one side.

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I used a regular pencil to write a message of love.  Putting pencil to paper is so old school and there’s something very warming about it.

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May the warmth and glow of love, flow on and on…and on and out…always and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Snowy Starry Necklaces


It’s been so snowy around here..and cold too! Although this season is not my favorite, the beauty of it all cannot be denied (photo from our backyard).

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All of this whiteness…made into necklaces.

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I used organic cotton batting as the base for both necklaces, which is sort of fitting since sometimes when the snow falls from the sky, the snow clings in clumps onto the tree branches…which to me looks like fluffy cotton balls.

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Experiencing this little taste of what is more of a Summer scene…in Winter…feels strange and yet exciting at the same time.

Here’s a closer look at the snowflake necklace.

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And here’s a close up of the star necklace.  Although I don’t see the stars at night as much during the Winter months (it’s way too cold to stand outside and gaze at the sky!), I still know they’re there…and this comforts me.

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Since I made two necklaces, I would like to share one of them with one of you.  If interested, just let me know which one you’d like, and the first one to respond can have it.

 

 

 

 



Plump Pillows of Love


Last week I used up some fabric scraps along with some buttons and such to make this handful of hearts…

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…which I then made into necklaces.

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Here are some close-ups.

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I like how this one looks like a strawberry.

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And doesn’t the one below make you think of a cozy-cuddly blanky?

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This other one has hints of the number two with the pairs of buttons and beaded dangles.

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Each of the four necklaces makes good use of a single safety pin.

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It was fun making these plump pillows of love. Plus, it was quick…and cheap since I didn’t have to buy any materials (I used what was in my scrap piles).

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I made similar heart necklaces awhile back (published in Somerset Life, Jul/Aug/Sep 2012) which were more simplified.  The ones shown above are still simple in nature, but I changed things up a little by adding some more details…not too much though since I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to design.

With Valentine’s Day coming up I imagine that you all must be making some hearts too.  And I have a feeling that you’ve been putting a lot of love into it…I know how big and plump your hearts are!