Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The photo is courtesy of Beachys Cape Cod as part of a challenge and she will be posting links to everyone who has participated at the end of the week. If you are into shabby or vintage or whimsical check out her Etsy shop for special one of a kind items.
This photo is of young girls from the 1930s in England. Could not really work on this knowing that a world war was about to interrupt any dreams they might have had about their future.
In the spirit of November 11, wether you call it Remembrance Day or Armistice Day or Veterans Day and Thanksgiving that is fast approaching for many people in blog land, these friends have been fast forwarded to 1945 when peace was declared and we hope their friendships survived. Added a little gold medal for their efforts.
The Pope’s Christmas Speach 1945.
“We give thanks for peace, but is this true peace? Or, is it but a post war phase. Mankind is now awakening to a realisation how much wisdom, patience and goodwill are necessary to really bring about peace.”
Francine's colourful blog combines the flavour of her native West Indies with a little French mixed in.
To scratch up 7 new facts we used prompts for the Fancy Simple Blog Girl Power Challenge this week
Real Name? Mandy
Pink - Love it or Hate it?: Rarely use it & only in moderation
Signature shade of lipstick, lipgloss? Berry
Do you have a best girl friend? Of course – world is not the same without one
Are you a mentor to someone else? Am humbled when someone says that but important that we all step up & do our part in developing the future.
Tomboy or Princess? Depends on the day
Are you a mom? Will always say my daughter is my best ever creation
Do you and your mom have any rituals? On my birthday I phone to say thanks for having me !
Signature Scent? Angel, mmm chocolate undertones
Favourite female tv character? Mary Tyler Moore, she had her act together
Have you reminded your friends of how much they mean to you lately? Thanks everyone for cheering me on through the challenges !
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Am starting to wrap up this year’s presents of things we have been creating for special friends. Turning them over to sign off and wrap I realised how plain the cardboard on the backside was and had to give them a quick little touch of printed papers and trims.
Couldn’t have the back end letting us down, what about you, what is going on with your back end?
Stacey of Amazing Arts sent a batch of new stamps for us to play with. If you are looking for a special or unique stamp Amazing Arts is sure to have one or be willing to prototype a stamp just for you. Talk about service.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
And let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we,
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now;
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment and live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Lyrics By Jill Jackson and Sy Miller, 1955
One of my favorite songs from the folk masses we went to in the 60s.
Photo from Saint John N.B.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
“Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.” from the film "Star Trek: Generation
That was an abnormal source for me but could not go past it today. Moments should be cherished as golden opportunities. Tomorrow is too often an option that not every gets a chance at.
For everyone who asks, how did you do that, I will start trying to explain the different parts that play a part of the pieces we post.
The photo is courtesy of Beachys Cape Cod as part of a challenge. This photo of young girls from the 30s got me to wondering what dreams did they have for the future? How much did a world war interrupt their plans and where did they finally end up?
A picture from the port city of Saint John N.B.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Pretty Little Packages for my swap partner Wendy of Windy Angels. She asked for a theme of vintage fabric and the beach which has been the best fun to work with.
While out looking for fabric at the thrift store unearthed the most amazing treasures
Framed vintage picture of dancing islander girls
and a surf shirt that I grabbed because the fabric looked good, felt like pure cotton but on further investigation, has real French Finished seams, beautifully stitched and real wooden buttons. Only one tiny tag remains identifying it as Silver Surfer.
This old shirt looks like it has stories to tell, I could not bear to cut it up for the stocking and used it as wrapping instead. Good thing too this stocking is brimming over & bursting out all over with little packages of goodies.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Today was one of those kind of days, happy news on the phone and in the mail box with fresh shipment of (fabric) maple leaves. Happy dance at my house.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Foggy & misty mornings are unusual in this area and a real treat to be taking some photos without the sun glare.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Products courtesy of Magic Moments
Anna Marie of Evoking Art Every Day is hosting an rak of her latest mini book kit.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
'Praise like gold and diamonds owes its value only to its scarcity' Samuel Johnson
'There are three things that are extremely hard, steel, a diamond, and know ones self.' Benjamin Franklin
'A diamond with a flaw is better than a common stone that is perfect.' Confucius
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Here is a little peek at some of the accessories to her stocking that is still under development. The pink flecks are an opals glaze they look a bit more like bling than pink in real life.
"How you spend your time defines who you are." Oprah Winfrey
A quicky done for a holiday themed challenge, guess this is a little out of season but my favourite flowers are hard to pass by at any time of year. Used reproduction of 1947 David Jones Spring advertisement and vintage Easter greeting card, mounted on crackle glazed book cover.
Lastly sunrise in Pillar Valley
not in another place
but this place
not for another hour
but this hour”
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada.
Thank you to Phyllis of Shabby in the City & Shirley of Reflections for these little raks that arrived on my doorstep late this week.
Phyllis manages to find the best treasures and sells in her own little on line flea market shop, sure beats rummaging around on ebay.
Shirley of Reflections is on the Australian Scrappit Design Team, some of her work will be on display Paperific in Melbourne. She made the little green Keepsakes folder and we must ask her secret for keeping all those letters aligned so nicely. On her blog Shirley has been cataloguing quotes and sayings that are a great starting point to inspire creativity.
Thank you Phyllis & Shirley you made my week, now I better get off line and go make something myself.
Days are flying past quickly and we are into October already, that means on the Bittersweet Site you will find a new rak just waiting for you to register. Jill has the yummiest flavours & scent combinations in the prettiest packaging, just perfect for seasonal gifts.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes
Frank Lloyd Wright
Photo of one of the little animals in care with mum
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Some of my favourites include
What are yours?
Sandi at Whistle Stop Café has the most amazing range of products in her little shop and an RAK for those who are popping in to get to know the Whistle Stop. All the more reason to stop in and see what she has going on over there.