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October 19, 2014

Sand and Water - Dealing with Loss

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is beyond description. 

Roberta Birnbaum mixed media tear

I think that as human beings we have a need to make sense of that which defies our senses and all that we hold as true. 

I recently experienced the loss of my childhood friend, Lori Beckerman. What a beautiful and brilliant flame she was. Feeling loss again is my prompt for writing this article.

For those of you that know me, you know I can speak to this as I've lived through grief too many times to count.
But that's the point: I have lived through it.
I have survived.

Believe it or not, one of the cruelest truths to a surviving spouse, child, parent, sibling, or friend, is that 'life goes on'.
How can 'life go on'? It somehow doesn't seem right or even logical. The sun continues to rise, the children continue to laugh in the playground, and the earth continues to spin with us on it. Don't the birds know how much pain I am in. How dare the sun shine so brightly when my loved one is gone?

And that's the point. Life does go on and we are here to live our lives to the fullest. We have to go on living because the alternative is not an option. We have children who need us, or maybe parents, friends, colleagues...

Over the years I have found certain books, but especially certain songs very helpful in pinning my emotions and helping me understand and express what I was feeling inside.

Here is one example:

Lyrics by Beth Nielson Chapman

All alone I didn't like the feeling
All alone I sat and cried
All alone I had to find some meaning
In the center of the pain I felt inside

All alone I came into this world
All alone I will someday die
Solid stone is just sand and water, baby
Sand and water and a million years gone by

I will see you in the light of a thousand suns
I will hear you in the sound of the waves
I will know you when I come, as we all will come
Through the doors beyond the grave

All alone I heal this heart of sorrow
All alone I raise this child
Flesh and bone, he's just bursting towards tomorrow
And his laughter fills my world and wears your smile

I will see you in the light of a thousand suns
I will hear you in the sound of the waves
I will know you when I come, as we all will come
Through the doors beyond the grave

All alone I came into this world
All alone I will someday die
Solid stone is just sand and water, baby
Sand and water and a million years gone by

What do you think? What helps you cope?
 
Wishing you love and peace,

 

October 17, 2014

Wardrobe Malfunction: VELCRO saves the day!

Who doesn't love Velcro!?

Last weekend I attended a wedding in The States.

I hadn't tried on my dress in a while, and quickly discovered that the belt was much bigger and it had NO WHERE to go but just hang at my side.
how to velcro fixhow to velcro fix

how to velcro fix
Ta-Da! Wardrobe malfunction averted! My belt is now securely attached and I can dance my little heart out!




Thank you Velcro Brand for saving the day!

 


October 15, 2014

Mixed Media Thanksgiving Craft Project

On the Ann Butler Designs blog today I have a great Thanksgiving-themed project for you. 

If you enjoy stamping, inking and maybe even playing with string, I think you'll find this a lot of fun!


Thanks for stopping by today,



October 02, 2014

CHA Canada Designers Section Quarterly Meeting

You know, we call it a meeting but in truth it is an incredibly rejuvenating and productive time of creativity.  The meetings are always generously sponsored. Today's get-together took place at The Sewing Cafe in Georgetown, Ontario. Thank you to Linda and Anna for hosting us in their beautiful shop and providing the most delicious baked goods and coffee.

John Bead Corporation provided us with beautiful leathers and beads. Thank you Carmi Cimicata and Nancy Donaldson for the great workshops ( there were THREE in total)!

Westcott, once again sent each of us an amazing package of crafting tools including a paper trimmer, craft knife with refills, cutting mat and 2 pairs of scissors.

As November rolls around it is a reminder that I have been an active CHA member for almost one year. There have been 2 wonderfully inspiring and creatively mind-blowing weekend retreats, the CHA Mega Show, and quarterly meetings.  
CHA Designers meeting
Carmi, Kelly, Nancy and Christine introducing themselves to the group.

I have made so many new friends and professional contacts, learned a gazillion new crafts and techniques, and the opportunities just keep rolling in.

CHA Designers meeting
This is what I call a YELFIE. as in , I'm taking a picture of YOU.  It's Elizabeth and me taking photos of each other with our cell phones.
For more information about the CHA please check out their website: www.craftandhobby.org

If you are interested in joining The Craft and Hobby Association ( CHA ) Canada, please send an email to Paula Jones at  pjones@craftandhobby.org


September 29, 2014

Ann Butler Design Mixed Media Canvas

On the Ann Butler Designs blog today you will find

my post on a fun mixed media canvas using Ann's EZ-De's Alphabet stamps.


Ann Butler EZ-De's stamp

A lot of techniques went into this piece: masking, stenciling, distress, texture paste, stamping.
I was really impressed with the Deco Art modelling paste. It tints well, was very easy to work with and cleaned up beautifully.

And yes, I will tear pages out of a book :)

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