Prayers, please…


I swore I’d never use my blogs to raise money…but that was then…and this is now. My beloved son-in-law was in a tragic accident last weekend.

The picture is of Roy and Sophie, his just-turned-one-year-old granddaughter.

We ask for your positive thoughts and prayers for his recovery. Thank you.

Roy Carpenter Fund http://www.gofundme.com/n62fvk?pc=14_tw_up via @gofundme

In Case You Were Wondering . . .


why I’ve posted so little here lately….here’s the scoop!

I was busy making pincushions for my new Etsy shop The Queen’s Pincushion. (it’s listed as thequeenspincushion — all one word — at Etsy.com)

I have written about it on The Purple Sweater and my newest blog….The Queen’s Pincushion (of course!), so I won’t go into details here….but I will share a few of my favorite pincushions with you!

Blue Belle

Blue Belle

Wild & Wonky

Wild & Wonky

Cotton Candy...my first sale!!

Cotton Candy…my first sale!!

I’ll be making new pincushions and posting them weekly….and my daughter’s wedding is coming up, so I’ll share a few of the decorations I’m working on for her…and whatever other manner of wonderfulness that I come across on my adventures surfing the internet.  See you soon!

 

Mother of the Bride…


Since this is about My Favorite Things…I simply had to share this.  Wedding dress shopping is a Rite of Passage for the mother of the bride (MOTB)….Something we mothers of daughters look forward to from the instant of their birth (oh, yes, we do!)

 

"Isn't she lovely..." (thank you Stevie Wonder"

“Isn’t she lovely…” (thank you Stevie Wonder”)

I think I’ve tagged just about every (positive) emotion there is…and I ran the gamut! At the end of the day I was exhausted, but not as tired as she was after trying on gown after gown…and all of them are so heavy. She went home and took a nap…I went home and downloaded all the pictures I’d taken…and happily re-lived every moment as I looked at each of them (something like 75 total….yes, I did go overboard…and I’m glad!)  ;o)

Happy MOTB

Happy MOTB

Cloud Choir


In the true spirit of this season, these folks came together to participate in an event that lifted them all as one huge hug…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLhUS_QjcZY

Zach must have been a very special young man. He was a ray of light that has been shared by the millions of people who have watched this video. His life was full …but far too short. This video collage was made with love by the people who loved him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zxXAtmmLLc

These videos touched and moved me. December is a hard month for me because I lost my son to suicide in 2008, just before Christmas.  His life was too short…like Zach’s. The difference between the two of them is vast. Zach wanted to live and couldn’t…my son didn’t want to live at all. Watching these celebrations of life was especially meaningful to me. Uplifting and inspirational . Heart-warming. An everyday epiphany that brightened my day and instantly became one of     …My Favorite Things.

I’m busy working on last-minute Christmas gifts. Am I the only one who waits until Thanksgiving to suddenly realize I have only 20-some days to finish all the stuff I started in July?? [me, looking sheepish]

I may not make it back again until after the first of the year. Can you believe it’s nearly 2014?  Gosh…when I was a teenager I couldn’t even imagine living to the end of the century, let alone 14 years into it! ;o)

My wish for you all is that your holidays are bright and full of joy. That you are filled with the Spirit of the Season and the peace and grace that surrounds us all.

Merry Christmas…God bless you…every one.

Project ~~ Pink Scarf


Last week, on another blog “The Purple Sweater” I mentioned that I was working on a scarf for Vicki Boster’s Pink Scarf Project.  I posted a link to 2 Bags Full — Vicki’s blog that talks about the Project and her reasons for launching the year-long accumulation of pink scarves that will be given to women who are survivors of breast cancer and women who are still bravely fighting their battle.

I’ve promised to feature some of Vicki’s own incredible artistry, but now seems the right time to share with you this loving project and some of the scarves that have been gathered already.  Vicki’s photos show them at their best.  Her photography is always artistically displayed and perfectly rendered–just one of the reasons I admire her so much!

I hope that these images of the scarves, made with loving care for a meaningful cause, will find meaning with you as well.

Pink Scarf Project, Winter