Sunday, March 29, 2009

I am Canadi-nun....


and I did not do very well on this test! No matter if you are Canadian or not, this is quite interesting! Try this little test and see how well you fare!
   It is interesting to note what people "stress" over, what they want to preserve, and how liberal their thinking is in terms of laws. Also interesting to find out that the thinking from province to province varies so much, although given the vast expanse of our land, it is not surprising. The results achieved when I took the test would likely warrant some of the teachers' remarks on the previous post!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Report Cards....


and what not to say on them! The "Pointer Sister", the teacher, has a few "pointers" of her own regarding this subject. These comments were part of an email sent earlier this week, and gives new meaning to being painfully blunt! 
  This email message read....."These are actual comments made on students' report cards by teachers in the New York City public system. All teachers were reprimanded.(but, boy, are these funny!)"
1. Since my last report, your child has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.
2.Your child has delusions of adequacy.
3. Your son sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
4.The student has a "full six-pack" but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together.
5.This child has been working with glue too much.
6.When your daughter's IQ reaches 50, she should sell.
7.The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.
8. The wheel is turning but the hamster is definitely dead.

Now, I am going to dig up my old report cards, and make sure that there were not any messages, hidden or otherwise, which might have been like these regarding my academic achievements!
  

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dancing with....


the "Samba Sister", who loves watching "Dancing with the Stars". She is like so many "sister" friends of mine, who are glued to the television to watch this show, and anxiously await each new season. I usually manage to watch the final episode or hear about the events of the show from others, since I am not a big fan of "reality" television. It is amazing, though, that so many non-dancers can look positively graceful and adept as each episode airs....and then again, there are a few others who really just never manage to look at peace in their dancing shoes!
   Just heard about a new kind of dance, though, which was meant to be encouraging in this time of so much economic downturn. It was actually mentioned this morning on "Good Morning America", and is called the "gratitude dance".  If you follow this link, you will be directed to once such version of the dance and the philosophy behind it. Even if you don't attempt to try it yourself, it will leave you with a little smile....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A little carried away....


when I started knitting/crocheting those cloths mentioned earlier in the year. This is the photo taken earlier, and now there are many, many more, in various colors. They look fabulous done up in groups of three, either in a mixture of colors or the simple "oatmeal" color pack. There are so many packs done up in cello bags with raffia trim that I will either have to go to many, many wedding showers, or have a never-ending supply of hostess gifts. They will likely become part of the booth display during the fall shows. Hoping that there are not so many created that the "Sisters" get pushed aside! Sister Immaculata, the sister who loves to clean, totally approves, though!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Introducing....



 two winners of the "Sisterhood" award as the "torch is passed". As previously mentioned, Sue, of Barton Originals, bestowed this lovely award to my blog. I am now required to
  1. put the award logo on the blog and/or post  (check!)
  2. nominate five other blogs that you feel show the spirit of the award. (attitude and gratitude)
  3. let the nominees know about the award, comment on their blog 
  4. Link to the nominees in a blog post
   5. To show gratitude and friendship to the person that gave you the award, link to them in a blog post  (check! Thanks again, Sue!!)
 
   I am going to mention two blogs at the moment, and will continue to add the others in future posts. 
   1. My Minimocs   Here, not only will you see great products for all of those "little people" in your life, but you will also be able to enjoy her great posts! There are many interesting articles,
 humorous articles, and historical facts that are presented here. A delight to read!
   2.  Deb's Cards etc.  (debcardsetc.blogspot.com)  Deb has been so wonderful to start a guild on the "Artfire" site, and has taken on another blog to promote this guild. She features other artisans in her blog (she was so kind to feature "Nun of a Kind" this week with a wonderful article...thanks, Deb!) She creates wonderful graphics for invitations, posters, etc. but there is a lot more to see in her shop as well.  
   There are other posts that I visit as well, and some "developing" ones that will be mentioned shortly. The three mentioned here (including "Barton Originals") are the ones that I "follow" religiously  (note: nun pun) and also the ones which truly are the ones that show "attitude" and "gratitude"!
(pictured: "Nun Grater", the sister for someone who deserves an award, congratulations, etc.)

There is an actual award....

called the "Sisterhood" award! Thanks to Sue, from Barton Originals, this blog has been given this award. I will fulfill the requirements of the award later, but I do want to direct you to Sue's blog and invite you to visit her shops which are mentioned in her blog. You will enjoy the photos posted here, and also, marvel at the doll-making artistry that is "Barton Originals"! 
   The "Sisterhood" award is presented to blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude. (Thanks, Sue, I am REALLY grateful!) 
  The recipient is to send this award on to five others and mention their blogs here. This will be done in the next post.....!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Top of the ....afternoon....



















to you! Sister Patty O'Lantern is a bit late making an appearance, but better late than never! She is sporting a wee bit o' the green today in honor of her Irish sisters....and brothers! Sister is a big fan of rocker Kim Mitchell, who wrote a song about her....well, at least her name! Here is hoping that there is a green beverage in your future today to celebrate. As for Sister, there is definitely going to be some green beverages.....green tea, perhaps?  :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fore!


It is the 16th of March, and after a long, hard, cold, never-ending winter, the first sign of spring has been seen. You might think that it would be the robins, the return of the tundra swans, or the disappearance of the snow....but no! The first sign is the sight of golfers on the courses, getting in their first swings of the year! Some might sink up to their knees in mud, but if it seems nice enough out, there is no excuse for not "hitting the links". A golfer in my house is out there right now. "Sister Holyn One" will join him someday, but as for me.....I wouldn't know which end of the racquet to use!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Host of Angels....


....is being created, or partly created today. In an attempt to avoid the bookwork that awaits me for tax preparation, I am spending time creating the "parts" for the "Fullabean" line of angels that are so popular each holiday season. (turning a new "leaf" by not leaving all of this prep to the summer months!)
    This little "Fullabean" character was seen on a sign behind the counter at the bank a short while ago. One of the tellers took me aside to tell me the story of the way that this little angel had been passed around to various people who worked at the bank who were experiencing some difficulty in their lives...trying to break the "nicotine habit", getting over the loss of a loved one, coping with treatment, etc.  The angel now resides at the bank in memory of the last person who was about to receive her. Sometimes, things are created that evolve into a whole new purpose. Little Miss "Fullabean" watches over the bank staff, and her story is repeated over and over again by those staff members because of her "reign". One never knows what a little creation can mean to someone....

Friday, March 13, 2009

Longer days means...



















bathing suit weather is just around the corner....and once again, Sister finds herself wondering what happened to those plans to diet and exercise?  There is just something about the cold weather that did not encourage her to get out and walk as usual. There was that pile of very good books just begging to be read while sipping tea. (and how a few cookies got in the mix, she just doesn't know!)  The treadmill was not as inviting as in past winter seasons. Perhaps it is the treadmill's fault for being so aloof and uncaring. 
   Deep cleansing breaths....calmer now....still have three months to go before really having to don something besides the winter habit...
   So nice to think that Sister and Oprah have 
something in common. We have both confessed about this issue!
  (Pictured: Nun the Less, the dieting sister.....complete with her list of diet regimes....just in case!)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The People you Meet....

by creating a blog is the best part of doing this! One particular reader has given this blog an award! She was also the recipient of the award given to her by two other "bloggers"! Now, when you receive an award like this, you are supposed to say seven things about yourself,(later!) and mention seven blogs that you read regularly. I am going to mention two blogs for now because these are the two that I do "check in on" regularly. Annie at "MiniMocs" sells great little leather shoes for babies. She and her sister also have expanded their "line" to include many other items for babies....some great gift ideas here!  She has a wonderful blog, and you must read her story about giving a cat a pill! Her stories are so entertaining! (March 1st entry)
  Another blog that I enjoy reading is "Deb's Cards Etc."  Deb is a graphic designer and she has created cards, posters, and will do custom work for invitations, etc. as well. She also hosts the "Fun, Cute and Whimsical Guild" on the "Artfire" shop, and has done a great job of getting the guild together and also publishing a blog about it. 
   Just two of the great creative people I have met since December! Check out their blogs and their shops. Two very talented ladies indeed! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The "Sisters" have been featured!


Special thanks to Beth, at www.Indienorth.com  for featuring some of the "Sisters" in her blog today! If you have not had a chance to visit this site, do take the time to have a look. Every day or so a new Canadian artisan is featured, and there is always lots of great information about independent entrepreneurs....interesting to read even if you are not Canadian! 
   It is wonderful, however, to see Canadian art through this site. I have "met" several new artists through this site, and know that my shopping list can easily be filled by the "finds" here!

Monday, March 9, 2009

I would get a lot more work done if....


there were not so many good books to read! Just finishing a book called "Midwives", which was apparently an "Oprah" pick a few years ago. Very interesting....and I am almost at the last chapter. It is difficult to see a good book end. This one is one of those...
   Also read "The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young recently. It was also one of those books that will be recommended time and time again. A very interesting "take" on the Trinity, the afterlife, and spirituality. 
   Sister Rita Story and her friend, Sister Paige Turner, would love to hear about your personal favorites! Please post a comment with your ideas for "good reads", and this list will be posted on the blog at a later date!
      By the way, "Sister Rita Story" has been purchased as gifts for more than a few librarians and bookstore owners. One graces a library in Alaska, and one of the "sisters" was purchased for a bookstore owner for a staff gift exchange. The item had been purchased before the theme of the exchange had been announced, and it was feared that the gift could not be used, given the theme. However, since the theme was "perishable goods", and the giver of the gift decided to use poetic license, and change the spelling to "parishable goods", it was a fitting gift after all!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

And, speaking of Anna Olsen....

just noticed that she will be appearing on "Cityline" on City T.V. this Monday, in an "Around the House" episode. She will be sharing her butter tart recipe....and even on a diet, you can have raisins! :) 
  If you do not have access to this television program, you can visit the "Cityline" website, and retrieve the recipes that will be featured, if you wish to "try your hand" at baking things up, "Anna Olsen" style. I think that I will likely add her recipes to the file I reserve for all of the recipes I intend to try...knowing that it will likely never happen. (remember my "kitchen is for re-sale purposes only" philosophy!)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Someone's in the Kitchen with...


Sister Brigitte Bardough! Another "Sister" who likes to spend time in the kitchen is pastry chef extraordinaire, Anna Olsen. Anna has been the host of several programs on the Food Network, and has been a guest many times on Cityline T.V. in Toronto. She even has her own fabulous bakery near Niagara Falls, Ontario. She makes one want to cook...well, almost! She seems to be able to cook/bake anything with "flair", and is beautiful, blond and thin! (how can you cook that much and still be thin?? Particularly desserts?) Anyway, while I ponder why life sometimes just isn't fair, have a look at info about Anna on the Food Network. "Sister Brigitte Bardough" might just have to make an appearance at Anna Olsen's bakery! (Habits can hide a lot of calories!)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I had mail!...


and it was from someone who had received their own "sister" from the collection! Here is the message she sent me....
    "I recently received "Sister Holy Mackerel" from my real sister. I had been in the convent many years ago and did wear a similar habit. My favorite expression was "Holy Mackerel" so of course, that is what I received. What I don't know is if this particular Nun was created as a request or if she was already in your line. Either way, I think she's great and she has a place of honor in my sewing room where I spend a lot of time."
    Sometimes, there is a "Sister" in the group which "fits" perfectly, as this one did. "Sister Holy Mackerel" has been a member of the order almost since the beginning. However, many "sisters" in the line were created because of a request...this is how many of them are "born". 
  So nice to get this note, and hear the story behind the gift!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Please remind me....


not to do this again! Here I sit, trying to figure out which invoice fits certain expenses, all the while knowing that I should have been keeping up with this all year long!! The good news is that the numbers balanced for the big task I was attempting....Sister Calculata has been supervising!
    This year, I will try to keep all of this "straight" as I go along. (I have been saying that for twenty years with no change....) Perhaps this is the year to cure this nasty "habit"!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Little Perspective....

came in a mail message to me today! Way off my intended topic, but for now, will leave you with this "You Tube" video about what an exciting world we live in and how "cranky" we all are about it!