Monday, August 31, 2009

Luck of the Draw!!

I received wonderful news the other day! I was the winner in Canadian Rockies' newsletter giveaway! Nathalie, from Canadian Rockies, offered this lovely "Anora" chainmaille necklace as the prize given on her birthday! Out of all of the readers who subscribed to her awesome newsletter , I was the lucky winner!! I will be looking forward to receiving this lovely necklace and wearing it often...and telling everyone of my luck! Now, if that luck would just extend a little further...there are a few lottery tickets I haven't checked yet! This could just be the start! :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Wonderful Email Message....

arrived today from a very dear friend. This special message sums up the philosophy of the "Sisterhood" in general....appreciating the special women in our lives, and knowing their importance. Read, and enjoy.....
    Thanks, Joan!

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother.


As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter


"Don't forget your Sisters,' she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. 'They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.'


'Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. 'You'll need other women.  Women always do.'


What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'


But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.


After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:




Time passes.


Life happens.


Distance separates.


Children grow up.


Jobs come and go.


Love waxes and wanes.


Men don't do what they're supposed to do.


Hearts break.


Parents die.


Colleagues forget favors.


Careers end.




Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.


When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.


Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you...Or come in and carry you out.


Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, A daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!


The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.


Every day, we need each other still.  There are more than twenty angels in this world. Ten are peacefully sleeping on clouds. Nine are playing. And one is reading her email at this moment.


Happy days!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sorting things out!

For the past two lovely days, I have been trying to "sort out" my workroom. Sadly, the photo that you see here is not my workroom. Would that it would be so organized and lovely. Just look at how organized and neat this is! A dream come true for me to be this "together"!
   However, I recently purchased the most wonderful shelf unit which is technically a "sorter", with 36 "bins" with labels, and which are on a slant so everything can be viewed for easy selection. Every "nun" trim is now in a bin, about to be labelled, and in theory, should make my life easier as I am in "full production" for the season ahead. I also found out all of the trims I never need to purchase again, because in sorting things out, realized that some items would be purchased just because I couldn't find the other ones! The zip-loc baggies in a bin were just not solving the problem.
  And as for this photo, courtesy of "Flickr", I had to download it as a dream of what could be....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bad Hair Day!

I can totally understand the "habit" thing when it comes to hair. There was certainly wisdom in thinking out this garb when it comes to female vanity. (even though it was quite the opposite in the true intention of the veil!) 
  "Sister Curlotta", although an excellent hairstylist herself, has witnessed several bad cuts, colors, perms (yikes!), etc.  How many "sisters" haven't come home from an appointment wishing that they could wear a hat for the next three weeks while the color tones down, the "perm" relaxes (thank goodness the perm days are over!), or the cut grows out a bit. Add to that the fact that we usually smile and thank the stylist and even tip them for the service rendered. The news of a good hairstylist spreads like wildfire in a community, and one is almost afraid to share the name because it makes getting an appointment very difficult! It seems we always want the type of hair that we don't have. Making a stylist laugh while you show her a picture of the desired look is also a "heads up" that perhaps you don't have the hair type, thickness, etc.  Bad sign. 
   So thank goodness for hats, bandannas, hairbands, anything that we can do to hide the occasional bad result from a trip to the salon....but wanting to wear a nun's habit for that reason alone probably means that you don't have a "calling"! 

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fun, Cute, and Whimsical Guild!

The "Fun, Cute, and Whimsical Guild" website is now live....thanks to Deb, from Deb's Cards, etc.
Deb has gathered a group of artisans from "Artfire", and hosts a blog and a website on our behalf. Not only is Deb a great graphic artist, but also has donated her time and talent to put together these two efforts on our behalf. Thanks, Deb! 
   Be sure to visit the site frequently, as there will be many giveaways sponsored by the members of the guild. Look for some ornaments from "Nun of a Kind" during the fall season as the giveaway at the site!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Blast from the Past!

This little fellow is a character which I started making several years ago when I first started attending craft shows. A little "barrel" of monkeys were part of the display, and the first items to go! Since then, I rarely make these unless a special baby gift is needed....they are not a part of my display at shows. A special little guy was made for my nephew, and his mother was delighted because she had no intention of sharing the one that was created for her over twenty years ago. There is just something endearing about a sock monkey! 
    One of my favorite artists at "Etsy" is Siansburys.  She creates wonderful sock monkeys which have such personalities all their own. Be sure to check out her shop to meet (and perhaps adopt!) one of her special creations. 
In the meantime, I will concentrate on trying to "catch up" with the baby gifts I need to complete by finishing a few of my own sock monkeys....very likely, these babes will have to settle for a nun!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

And for the Record...

Meet Sarah from "BBBenny and the Jet" at "Etsy!  Sarah says "painted mandalas on recycled vintage vinyls are my thing....well, pretty much anything to do with records is my thing!"
Shown here is a framed record, which has been painted called "Four Trees, Three Birds", and this can be displayed framed, as shown, or perched on a tack in the wall (note the handy hanging "hole" provided!! :), or on a plate rack, etc.  
  Sarah also makes jewelry from records....note the cuff made from a recycled vinyl record. You can purchase a tutorial to create your own cuffs from her site at "Etsy" as well.
  Now....I wonder what she will come up with for those obsolete CD's that we all have by now??

Monday, August 3, 2009

2009 World Science Fiction Convention!

    Some of the "Sisters" are going to be heading to Montreal tomorrow to be part of an exhibit for "The 2009 World Science Fiction Convention: Anticipation". Over 3000 enthusiastic fans will be there to attend this convention, and the "Sisters" will be exhibited with a great display of rare, first edition books, (some of them signed by the authors!) with the "Book Scouts". Attending this year's convention will be "Sister Petra Fyde", (who loves tales of horror), Sister Anne Droid, (who loves science-fiction), "Sister Waylan Howell", (again, with the horror, and sci-fi), and of course, "Sister Paige Turner", and "Sister Ivana Reed", the sisters who just love to read anything! 

Sunday, August 2, 2009

This Month's Giveaway!

This month's giveaway (to be drawn on August 30th), is a "Fullabean" angel, in a gold-starred fabric. This little angel can sit anywhere, thanks to her "beanbag" construction. The "Fullabean" line is a perennial favorite at the craft shows at which I exhibit during the upcoming season, and is available in many different fabrics, from traditional Christmas fabrics, to the neutral tones of cream and gold.
  To enter the draw, simply leave a comment and your "ballot" will automatically be eligible. No limits, so check in often!