Monday, November 29, 2010

FA LA LA LA LA and all that stuff!

Just a little tour of CHRISTMAS at my house. 

Uh Mom, what's in the stockings?  Bones, bones? maybe bones? Huh? Can I have it now? Drool drool pant pant.  Bones??

Uh, you disturbed my nap to take a picture of this?

I even got all my homemade gifts ready for giving - yea!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giveaway - Yeaaaaaaaaaaa!

I promised you a GIVEAWAY for my one year anniversary and over 100 followers, so here it is!  Well sorta here it is.  I don't have a picture because I want to personalize it for you in whatever color you like.  The prize?  A small wool box made from scratch, appliqued and beaded to within an inch of it's life! 

To enter the giveaway just leave a COMMENT on this post any time BEFORE midnight Eastern on Friday, December 4th.  I'll use the random generator to draw a winner on Saturday, December 5th.  Oh and if you are a follower, please leave a SECOND COMMENT letting me know and you'll get an extra chance to win.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Little Ho, Ho, Ho!

And so the holiday season begins.  I finally finished my beaded pewter Santas for a little ornament swap.  I don't think these Santas tummies will jiggle like a bowl full of jello but it's the thought that counts LOL 

And on a second note...I've finally passed 100 followers and am coming up on my one year blog anniversary.  I'll be posting a giveaway later this week.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mr. Poley and the Boxes

Finally I finished my creations from the Julie Haymaker workshop that we had here a few weeks ago.  Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!  The first is When You Come To The Edge.  Because I always have to be 'out of the box', and because I called it Take The Leap, my gal is sitting on a little swing I made rather than in the shadowbox itself.  The second is the box that we made in class when we learned how to 'rust'.  The third is Roley Poley and I just love this necklace.  Again, mine is a little out of the box and I used some found pieces that I had in some places on Mr. Poley - but I don't think he minds.

Enjoy!  And do take a class with Julie if you ever get the chance.  It's so much fun!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Humane vs. Human???

On November 30th last year I started this blog with a story that you can find  HERE.  I’ve spoken with R. over this past year several times as he kept me up to date on what was going on with his family. To bring my readers up to date – he has found a few odd jobs over the last year but basically his family is in the same situation they were in at this time last year. Living in a very rural area with few or no jobs available, a bumpity old van that only works some of the time, and still without a well so having to haul water from the aunt’s house every day for the basic necessities. While the Washington, DC pundits may expound on the fact that the recession ended in late summer 2009, the thousands of people who are still struggling to exist just can’t see it – and neither can I.

Last week I got a call from R. asking if there was any way I could help again this year so that his kids would have some kind of Christmas. He told me that the week before he had been in the same spot with his Will Work For Food sign and a couple had pulled up to talk and pray with him. As they were standing there, a large pickup truck came by at a pretty high rate of speed and slowed down just long enough for someone to throw something out of the window at R. It was a full can of beer which came at him very quickly and hard; hit him square in one knee, sending him to the ground. The couple called 911 and he was taken to the local hospital where it was determined that a good bit of cartilage in that knee was torn. Of course the truck was going so fast that no one was able to get a license tag number. So now, in addition to the fact that any odd job he might find is probably going to involve manual labor, he won’t be able to stand or bend, etc. to do that job for awhile until the knee heals.

The first paragraph in my first blog entry went something like this: OK, I know what you’re thinking – oh just another panhandler – some of them are out there at the same spot every day. Give them any money and they’ll just buy booze with it. I have to admit that would normally be my first thought too.

Shame on me for having those kinds of thoughts. And shame on the supposed human-being who threw that can of beer out the window because I’m sure that was their thought too. What kind of legacy are we leaving for our children and grandchildren if we judge a person before we know their whole story? What has happened to being humane? Questions that as we begin this holiday season shouldn’t even have to be asked.

If you want to help R. provide Christmas for his three kids this year, please contact me. 

And thank you dear readers for sticking by me during this first year of blogging.  I'm almost to the one year point and almost to 100 followers - a giveaway is coming soon.  Blessings to all of you.