1. A couple of years ago, a very special person in my world passed away. She lived in the house across the street from me, with her daughter and her granddaughter. She helped raise her granddaughter, who also happened to be my very best friend for many many years. And even though she had plenty of her own grandchildren and great grandchildren, she had plenty of room in her heart and her life for me. She wasn't a soft lady or even an affectionate one. But she was always there to listen and offer a word of advice. At her funeral, the family had me and my kids walk in and sit with the rest of the grandkids which meant the world to me. Having very little family ties of my own, it meant so much that everyone in her family acknowledged how much she meant to me. A few weeks after she passed, I was given three special items, handpicked just for me from her belongings... a brightly colored crocheted afghan, an orange beaded hanging plant holder, and this:Isn't it lovely? The beads are on what looks like a jute or hemp rope. Well, I want to really start using it but it simply doesn't hang right. I know very little about assembling jewelry and I was hoping that someone out there might be able to offer suggestions about what I could do with these lovely beads so that one day I could hand them down to my daughter.
2. Here is my coffee table. With a bunch of junk on it. I am thinking of giving it a make over. My first solution is always decoupage. Anybody have a better idea?
3. On Monday, Artsy Mamas (Okay, I) will be leading two back-to-back mother/daughter creative writing workshops at our local library. I'm really excited about this opportunity to come back into my community with a fun activity and try to get my organization off the ground again. What do I need from you? Your ideas! If you and your daughter (ages 8 and up) were to attend a creative writing workshop together, what would you like to accomplish? What would you like to be able to take away from the experience that you could incorporate into your daily lives, into your relationship? What are some of your favorite writing prompts or ideas? Any and all input is appreciated! Brainstorming comments are allowed!
I can't wait to read all of your fun and fabulous ideas!!