Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Charlotte and Lulu

"Gramma, take a picture of me watching Lulu cut the grass".

"Gramma, take a picture of me on the ladder".

"Gramma, take a picture of me and my little sister".

"Gramma, take a picture of me sweeping the leaves off the deck".

I have no words for this face....well, except one. CUTE!

Sweet Lu!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

It's That Time of Year

Yes, "mess" is the word of the month!
It's taking over my craft space.
I'm busy, busy, busy making things to sell, and things to give as gifts.  Hopefully all the mess will turn into great stuff before too long.  Sure wish I didn't need to sleep.......

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oh Monday.....

Well, it was a very full weekend!
Full of family and fun...and I enjoyed it all!
But now it's Monday.
That is all......

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Berry Red!

While we were in England, we visited Warwick Castle...and guess what! 
It didn't rain!! 
It was dreary and cold though...but still fun!!
But, I'm not sharing photos of any of the fun today...I'm sharing berries!!  When we were walking in the gardens I spotted these berry bushes. Red is my favorite color and on a dreary day these red berries just popped!  I had to get some photos of them.
I think they're festive....maybe I'll use the photos to make something for Christmas.  
Any ideas!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between 
Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. 
On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with 
peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
President Woodrow Wilson

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower issued the first Veteran's Day Proclamation...changing the name form Armistice Day to Veteran's Day.  
On Veteran's Day 2014, I am grateful for the veterans in my family.  
My father in the Korean War, 
his father in WWI, 
my father-in-law in WWII, 
and my husband in the Vietnam War.  
Heroes everyone of them!
Thank you to veterans across the country for your heroism, patriotism, and service.
God Bless each one of you!!

We didn't know this when we were planning our trip to England, but this year marks 100 years since Britain's involvement in the first World War.  A major art installation was planned to commemorate the occasion. 
A 100 year celebration...and we were there to see it.  It was remarkable!!

We arrived at the Tower of London in the rain.

But it really didn't matter....nothing could dim the Red of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas...  

The installation contains 888,246 red ceramic poppies. Each poppy represents a British or Commonwealth soldier who was killed during the First World War.

Every poppy was handmade by a team of 12 different artists participating in the project.

It takes about three days for each poppy to be completed, included drying time.

More than 8,000 volunteers helped to progressively plant the poppies in the moat. The first poppies were planted in August and the final poppy will be planted today, November 11th...Armistice Day.

By Nov. 12th, it's estimated that close to four million people will have visited the Tower of London to see the flowers...including eight of us!

I'm so glad that Charlotte got to see this amazing display...I'm so glad we all got to see it!

The poppies were being sold, with part of the proceeds going to six different charities 
which provide services and support to veterans.

No two poppies are the same...each one was made by hand.

  The project was highly emotional for everyone involved.  Particularly on one day, when a group of Normandy veterans stopped by to visit the artists. Each veteran helped to make one of the poppies.

Every poppy has been sold!

Click HERE to see how the poppies were made.

The Wave is a steel construction made of poppies surrounding the entrance to the Tower of London, while the Weeping Window depicts poppies falling from a window on the top floor of the Tower. You can see a bit of The Wave in the photo above.

So many of the days we spent in England were on the dreary side.  Somehow, on this day, it seemed appropriate. Somber. Reflective. Sad. It's an experience I will not soon forget.

Last week my son-in-law (the Brit, you know) sent me an email...he said, "Glad we went when we did.  The underground station is shut down due to too many visitors.  Buses now take you directly there from the other underground stations."  He included the following link: 

You should visit it....the photos are incredible!
Here's a peek at two.

The building in the background is called The Shard.  
It was from this building that the photo below was taken.

See the walkway in the foreground of the photo...the one that looks 
like a little bridge crossing over a sea of red?  
I walked on that!  
I still can't believe it!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Monday!

Sure hope you had a good weekend!
Mine was nice, quiet, and productive.  Did a lot of cleaning and I managed to get a bunch of things boxed and son Kevin delivered it all to Goodwill.  Thank you Kevin!
I also got some Christmas shopping done...I really want to be finished with my shopping by the end of November...that'll be a first!!
Best of all, I got to spend some time making things! 
Here's a peek at the project that took me the most time to  make...and the one that was done in the blink of an eye!!

Love this "snowguy on a spring"!
I found the head at the thrift store...complete with the beads, carrot nose, and snowflake cheeks.  I added the hat, and everything below the snowguy's have chins?!

I love how he turned out....all 11 inches of him!!

I found the garland and bow in the "dollar spot" at Target, and I thought they were perfect for a wreath in the playroom.  The little elf was sitting by himself in the Christmas he had to come home with me.

Using a foam wreath from my stash...I made a sparkly wreath that my grandbabies will love!  Quickest craft sewing and no gluing...I put it all together with straight pins!! 

I just wound the garland around the wreath, anchoring it with about ten pins. Then I pinned the bow and elf in place.  I used a paperclip to make the "hanger" and voila!  It was done!  
It took minutes to make!

Love his cute face...he ( and the wreath) will look great on the playroom door!

Speaking of the playroom....look at the great bench I got for it! My friend Peggy had a yard sale this past summer, and she was kind enough to give me first dibs!!  It came with the red and white cushion and pillows too! It was the perfect touch for this space!! Charlotte and Penelope decided that the rails under the bench were great for storing their floor pillows, and Bill added the RELAX pillow that he got for Christmas last year.  LOVE this space!