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Friday:) The Most Fabulous Talented Friends

29 Aug

“I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.”

~Alicia Keys


One of the perks of being an artist, writer, and all around busy-body, is that I’ve made friends with the most fabulous talented people.

A few weeks ago, my friend Krystyna Watson posted some adorable hand-made gifts and accessories for little girls. When I saw some pink princess patterns and Mini Mouse items, I asked Krys to save me a few for my granddaughters. I usually can pick up some great Christmas gifts at her booth at St. Gabriel’s Holiday Craft Show. It was cancelled is year…oh no!

Not only can Krys sew up a storm, but a few years back, she joined me volunteering over at Towne Creek a few years, and taught our senior friends many artistic techniques, origami, paper crafts, jewelry making, knitting, crafting and other cool projects that I have no clue about. I learned a lot. She also cooked and baked yummy treats for us all. Krys is KOOL!

We arranged to meet yesterday so I could pick up my little girl gifts and check out some new projects she’s been working on. Wow!

Here are some of my treasures…

A couple of back to school totes. My little girls will love these.

These little dolls are also little shoulder bags to store all kinds of treasures.

A few hats, scarves, scrunchies, and Kleenex pouches.

Then, she gave me about a dozen or more handmade scarves to share with our senior friends at Towne Creek this Christmas. What a special gift.

I’ll be sure to share more info on Krystyna Watson’s beautiful projects when she gets ready for holiday sales. (I’m lucky to be on the inside track, and have such a talented friend.)

Yes, I’m blessed with the best talented friends.

Cheers, my friends.

Wednesday:) Why, What a Wonderful Compliment!

19 Oct

β€œIt is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.” 

― Oscar Wilde


You are reading this right now, aren’t you? I’d just like to say, “Thank you and you are wonderful.” Really, you are. You are taking the time to read the daily ramblings of an aging self-proclaimed healing optimist. You are the best part of my journey. You are amazing…but then again, so am I. We are amazing! (That’s for Mom)

I’ve mentioned many times that I enjoy giving people compliments because it makes them feel good. They are always honest and sincere compliments like, that color is perfect for you or I love your blouse, or what an adorable baby. All honest compliments, and it costs nothing to share.

But, you know what’s even better than giving a kind compliment? Yes, you guessed it, receiving a wonderful compliment.

I was running around all day today, feeding and walking Bella, doing laundry, taking a long walk, cleaning bathrooms, then running over to Michael’s and Joann Fabrics. I bought a bunch of things on sale at Michael’s that I really didn’t need,  because I am a crafter, and that’s what we do. When I was looking on my phone for different coupon offers, I noticed that Joann’s had an additional 20% for seniors today only. Woo hoo! Right up my alley. Plus, you only have to be 55 years or older. I’ve got that more than covered.

I was buying a bunch of glass paint for painting my wine glasses and vases, because the paint rarely goes on sale, and 20% off is pretty good. But, please don’t ask me why I needed ten pounds of air dry clay. I’m a crafter. I may want to make some more crucifixes for my cross collection. Or not?

Now, here’s the cute part. I used my 40% off one regular priced item for my clay, but then I asked the gal, “Today is senior discount day, right?” She said, “Yes, but you’re not a senior. You have to be 55 or older.” AND… She was dead serious. I said, “Seriously? You don’t think I’m a senior? I’m 63.” She looked at me again and said, “You’re kidding!” She really wasn’t joking.

That’s when I professed my undying love and devotion to this kind woman at the counter of Joann’s. But, I did ask her how old she thought I might be, and she said maybe late 40’s-early 50’s. I couldn’t quite reach behind the counter to give her a big hug, but I did tell her that she just made my day. Then, of course, I whipped out my phone and said, “I’ve got to get a picture and blog about this today.”

This is the very kind and perhaps far-sighted Miss Donna. Well, she does wear glasses. Maybe they were all smudged up. Actually, it was a very nice compliment, and I’m going to run with that.

Have a great Wednesday, my friends. You are amazing!