Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Big Hugs for Little Axe

I have spent many years of my life in Tornado country.  First in Wisconsin and now here in Texas.  I've seen them, but thankfully, never too close for comfort.  Since I've lived in Texas, the Oklahoma City area has suffered twice from large, devastating tornados.  In 1999, my family drove up and helped in Norman, Oklahoma and it was a truly humbling experience.  Pictures never quite do the horrific aftermath justice.  Now, just over a week ago, they have been hit hard again.  Harder, in fact.  With company in town and the last days of school at hand, it's been difficult to actually travel to provide the much needed assistance.

So, we're doing what we can from right here in our own small Texas town.

Hopefully it will be quite a party!  We have hot dogs and chips being donated by a local church, bounce house and slide by my friend's business, music by the one and only Lucy Scholl.  We are asking those who attend to donate the urgently needed goods and of course money to assist in the relief in Little Axe, Oklahoma.  Little Axe hasn't had the attention that Moore has, so they desperately need our help.  I'm so happy to be able to really DO something to help - from home.

If you live in the area (even outside Prosper) I hope you will come and join the fun.... and bring some batteries or duct tape!!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Never Stop Creating

It's always a goal of mine to continue creating throughout my life.  At some points I was creating children or memories.  Other times I sewed, painted, scrapbooked.  I really enjoy creating and I came by this quite naturally.  I have a mother whom I watched create my whole life.

Here are two paintings I have in my home that my mother painted many years ago.  I love them and wish I had more...

My mother is now 82 years old. You'd never know it - she looks fantastic. But she's still creating.  Here's her latest project.  It's hanging on her front door.  It has the photos of four generations of our family ages 6 months - 84 years old.  

Pretty sure that's me, behind the ribbon.  Maybe my mother is ashamed of me???  Just kidding. Anyway, isn't it great??

The letter came from the craft store... you know the ones. She painted it red with acrylic paint.

She printed the photos, all in black in white on regular bond paper the size she needed. (Around an inch and a half)

Then she used Mod Podge to decoupage the photos onto the letter.

The frame came from Michael's and she painted it black (you could buy a black one)

She stapled a ribbon loop that went around the top of the frame and the ends are stapled to the back of the letter so the letter is now suspended from the frame.  The she tied a bow with two colors of ribbon and attached it to the ribbon that's holding the letter.  

The frame is hanging from a wreath hanger on the door.  (The kind that hangs over the top of the door.)

Pretty cute, huh?  My mom rocks.