Dec 31, 2010

Happy New Year !

This is probably what I will be doing when the clock strikes 12...snug as a bug in a rug!!! ...but you never know I might make it !

No resolutions for me this year just a continuation of my journey and grateful for what I have in life. My family and friends, most importantly, my little animals, my home, and opportunities. I welcome the good things and people on my journey.. as well as all the people who visit and comment about my blog...I hope you will enjoy the upcoming posts I have planned...


But the most important thing...to move toxic people out of my life permanently or at least I have extremely little interaction. It is a healthy thing to do especially when those toxic people have no intention of changing who they are...So as this year closes, I would like to share this with you on this issue.

Let's get healthy....in every way!!! These are some excerpts from Bella Online, The Voice of Women. I hope you take the time to read this. It has helped me greatly... and I, as well as my husband, look forward to a year with little impact from malicious toxic people...



* Be comforted in the fact that you are not alone. Every person walking the earth knows at least one toxic person in their life. The toxic person is a family member, friend, associate, workmate, boss, etc. Toxic people come in all shapes and forms as they know no boundaries. ( ..and they do not respect your boundaries either)


* A toxic person will cause other people pain, craziness, and aggravation. They are simple to recognize. Just take notice of how you feel when you are around one of these people. It will be easy to determine. You will immediately feel sick and experience physical symptoms like a headache or stomach pain. Or you will just feel like you are going crazy, but don't worry because that is the true mark of being with a toxic person.



* In life, each of us has to take responsibility for our own actions. Toxic people do not do this. They have a habit of turning things around so that you feel bad, you feel guilty, and you feel like you are at fault. Remember that when dealing with a toxic person, they are responsible for their own actions, but often do not. Realize this and you take back your power.


* Allow yourself to disengage, disassociate, and detach. Detachment is a process of not caring. It is something you do for yourself. It is a mental skill that takes some time to learn at first, but once it is mastered, it can help you to become stronger mentally and physically.


* Most importantly develop supportive relationships with your life partner, friends, family, workmates, and associates. Talking things over with the people in your life who love and care for you, can help you to overcome the negativity of toxic people. Just as animals and children instinctively can sense when someone is good or evil, the people who love you are very good at recognizing when someone is toxic and hurting you. Loved ones are a good defense against toxic people because they can offer you good advice and support for eliminating negative influences in your life
.

Please read the rest of the ideas on http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art39146.asp


Have a wonderful, happy and healthy 2011 everyone!!






Dec 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

    "Let the Stable Still Astonish" by Leslie Fields



Let the stable still astonish:
straw, dirt floor, dull eyes,
dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
crumbling, crooked walls;
no bed to carry that pain,
and then, the child,
rag-wrapped, laid to cry
in a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said: "Yes,
let the God of all the heavens and earth
be born here, in this place"?
Who but the same God
who stands in the darker, fouler rooms
of our hearts
and says, "Yes,
let the God of Heaven and Earth
be born here--
in this place."

Recycled Christmas Crystal


I follow a blog called Design Sponge ( click on the name & check it out) and this little handmade item was posted that I think would be so cute on a tree. Being made from some crystals and findings, I can imagine it would look so pretty being reflected in the Christmas tree lights. Guess what I will be doing with some crystals that I have :) and it is a great way to recycle some of those ornaments that have been broken but still have parts that can be re-purposed.


Dec 22, 2010

Christmas at Grammy and Grampa's

(Grammy & Grampa with Hot Shot at home)


My memories of Christmas are ones that center around my grandparents.To this day I can't think about this holiday without thinking about them.Their home was a farm house in the middle of town where my Grandfather ran his plumbing business. From the porch, the first room you walked into was the big kitchen where Grammy was always there cooking yummy things. It was comforting to know that she was always there.The heavenly aroma of her cooking filled the house. As well as a huge Turkey dinner,she made all kinds of goodies.Peanut brittle, pies, Pin Wheel cookies ( which I still make every year).As well as bowls of ribbon candy set out.


The living room was warm and cozy with big over stuffed furniture and a big bay window area that looked out to the road.This is where the Balsam Christmas tree was covered in big lights, homemade ornaments...like the Christmas Card Ornaments


along with tinsel and garland that sparkled and move giving the tree a magical look.Underneath were a mountain of presents for me, my brother and my cousins. The Nativity was always on top of the TV...similar to this 1963 Zenith Console TV that I am sure many for us remember.



There were also the little Napco Santa & Mrs Claus that were sitting on the TV too.I don't know what ever happened to Grammy's set, but these I bought on eBay. It would have been nice to have her set.


Sometimes those memories were of small specific things that made the deepest impression on me. These are some of them but my favorite memory is of the bubble lights that Grammy had in the windows.


They were in every window of the bay. Cuddled up in the chair watching the lights bubbling away against the dark reflection of the windows only added to the ambiance of the Christmas atmosphere that my Grandparents always created there. I can still see the tree and bubble lights in my mind's eye. I will never forget it. It was very comforting. I always felt so happy, safe & loved at Grammy and Grampa's.

Now my family is making new memories and traditions change as people are welcome into the family bringing their own traditions to add...Christmas Eve is our favorite time so
my husband & daughter always have their traditional lobster chowder then we have a Lasagna dinner. Later, we listen to an audio version of "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
written & read by Dylan Thomas that my daughter's boyfriend introduced us to as one of his family traditions. It is a relaxing and peaceful time for us..............................
My wish is that all of you have the same blessings..





Dec 19, 2010

Recycling a snowflake!

( my picture of the snowflake on the wall was taken with a phone camera
so the quality is not as good as I would like it.)



I took the lights off the snowflake so I had just the wire frame.
The lights were used around my shed window.

I filled the frame with Papier Mache recipe I posted before.
I let the Mache dry in a rough design so it would look
crystalline in appearance when I applied the final application.

I let it dry for a couple of days, painted it white.
I applied Mod Podge & covered it in Diamond Dust.
After drying, I shook off the excess and hung it up.
It was very simple to do and a great way to recycle a
Christmas decoration.


Folk Art Tree





Dec 15, 2010

Hungry and Homeless for Christmas

Please go to this site and read about
poverty in America... Educate yourself...



...and PLEASE do not forget about our Veterans.


The pictures you see here need
to become non-existent!


Please don't forget our animal friends either
When their owners are effected by hardships so are they.
and most shelters will
not allow pets in shelters.
There are only two in the US that allow it.
Local animal shelters could use donations too.
Find out where there is one in your area
and help our furry friends.

Maine Friends of Animals



Here are some favorite charities
of myself and some of my friends.
Also I am sure you can find local food pantries
that could use extra donations this year
with the increasing number of people that are
unemployed, homeless and living in poverty.




Gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated

Donate your unused cellphones for a soldier to call home with

Wonderful charity that gives people a hand-up not hand-out
benefiting people and the Earth

great charity for feeding the hungry in America

The Home for Little Wanders

St Jude Children's Research Hospital for children with cancer


In Maine I like:

Stone Soup Food Pantry
61 Bacon Street
Biddeford Maine
04005
283-0055


These are all great places to donate
so please think of giving
to one of these places to help others.
Not just for Christmas but throughout the year.
If everyone gave just a tiny bit,
huge change could occur.
and
It would be a
wonderful gift for you.







Dec 14, 2010

The Snowman.....


I love snowmen...They represent the magic of snow....
To have never made a snowman is to have lost out on a great experience.
I decided this year to make my Christmas decorations for the house
using what ever have in my home.
I have enjoyed this more than any time spent in a store
buying decorations & ornaments.
What better way to start the season than making a snowman!



I had recently done a Papier Mache project,
a battle ax for my son's
Halloween costume.Everyone loved it and I had fun making it.
I used items that were in the recycle center of our home.






Using the same Papier Mache recipe seen in this video
or if you prefer the recipe itself....
I used Recipe 2 (Just click on Recipe 2 for the link)
I made up a batch ahead of time. Just make sure it
is in an air tight container.






I used things around the house to make the snowman....plastic bags,
shredded paper, the good old duct tape, cardboard along with embellishments,
such as paint fabric and German Glass.



First comes the body made of a plastic bag,
a circle of cardboard put in the bottom for the base.
Stuffing shredded paper in the plastic and tying off each section
of the body until it has the shape you want.
Place duct tape over it to tighten up the shape
and smooth out some of the wrinkles.




I made a hat of cardboard and tape
but you could also use a piece of wool or fabric
and tie off the top to add later.
Then you "frost" the shape
like you would a cake.
This is wonderful Papier Mache, so easy to shape,
smooth and form eyes, buttons and such
on your project.


or a mustache ...


Then you let it dry till it is completely dry.
I let this guy dry for a couple of days.


Add paint and glitter, holly & pine cones
I also used some German Glass which
I bought a few years ago
instead of glitter.


A Buffalo Plaid scarf, eyes, buttons
and a real carrot nose..
My hubby suggested it
so I dehydrated a baby carrot..
I loved it!!
and of course, real branches for his arms!!

and you have a Snowman for the Holidays.



I am making a recycled snowflake
that I will post later this week.

Hope you have found this interesting
and something you may want to try.
I promise you won't be disappointed with this recipe.




Dec 11, 2010

1972

A friend of mine, Kathy Kennedy McConaghie,
has shared with us on Facebook this beautiful poem she wrote when she was just 17. I think it shows amazing insight for someone so young but it also shows the impact of an unpopular war on people. Many of us thought we would never see this country in a situation like Vietnam again....nor would I see my son preparing to go into war.... But 38 years later, here we are again...with no end in sight. Kathy's words have reached across the years being just as poignant and powerful today as they were went she wrote them so long ago. As she pointed out, the only difference is there is no one marching in the streets protesting....So our power to protest lies in our social networks to call for the end of this war.....

During this Holiday season please think about raising your voice, like Kathy, to call for an end to the Afghanistan war and bring our troops home. Thank You Kathy for letting me share this.



1972

"All we are saying is give peace a chance."

We whispered to the towering gods

but were drowned out by the roaring millions,

millions of bombs killing.

Scrabbling for blood money, profitable deaths.

Please listen, we said,

Please give peace a chance.


We got out on the streets and we whispered no longer.

Talked quietly with reason to the government of people.

But no one would listen, they shoved us aside.

They could not and would not see the horrible,

the specters of maiming and death so far away.

They hurried on to believe the glory-mad lying,

turned their backs on the murdered, the hungry, the crying.


We were stunned but no longer willing to talk.

Many were desperate. "Make them wake up and take notice!"

Give peace a chance, we shouted, we sang.

We will change everything around and force you to stop killing.

We will destroy your smooth war-money-making machine.


We shouted and marched for our beautiful slogan

and finally dragged her through violent mud.

Our shouts and brave joy turned to pain, screams and fear -

they found it easy to kill us, easy to deny

our rights to the chance for beautiful peace.


They can't kill us all and we're still around.

Give a peace a chance is still a good sound.

The bombs are destroying and killing the many

but our numbers are growing and if nature is willing

the steel gods will weaken as they chase their blood money.

They will forget us and try to regain their death glory -

pitifully trying they'll know they can't win.

Peace will get that chance and we'll usher her in.

Dec 3, 2010

Holiday Mail for Heroes


The American Red Cross is once again providing a way for you to send a Christmas card to a recovering Soldier this year. The cutoff post date is December 10th so be sure and send a touch of home, love and appreciation to a soldier in the hospital.

Please click on the link to view the requirements. Thank You! :)

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