Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ridiculous Fun

We made bumble bees out of paving blocks last week in one of my grief groups, where I encourage crafts and new experiences as a way to move thoughts beyond grief and prove to ourselves that life, though changed, can still hold a lot of good stuff.   People enjoy this group, if only for the distraction, and a dozen people made bees.    Every one was different and adorable.    This is mine:
And I got the most fabulous package in the mail from my cyber-friend Janne, from Spindelmaker, in Norway.   Janne is not a crafter like me, she is an artist, and does the most amazing work, everything from fabulous paintings of ships and shipyards (love those!) to costumes to jewelry and way, way beyond.    I have followed her for a long time, and am regularly blown away by her work and her creativity.   You will want to check out her blog, she has monthly giveaways, and is ALWAYS doing something new and incredible.

Anyway, to my delight, Janne sent me one of her Girly Girls, which I have long admired, and a beautiful pair of earrings.   

Although I've never been to Norway, I've decided to hang my adorable Girl on my travel wall because, after all, she traveled to me.     She will be a reminded of the wonderful places out there that I have yet to experience, and I hope she will urge me on.    Thank you so much, Janne!  :)   

Yesterday my Friend and I spent the day baking cookies to mail to our daughters, and I "tested" way more than my share.   I made my chocolate butter cookies, my family's favorite, and he made his Michigan Oatmeal cookies, full of local blueberries and walnuts.   

I made a little felt bag to put my cookies in for his cat-loving daughter, whom I haven't yet met.   (I used a pattern for the cat from one of the blogs I follow and want to give credit, but can't remember where I got it -- I'll edit that in later!)

I always have fun with this Friend of mine, he makes me laugh and think, which is, for me,  a good combination.   We pulled simple meals together as we needed them, made a huge mess (which I mostly left behind when I drove home, lol), and actually got the cookies packed and to the Post Office just a heartbeat before it was locked up for the weekend.   The guy with the key shadowed us on our way in and waited for us to leave, locking the doors as we walked back through them.    Perfect timing!    Then we watched a couple of videos to relax from our day of relaxing.   We should have practiced Morse Code, but I am not that good to start with, and definitely not that good when I am tired, so he took pity on me for once.   A perfect day, simple and good.    Today I am eating cookies for breakfast before I freeze the rest of my 'stash,' and I am not one bit sorry that I am exhausted from being up much too late.   I will try to conserve what little energy I have with another lazy day, before spending time with the Grands later this afternoon.    I am so very happy with what I have.   

1 comment:

spindelmaker said...

I´m so glad you like the girly-girl. I know she´s got a wonderful home now :-)