Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Family Journals . . .

I have been thinking about starting these journals for quite some time.  I just kept putting it off, but finally got a start on them.  I am writing in a journal for all my kids and grandkids . .  and Richard.  Eventually I will get around to personalizing the covers . . . but for right now I am just writing.  Just filling them with memories . . . thoughts . . . photos . . . and whatever else comes to my mind.  It has been fun so far,  I have decided not to really have any kind of plan with them other than just writing what comes to mind . . . and what I want to share with them.  This would probably be much easier and faster if I did it on the computer, but I want them to be handwritten.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

old books . . .

I was given a bunch of old books recently.  It was a good day to pull them out, cut them apart, and have some fun.  I am going to fold some more tonight and I want to make the trees different sizes and maybe add some glitter to them.  There is something about folding paper that I enjoy . . . and I love how these look displayed with other items.  I have some leftover pages I am going to use for paper cranes and maybe some envelopes and ornaments.   

Friday, November 21, 2014

Let the FUN begin!

Life has been busy and maybe even a little complicated lately . . . only in the sense that other things have taken me away from doing the things that I like to do and at times I get pulled in directions that I really don't like going.  That seems to get me a little out of balance . . . but I guess life can do that.  So this week . . . I have made the effort to get back to "being Clare".  That is always a good thing.  Even better . . . Thanksgiving Break . . . a whole week off from work!  
Let the fun begin!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shabby Charlotte Doll . . . Olive

A new little Shabby Charlotte doll . . . to celebrate Autumn!

Olive is a special little doll with an amazing spirit.  She likes to stay busy and finds joy in everything she does.  She loves to be outside . . . she likes a good cup of coffee, homemade cookies and jumping into a big pile of autumn leaves. 
She loves to walk and she picks up little bits of nature wherever she goes, such as acorns, seeds, and dried flowers . . . they remind her that beauty is all around us, to find joy in the simple things, and to take a lesson from nature - it does not hurry, yet everything gets accomplished. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

I'm not sure when I became fascinated with this custom.  I'm sure my fascination is tied into how much I enjoy Halloween.  But I have enjoyed Halloween for years . . . for as long as I can remember really.  My interest in Dia de los Muertos has come about more recent.  I love the colors, flower and other decorations, and the whole idea of why people create altars to honor their loved ones.  Last week Richard and I went to see a local Day of the Dead art exhibit.  It was small . . . but we really enjoyed it.  Well, I really enjoyed it . . . I don't think Richard necessarily would have gone without me, but he seemed to enjoy it because I did.  We were lucky enough to have the director walk through part of the exhibit with us and he explained who some of the altars were made for and gave us some more information on some of the artists.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Night

 Richard had the back yard looking great . . . pumpkins, skeletons, and Halloween lights strung.  The little ones were so excited.  Me too . . . I think Pumpkin Carving Night is more fun for me than Christmas.  My family thinks that is a little weird . . . but they go along with it . . . or maybe they are just used to me by now.

It was also a night for watching baseball.  Unfortunately the Cardinals are not in the World Series, but the Giants are . . . I think Brent is the most excited about that, but because of Sarah, and just for the sake of the National League, we are hoping the Giants win. Unfortunately though, it meant that Sarah could not be with us.  We had a special SF pumpkin in her honor.  
 Lily has started bringing me pretty leaves when she finds them.  I love that she brings them to me, and that she sees the beauty in them.  
"If we all could see the world through the eyes of a child, 
we would see the magic in everything."
Chee Vai Tan
 I don't know how anyone drinks a Red Bull . . . but I do like this can.  I am thinking I need to cut that skeleton out and make something out of it.  I'll have to think on that one a little while.
Jake also brought pumpkin spice coffee , , , he knows what I like!  
Way better than a Red Bull.

 Last year Jake and Kasey arrived with patterns and carved very detailed pumpkins.  This year Jake's pumpkin was more simple . . . their initials - their first pumpkin as a married couple.  

Dinner was delicious and once the pumpkins were carved . . .
A fire . . . Jack-O-Lanterns . . . s'mores with giant marshmallows , , ,
after the game - an outdoor movie . . . it was a great night!
Even better . . . the Giants won!  
I believe I said that Brent was excited about the Giants . . . I love this crazy young man!

On Halloween the thing you must do
is pretend that nothing
can frighten you.
And if somethin' scares you 
and you want to run . . . 
Just let on like it's Halloween fun!