Friday

NOVEMBER BJP

"Thankful"
I cut out a long heart shape of cardboard and wrapped it with that pretty silk ribbon found in the yarn sections at fabric stores. I wrapped it until it was pretty much covered and glued the end to the back. Then I used 28 gauge wire to wrap it with the beads and letters. I glued this entire piece ot the tag, and then embroidered the purple edging around it. A spiral stitch cord with small dangles was added to the top. All the small embellishments were then added to the tag with a small photo of Marjorie to finish it off.

For my November tag I wanted to do a little tribute to my mother-in-law who passed away a few years ago. If it weren't for her I wouldn't have my wonderful husband! She was an inspiration, a woman with three boys, divorced and going to nursing school all at the same time. Her career was as a Psychiatric nurse working with the very mentally unstable, altzeimers patients, and even dangerous criminals. Once retired from that, she opened her own business doing physicals for insurance companies (I think I'd trade to that as well). She was always my biggest supporter and cheerleader when it came to my art and experimentation with whatever creative endeavor I was on. I wanted to just convey my thanks for raising such a wonderful man (my husband) who I give thanks for every day and who is also my biggest supporter and cheerleader. I always looked up to her as an inspiration and in amazement. How did she do it? It just says a lot about her morals and ethics I think. She lived simply and practically.

Tuesday

NOT GONE

I haven't disappeared for good. Today I finally got out all my bjp stuff and plans for my tags out in open. Hopefully this week I begin to work on Nov, Dec, and Jan. Yes I said begin! Holidays just take all my focus, and then right in the middle of all the Christmas mess, I had to get my house more organized so that we could have it appraised which is a job in itself. On a very very sad note, on Jan. 11 my mom called all of us to say my brother had died suddenly. Sooo... talk about taking the wind out of any sail I had remaining, that did it. He was 'healthy' and just turned 50! It was a shocker..he apparently had a massive heart attack. No, not overweight at all...but he was a smoker..My husband and I loaded up Bella and drove the 900 or so miles with Bella in tow and had a lot of soul searching to do as we drove across country. We had been eating healthy for a while now, and I thank the lord I don't smoke. You just never never know when your day is 'gonna come. We are all just devastated. I'm sorry if I haven't commented on some of my favorite blogs, but will catch up on everything I have missed. Hope some of you missed me. The following quote rang so true this week...

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"At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent....Barbara Bush