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Origami, Fruits and Flowers

Here are some beautiful origami rosebuds and a swan that our grand-daughter, Melissa, made while visiting us.  She made them in about ten-fifteen minutes – voila`! Amazing!

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And here is some succulent pineapple slices and strawberries served at my lady’s group –

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When the kids came for a visit they gave us the most beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Here are a couple of shots.  I love gazanias 

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And day lilies and snapdragons

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Paint Party Friday Time!

It’s been awhile since I’ve contributed to PPF.  But, hopefully now that we are in a new year, holidays are behind us,  and reparations on my home are done I can concentrate on some artistic endeavors.  I just started back to the church arts and crafts group and we were sitting around talking about what kind of project we wanted to start.  One lady is partial to fabric crafts, another likes watercolor and two of us are sort of undecided.  I’m leaning towards mosaic projects – maybe decorating some spring flower pots for the church tables – or maybe some more bird houses or mosaic key racks.

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As we were discussing our next project I did a  still life contour drawing of some flowers on the table.  After downloading into computer I tinted them.  But actually, this will be a work in progress as I plan to color with watercolor or colored pencils.

If you’d like to see more artwork go to Paint Party Friday.




Aging Gracefully – Ha! Haiku

Getting old is an amazing phenomena! I mean, only a person my age can understand how one feels when they reach the “golden years” of mid-70s through 80s. Of course, I’m speaking from my own viewpoint, but having talked to many a person in there late 70s to mid-80s there seems to be universal agreement that it’s an awesome wonder at how we reached such an advanced age! Especially since it was just yesterday (so it seems) that we were in our teens. To a younger person this may seem a trivial or just a passing thought, but to someone my age this is a feeling that is lived each and ever day, usually while in the bathroom staring at that person in the mirror – or at least once a week.

Today on the church bulletin a friend’s birthday was mentioned. After services we had our usual coffee get-together and another friend and I went up to wish her a happy birthday – and then asked how old she was. I figured she was around 82, but it turned out she is now 85! To my eyes she is a well-preserved, hardy, stand-up-tall 85-year-old. But probably to a younger person she looks pretty old. When I arrived home I told my husband it was my friend’s 85th birthday. It’s hard to believe that so many of my friends are in their 80’s! What am I doing running around with a bunch of 80-year-olds?! I remember when mother first moved here at 92 years of age. She absolutely refused to live with me – or my out-of-state brothers, so we checked out all the assisted living facilities. We’d go in, look around, and she’d turn and head on out the door, saying, “I’m not going to live with a bunch of old people”!

Well, I don’t want to belabor this subject, but, oh, one other thing that has changed in my advanced years – even from just one year ago. My face. It had always been my belief that, sure, wrinkles come with age – so what! No way would I even think about plastic surgery to uplift, smooth away, cut away, eradicate or any other type of cosmetric surgery. Hmmm, where did all these wrinkles come from in the last six months??? This will not do! Somehow, I’ve got to get rid of them. Yes, surgery sounds tempting – just a slight nip and tuck under the chin…… no, not worth the pain nor the chance that more wrinkles will follow! But maybe something else – Prep H? Flour and water? I guess the most painless and the best solution is to stop looking at myself in the mirror! I can remember a few years back when driving my mother to the hearing doctor she stopped looking in the visor mirror, turned to me, and said, “Sandra, I want to go to the doctor”. And I said, “What for Mom”? Mother pulled the skin under her chin taut and replied (at 96-years-old), “I want him to get rid of these wrinkles”!

So it is what it is – aging gracefully with a lot of internal dialogue going on that would flabbergast a youngster!

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Inertia sets in
Wrinkles pile up, body sags
But onward we go



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Tea Time – how would you like your tea?

And a good time was had by all! Today my P.E.O.  group, Chapter EX,  gave a benefit Christmas tea party.  P.E.O.  (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

We had vintage teapots, modern teapots, as well as whimsical Christmas teapots.   The menu included scones, banana bread, finger sandwiches, an assortment of cool and refreshing fruit cups, and deserts to die for – creme puffs, lime curd in phyllo shells, checkered cake and glazed cookies.   Each table was hosted by a member, who brought the food to the table, poured tea and made their guests feel welcome.  We also had a hat contest – and some of the hats were a riot!  The winner of the contest had a beautiful 1949 red print felt cloche hat that belonged to her mother.

Here are a mosaic of photos  taken right after everyone set up their table.  I am sharing these with Blue Monday and Mosaic Monday.

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Scavenger Hunt Here I Come

The prompts for this Sunday are: Home or Thankful; In the kitchen; Couple; Bubbles; and Trees. If you would like to see more go to Ashley Sisk’s blog.

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In the Kitchen 

Norma, my SIL, gave me this pretty sign and I added the Artcraft yellow hanger above it.   And there is something else is in the picture that I didn’t even see while I was taking the picture ~



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I bought the big clown at an auction. You pull down the lever in his back, then place a coin on the clown’s hand, and he brings his hand to his mouth and swallows the coin. Cute! I painted the little clown in an arts and crafts group. We painted indians, clowns, reindeer, Santa Clauses, etc and put them in little bags to give out to the residents of the assisted living facilities in the area at Christmas time.



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Trees

I love these Chilean Mesquite trees in front of my house.



Art Journel Entry – Paint Party Friday

I’ve finally picked up my art journal and created a feast – thanks to titbelsoeur for the inspiration! I started with a placemat designed by Elena Vladykina/Ruth Levison, started stamping away – and then added printed paper and tissue paper. I probably could do some more (and maybe will later) but wanted to share with Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day and Sunday Sketches. You can click on the small photos and see them in gallery size.