Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Keepsake and a Thank you...

Since my dear Grandma was unexpectedly called home I've been a bit broken of heart. Most days are fine and time really does lessen the pain but every now and again I just cry out of the blue. I regret that I wasn't able to see her before she was taken, that I didn't have a chance to tell her how much she meant to me. How the memories spent with her growing up are some of the sweetest of my childhood. How I used to wish we could move to California to be closer to her and my Grandpa.

I went to California for her funeral and was overcome when I walked into her home and she wasn't there. I knew of course that she was gone, but standing there among of all of her things I half expected to see her walking down the hallway to greet me. I walked into her room and into her closet and gently ran my hands along her clothes and could almost feel her there. I hadn't hurt so badly since I lost Grandpa. I crossed to her bed, fell into the pillows, and just sobbed. I know in my heart that she is happy, that she is with her sweetheart once more and I'm glad for that. I just really miss her.

My grandmother was quite the seamstress and loved to collect thimbles. I now have her thimble collection and as I was looking at them one day I had the idea that a necklace could be made from one of her special thimbles. I immediately thought of Jennifer Valentine and wondered if she would be willing to make a special Keepsake for me.

I emailed Jennifer with my idea and she was so amazingly kind. She wanted to know a little bit about my Grandmother to give her a feel of who she was and what she may want to do with the necklace. So I carefully packaged my little thimble and mailed it off to her to be made anew. After a short while the thimble found it's way back home. I was so excited as I opened the package and there it was, a beautiful necklace so lovingly packaged. It was just what I had hoped for, a link to my dear Grandmother, a beautiful reminder, a keepsake.

Thank you Jennifer Valentine, you will always have a special place in my heart.

Much Love,


Grandma & I at my favorite beach

This is a shirt my Grandma made for me, the #8 is because I'm the 8th grandchild
Here is the thimble waiting to be transformed
Jennifer's packaging is as beautiful as her jewelry

The tiny vintage bound scissors mean that your ties will never be cut....the faceted vintage French stone is about how grandmothers add so many facets to our being....and the peaceful blue color is representative of the peace our grandmothers bring, and of the heavens, where you will see her again.
The little vintage heart locket with the rose represents her love of roses and the way you loved her and she loved you....there is enough room in there for a picture of her pretty face.
The unbroken circle represents eternity and the circle of love that enfolds you always as she looks upon you and holds you in her arms always.
The rose at the back of the necklace means that she will always be there, looking over your shoulder as you go about your day....even though at times you may forget.

-Jennifer Valentine

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy 101...

Lil over at lilli boo has given me the meme Happy 101 award! I'm suppose to list 10 things I like and then pass the award on to 10 bloggy friends.

So here goes, ten things I like:

1. My handsome husband

2. My kiddos

3. Paint on my hands

4. Laughing with my girlfriends

5. Walking the beach in the early morning at low tide

6. Going to the movies and I like to be early so I don't miss the previews

7. Hot fudge on ice cream(yum!)

8. Getting lost in a good book

9. Playing dress up

10. Homemade strawberry jam on toast

Of course the list could go on and on, I like a lot of things. It was fun to really stop and think to myself, "Hey, what do I like?" One thing I could add to the like list is blogging. I have loved blogging and making new friendships. Thank you Lil for tagging me, this was fun!
Lets all make time to do something we like everyday. :)

I'm passing this award on to:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Oregon Coast

I'm signing off for a bit to spend some time at the coast with my family. I'm so thankful to be so close the Oregon Coast, it is absolutely beautiful there and it's one of my favorite places in the whole world. If you ever come to Oregon, take some time to visit the coast. Thank you so much for the kindness on my last post. My friend was thrilled with the gift. That made me so happy. See you when I return!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A wedding gift

It's midnight here and I just finished cleaning a major mess on my kitchen table. The above photos are gift I made for a good friend who's getting married. Her bridal shower is tomorrow and I'm so excited for her to have found her sweetheart. Now that I've finished it I'm really nervous to give it to her. That little voice inside is saying maybe she won't like it or maybe the other ladies at the shower might think it looks ridiculous. I actually really like it so I hope she will too. Ok, I really gotta get some sleep. Goodnight blogland. ♥Jenny

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's a small world

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from my summer travels with you all. I tried really hard to sleep on the plane on the way over but I was just so excited that I couldn't. We arrived early in the morning at CDG airport in Paris where my dear friend was waiting to pick us up. We made our way to his apartment and lugged our bags up several flights of stairs. So many of the buildings in Europe are so old that they don't have elevators. The apartment was adorable but very tiny. The kitchen and bathroom were kind of in the same room so we called it the Bitchen. We dropped our bags and then headed out to explore the city. We spent the next few days seeing all the touristy spots. I had my portrait drawn at mon matre after we walked around sacre coeur and we had an awesome picnic along the Seine. After a few days in Paris we took the Eurostar train to London. I absolutely l o v e London. I don't know if it was that I could understand the language or if it was being in the land of many of my ancestors but I felt so at home there. I could totally live there. It is so easy to get around on the London underground. One of the best parts about London was meeting up with two fellow bloggers Amelia and Concetta! Amelia hosted us at her home and we all shared lovely meal at her table. It was so fabulous to get together. Both Amelia and Concetta are amazing ladies. It was so fun to chat it up with them, I especially love their accents. I've been practicing speaking with an accent around the house. One of my favorite british words is rubbish. Try saying it with and accent. :) It was really hot while we were there and my hair was driving me crazy, so I found a shop in china town and got it cut. I was so glad I packed my sneakers(or trainers as they say in London)with all the walking we did. After a few fun filled days in London we headed back to Paris. We did a bit more sight seeing and then as I said in a previous post we got quite ill. At that point I was so ready to get back to my own home sweet home. I missed my husband and my babies so much. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to expand my view of the world and get a few more stamps in my passport. To have shared the experience with the dearest of friends made it that much sweeter too. It's was just like we were kids again.

That's all for now my friends. Much love to you all, Jenny♥

Friday, August 6, 2010


I'm taking part in Louise Gale's creative color challenge! As you can see this week is yellow. I immediately thought of a yellow brick road and came up with this. I collected the stones from my yard and gave them several coats of yellow paint. I love how it turned out. I'm so glad I decide to take part in this challenge. Initially the word challenge made me want to run the other way. I love a good adventure but tend to shrink at the thought of a challenge. So I decided to think of it as The Creative Color Adventure. Check out the link in this post to find out more about Louise and here creative color challenge. ♥