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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Treasured Gifts - DIY Handmade from the Heart and a DIY coupon code

As a child, I needed to keep my hands busy. I remember, as early as the age of 7, that I NEEDED to make stuff. My very special Aunt Jean, who understood this about me, was always sending care packages of craft kits that nurtured my creative soul. I remember the 'yarn octopus' and 'pebble mosaic' kits, amoung others. I remember bits of cloth, buttons, etc. so that I had the materials needed to hand-sew doll clothes for my Barbies. When I fell in love with machine sewing in 8th grade, she gave me a sewing machine so that I could be creative and sew my own clothes.

When I was in 5th grade, my sister & I would spend many summer hours making beaded necklaces and potholders sitting on our stoop in our neighborhood in Bronx, NY.  We had a Kool-Aid & Crafts stand where we would sell our creations.  Our earnings enabled us to continue to purchase supplies for our creative energies. We often had extra money to make gifts for friends and family.

Recently, I have begun to realize that these activities were the beginning ideas for my creative journey. The 'mosaic pebble' kit was transformed into a mosaic glass table for my son's wedding gift.
The 'yarn octopus' kit led me to macrame - which in the 70's meant that all of my friends received a macrame' plant hanger. My love of sewing led me to sewing fleece scarves and hats - again gifts to keep those that I loved warm.

My current art forms are Glass Jewelry & Home Decor, and Clay Sculpture, in addition to sharing the love of creating to children & adults. My art has enabled me to supplement my income as an Art Teacher and still provides me with extra income buy supplies to make and give handmade gifts.

Since my childhood, I felt then, as I do now, that for me, a handmade gift is from the heart and I still love to make and give gifts that are creative with that special person in mind and that I am sharing a piece of myself.

My most treasured gifts are those that have been handmade 
by my many creative friends and relatives.

Are you creative?
Give a Gift to Treasure - Give Handmade from the Heart
Do it yourself.

Check out my Handmade Glass & Jewelry Supplies on Etsy
Use 'DIYGIFTS20' to receive a 20% discount off Jewelry Supplies in my shop
Code expires Dec 16, 2016!

Visit my website for upcoming events and shows, my bio and new coupon codes

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Someday we'll find it - The Rainbow Connection - The lovers, the dreamers, and me

When I was a small child I remember watching the Wizard of Oz for the first time and fell in love Dorothy singing  'Somewhere over the Rainbow' and imagined all kinds of possibilities and hope. Then, when I was 12, Sesame Street aired. I remember watching it, realizing that Sesame Street was my neighborhood. I grew up in the Bronx. Any free time was spent on the sidewalks of New York - playing hopscotch, jumping rope, roller skating, going to the park and selling 
Kool-Aid with my sister to get money for art supplies. We got to know the people in our neighborhood - on the street, in the park, and in the small grocer, bakery and candy store. We heard the sounds of the city and smelled the many and varied cooking smells of the many ethnic groups that lived on our block. And sometimes, a friend's parent might invite us over to try one of those interesting dishes that smelled so good.

  My neighbors were Hispanic, Jewish, African American, White, Polish and Italian. 
Sesame Street celebrated the similarities and the differences that were in my neighborhood.

Then, later, as a young adult, Kermit starred in the Muppet Movie and sang "The Rainbow Connection".
Wow...recently, I realized how these songs, these shows, and their message influenced my life.
I have reconnected with my past and have begun to create Jewelry and Home Decor in Rainbow hues, that celebrate the Arts, and that celebrate Diversity, Possibilities, and Hope.

These and more Rainbow creations are now on SALE!
Use 'RAINBOWCONNECTION20' coupon code in these shops:

The Rainbow Connection
 Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide
So we've been told
And some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong, wait and see

Someday we'll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me

Who said that every wish
Would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star
Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it
Look what it's done so far

What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see
Someday we'll find it

The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me

All of us under its spell
We know that it's probably magic

Have you been half asleep
And have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name
Is this the sweet sound
That called the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same

I've heard it too many times to ignore it
It's something that I'm supposed to be
Some day we'll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me

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