Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful for family moments

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to blog at least once each week. I was right on track until mid-October when many family activities replaced my creative time. But it was worth every minute and I'm thankful to have that time since it passes in the blink of an eye. A few of our activities caught the spirit and colors of Thanksgiving as we see in the photo below of my niece and her cousin beside a gigunda pumpkin.

Since we are moving right into the December holiday season, I thought I would share some polymer clay ornament experiments.

Polymer Clay Ornament Experiments
For both, I copied images on Artist Transfer Paper and transferred the images to the clay using the instructions that came with the paper. It worked like a dream - even copied on my laser jet printer. For the one on the right, I cut out the image with this State of AZ cookie cutter I found on Etsy.

So now, I am officially gearing up for the next round of holiday celebrations!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

In a pink state of mind

My hubby came home from the Steelers-Jets game with a special gift for me. A pink terrible towel!

Steeler fans out there will get the significance of the terrible towel and the color pink was park of the Pink October activities for breast cancer awareness. In the photo below, you can also catch a glimpse of the pink shoes worn by many of the players. They make an interesting fashion statement with the throw-back "bumblebee" uniforms!

Below is my own homage to Pink October with a fun Sashay Scarf.

So get with the pink crowd this month and schedule a mammogram if you are due!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Here's to a legend and a legacy

You might think with the name Paula Kramer, I'd be a better golfer. I gave the game a try-out about ten years ago and even took lessons. I told the golf pro he could tell everyone he taught Paula Kramer how to golf! You golfers out there will understand.

And what does golfing have to do with beading? They don't have much in common other than fans with an affection for small round objects. But it's only fitting today to pause from beading to salute one of the greats: Arnold Palmer. As most everyone knows, golfers and non-golfers alike, Arnie passed away Sunday, September 25th.

He leaves a legacy of excellence at his craft but more importantly a legacy of kindness. Many folks around Western PA have an Arnie story and mine is very recent, told by a friend of our son who was attending a golf outing at Latrobe Country Club. He was with three friends when he saw a familiar stance on the green opposite where they were playing. Yes, it was Arnie who stopped to watch our friend tee off. Can you imagine? That would be like Sherry Serafini coming over to my home to watch me bead. Yikes! After a particularly bad shot, Arnie came over and gave him a few tips and then encouraged our friend to try again. He did and hit a great shot. That story sums up Arnold Palmer: someone who took time for everyone.

Most golf courses around here flew their flags at half mast this week and the course where my hubby played offered the prayer card shown here.

But the very best tribute was this tweet by Pittsburgh sports writer Gerry Dulac who featured a picture of a spectacular rainbow over Latrobe Country Club shortly after the service when Arnie's ashes were spread on Thursday.

I guess even our Supreme Being is a member of Arnie's Army. RIP Arnold Palmer. We're lucky to have had you on this earth.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hello Fall! Farewell Summer!

With temps the warmest on record, it sure doesn't feel like Fall but it arrived this week nevertheless. The Pennsylvania Department of Forestry marked the occasion by issuing their fall foliage map.

So folks in Pennsylvania have a couple weeks to wait for the majesty of turning leaves.  I marked the occasion with a trip to visit my sister in Indiana, PA where summer greenery was on lush display, especially at The Woods Spa where I was treated to a spa day.

We had such a fun sister day and I was truly spoiled with pampering that started with a peppermint hand and foot soak, followed by an hour massage and then a pumpkin facial. With all those yummy-sounding names, we were delighted to finish our visit with a slice of warm apple pie accompanied by vanilla ice cream. Nothing to say but yum!

Let's give a proper farewell salute to Summer. Here we have Delirious Earrings, a design by Ann Benson of Beads East captured against the backdrop of leaves that are waiting to turn.

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