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Welcome, Summer!

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“As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.” ~ Unknown

 

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“The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.” ~ Unknown

 

 

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“Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”, resulting in the present day belief of a “lucky” wedding in June.” ~ Unknown

 

 

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On The Summer Solstice … “Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass.” William Shakespeare

 

 

 

International Business Times – Stonehenge

“Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.”~ Unknown

HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SUMMER!

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Happy Fathers Day 2017

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“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” ~Harmon Killebrew

 

 

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“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” ~Author Unknown

 

 

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“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” ~  William Shakespeare

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Happy Father’s Day, Jim

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My dad’s left arm was shorter than his right and his hand was curved, almost useless, from a fall from a horse when he was 3. I almost forgot that he might be a bit challenged from time to time. He never talked about it, never brought attention to it. He just lived with it. We saw a panhandler on the street when we were on vacation when I was a child. He walked up to the man, who had an arm just like his. The man asked for money, holding up his arm. My dad simply held up HIS arm and said, “Get a job.”

My dad loved to tell jokes and stories. He loved puns. He loved sarcasm. He survived by humor when he was a child, dealing with kids on the playground, who made fun of his arm. He made them laugh so hard they finally accepted him and quit bullying.

He brought his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma from Chicago/New York/Long Island with a dream of having his own advertising agency. 25 years later, he won a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his “Unique contribution to the advertising world in Tulsa, OK” shortly before he died, having supported his family and putting two kids through college.

He came to a class when I was going for a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist. My talk in that class was teaching children to listen wisely to advertising. My dad was the guest speaker. He was a bit of a celebrity, billing himself as “Tulsa’s 2nd worst radio voice.” His radio spots got people’s attention because they made you listen, sometimes making you laugh. You always remembered the companies lucky enough to hire him. At the end of the class, he said something to the effect – “It’s fun to write advertising commercials. It’s fun to come and talk to you today. But the thing I love the most about today is getting to watch my daughter give a speech. My daughter is Linda Lewis.” You could have heard a pin drop at the surprise  – and then delight  – in the room. They erupted in applause and I cried.

My dad was unique. He was ahead of his time. He wanted my brother and me to call him “Jim” because “dad” kind of embarrassed him. He was an only child and didn’t figure he was that great as a dad. He set an example of honesty, integrity, determination and courage in living his life every day. He said, “Remember me laughing.”

I do, Jim, even with tears in my eyes. Happy Father’s Day.

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~Clarence Budington Kelland

 

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Memorial Day in Greenwood, Arkansas

Greenwood Arkansas Memorial Park

Greenwood, Arkansas is a small town about 9 miles south and east of Fort Smith in west-central Arkansas.  At last official count, there were a little over 9,000 people living here.

There is a ‘square’ that makes up most of ‘downtown’ that brings back happy memories of visiting my grandmother for two weeks in the summers in Nevada, Missouri. I felt all grown up, getting to stay there by myself, walk to the shops and the library by myself and be thoroughly spoiled. My grandmother was phenomenal, taking sole care of my grandfather who was bedridden from Multiple Sclerosis. She seemed to look forward to the visits of her grandchildren, one at a time each summer, doing all sorts of wonderful, special things we would remember vividly the rest of our lives. When my husband showed me Greenwood, planning to take a job in Fort Smith, I fell in love with it immediately.

The court house used to be in the center of the square. One time it was destroyed by fire. It was again destroyed in 1969 when a tornado leveled the town and killed many. The clock tower is all that remained in the center of the square. Recently, a local businessman built a new copper-looking roof for the clock tower. It really looks wonderful, shining in the sun as you enter the square from any direction. (The court house is now across the street to the south from what is now called, “Memorial Park.”)

Several years ago funds were gathered and grants won in order to turn what was a nice little park into “Memorial Park” – honoring our veterans. If you look carefully, you can see plaques that have been set in concrete up and down both sides of the concrete paths in the park. These were purchased by the families of the veterans to honor their family member for their service to our country. There are more plaques in the park each year. Flags are put out on all appropriate holidays – a sight to see! What you cannot see in this picture are statues commemorating each of the services around the base of the clock tower. Nice benches were added and some lights, and hanging baskets of flowers, and a nice wrought iron fence around the street side of the park. There is a gazebo on one end, surrounded by knockout rose bushes, where people sing and play instruments from time to time.

This is the center of our town. A town proud of the people who made our country great, who served to keep our people free.

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Memorial Day 2017 – 2

Romper – 10 Sing It Loud and Proud

“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day.  I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it.  We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.”  ~ Benjamin Harrison

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Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day Pictures

“That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.” ~ Lise Hand

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Testimonies of Hope

  • Mother is a verb, not a noun.  ~Proverb
  • Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.  ~Linda Wooten
  • Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What’s that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don’t mean a thing.  ~Toni Morrison
  • A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan
  • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren
  • It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. – Erma Bombeck
  • I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.  ~Phyllis Diller
  • My mother loved children and she would have given anything if I had been one.  ~Groucho Marx

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day today.

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Happy May 1st!

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I can’t remember where I was or how old I was when I actually got to do this one year, but I remember it was loads of fun. I vividly remember the excitement, the laughter, the delighted faces of everyone around me, young and old. I regret I am unable to give credit to the kind people who made this possible for me. It was the one and only time I did the Maypole Dance, and it was a high point in my life.

I looked up how one is actually supposed to do a Maypole Dance, since I don’t remember any particular rhyme or reason.

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Put the Maypole together. Unless you have access to a Maypole that has already been made for the purpose, you will need to make your own. Find a tall pole and attach ribbons or strong streamers at the top of the pole. These ribbons will need to be an even number, the same number of ribbons as there are dancers.

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Divide the dancers into two groups. For example, you might have them count off one, two, one, two, one, two around the circle, or A, B, A, B, etc. The A’s can go clockwise and the B’s go counterclockwise. The dancers go alternately right and left of the dancers going in the opposite direction.

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Develop a pattern. The pattern the dancers should keep in mind is over, under, over, under, over, under etc.
On the count of “over”, the dancer raises his ribbon slightly so the dancer coming in the opposite direction can duck under his ribbon.
On the count of “under” the dancer ducks under the ribbon of the dancer coming in the opposite direction.

(Source – Wiki – How To Do Anything)

No excuses now for not stopping and participating, just in case you see a Maypole Dance going on. :0)

Happy May 1st to you!

 

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Happy Easter!

Birthday Greeting Cards by Davia

 

A hundred years or so ago, when I was a child, they sold chicks for Easter at the local hardware store.  A bunch of us persuaded one of the moms to take us to get one.  (This was before it was generally known that this was not a good thing to do to the chicks)

There were about 5 of us and we each got a different colored chick. We named our chicks and proudly brought them home – to appalled moms all over the neighborhood who had no place for a chick, and the resulting grown chicken if the chick happened to live.  (I now look at this through a very different lens. Back then, I was in Heaven and couldn’t figure out why my mom wasn’t delighted with my CUTE light blue chick I had named Elizabeth.

They grew – as chicks do. As they did, the dye faded or the baby chick fuzz left, replaced by feathers. Some of the chicks died. Mine didn’t, but my mom was adamant she was not going to make a chicken house. I kept Elizabeth in a box in the garage for a time, and then my friend Ann’s mom said she would take the chicks at her house. I walked to Ann’s every day to see Elizabeth. Soon, though, it was harder and harder to tell one chicken from another.

Added to this, the sweet, CUTE chicks had become pretty LARGE, mean chickens – who pecked us!

I visited Elizabeth less and less during the coming weeks. Finally, the mom who was raising the chickens for us told us that if we wanted our now fully grown chicken, we should come get them. Otherwise, they were going into the freezer.

By that time, I wasn’t upset that Elizabeth was to become a fried chicken dinner. I learned a valuable lesson. Chicks, rabbits, miniature turtles, and all the other things that are so CUTE when they’re young really shouldn’t be sold as temporary playthings to children at Easter or any other time.

I was lucky that my friend’s mom was willing to build a chicken house so that Elizabeth and the others had the best possible life they could have had, given their start in life.

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Easter Memories

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I loved Easter as a child.  Fond memories include getting something new to wear. I remember in particular the year when I got the softest, fuzziest pale pink sweater I ever saw – before or since. I LOVED that sweater and how ‘girly’ I felt each time I wore it.

One of my favorite things was dying Easter eggs. My mom wasn’t really into it, but she allowed us to get some dye. I still love to see all the creative ideas people have for decorating eggs!

Easter Egg Hunts were highlights of my childhood. Usually, we went to the one held on the grounds around our church. They would allow the smallest egg-gathers time to find some eggs before unleashing the next youngest group, giving each group the joy of finding eggs. I always had a basket and brought the eggs home as a carefully guarded treasure. I put the eggs in the fridge – separate from my brother’s stash – and would hope I got to eat every one.  My parents got us a chocolate Easter Rabbit in our basket of fake grass. I loved it!

I went with my friends to a lot of different churches when I wasn’t at my own. The Easter celebration I remember most vividly was the Episcopalian celebration. I was in the child’s choir. I loved the look of the church, with its beautiful stained glass windows and lofty ceiling. I loved the beautiful hymns we sang in harmony created by the choir director. I loved all the pretty Easter dresses, moms with Easter bonnets, and black patent leather shiny shoes.

Now I’m older than dirt and can hide my own Easter eggs, except that I might not find them all again….

I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

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Good Friday

Easter Images

“Alzheimer’s Advantage #2: You can hide your own Easter eggs.” ~ Unknown

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Easter Goodies

Debbie Garrett of Creative Artworks creates really cute Easter bears, Easter Bunnies, and Easter Bunny Bears! These are full size bears that are sweet and huggable.  Her deadline on accepting Easter orders is April 1st, though, so you’ll need to get your order in quickly to make sure you’ll have it in your hands for Easter fun with the kids and grandkids. Makes a cute table decoration, too!

See all of Debbie Garrett’s bears and bunnies

Linda Faber’s paper mache’ Easter Bunny With Roses is all dressed up in her Easter bonnet. CUTE decoration!

I’m offering 3 different OOAK hand-painted Easter tote bags –

 

I also have an Easter hand-painted OOAK Box –

 

See all of our Easter offerings

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
~Irish Blessing

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St Patrick’s Day Mailbox Decoration

We put this up this morning to be ready for St. Patrick’s Day. We used to have just a bare shamrock piece cut out, but I like this one better This is the back of the piece. You can see where I tried to blend in the mounting bar into the painting.

 

And this is the front of the piece.

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”  ~Adrienne Cook

 

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Christmas in February

I finished painting my “Gingerbread Cookies” Wooden personalized ornament collection this afternoon!

 

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Cookie Plate 1 – “Angel,” “Bell with Clapper,” “Ornament,” “Fancy Snowflake,” and “Rounded Snowflake.”

 

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Cookie Plate 2 –  “Teddy Bear,” “Moose,” and “Christmas Cookie.”

 

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Cookie Plate 3 – “Butterfly,” “Rudolph,” “Starburst,” and “Small Christmas Tree.”

 

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Cookie Plate 4 – “Rounded Christmas Tree,” “Christmas Stocking,” “Snowman,” and “Birdhouse.”

 

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Cookie Plate 5 –  “Rounded Bell,” “Dove,” and “Mitten.”

Each of these is made of light weight wood, perfect to hang on your tree. The back is painted brown, like the front, with a white band across for personalization. You can have the name of the recipient and the year,  “to _____ from _____ and the year,” “_____’s First Christmas and the year,” etc. at no extra charge. The size of the ornaments ranges from approximately 2.5″ across to 5″ across.  You can order as many ornaments as you like. They can be made to look like the ones above or each one can be different. I’ll work with you to make these just the way you want them. As each one is painted by hand, please allow approximately 3 weeks for creation and delivery. If you would like to order several of the same ornament, please email me at linda@creativeartworks.cc to check quantity in stock, as more time may be needed if you need more than I have on hand.

You are the first to see these. They aren’t listed on Creative Artworks yet. I’ll have them up soon. “:0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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L is for ‘laughter’ we had along the way.
O is for ‘optimism’ you gave me every day.
V is for ‘value’ of being my best friend.
E is for ‘eternity,’ a love that has no end.”

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you order quickly, you can still have the following in time for Valentine’s Day –

 

 

 

 

"Memory Box" - Hand-Painted - "Heart" or "A Rose is a Rose" by Linda Lewis

“Memory Box” – Hand-Painted – “Heart” or “A Rose is a Rose” by Linda Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order right away to be sure you have these items in time for gift giving.

Happy Valentine’s Day – Last Call!

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I’ll Drink to That!

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Two one-of-a-kind pairs of toasting goblets for you and your love. The one above is called “Entwined Hearts”.  

 

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This one-of-a-kind pair is called, “Tied with a Bow.”

Each pair is frosted in a sand-blaster and then painted with metallic paint. The paint is cured in an oven so these are dishwasher safe.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

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The Rest of the Gingerbread Cookie Cards

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“Butterfly” and “Fancy Angel”

 

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“Two Trees” and “Fancy Snowflake”

 

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“Rudolph” and “Peace Dove”

 

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“Christmas Bear”, “Candle,” and “Rounded Snowflake.”

I’ve had such a good time working on these custom Christmas cards, even though it’s the wrong time of the year, and I won’t see any sales for quite awhile. Now I’m working on wooden Christmas ornaments in the same theme. I’ll show you pics when they’re finished.

 

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Custom Christmas Cards – Take 2

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As I told you yesterday, I’ve had a lot of fun creating these “Gingerbread Coolies” Custom Christmas cards. I’ll be listed them on Creative Artworks soon, but I wanted to show them to you and see what you think. The design on the left above is “Christmas Bell,” and the one on the right is “Gingerbread Girl.”

 

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The one on the top is “Giant Gingerbread Cookie,” and the one on the bottom is “Starburst.” The customer can choose any combination of 8 cards in a package, and then can customize words on the front and on the inside at no extra charge.

 

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Since each card is made to order,  customers will need to allow approximately 3 weeks for delivery to be sure I can fill the order in good time. The one on the left is “Angel,” and the one on the right is “Blue Bird.”

 

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The one on the left is “Snowman,” and the one on the right is “Christmas Tree.” I can do the same design as you see in the picture or I can customize it further by changing color accents if you like.

 

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The design on the left is “Christmas Ornament,” and the one on the right is “Christmas Bird.”

I used cookie cutters for some of the designs, and wooden ornaments for others, painted them the gingerbread cookie brown, and then had fun decorating the cookies! :0)

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Happy New Year!

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“Saturday (Jan. 28) marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest holiday, which is celebrated throughout the world, including in the U.S. Each year, Chinese people ring in the new year around when the new moon is closest to the beginning of spring, usually sometime between mid-January and late-February. Although China officially uses the international Gregorian calendar, the traditional lunisolar calendar remains a symbol to harken the start of spring.

Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals cycle through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Apart from 2017, the Year of the Rooster includes the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029.

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.”  Source: Time.com

Chieu Luu - CNN

Chieu Luu – CNN

Our son is a traveler who loves to live and work in other countries (plus try to learn their language), so we’ve been introduced to the Chinese New Year when he was living in Chengdu, China; then Shanghai, China; and now Chiang Mai, Thailand. Each year HUGE celebrations are held with people going wherever home is to be with their families. Some shops are only open sporadically, while others are open 24 hours a day.  A wonderful time for optimism and joy!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See all of our Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions on Creative Artworks

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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(Last Day to order Valentine’s Day Bears using Cross stitch is January 30th. Last Day to order other Valentine’s Day Bears is Feb. 3rd.)

 

 

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Order today from Creative Artworks! to make this an extra-special Valentine’s Day!

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Great Valentine’s Day Bears – So CUTE!

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Be-Mine-Bear” by Debbie Garrett

 

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Be-Mine-Cupid-Bear by Debbie Garrett 

 

 

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Gentleman-Bear-With-Rose by Debbie Garrett

 

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“Panda Sweater Bear 1” by Debbie Garrett

 

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“Panda – I Love You” by Debbie Garrett

 

 

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Panda-Love-Bear by Debbie Garrett

 

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“Prisoner of Love 2” by Debbie Garrett

*Last Day to Order for  Valentine’s Day 2017 for items using cross-stitch is January 30, 2017

*Last Day to Order is February 3, 2017 for all other items.

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Happy 2017 !

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The Catholic Catalogue

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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These are my ACTUAL resolutions –

  1. Be grateful as I age –
Southern and Blessed via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

Southern and Blessed via Cindy Bassnett Thurman

 

2.  Fold Myself into a Paper Airplane Daily

 

 

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Damn Cool Pictures

 

3.   Continue Getting the Lard Off –

 

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GrowingBolder.com

 

4.  Show My Friends How Much They Mean to Me –

 

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GrowingBolder.com

 

5.  Take Time for Art –

 

 

6. Take Time to Play –

 

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

 

7.  Quit Being So Hard on Myself –

 

Nino Chakvetzdze via Zen to Zany

Nino Chakvetzdze via Zen to Zany

 

8.  Read and Dance –

 

Anita Opper via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Anita Opper via Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

 

9.   Be Better Than I Was Yesterday –

 

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10.  Show my husband I love him every day, in every way I can –

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Inspirely

MAKE 2017 A GREAT YEAR!

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New Year’s Resolutions?

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“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.” ~ Anonymous

 

 

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My Wish for You in 2017

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My Wish for You in 2017

“May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires
may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had  forget your home address!
In simple words ………… May 2017 be the best year of your life!!!”
Author Unknown

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Happy New Year – Take 1

Sanbornton Public Library

Sanbornton Public Library

 

 

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~ Bill Vaughan

“My wishes for you, Great start for Jan, Love for Feb, Peace for March, No worries for April, Fun for May, Joy for June to Nov, Happiness for Dec, Have a lucky and wonderful 2017.” ~ Unknown

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Sweet Snowman at Christmas

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Waving Snowman by StarbrightAngels via Ann Gilstrap

Hopefully, if you click on the link you’ll see the cute snowman waving. If not, here’s the URL to try – https://www.facebook.com/starbrightangels.angels/videos/1244227582333241/

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Baby’s 1st Christmas – Take 9

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Thanks to The Riflebird via The Kakapo via Ann Gilstrap

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