Friday, December 30, 2011

Lessons of 2011 - Part One

January-was COLD

I struggled with a battle between my heart and my head. I'd work for almost 10 years for an amazing person. Someone who was at first my health care provider, but whom in time became a very dear friend.
I struggled with the decision to move away from my Office Manager responsibilities in her office. It took me a long time to construct a letter of resignation. It is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I knew in the end though, it was the right choice for me. I knew in my heart that I was no longer the "right" person for the job and my heart belonged at home. I left my duties in April, but will always have a friendship to share with her.

There are always daffodils

I adopted a new agenda. My heart won the battle over my head.

Was filled with a wedding for Kristina and Myles

May also came with a great sadness. My Aunt Penny (Willa) passed away from cancer. She was such an important part of my life growing up. I spent endless vacations and Summers with her and my Uncle. She guided me through my "teen" years. She was always there for me, both in good times and the not so good. 

 She passed away on her birth day, May 21st, early in the morning. Kristina was married on the same day.

June -
Came with sunshine, gardening and a PUPPY

TO BE CONTINUED................................

The Girasole Lady

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Children

“Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.”

The Girasole Lady

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Family Man

This is one of my favorite movies.

I'm going to watch it tonight, tomorrow, and the day after that.  YEP-Becasue I love it that much.
"Don't screw up the best thing in your life just because your a little unsure of who you are."    ......   movie quote

It positively is a MUST SEE movie.

The Girasole Lady

Friday, December 16, 2011

Preserving A Past To Be Proud Of

In Spring of 1999 I gave my Grammy a book:
In this book she recorded many things for me about family. She told me about when and where she was born. She told me about her parents (my great Gramma and Granpa). She told me about her brothers and sisters, her home life, and her Grandparents (my great, great grandparents).

My Grammy died in 2009. I cannot even begin to tell you how precious this book is to me.

If you are looking for a gift for a grandparent, or parent, this Holiday season, or any season for that matter, give them a book like this. This book, and many others, are available through Amazon. (I have no affiliation with Amazon).

I promise one day you will be very, very glad that you did.
The Girasole Lady

Sunday, December 11, 2011

To Be A Child

This time of year I think a lot. 
I think of times long, long, ago when I was a child. The child I was once is still here.  She is young and innocent and believes in magic. She believes in a world of peace and happiness. She believes in love and happily ever after fairy tales.

She believes that the world is not all bad, because for every dark shadow there are a hundreds rays of sunshine. There is good in nature, good in people, good in the world.
She watches the sun rise every morning and never tires of the beauty in each and every day.
She knows that living today will bring yet another tomorrow to be filled with life.

“Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything."   -Francis Thompson

The Girasole Lady

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Downtown Aprons

The past few days I have been busy sewing Aprons.
These Aprons were sewn and sent to a dear friend in Georgia:

The veggie print fabric in this Apron is designed by Mary Lake Thompson.
It is called "Kiss The Cook".

I can never guarantee exact alike Aprons, because I do not buy my fabric in bulk. There are limits on what I have available, therefore each Apron has its' own unique look.

I am very excited to have some of my Aprons displayed and for sale at a local home town store.......
Mary Lake Thompson
1870 Montgomery Street
Oroville CA 95965

These are some of the Aprons that will be in Mary's store:

 The above Apron, except for the ruffle, is made from fabric designed by Mary.
I love the kitchen utensils.
This entire Apron is made with fabric designed by Mary.
The veggie print and adorable canned farm goods.
Mary sells this fabric in her store as well.

These Aprons are also in her store:
 Coffee & Tea
 Tea Pots & Farm
The cost for each Apron $26.95

I really love our small downtown. I try to shop and support the local business.

 I am certainly happy to see Mary carrying some nice quality fabrics. Mary's fabric designs are manufactured by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Please have yourself a visit to her store. Mary has wonderful, charming items for you and your home. I promise you won't be disappointed :)

Once we had a wonderful fabric store downtown in an old house on Montgomery Street, "Something To Crow About". Does anyone local remember the store? It was so very nice, and I was a frequent shopper.
If I could afford it I would open a fabric store downtown.
Maybe for another time....

If you are interested in purchasing an Apron you may contact me

The Girasole Lady

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Apron Box & Tags

I completed a display box and Apron tags today.
The box is a wooden wine crate that I covered with scrapbook paper from Stampin-Up.
the top edges are out lined with green ribbon
I will line the wood box with a wonderful smelling drawer liner.

This tag will be pinned to the Aprons
front of tag
back of tag

The Girasole Lady