Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Collectable Dolls

Creating has always been something that both brings me joy and helps me relax. Today I thought I would share one of my many creative hobbies. Here are a few of my favorite dolls that I have designed and created. Typically I buy the doll either new or used and then I design and design and hand stitch  the clothing and sometimes repaint and replace the hair. I apologize for the poor quality of some of the photos, these were dolls I did and sold quite some time ago, before I had a nice camera.

And now for my favorite of all time!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Celebrating Life

The last three weeks have been both difficult and healing. Many who loose a loved one feel overwhelmed with grief especially when looking at photographs of their loved one during happier times. Yet, the process of going through those old photographs and remembering all the wonderful times shared is healing.
During the first week after my husbands passing my daughters and I looked through all our old photographs choosing those that we wanted to share in his eulogy video. While it was hard and we cried quite a bit I do think it helped us to remember many of the happier times. At first when I thought back to that first week it was the grief that overshadowed my memories and then I took a look at the photographs which were taken around our home during that first week. These photos remind me that even when faced with great sorrow we should and can celebrate life.
The family's newest addition Born 2/14/12

playing with great uncle

chilling with uncle

four generations

My mother with my boys

Son-in-law teaching my grand kids to fix walls