So, I ended up with a few items for myelf from the craft show. Some of my favorite subjects...cats, ghosts and death.The first purchase was from Bee's Knee's Studio. Erica was very sweet and had sooo much to choose from.
I chose (no surprise here) the cat in the tree. Minimal and cute!
Next up was Devoted Bee. Now here is where I almost couldn't decide. He's got lots of death stuff so I was happy. I chose one ghost image: "ghosts sometimes remember their last home"
And one death image: "shortly after my death - useful perch"
Just a friendly reminder that Richmond's Spring Bada Bing! craft sale is a week away. Sunday April 22nd 10am - 4pm @ The Marquee in Richmond, VA
As a little incentive, I've decided to offer a prize. We love prizes!
Come by my booth and sign up for my mailing list. You'll be entered into a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate towards any purchase (excluding custom) from MyPreciousStudio.com!
Already signed up? Just stop by my booth or email me on Sunday only and be entered for a separate $50 gift certificate. Only emails dated April 22nd will be eligible. Please put "spring bada bing" in the subject and verify your mailing list info. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simple as that!
Winners will be notified by email or snail mail and posted on this here blog on Monday April 23rd.
My mother died on February 10, 2006. She was 59. I miss her more than I can say but I'm okay with it. Mostly. I'm not okay with the years of suffering she had to go through while sick with COPD. Did I mention that I miss her? I'm okay with it because in the end, she was okay with it. She was at peace. No more suffering. Plus she's still around- both spiritually and physically. huh? Her request was to be cremated and for me to make urn necklaces for us all to have. I even found one of her letters to me where she wrote about a dream she had of the necklace. We discussed it many times. I'd like to share some of "the making of" with you. I knew it had to be a heart and a bird (she loved birds). Once I had the motif, I wanted to come up with something special as far as how to contain her cremains. I decided on a clear crystal cabochon set over the opening. This way we can actually see inside. It's so cool. The crystal even makes this great reflection on the skin when wearing it.
Inscribed on the front in the banner: I'm her favorite
This is a running joke with my siblings. There are 9 of us and she used to tell each of us that we were her favorite. When we'd call on the phone, we'd say, "it's your favorite daughter" and see who she named. Of course she'd play along and say someone else's name. She was cheeky.
Inscribed on the back: Love Never Dies Herein lies Georgianne V. Hernandez 10.24.46 - 2.10.06 Beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend
*quote from a Willie Nelson song (mom LOVED him. He's an honorary family member!) huh, mom?
Yeah. I made the ugliest bunny cake for Easter this year. It was yummy (and vegan!). Can't say I've celebrated Easter since I was little. I remember going to church when I was young and loving it. We stopped going when I was in 1st or 2nd grade. I loved the rituals, the singing and the magic. I still love churches and rituals and magic but I'm not religious in the slightest. I am very spiritual though. Since Mom died last year, I've found myself recalling all the "little" things she did for us. The bunny cake was a family favorite but I couldn't remember exactly how it looked when she made it. Sad for me. There must be a photo out there somewhere...I do remember it being a lot prettier than my sorry version! I was feeling nostalgic and thought I'd try to conjure up a fond memory by baking. My sisters got a kick out of it when I brought it over. They remembered, too.
Dixon and Izzie are 2 of the strays we rescued in Richmond. They make up 2/3rds of our 'Richmond Reds'. It must be a red (or orange) tabby thing, but the three of them are drawn to each other in the sweetest way. Enjoy some cuddles
I'm not talking feline... One thing that really annoys me is when women use the handicap stall in the women's restroom...and they're NOT HANDICAPPED! Especially when there are plenty of empty stalls to use. They're being lazy and inconsiderate and it drives me crazy. And women who pee on the seat and don't clean up after themselves. Oh yeah, and people who don't wash their hands afterwards. Gross!
Okay. I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to a band that My Precious Studio is sponsoring. Meet Sunset West . Jill, the frontwoman, rocks a couple of my necklaces (tattoo birds & woman warrior). They just got signed to a record label and are recording their second album. Please visit their website to hear their music and to find out more. They're based in NYC so if you see them around, say hello.
Okay. There are lots of kids where I live. And they're weird...but in a good way. We have a small group of boys who play behind our patio. The Blair Witch Kids. They collect sticks and line them up all in a row. Lots of 'em. Big sticks and little sticks. One of these days I'll get a pic but I don't want to be the creepy lady stalking young boys! Or do I? We adopted this big lug of a cat (Dixon) from the hood. He used to hang in our yard and is a real sweety, mostly. Before he was all indoor, he'd walk around outside and was pretty friendly with the kids. So later on, some of the neighbor kids would come knock on our door, "can Dixon come out and play?". I mean, come ON. How CUTE is that? Then we have the larger group whose "leader" is a girl. They do things like collect dirt in buckets and do chalk drawings on the sidewalks. Well one day last spring they were all outside playing. When we went outside later on we discovered the random act of beauty shown in the picture. There's a bunch of flowering bushes with hot pink flowers all over them. Sorry, don't know what kind. They gathered all the flowers into buckets and scattered them all up and down the sidewalk. They even put a handful in everyone's mailbox. Granted, they stripped this poor bush, but the effect was really beautiful. I wonder what they'll do next?