Hello there friends, hope all is well with you. Thank you again for the continued prayers and support sent to us on the east coast. It will be a long, hard road to recovery and healing for those who lost their homes or loved ones. I guess it would be a good time to share that I happen to work for a very large insurance company in New Jersey and have had the unique chance to speak to many of the victims first hand. Their stories are incredibly heart wrenching. Many have lost everything they own, and I mean everything! Many are still not allowed anywhere near their homes, while others will never be able to return to their homes at all, and instead will witness their homes demolished with their entire lives still inside. The desperation and sadness in their voice is something I will never forget. Needless to say, this for me has been a huge reminder to appreciate my life and my humble little home. I now look at every rickety old feature with different eyes. Every squeaky door is music to my ears, the scraped up floors are a welcomed sign of life in my home, and the dated mantel suddenly doesn't bother me as much. And honestly today I am struggling with the idea of posting about my crafting ventures while this is all happening just miles away from me...but I guess I must look forward right?
So I'll start by sharing a few creations I recently sent to Somerset Life. It's been a while since I've sent them any new inspirations...mainly because I haven't had the time. But there were two recent challenges that had piqued my interest and I couldn't resist giving them a try. One was to create something from cardboard tubes. Can you imagine creating anything lovely from cheap, flimsy cardboard? Well, in my mind a few toilet paper and paper towel tubes became the perfect candidates to transform into my own version of altered match boxes.
It wasn't long before I started painting and shaping them...then finally embellishing each sweet little box with bits and baubles.
and what a wonderful little surprise to realize that in using the cardboard tubes it offered the chance to create different sizes!
and here's a look at the other item that Somerset Life challenged us to create with....washi tape....my new love. I'll be back to share a few pictures of what I created.
Have a great week friends!
P.S. Please consider donating to the Red Cross. Every dollar will help.