Friday, January 6, 2012

Picture Sharing Time

Between Christmas and New Year, the girls and I packed up and headed to the beach to visit with our wonderful friends. Hubby had to work this year but graciously said we could go "play" while he manned the home front.

The beach was stormy and snuggly; just the way I like it. Most of the time the rain and wind was a constant flow so we never took our regular walk on the beach. Instead I snapped the morning seascape out the Commons window.

Oh how I love the beach.

Below is a typical thing that happens when I don't keep my camera right next to me. The girls, all full of giggles, take over my camera and leave me surprises on the memory card. Here are a couple of the more cute ones.


 This is Pippin and Rixxi. They manned the camera every chance they had. 
They make me laugh all the time. 
I love the sparkles in their know, the mischievous sparkle.

This is Puddin' and Novia.  Girls and snacks in the middle of the night. 
They had just finished a rousing game of Apples to Apples.  
The below picture is of the girls making music together. 
They sing side by side in choir so their sound was instantly a beautiful harmony.

All too soon it was time to head back to the city with our hearts full of great memories.

While at Nana's for New Year's day dinner, I took a few close up pictures of her bells.
As I said before, her tall Christmas tree is covered in them.
More bells can be found throughout the house decorating the banister railing and hanging from lights. 
They shine, sparkle and glow as the lights reflect off of her creations.

No two are alike. The sizes of beads, colors and imaginative adaptation to 
the original pattern make each one stand out on it's own beauty.
See the green one in the upper photo? It is made from a tea ball.
I remember having a pink one in my room when I was a little girl and it was filled with pot pourri powder.

Nana's favorite beads to work with are called berry beads.
I like how she combined this one with berry beads and golden hearts.

I like how Nana adapted this one. The shape and color always makes me think of an angel.

Now that it is January 6th and all of the normal schedules are back in full swing, I know it is a bit late to share these photos. But here is a secret that I must tell......I am still mailing out our Christmas cards! No really. I figure late is better than never. Last year, after just coming home from taking care of Daddy, I didn't do anything. I think our "around the world friends and family" that don't hear from us often deserve to know why it appears we have fallen off the face of the earth.

 In all you do this week, do it with the knowledge that you are so very loved by God.


  1. Those are absolutely so beautiful what a wonderful gift she has given you & your future family members. I agree the beach is a must to get rejuvenated for the New Year. May God Bless you & your loved ones greatly in 2012. I love the pics that come off the camera from the eye of a child or young teen.

  2. What beautiful work she does! You should look on Ebay and see what handmade beaded ornmaments have sold for this Christmas season. They've made a huge comeback, and she has a small fortune on that Christmas tree; however the real fortune is the beautiful memories those ornaments will bring to your family for many years to come!

  3. Janice....thank you for enjoying our joys with us. I have to admit, when I was younger I thought those bells were nothing I wanted to have around. I wanted a tree that looked like it fell out of some sort of picture perfect magazine. Now my desires are so different. As Nana gets older I cherish those bells and wish for my tree to be covered in her intricate handiwork.

    Glenda....have they really made a come back? That is so interesting. I think maybe my own personal feelings that I expressed in the above comment must ring true for many others as well. Maybe it is my generation doing all the heirloom buying. We set out to do things different only to realize the comforts of home and family are what truly satisfies.
    Hmmm that is an interesting thought. You are really making me think now. :-)


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