Monday, February 15, 2010

Love Is In The Air

Valentine's Day will forever be a melancholy holiday in our family. Don't get me wrong. Hubby and I are in love, even after 29 years together, but on the day after, 4 years ago, the most special person on earth left us. And we miss her every minute of every day. So with emotions that run the gamete, we remember Momma.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Cookies

Stuffy head - sniffling, sneezing! Winter is so over rated. I'm dreaming of the spring. I just can't help it. I was meant to live in a warmer climate ;)



Instead, I'll go bake. I just got an order for my "love" cookies. They are so soft and warm looking. I can make them in this soft pink or vibrant colors. Any word can be inserted as well, so use your imagination! How about purple and orange hearts with your child's name added for their birthday party favors? Or the word "hope" for someone who needs to be reminded to be strong. A wedding date would look beautiful printed on a white on white cookie with a hint of the bridesmaids' color added in the center of the dots.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Poem By My Mom

When my first son was born, my mom wrote this most beautiful poem for him. I hold it especially close to my heart. Joshua is now a Sophomore in college.

Mom was an 8th grade English teacher for 35 years. She loved her job more than most. I don't think I ever once heard her say a negative thing about work. When I went away to college, she says that she filled the void and dealt with her emotions by writing some of the most wonderful childrens' poetry. She says that it all came pouring out! I figure there are probably 40 or 50. And then she was done. Nothing came. I have asked her to pen a few here or there, but nothing seemed to strike a chord...proof that you can't force creativity.

The best part of having a teacher grandma who writes poetry and is retired, is that she can come in to your classes and read them. We have so many fun memories of her sitting in those tiny little chairs with the little ones all gathered around. Joshua, and later Jacob, would enjoy many years of feeling special as Mia read her poems and their friends laughed out loud (many of the poems are very silly ;)), while mom (me) would try to hide the tears. Great memories. I'm sharing Joshua's poem. Enjoy.

Dream Sweetly, Love

Lullaby
Still, sleep awhile,
My life's delight.
For thee alone
God made the night.

Sweet babe, let slumber,
Soft and mild
Hover o'er
Thy mother's child.

Be silent, love,
In peace, at rest.
Dream sweetly of
Thy mother's breast.

Of little lambs,
Of golden suns,
Dream sweetly, love,
My sleepy one.

Donna W. Paskin

It Finally Happened!

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As you can tell, for many months, and even years, I've been searching for answers. I believe in life's journeys. I believe that we learn from our lessons. So I don't feel too badly that it has taken so long for me to find these answers. I have been reaching down deep for a path that both feels right and is not an uphill battle. I don't mean that I don't want to work hard. I mean that I need there to be market for my goods.

Being creative has been both a curse and a blessing for me. It has brought a strong desire that I can't deny, as well as a distraction that holds me back. I have said before that I MUST create. I don't know anything else. And I am lucky in that I can be successful in most anything I put my mind to learning. At the same time, I have tried so many different ideas that have not been successfully received, that it starts to feel wrong...and embarrassing, to boot!

After a long, drawn out attempt at marketing my jewelry, which I LOVE to make by the way, I decided to move on to another area. With the market in the dumps and people not spending money on things like jewelry, I decided to concentrate on baking. My cookies have always been received very well, so I put my efforts in to creating an Etsy shop and honing some new recipes. I also decided that I wanted to add icing cookies to my repertoire. I began researching and reading everything I could get my hands on. I studied every tiny detail and tried every recipe I could find. Still, there was something that was holding me back from just diving in to this new endeavor. I felt like I already knew what I was doing. I had recipes that I loved. I gathered all of the tools I would need. Yet I was intimidated. For 6 months, I have had it in my mind that I would be creating these cookies in the future, but I never found the courage to actually try my hand at this craft.

Along this journey, I met a friend. It's funny how things happen. I have never had a friend who is also creative. I've never known what it is like to relate to someone on my level of creative passion. Pretty sad. I've always felt like people thought I was "playing" while I was creating, while actually, I was honing my skills. It has been life changing, making a friend who has the same appreciations as I do. It has actually given me a new perspective on many levels. Thanks "C"...more than you know.

Elmo

Things happen for a reason. I got a request from a customer for Elmo cookies. My first thought was that I couldn't create a figure. It had to be discernible! But then I realized that I had to give it a go. The experience was eye opening and wonderfully freeing! Elmo actually looked just like Elmo! And do you know that another order came my way that evening for a large platter of Baptism cookies! I was on my way and will never look back! I am in love with this medium. I love to bake and the icing no longer intimidates me! I have a great feel for what I am doing and I just want to make more and more designs!

Baptism collage

I am so hopeful that I can find local customers so that I won't have to ship, but when need be, shipping is definitely is doable. I just hate the added cost to my customers. I need more customers, now, so keep the orders coming! I have so much excitement for this and am looking forward to creating my own designs as well as yours.

Hope to hear from you soon!