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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Creating



We continued to work in the yard as weather permitted this week. By Friday afternoon, after a morning spent with our regular breakfast group, a stop at a local nursery to get some ideas for some replacement shrubs for the yard, then to the grocery store for Thanksgiving dinner shopping, and finally an exercise walk, and after a late lunch, I was ready to stay indoors and do a little creating.

First up was a new bouquet for the family room, made with a bunch of grocery store mums added to hydrangeas and snippings from the yard. 
 I used one of my old McCoy vases from the  1940's, like me, now an antique. 

 Beauty Berry Bush (Callicarpa) is so much fun to add to bouquets. 

 Would you believe that when these hydrangeas first bloom, they are white? 
 Then I decided that since I would not be spending Thanksgiving with any of my siblings this year, I would make cards to send to them.  I used photos from my files. These were taken in our yard in 2011, when we had an early frost. 
 I used a favorite hymn of the season for the verse.
 I keep a template in my desktop files to format the greeting and the signature on the back. 
I added a handwritten message and got them into the mail at the post office before going to a drama production at Irene's school. 

Missoula Children's Theater teams travel all over the country putting on week long after school workshops in theater arts. From first meeting with the kids who wish to participate on Monday, they hold practices each evening, and the culmination is a production with two performances on Friday. 

Irene was a Houyhnhnm Horse. Don't ask. I didn't get it either. It was some kind of Gulliver's Travels in Space. She is the one in blue below.
 (Terrible cell phone photos from deep in the auditorium)

But the point is that the kids had a great time and participated in a wonderful experience. 

Creativity is a good thing. 


16 comments:

  1. You are very creative and I say that as a person who spent 20 years working full time in the floral industry. The photos on those cards are lovely, too.

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  2. Beautiful flowers! How nice to see Irene perform on stage. Stay healthy and happy.

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  3. How sweet! I sort of get those horses. But most of all I get the proud grandma vibe. :-)

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  4. There are many great touring groups that get kids performing.

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  5. I was reading an article in today's Sunday paper about finding greens and berries in the yard to make autumn arrangements. I told myself to do that today, then I see your gorgeous arrangement. Mine won't be as spectacular as yours, I'm sure, but I'll give it a try. The color of your hydrangeas is really beautiful.

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  6. Creativity is so important and something too often short changed by penny pinching school boards. These traveling arts programs are really an amazing opportunity for kids and the culminating productions I have seen are impressive indeed.

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  7. You do create the most beautiful flower arrangements. The beauty berry is so pretty.

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  8. You are way ahead of me and being so organized. Those are hydrangeas? My mums also turn purple as the season wanes.

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  9. love your purple arrangement-very nice...on to Thanksgiving!

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  10. That hymn would make a lovely before dinner grace. Your arrangement is beautiful with great color for this time of year. What a great way to promote theater in schools that do not have such a program. It must also be fun and rewarding to be part of the traveling team.

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  11. That is truly a gorgeous arrangement. Your cards made me want to do something like that. A wonderful thing to do for siblings. Bob has outlived his siblings and I never had any so we're out of luck on that one. Grandchildren are wonderful and they keep us young at heart.

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  12. Beautiful arrangement! That is sure to brighten your day! :)

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  13. That's a lovely idea, sending your siblings Thanksgiving cards. I hope however you spend your Thanksgiving that it will be an enjoyable one.

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  14. Gorgeous arrangement. I prefer to think of things under one hundred years old as collectible. You're collectible. One can never have too many vases or gardening friends, right? Your cards are very impressive.

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  15. I really miss being able to see my granddaughter in all her little performances. You are so lucky to have them so close and able to watch all their important events. I do love your floral arrangement and how you did your cards. I love making cards, but haven't made them in a while now.

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  16. Creativity is a good thing. I'm amazed how the grand kids are all different in their areas of creativity. Love the cards. They are really special.

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