Thursday, May 11, 2023

BFF Open House


Happy Friday Eve and Mother's Day Weekend to everyone celebrating. I qualify that because one of the things I appreciate about getting older is learning that what is joyous for some, isn't always for all. And maybe I'm just in a contemplative mood. Didn't really create anything this past week and I try to keep things focused on the creative here but I also try to keep it real. I lost my favorite cousin who was more like an Aunt. We started losing her to dementia about 6 years ago but she entered hospice a week ago last Friday and then made her transition. 

I mention her here especially because she was a Creative! A lifelong seamstress who immigrated to the US from Trinidad and Tobago worked in the New York garment district, then for a Seattle-based company that for years made a lot of Nordstrom house brand clothing. She was one of those talents who could look at a piece of clothing and whip out a replica. She kept my mom, me, and other relatives in style!  She was also a great cook but like others of her generation, kept my favorite recipes of hers in her head, always promising to share them in a someday that was stolen by dementia. I will continue trying to crack the code to replicate them! 

She honored me by keeping every handmade card or piece of jewelry and encouraged my own creativity.

May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, Carmen. 

OK let's see some of the creativity shared at last week's party. Do you have a special relative who inspired your creativity? 

I don't know why things look better elevated but they just do. This DIY Painted Wood Riser from Crazy Little Love Birds is just perfect for holding a candle, small plant, or vase. It's also just pretty! 

It's prime party season with graduations, weddings, Memorial Day and Fourth of July gatherings, birthdays, name it. And garlands just make everything seem more festive right? You'll want to check out these DIY Crepe Paper Garlands from Simple Joys. Color possibilities? Endless!

Got buttons? Fabric and craft stores or thrift stores often have bags of assorted colors and sizes and this idea from Artsy Karma to use them to create a fun Button Canvas Art project. 

Finally, doesn't this look delicious? Don't try to cut it though because it's...CAKE PANS! I shouldn't have spoiled it but I didn't want anyone looking for a Strawberry Cake recipe at Studio 27 by Jennifer Adams. It's a fabulous centerpiece for a party or kitchen decor. 

Thanks to everyone who linked up and as always, can't wait to see what you've been up to this week! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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My thrift store addiction said...

Hi Carol, Thank you for hosting. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Stephanie said...

Carol, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your favorite cousin. You are in my thoughts. Thank you so much for adding my wood riser to the lovely feature list. It is appreciated very much. I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your week. 🥰

Priyam said...

Sorry for your loss Carol.
Appreciate you hosting every week and thank you for featuring my crepe paper garland!

Beth Watson said...

Thank you for hosting a lovely linky party every week, Carol.
Creatively, Beth

Jennifer Adams said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for the feature.