Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hovering....

 Goodness Gracious!

I certainly did not plan on being gone from this blog for so long!  The last time I posted I felt that I was soon to be on a blog post roll!  There was going to be so much going on and so much to post about.  Then the husband and I had to put on REALLY big catcher's mitts for the curve ball(s) that life has thrown us!! 

 We celebrated our first high school graduation and an 18th birthday soon after that.  Such good times.

 

Somewhere in between we had an emergency, middle of the night, surgery on the 15 year old.  A four day hospital stay and 6 week recovery of not lifting more than 5 pounds, no physical activity....not so easy for a teenager in the summer!!  The flu hit our house...twice...and my momma took a spill and ended up in the E.R. with dislocated fingers and a huge gash above her eye.
We also have been through the tragic death of a 4 year old nephew.  No words for that.

On the happy ~ happy front...the surgery patient is doing great and we are excitedly looking forward to the birth of my great nephew, Liam, and my sisters wedding to the love of her life.  It just goes to show that life does go on and happy times are to be cherished. 

During my "hovering" days I had a chance to clean up the studio and organize a bit.


I've been using up some of my blingy collection to work on some fun jewelry pieces.


 It's hard to part with some of these jewels but they aren't being enjoyed just sitting in a drawer!!


 I'm loving my plastic rhinestone lovelies...


Along with the creamy white goodness of these.


 I've been doing some sewing, getting ready for both Tinsel and Treasures and Glitterfest.


 

  I've also been working on getting ready for my Studio Workshop (2 spots still available) and LOVE that my students have not given up on the hunt for the seemingly elusive "perfect frame" for their project.




 I'm meeting a sweet friend tomorrow for lunch and some antique shopping as one can never have too many old linens...

and trims!


 Having to cancel our summer vacation and weekend trips due to Shane's recovery has allowed me to catch up on my favorite show...


 (Do you watch this one?)


And spend a day in the kitchen canning apricots and making jam with one of my favorite people.



 I've also done some hovering in the garden....but unless Mother Nature wants to smile on us with a little more heat...I don't know how many of these babies I'm going to see this summer.


 I hope you are having a wonderful, warm, creative and safe summer. 

~~~~~~~
On a side note....please remember not to use your cell phone while driving.  No phone call or text is so important that it can't wait until you arrive at your destination or pull to the side of the road.

9 comments:

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

It's so nice to see you hovering:) I'm sorry to hear of your recent happening, especially the loss of your nephew. That is so saddening. I must say I'm jealous of your collection of jewels and linens. My collection is so very tiny. Where do you find yours?

Take care,

Abby

maddyrose said...

What a lovely post. It sounds like life has had you and your family on a rollercoaster for the past month. Hopefully the downs have leveled off and the ups make up for those that haven't.
My herb garden must love the cool temperatures and rain we've had all summer as they're growing like crazy but the roses and other bushes and plants don't know what to make of the weather we're having. Love all the bling.
Have a great week.

Becs said...

Hi Colleen. I am so sorry about your nephew. It is such a huge loss. I am glad your son is recovering and I am so excited about the studio workshop. Looking forward to meeting you. Becs

Phil and Jan Conwell said...

Hoping the worst of the curve balls are behind you now...you are so right about cell phone use while driving. That 3 minutes saved to talk "right NOW" are just not worth what could happen.

Gorgeous garden photos~

Lana said...

Colleen ~ I'm so sorry to hear of the accidents, illnesses and sad death in your family. It makes one stop and think about what's important, doesn't it?

Aside from all that, it's good to see you creating and blogging. Your work is always an inspiration. :)

Anonymous said...

Colleen
We missed you~~~~ and I am so sorry too hear life has thrown a few sad and tragic moments into your lives......
It is wonderful too hear your son is doing well and happy moments are on their way....
I am envious at how organized you are and I love the new necklaces! Looking forward to Tinsle & Treasures...
Happy Summer
Laura H :)
Pleasanton

kecia said...

when it rains it pours, doesn't it? hope by now, calm has returned.

how did your studio class go? how exciting. i want to see what you are making with the yummy frames.

and i also want to run my hands through your bling pile!

xoxo,
kecia

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am so sorry to read about the loss of your Nephew Coleen. Sending prayers!

All the bling is just pure eye candy! It seems like I was just in your class at Moulin Rouge back in March! The time has gone by too fast!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Marlene ~ mIzZ (hONeY) bEe said...

Hi Colleen...

I'm so sorry about your nephew and all the mishaps & germs that came to you and your family...

I kinda know how your son felt since I was home bound for close to 3 months only went out to doctors appts all b/c of nasty fall & to boot I've had many other mishaps too in just a year's time...

on a good one of my highlights of my year was taking your class in NJ..I'm actually working on making a home for Philamena the Ballerina to stay in... wish I lived closer to come to other classes...but I will bee coming to Petaluma in Sept. for Art is..You wooo hoo...

Here's to many more joyous events in our lives and may the sad ones remind us to live our days of our life to their fullness & cherish the moments that we have with love ones...

I sooo agree with you with the cell phone too...

have a honey of a night ~ sweet dREaMs! Marlene ;O) xox

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