For the Love of – Love!

Happy Valentines Day!

Valentines Day is the day we are supposed to celebrate Love.  There is a lot of hype and pressure from the  card, flower and candy companies, not to mention the media.  Even so  Mothers day holds the record for the most flower sales, and Halloween for the most candy sales.  Personally I prefer my Husbands thoughtfulness of bringing me flowers and gifts when ever he feels the urge, as I am assured it is from his heart and not because society reminded him to.

As I’m watching the news and advertisements about Valentines day, I begin to think we should take a new approach to this special day and make it more about how we can show our love for our fellow man.  We are encouraged to “Keep the  spirit of Christmas” in our hearts through-out the year.  Well  then Valentines day would be a good time to show our love for all mankind, regardless of gender, race or religion.Listening to the news lately I have been inspired to change our family traditional celebration of Valentines day.  In one story some elementary students decided to sell their handmade cards and flowers to raise money for a local charity.  They had a special event at the school the Saturday before Vaentines Day  to sell their items and with the communities support, they were  able to raise a considerable amount for their  charity.

Yesterday Justin Bieber went to visit a little girl he heard about, who was such a big fan that she referred to herself as Mrs. Bieber!  The darling Mrs Bieber is a six year old cancer patient.  He spent some time with her taking pictures and sharing hugs, he tweeted the experience saying: “this is one of the best things I have ever done!”  I am sure it is one of the best experiences in “Mrs. Bieber’s”  young life as well!  Here is a young man blessed with talent and a great career, taking time from his busy schedule to share his loving spirit with another, who, I am sure, really needed that burst of joy his visit brought her.  What better way to celebrate Valentines day?!

Another example of this is Julianne Moore, who has arranged a collection of Valentines Day cards created by fellow Childrens books Authors and Illustrators.  They come in a box of 20 for $25.00 and can be purchased on Opensky.com.  All proceeds are being donated to Save the Children, to help kids living in poverty across the United States. Did you know that the amount of children living in poverty in our country is now up to 25%?  Thats right 1 in 4 children in our country – the United States of America, are living in poverty!!

So instead of spending your money on flowers or candy, ( and who needs to add that to our waisteline!), why not reach out and do something to show love for others. It doesn’t have to be costly, volunteer your time at a V.A. hospital, make some bright, cheerful pillowcases for cancer patients, or send a child in Haiti a cheerful blanket, or some shoes.
A little bit of Love shared, goes a long way!

Be Creative and share some Love today with someone in need, then make a family plan for next year and have fun with it!!

Kerry♥

Where we Create – Braving the hi-tech world of Apple

When we speak of “creating” and Artists and their art, crafts, or mediums they use to express themselves, we don’t usually envision a laptop, ipad or even and iphone as a canvas to create on.  A canvas for creativity is exactly what Steve Jobs has given us.

Last year I purchased a new Macbook Pro to help me with my business and blogging, as I was trying to design a blog format and work on other social media sites, I wanted easier access that I could take wherever I went, especially as I have three children to taxi about!  The reason I chose this item was due to the Design colleges my son was considering attending, and they all suggeted the Macbook Pro as he would need it in much of his design work.

I have learned the basics but not even really tapped the potential of my Mac, and  I am already  incredibly impressed by the endless possibilities it possesses.

In the last two weeks I was able to purchase an iTouch, and  then an iPad . I am completely blown away by the creativity in these devices!!  There are apps galore that you can install in all of these, incredible Art programs, and applications for various photo software, movie making programs and music programs – not just one but a variety that have many different aspects to each one, so there is no limit to what you can create in a little hand held device the size of a cell phone!  I spent hours going through and reading what they offer- I was like a kid in a candy store!

Up until now I couldn’t understand why everyone was so wrapped up in their iphones, and frankly considered it so rude that you can hardly get eye contact from anyone anymore.  I still do not have a cell phone, I use my iTouch with the “text free” app and can even make calls that way when in a WiFi area. Today I understand the obsession, not for the games, I am not a gamer, but for the creative opportunities they possess. Even someone who does not consider themselves as creative or an artistic person, can easily become so with the help of a few apps from Apple and other software providers.

I have held out all this time from purchasing these hi-tech devices – especially the iPad, as “not buying into the hype and obsession” – well now I know what I have been missing!!!

I am watching my children’s creativity explode with these devices.  My eight year old daughter is drawing and painting pictures that you would not believe came from someone her age, and yes, she is that good on paper as well. However now she can learn and practice her skill anywhere at anytime, and save it to print or make a project out of it, that she otherwise would not have been able to.  She already has a library of short movies she has made with our dogs.

So, late last night I finally picked out a few apps to try out, several of which are free!  My first pick was one called “brain-stormer” where you can jot down ideas, words, phrases, and  be ispired by a picture or word stream, Then there is “Fabric Stash” where you can take pictures of you fabric- record the content and the amount that you have- This is a big one for me, and though it will take a while to go through my glutenous amount of fabric- in the end it will be so worth it!!  They also have a “Pattern Stash” app!!!  For you knitters, there is one for yarn  called (get this) “Ewe Stash”!  These are just a few that I am going to start with as I work through them I will let you know how its going and what I like and don’t like about them.  This will be coming from someone who really is not tech savy- but slowly learning to adapt to this new world of high tech living.

Please let me know what your favorite apps are and how you use them, even if they are not a “creative” program.  We all need easier ways to manage our everyday lives as well.

Check out s new app today and  get inspired! I sure am!!

Kerry ♥

Blooming Sisters – A New Direction

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Blooming Sisters will be taking a new direction.  You may have noticed that we are not posting as often and that some of the authors you have come to love are no longer posting here. When I began this blog it was intended to be a ‘group’ blog, there were 8 of us and we […]

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For the Love of it! Decorating with Themes

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There are interests, hobbies and crafts that we all do just for the love of the creative process it entails.  Decorating is one of mine. Though I studied Architecture and Interior Design in college, it does not compare to actually doing it in your own home, and especially for your own children!!  Decorating, depending on how […]

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Re-Make It – An Outgrown Shirt Becomes A New Outfit For An American Girl Doll…

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I have always been a big fan of recycling, now also known as re-using or re-purposing. As far back as I can remember my Grandmother could always find a way to re-use items like : coffee cans, jars, pantyhose, old clothing, even those little left over pieces of soap, she would keep to compress together.  She frequently […]

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Tutorials: Light Up My Life

Home Decorating Tutorials, DIY

I’ve decided to connect you to some great freebies that will require some work on your part, but the end result, I promise, will be amazing: [1] Photo Lanterns [2] Pinecone Camp DIY Lamp; [3] Woven Rope Pendant Lamp; [4] Spray Painted Ikea Lamps I hope you will enjoy lighting up YOUR life. Charlie

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Free Inspirational Printables For The Crafter In Your Life

Who couldn’t use a little extra something in their studio? Well, now it comes to you for free, with the exception of a frame. Here are some great prints that will keep you motivated while you work hard creating something beautiful. All you have to do is click on the print of your choice and […]

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DIY Cluster Necklace

DIY Cluster Necklace

I am back, with yet another jewelry tutorial. Again, I wanted to use up some extra materials, so I created a Cluster Necklace Tutorial, just with the thought of using up all those random beads. Materials: Headpins Random but coordinating beads Chain (preferably cable or rolo) Clasp Rosary Pliers Flat Nose Pliers Instructions: Gather up […]

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DIY Tutorials For Your Furry Friends

We can’t stand to leave our furry friends out of the Christmas Spirit… Adjustable Dog Collars from Ours for a Year Dog Scarf from With a Thankful Prayer and a Grateful Heart Recycled Bottle Birdfeeder from Centsational Girl Collapsible Travel Dish for Your Pet from Craft Stylish A Suitcase Pet Bed from Camille Styles Recycled […]

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Fruit Basket Cake

I made this cake for a friend of mine, for his birthday. He is older so no numbers or silly writing is required. Just deliciousness! So as always I made the cake from scratch as I have been blessed with the opportunity of high altitude cooking. The cake itself came from my grandfather’s cookbook and […]

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