Gabriele Dawe On Fighting The Patriarchy One Rainbow At A Time
Gabriel Dawe has an incredible job as an artist. He creates rainbows indoors from thread art that is simply magical! His rainbow thread pieces span art galleries, airports and office buildings all over the world. The stretched thread pieces conjure the same effects: the rainbows dazzle with reflected light creating a state of wonder and awe in most of the people who view his works of art. Just imagine walking through an airport or office to encounter such magical artwork!
How My Brother And I Started A Plant Business With Less Than $100
Starting a new business is challenging, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are changing how they consume products and services. At the same time, businesses adapt their operations to follow social distancing rules.
I Ate Nothing But Dollar Store Food For 24-Hours
That wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’ve been a personal trainer and nutritionist for years. The biggest thing I try to teach is that trying to pursue perfection in health is not possible.
10 Strategies to Win A Water-Balloon Fight from a Certified Pro
I woke up this morning with a notification on my phone I hadn't seen before. Tucked amongst my widgets appeared an Excessive Heat Warning, the first of the summer in my town.
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3 Tips and Tools that will take your Garden to the Next Level
Learning to grow my own food has been the most empowering life skill I’ve ever developed. It may seem like a great deal of effort to grow a few tomatoes (because it is) but the results are 100% worth it. Not only will they be the best tasting tomatoes you’ve ever had, but it will provide you with a different perspective; one that empowers you with knowledge and a new appreciation for the environment, the plants and the farmers that grow our food.
When I Listen to the Quilters Before Me
Old people are, like, my thing. I grew up watching reruns of The Golden Girls on Lifetime. I spent my childhood summers baiting hooks with fat earthworms for fishing with my Nana and dealing endless rounds of Rook cards with her twin sisters. At 18, my first job was a nurse aide in an all women's care home, a job that I sincerely loved with my whole heart. I've just always wanted to be around older people. It wasn't until college that I realized there's a name for that. Gerontology. The study of the aging process and the experiences of older adults.
Empty bottles filled with purpose
I’ll tell you a secret. I have an obsession with empty bottles. Whenever I see a bottle of juice, water, or just about any container holding a liquid I am mesmerized and inspired! How can I transform the bottle’s life into something with meaning? Is there a way to rescue bottles from the trash pile? Their lives are brighter than they may possibly think. I enjoy bringing out the goodness they may not see at first glance. An empty bottle does not mean an empty life!
Depressed? Try Building a House for Faeries!
If I hadn’t gotten appendicitis at the beginning of December, 2020, I'm pretty certain I never would have spent seventy hours building a tiny little faerie house as a gift for my stepmom. That’s right, if my appendix, that vestigial organ of the bowels, hadn’t decided to get infected and inflamed and try to kill me, she would have instead gotten a pillow or a scarf or something I found on Etsy— some thirty-dollar tops purchase (times were tough) —and I would have gone another month (or two, or maybe eighteen) before I again hunkered down with my tools at my little workbench building little things meant for magical, imaginary, tiny people.
Peace in Cross Stitching
We are told to always be productive. That no matter what we do, we must always be challenging ourselves, always pushing ourselves, always growing. These are all good goals. As people, it is natural to strive to excel.
Savoring the Moments
I absolutely LOVE scrapbooking! Of all the creative things that I like doing, scrapbooking is hands down my favorite. Do you know what scrapbooking is? Scrapbooking is a 2.5-billion-dollar industry. There are over 3,000 scrapbooking stores nationwide in the United States, serving 25 million scrapbookers. For those who don’t know, scrapbooking is a way to preserve photographs and other memorabilia in books instead of digitally or worse yet, in an old shoebox somewhere. Full disclosure – I am a Creative Memories consultant, mainly because I love the enduring quality of their products. However, none of that explains why I am a scrapbooker. Simply put, scrapbooking connects me to the past, preserves the present and reminds me of God’s presence, provision and promises in my life. Scrapbooks help me to remember that my life has been and is beautiful.
A Beautifully Flawed State of Imperfection
I carefully wrap thread around the needle and push it back through the fabric, gently holding the thread to guide it into a perfect French knot. What results is a tangled blob with random loops shooting out every which way. Definitely not French.
The Garden's Call
My mother was a gardener. She didn't grow food, but she loved growing flowers. I never understood how she could enjoy gardening since she had a full-blown phobia of all bugs and creepy crawlies. But, despite that fear, she loved her garden. I have vivid memories of long spring mornings spent wandering greenhouses while she selected new flowers.
An escape like no other.
It took me 30+ years to discover the wonders of paint. My wife loves to crochet, that is her great love, relaxing from the stresses of an overfilled work-life by making little blankets or beanies or other cosy things with her hands.
Capture the Wind
I take a deep breath, wrap my hands around the ball of clay and press down on the pedal. It is late at night or early in the morning, and if I am really fortunate, a daytime visit to the studio. The clay jerks my arms in rhythm with the rotation. My palms press firmly into the top and side surfaces of the clay.
When I was growing up, I remember having rows of raspberries I could walk through. It was so cool to just walk in the front yard and pluck fresh fruit off some canes and eat them right then and there. We had red raspberries and black raspberries growing. How many rows and how big they were I don’t remember. I only remember eating fresh berries.
The Main Things to Consider for Umrah
In case you are thinking about an Umrah pilgrimage, there are sure things you might need to consider making this the most ideal individual experience. If you are thinking about Umrah, as endless Muslims do during their life, perhaps the most astounding questions you might have is the timing of your pilgrimage. This isn't something you can mess with and includes a lot of arrangement. In this way, it can't be an unconstrained or a last-moment course of action. For a few, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and they spend years, not only months, getting both the courses of action and their state of mind perfectly aligned.
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