Not all crafts

I love when the grandchildren visit. No doubt, crafts and creating new things by hand plays a large part in our lives and I enjoy watching them use their imagination creating unique ideas. Nevertheless, it isn’t all in relation to crafting the perfect product. Self expression and creativity plays out more importantly. They can learn to follow instructions, develop motor skills, problem solving as well as expanding patience. Oh, and the bonding time with the kids is incalculable. Our oldest granddaughter, 14 years old, is rather imaginative and on numerous occasions we seek out suggestions or instructional methods from her. She also possesses multi-media skills. Not only can she create and edit videos, she effortlessly writes the scripts. The youngest, 7 years old, enjoys crafting as well, but is easily distracted on cookie cutter crafts. Ah, but let her find some flowers or plain old rocks out in the yard, and she’s off to the races with ideas. She loves to put pen to paper or sometimes a word processor, to write epic stories complete with illustration.  They both  love photography and each one has a special style on subjects and color. Our grandson, now 20, is a machinist. He enjoys creating anything out of metal. So, in some way they all are creative as many kids are.
We never compel an idea on crafting. We will on the other hand, explain how to be safe, follow instruction and how things react with each other ie: what types of glue, wax, paint, sealants, types of wood, etc. might be best for the craft in mind are discussed. At the end of the day, it’s not about the finished creation, but developing the Craft of thinking and patience.

Below, Chloe uses a compound microscope. Loves to look at insects, sand, jewelry beads, and much more. She knows the proper procedures and definitions on both Compound and Stereo Microscopes. She understands Diopter Adjustments, Fine Focus, Mechanical Stage, Stage Plates, and not to touch the hot light elements. Today she is looking at stone beads for an undetermined project.


Our Models

Abbey and Chloe, our granddaughters, love to model some of our crochet.  Chloe wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. “I love nature” she often cites when we are walking in the woods or filming the wildlife with infra red photography in our back yard.   Abbey seems to be headed towards Visual & Media Arts Development  She can edit a video quicker than Quentin Tarantino and write a script on the fly on any subject. Abbey is an honor role student. Below, Chloe puts a goat to sleep with gentle voice and hands. She make the best Christmas cookies. Abbey is the big sister, they love each other very much. Abbey is the great protector. Oh, and they love to play Parcheesi with us. 

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Make someone special smile

make someone smile with a heart felt note card


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Our photo note cards make great gifts for newlyweds, graduates, and long-distance friends,  relatives and couples. There is nothing more personal than receiving a hand written note card. In this age of a digital world, note cards sends the message that you care enough to reach out and connect to the special people in our lives. You can’t hold an email and feel the way you do with a note card in your hands. Unlike a quick view on a computer monitor, or an email that is deleted, note cards can last an eternity, with the love and warmth of its intent. So,, what are you waiting for.