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Happy Birthday Baby

 

An unknown future

filled with hopes and fears

will include lots of laughter, and some tears

You’re giving birth

to a life brand new

not only for her, but also for you

Beautiful daughter

such a precious treasure to me

I have no doubt a wonderful Mother you’ll be

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2016

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24 years ago today I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and now that baby is a grown woman getting ready to give birth to a baby girl of her own.  It will be any day now.  My heart is so full…

I wish I had more time to ponder, reflect, and share about all I’m feeling at the moment, but we’re off to celebrate the day!

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I know this photo is quite different from those I usually share and I hesitated whether or not to share it, but I love how it turned out, and my daughter does too – she’s actually been waiting for me to share it.   So I thought on her birthday as she’s so close to giving birth herself would be the perfect time.

Happy birthday baby!  I love you!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Foreshadowing

 

A glassy foreshadowing of the cold to come

when the autumn colors are all done

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2015

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I know, I know, everyone dreads the cold temps of winter, but look at the glass icicle I made!  It didn’t really actually turn out looking the way it was supposed to, but I’m still proud of it –  it was a lot harder to make than one might realize, and it looks pretty dangling there in the midst of the fall foliage.  Autumn makes everything beautiful.  ❤

A dear friend of mine gave me a gift certificate for a glass-making class for my birthday in August, and this past weekend we attended the class together – Basics in Boron at Potekglass.

It was a little scary using a blow torch at first, and there are many hazards to working with glass, but it was a really fun experience, and I’m so thankful to my friend for giving me such a wonderful gift.  I love learning new things… even if I end up not being very good at it.

I also made this…

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It’s supposed to be a paperweight, but I think it’s a bit too small to actually weigh down much of anything.  Again, it didn’t really turn out exactly like it was supposed to, but it still looks pretty cool and I’m proud of it.

We also learned glass blowing, and mine literally blew up.  Oops!  Did you know that you actually blow into molten glass to blow glass?  I know, it seems like a no-brainer given the word blow, but I didn’t realize you use your mouth.  It’s a bit unnerving having your mouth on the end of something that is like a thousand degrees only a few inches away.  I don’t think I’ll be trying that again.

But I definitely think I’d like to take another glass-making class again sometime, I’d love to learn how to make stained glass.  I’d also like to try making more of those icicles – they’d be lovely on a Christmas tree or to give as a gift.  And they’re not as cold as real icicle.   😉

Stay warm my friends…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Whispers of the Heart

 

“‘It’s impossible’

said pride.

‘It’s risky’

said experience.

‘It’s pointless’

said reason.

‘Give it a try’

whispered the heart.”

 

                           ~ Unknown

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This really speaks to me.  ♥

 

 

 

What speaks to you today?

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Snow Art

So beautiful, creative and unique, like crop circles in the snow!   😉
I’m a huge fan of #14…

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‘Snow artist’ Simon Beck creates the most amazing temporary artworks using just a compass, string, measuring tape and a pair of snowshoes. Beck graduated in Engineering from Oxford University but decided later on to leave his office job in order to become a cartographer.

In December 2004 after a day of skiing, he got the idea to draw a star on the small frozen lake in front of his place. His sense for orientation in combination with his passion for outdoor and physical activities inspired him to complete a snow creation. The day after, looking down from the ski lift; he was impressed by the result. After the next snowfall, he repeated the exercise by creating an even more complex drawing. For Simon, a new passion was born.

Beck’s creations have garnered him hundreds of thousands of fans online. His Facebook page boasts over 280,000 Likes and he has just…

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25 Random Things To Do During a Winter Storm…

The recent winter storm has now passed and the lovely blue skies have returned.  But with the winter season now clearly upon us, I thought I would share a list of 25 random things one can do during a winter storm.  You know… just to be ready for when the next one hits.  If you’re in Minnesota, it will probably be one day very soon.   😉

Some of these are taken from or related to previous posts of mine, so if you click on the photos or the links, they’ll bring you directly to those, but most of them are just random things that popped into my head as I was making this list.  Well, without further ado, here they are, in no particular order…

 

1.  Bake

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One of my favorite things to do on a snowy day!  We made these chocolate chip cookies yesterday and they were so delicious!

2.  Read.  Here’s what I’m reading at the moment…

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Well… not at this exact moment.

3.  Read with your pets

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Or should I say try to read with your pets while they make themselves comfortable on top of your reading materials. 😉

4. Watch TV with your pets

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5.  Take a nap with your pets

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While your daughter creeps on you and snaps a picture of it.

6.  Creep on the squirrels outside your bedroom window

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While they’re creeping on you.

7.  Listen to music

8.  Or make some music of your own

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9. Light some candles

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“Come on baby light my fire.” Oops sorry, I’m still on the music thing. 😀

10.  Knit a scarf

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Even if you have no idea how, and it ends up turning out a bit deformed.

11.  Paint your toes

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12.  Paint your leg

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13.  Paint the walls

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14.  Talk on the phone

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An oldie of me and my sister. She’s the one on the phone and I’m the little mischievous looking one. These days it’s with each other that we’re talking on the phone, rather than me creeping on her.

15.  Write about your dreams

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16.  Or write about 25 things you can do during a winter storm  😉

17.  Work on home improvement projects

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18.  Contemplate all the mysteries of the universe

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19.  Or just contemplate the reason why someone would invent a gumball container shaped like a pink brain.

20.  Stare at your lava lamp

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21.  Stare at shadows flickering on the wall

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22.  Color in a coloring book.   I just bought this one the other day…

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And I can’t wait to color in it!  Because yes… I am an overgrown child.

23.  Shop online.  Here’s the last thing I bought online…

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This stuff smells freaking amazing!

24.  Play World of Warcraft

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And die a painful. miserable, virtual death over and over and over again.  But really… it’s fun!  😉

And last, but not least…

If you can’t beat em, join em…

25.  Go out and play in the snow!

 

And I’m about to go out and do just that.  Well technically, I’m going out to run errands and will be driving in it, but I still plan to try and have fun while I’m at it!  😀

 

Hope your day is filled with fun, and with…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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M is for Mom

Back in the summer of 2012 when my daughter and I were preparing to move in with my mom after my divorce and my Dad’s passing in 2011, and the three of us were busy at work remodeling the upstairs bedrooms, we came across tons of old family heirlooms that have been stored here over the years.  I already love antiques, but it was extra cool to see antiques belonging to my own family.           (I wrote about it here:  https://ramblingsfromjewels.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/relocating-redecorating-readjustments-cool-old-stuff/)

While going through them all, I was thinking that it would be really nice if we could find a way to use or display some of them, rather than just pack them all away again somewhere.  Especially as we are combining our family once again, and now adding my daughter to the generations of my family that have lived in this house, it would be nice to do something special to symbolize that using some of these family heirlooms.  But in being so busy just trying to get the house ready for us to move in, that thought would have to be put on hold and revisited at a later time.  So we organized, labeled and boxed them all up, along with a few treasured items of my Dad’s, and stored them all in a special place down in the basement.

Now, two years later, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I got to thinking about all of the antique jewelry we had found back then, and remembered an idea I had seen online using vintage jewelry to create a plaque of the letter “M.”

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I absolutely love this idea!  Wish I had come up with it myself.  😉

(If you click on the photo it will bring you to the Etsy shop of the person who I got the idea from.)

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But I did expand a bit on the design concept with the one I created…

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I mounted it on handmade paper, and the border you see around the edges is from some very old linoleum (early 1900’s) that we found adhered to my Mom’s bedroom floor when we tore out the carpeting in her room during the remodeling.  I thought it was so cool looking and saved pieces of it.

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I wrote about it here:   https://ramblingsfromjewels.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/relocating-remodeling-readjustments-ceilings-and-carpets-and-floors-oh-my/

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And because this particular vintage jewelry belonged to not only my Mom, but also her Mom, and both of her Grandmas, I wanted it to be protected under glass to keep it from collecting dust and also from deteriorating.  My sister and I went out together and found a great shadow box type of frame that worked perfectly for it!

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Unfortunately, the glass is highly reflective, so getting a decent photo of it all finished was a bit of a challenge.  You’ll just have have to take my word for it that it looks gorgeous under there!  To make it even more special for my Mom, I also included one piece of my own jewelry and one piece of my sister’s.  ❤

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Needless to say, when I gave this to her this morning, she loved it and we all had a good cry.  M is for Mom, but it’s also for Marie, Margaret and Mary ~ my Mom, her Mom, and one of her Grandma’s names, who’s jewelry this is.  So “M” represents them all.

Thanks so much for allowing me to share this with all of you!  Wherever you are, and whatever the day, may it be happy, beautiful and blessed!  🙂

We are heading out to breakfast and then off to garden nurseries for the day, as is our Mother’s Day tradition.  Hopefully the rain holds off…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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“Winter is Coming”

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Winter is coming?  Wait, what?  Isn’t it spring that is supposed to be coming?  Well, if you look at the weather forecast for my area you will find that we have a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the next couple of days, with 8-12 inches of fresh snow expected.  Sigh…

Another reason for my titling this post “Winter is Coming,” is because I’ve been laid up for the past few days, sick and laying around like a lump, and while I’ve been laying there I’ve been re-watching all 3 seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones (“Winter is Coming” is the title of the first episode).  It’s quite an epic story, though a little more violent and vulgar than I would usually prefer, but I do so love a great medieval type of fantasy story, and sometimes that sort of stuff tends to come with the territory.  The show is based on the book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R Martin.  I’ve read the five books contained in the series so far and they’re very good.  Martin has been called the “American Tolkien,” but I wouldn’t go that far.  Although he is a great author, no one compares to Tolkien, in my humble opinion.  Anyway, season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres April 6th, so I’m getting all reacquainted with the story in preparation for that.  And I’m pretty darn excited too!

In regard to the photo… that beautiful piece of art was designed and created by my daughter to represent House Stark, which is one of the families from Game of Thrones.  For those not familiar with the story, House Stark’s motto is the phrase “Winter is Coming,” and their house sigil is the dire wolf, represented by the stunning wolf head bail attached at the top.  Also, the tree’s “leaves” are made with red garnet stones which are meant to symbolize the red leaves of the Weirwood tree which resides in the godswood of Winterfell, the home of House Stark.   Get ready for a shameless plug here…  My daughter specializes in wire wrapped Tree of Life pendants and this is one of her most popular designs.  If you click on the photo it will bring you to her Etsy shop where you can see this and many other lovely and unique Tree of Life designs.  Yeah, as you can tell, I’m just a little proud of her.  😉

Well, hopefully this predicted winter storm will blow over (and melt) quickly and we can start seeing some spring weather around here.  It’s April for goodness sake, we should be saying “Spring is Coming.”  I guess technically it is coming, but it sure doesn’t feel like it…

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✿~Peace & Love~✿

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