Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Day that Dad Would Have Liked


I think my father would have liked today - a warm sunny fall day with beautiful colors and the date.  I like to think that I note things like that because of my father.

Lake Superior in late September.

My Dad died in late June and I have found grief to be a tough thing to pass through.  I didn't do anything creative for a long time.

Another Lake Superior view in late September.

Then I decided to knit a baby blanket for a coworker who was due in late August.  I found knitting to be very therapeutic and meditative.  It was something for me to do instead of doing nothing.

Lake Superior sunrise.  

As I knit, I found that making something for someone else was a good way to rid myself of a lot of my grief.  Oh, it's still there and I expect it will continue to rear it's ugly head every now and then, but for the most part it has abated.

Then I went on to decorate a bra for my cousin to either keep or auction off for Breast Cancer research if she so chose.  She said that she was going to keep it which made me very happy.

"I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"

I got some help from artists at work on the structure and armature.  Thanks Lynn and Marsha.

For a while I thought I'd never blog again.  A wise friend told me "it's there waiting for you when you are ready."  So here I am, blogging again.

I have been quite prolific lately which has made me feel a lot better.

A friend came over to help me design this awesome necklace to wear to a wedding.  Wearing it makes me feel really good.  Thanks for your eyes, Susan.  She taught me a lot when we worked together to make this design.  My sister did the awesome wire work.  I love this necklace and had been collecting things to make it with for a long time.

Two of my favorite ingredients are the raw tourmaline (black rocks) and the most awesome Anne Choi bead.  The bling is also a favorite.

I also made a necklace with skulls - from a prayer necklace - and I enjoy wearing that as well.

I am so happy to be creating again.  My father was always interested in what I created.  I suppose in many ways he is my muse.  I was so very lucky to have a father who understood creativity and encouraged me to create.  He was also an artist and I am designing some things that were inspired by him.

Today's quote comes from an unknown author:  Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

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