Monday, July 29, 2013

Sometimes A Week Is Like That...


Sometimes a week is like that ~ more sad than happy ~ but, I guess that just helps us to better appreciate the beauty and gifts which surround us.

I began my week spending one last visit with Jennifer and the girls before they left Tucson....it was a bittersweet day, but how can you allow sadness into your heart when you're enveloped in the love of two precious little ones...


I busied myself with finishing up cuffs from Diane Cook's Window To My Heart class....






Thursday brought very sad news as the mother of one of my dearest friends had passed.  Having lost my own mother in 2001, I felt the pain of loss once again, and could only offer sweet friend my time and comfort...

Friday came and with it departures, some permanent ~ one temporary....

The Del Castillos were on their way to their new home in Washington state ~

And my sweet girls were on their way to California for a mini-vacation ~

First stop was two days in Newport Beach with dear friend Milena.  They visited her new store, Heirloom...
Then two days in San Diego with sweet friend, Eva...
I miss these girls terribly, but I'm comforted knowing they're having a ball and will be heading home tomorrow.

I guess the classroom is in my blood....friends and colleagues head back to school this week, and so do I.  There's still time to sign up for classes at Artful Gathering, and that's just what I did!

Call me crazy, with just 11 sleeps till our vacation, but I couldn't help myself!  You'll find me in Kecia Deveney's classroom, enjoying the Adventures In Soldering.

I have to share this tidbit with you ~ I'm so honored to be in the Artful Gathering banner as highlighted student work!  Thank you so much, dear Zinnia!

I also have a very special project on the workbench....a tribute piece for a special friend, in memory of her beloved mother.

So, the big wheel keeps on turning and another beautiful day looms ahead.
Our rains keep teasing, but we're hopeful for more in this parched desert.
Have a beautiful week, my lovely family and friends ~ and by all means, love the ones you're with!

6 comments:

SueAnn Lommler said...

Karen....sorry for your loses....it hurts so when they occurs....fond memories are comforting.
Your cuffs are simply to die for!!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You are creating the most beautiful bracelet. Sorry it was a rough week....My last few haven't been the greatest...but hope springs eternal!!

lynn said...

dearest karen, my prayers and blessings to you and your friends.
your classes looked so wonderful and i really love the hearts... wish i were closer i would love to learn to make them..
im happy you were able to visit with the girls.. they are gorgeous. thank you for sharing with us all :)
big ladybug hugs
lynn

~*~Patty S said...

Life is so full of ups and downs and we cannot help but feel the losses of those near and dear to us too!

With all you've had going on your creativity still shines thru...lovely cuffs you're making dear Karen

oxo

Laurie said...

Your cuffs are looking lovely -- you are at it again! Congratulations on being on the banner -- how fun is that? You're lucky to be surrounded by so many people who love you.

Fran. said...

Yes I agree LOVE the one your with!! My Kaitlin is moving away this Sunday!! For college but she is my baby!! She's going to Grad School in Conecticut!! (SP) UCONN she's gonna be a husky!! LOL She'll be in Public Administration. I miss her already. LOVE the cuffs. I like that cowboy one!! LOL Well have a great week and hang in there. Hey were you the girl in the front of the class room? You are a good friend and neighbor!! I know you made those little folders up for the girls to take with them!! You have a great heart!! XOXO Love Fran.