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I have a lot of stories and a lot to say about goodbyes.

But, not now.  If ever.  It's probably more of a conversation to be had than a blog post to be written.

But, I'd like to give you these words and this photo for now.

"We live our lives knowing that our goodbyes are lived in a good life and kind words."

These words came to me in a text to my older children when we were losing my Mom.

Now, one of our extended families is grieving a great and sudden loss, the second such loss for this side of our extended family in five months.  Today, I am reminded of these words.  And, they are so very true.

What To Do With These?

I've been doing some sorting and washing and storing of things since my Mom gave up her house about 8 months ago and there has been more again now since she passed away.

These dressers were always in the storeroom in the basement and the only one I remember playing with a little bit was the white one on the right.  I believe they were all Mom's from when she was little.  They are in really rough shape as you can see.  I've scrubbed them and they are ready for something...what?

The obvious would be to paint them and let my little girls use them with their dolls.  I may do that with one of them, as they have one that is similar that I picked up at a garage sale for them.

I also think they would make wonderful jewelry chests.  Or great storage for jewelry and beading supplies.
I'm also pondering how to paint and decorate them.  I  definitely can see using patterned paper and/or fabric to line the drawers or back of the little kitchen cupboard.  Maybe collage papers and words on the dressers themselves?  

So much reflecting (so sorry for the metaphoric photo!) going on as I go through these things.  Stories remembered, some faces remembered, and some names forgotten as I look through pictures.  Seeing life a tiny bit through they eyes of my mother at 19 as I read her diary. She stayed out late!--Often.


I hope your weekend is nice.  Ours finds us hanging out day 4 with my youngest sick.  At times she feels great, then then it cycles again. 

This you.

From my cereal box to you.

How to "Tie" Up a Plant

Thursday I had some time to work on a project and wanted to do an easy macrame plant hanger for this window in our bathroom. 

As I dug out some left over rope from a previous project, I saw all the ties I had just laundered that I had brought back from my Mom's.  She had made us all small tie quilts and had oodles of ties left over.  My one sister and I divided them up.

It was one of those wonderful moments of "I bet this will work!!"  And, it did. :)

I was amazed at how much I enjoyed working with the ties.  I pressed them and then they were really resilient to being tied, untied, and tied again as I figured out how I wanted to make the hanger.

I debated quite awhile how to do the loop at the top and when I just did an overhand knot only pulling the loop partly through, I realized that was perfect.  The ends of the ties hanging and flopping like ties looks really cool.

I gathered the bottom and wrapped another piece of a tie around it so it looks like...a tied tie!!

I was craving some green...you can tell it's spring time!  But, can you see the little snow skiers on the red tie??

The gist of how to make one yourself:

►6 men's ties: preferably not super wide ones at the bottom, the longer the better
►Gather them at the bottom and tie with twine or string.
►Divide the six ties into 3 groups of two and tie square knots, adjusting as needed to make them even
►Regroup the ties into three new groups of two, and again tie a square knot adjusting to make them even.
►Place your chosen pot in the hanger you've created and adjust again as necessary.  You may find you have to retie and lower or raise the knots.  Don't worry the ties stay nice and it doesn't take long.
►Once the pot fits to your liking, gather all six ties together again and make a overhand knot but stop short of pulling the loop all the way through.  TIGHTEN so it doesn't slip, adjusting to let the ties end flop as you like.  Again, make sure it's SUPER TIGHT so your plant doesn't end up on the floor.
►Make a "bead" out of a piece of another tie, (basically hand stitch a strip of tie) and slip it up from the bottom to neatly cover the string/twine you used to tie the ties up at the bottom.

It may seem strange that we divided up my Mom's belongings so quickly after she passed away, but she was in assisted living at the nursing home and her apartment had to be emptied. She had already given up her home about 6 months ago.  We had to take care of things right away while all of us kids were there.

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