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Gratefulness by Ally

Life for those of us over retirement age is challenging. Music, making art, reading, zoom classes and physical therapy have been my wellness focus. Gratefulness is always a leveling barometer for me when I start feeling down. A few glasses of wine doesn’t hurt either especially if accompanied by good food.

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I have been a crafter since I was 10 years old and joined 4-H. I made all my clothes for my first career. Then went to work for ABC and had to wear silks, heels and expensive suits. Today my craft is repurposing sweatshirts using old doilies, fabric, embroidery, fancy zippers and bingo – a stylish sweatshirt. All my family and friends will be getting one for Christmas this year.

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I enjoy and admire the creativity in others – and in myself- love going to craft fairs, especially in Alaska where crafts are a huge deal, but creativity is in everything, the way we plant our gardens, wash our windows so that there are no streaks. One of my dad’s cousins had the art of being a good hostess and it was amazing to observe and experience that. There is just so much out there to be amazed at and enjoy.

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Glad you raised this topic, Thelma. I’ve always been an admirer of handiwork and creativity of others but used “I’m too busy” excuse. to try that on my own. Along came Covid…one icy winter evening I dragged out boxes of old pictures and divided them into categories: family, friends, school pals, camp friends, college, work colleagues, projects, networks, etc., 

Now the craft project started..,personalized collages from old photos… I found or cut a shape that fit a personality such as canoe paddle for a boating friend, sailboat, heart for someone who is all heart, sunshine, vegetable for a vegan, house outline for a family, you get the point. I used their fav color as card stock background and cut pictures from those I gathered into smaller shapes that would be meaningful to that person or family and glued them to the card stock backing creating a personal collage…all sizes. Some are framed, others tucked into a card. 

Its a personalized way to say “thinking of you.” For her birthday, I will create a reminiscence piece for my sister using personal items, pics, and mount them on colored cardstock attached to the old wooden sheet music holder from our family piano. No talent needed here; it’s the thought that counts.

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