Me, creative? I wish I could say I’m a musician or a painter, but my medium is words. I’m a storyteller just like my father before me. Okay, I specialize in anecdotes—family anecdotes. But something besides storytelling? I really had to think about this question.
I’m the keeper of my family’s memories, our treasure, our adventures. I create photo albums for each child with this treasure. Each of my five children receive a life book, I call it, filled to the brim with their personal anecdotes and life treasure. These books take me months and months to create. I fill them with redwood tiny pine cones, elementary reading certificates, small sea shells from Jersey beaches, scouts badges, and zoo pins. Stickers, photos, and snippets of their life memories fill the pages.
I like nothing more than to enjoy a fresh pot of tea in the morning. But I don’t like the teapot to get cold quickly, so I created tea cozies. I ask the children what we should make. We go up into the attic to search for scraps of material. We make a template. And I sew our new creation. Now, I’ve created tea cozies for each of my married children using their favorite clothing growing up. I create a cat using my daughter’s favorite leopard print skirt. I use contrasting fabric for ears and tail. I make dogs or cabins. I offer one of my many teapots and two tea cups to go with each tea cozy.
|Have a hot cup of tea, enjoy the love
and share precious memories.
I was the hospice caregiver for my mother in her last months of life. Once she died. I made “Grandma G” heart pillows out of Mom’s housecoat. I wanted the children to remember that Gram’s love would always be with them. I attached ribbons to the hearts so the children could hang their Grandma G hearts anywhere.
I always enjoyed community theatre. I used to be in shows, but needed to decide if I was going to spend time acting or creating stories to sell. There is only so much time in one day, and my family has always been my priority.
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