Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Finally finished my Christmas Wreath using ImagiMeri's tutorial

A while ago, Meri Wiley from ImagiMeris, taught a workshop on making a wreath using a Styrofoam base and vintage Christmas ornaments.   Although I wasn't able to attend the workshop, Meri was kind enough to give my friend, Joanne Livingston (who did attend) a base for me and I used Meri's tutorial ( to make mine.  I finally finished it on Christmas Day!   I used vintage Christmas ornaments of various sizes; a precious vintage paper mache bird that my friend, Christine, gave me;  some buttons and bling that my Mom and my friend Judith gave me; and lots of odds and ends that my Mother had given me over the years.   I will cherish this wreath each and every Christmas as it was made with love - the love of friends and family.

Oh Dear...I had the wreath hanging from a small nail which gave way and it went crashing to the ground!  The noise it made left me afraid to even look but when I mustered up the courage to take a peek, only 3 of the very large ornaments broke!  After a trip to a local antique mall, I was able to finish the wreath once again!   Thank you, Joanne, for going with me and thank you, Meri, for your support!

Peace and Blessings to you in 2013  :o)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Animal Advocate...

Today while I was waiting in a parking lot backed up to Hopi Animal Hospital and Kennel (located at 56th Street and Bell Road in Scottsdale), I heard a poor little dog just whimpering and barking then I heard someone yelling at it.  The dog was quiet for a moment then started whimpering again - again the loud "Shut Up" and some other choice words - that was all I could take.  I jumped out of the car and went in to the Animal Hospital - the kennel was in the next building and I guess they couldn't hear this person yelling at the dog from their office.   I proceeded to report what I had heard and the receptionist assured me that was unacceptable and she was going to check on it.   I went back to my car and waited a half hour.    No more yelling for that half hour but I wonder how long this dog whimpered before I heard it and how many times this cruel person yelled at it for whimpering?  Rather than holding it or reassuring it, this person responded with cruelty.  Why would anyone work with animals if they didn't have a love for them?  Why aren't there some measures in place to assure that the person working with the dogs is treating them with kindness?  Nanny cam's can be used for animals, too.  Today, I reported what I heard to this site ... and, needless to say, I plan to check up on this Animal Hospital randomly and if I hear again what I heard today, a report to the Humane Society will be in order.  Those who cannot speak for themselves deserve an advocate, I feel it is my duty and it is an honor to be that advocate.  xxxx