I have finally found the time to do something with the Turquoise I bought in Ethiopia. These are for my Mom, Grandma and Adopted Grandma. I love you girls! I am so blessed to have so many wonderful women in my life. Oh, and Mom - Thanks for "borning" me ( ;
I made jewelry cases from an old pair of Thomas' jeans - I'm all about up cycling!
This is the bracelet I made for my Mom. It has 2 freshwater pearls and my favorite Ethiopian Turquoise. I love you Mom!
I made this necklace for my Grandma. She will look amazing wearing this. My Grandma is gorgeous by the way. Thomas always tells me that he looks forward to every stage I go thru in life because of how beautiful my Mom and Grandma are ( : What a sweetheart. It's true. My grandma is a babe!
I found some old music in a seminary or institute songbook from the 1960's. I thought it would make a nice back for this pendant. The front is made from grass and a flower petal I picked and dried in Addis Ababa while we were in Ethiopia. I like the way it turned out.
This is Marilyn's gift. Marilyn is my adopted Grandma. She is my grandma's soul-sister and I am grateful to her for her friendship and love for my grandma. I love her so much!
Thomas and I found an amazing little silk place in Addis Ababa called Sabahar and made an appointment to visit there. Sabahar translated into English means Queen's silk - Saba was the queen of Sheba. It was like a garden oasis - the whole property was a beautiful garden and the buildings were made of rock. We spent the whole day there soaking in the sun, the flowers and the freshly dyed silks drying in the breeze.
The woman who owns the place learned about silk worms in Asia and decided to try it out! (My kind of girl!) Anyway, she employs local disabled people to spin the silk and weave it. They even save the pods the worms make, dye them and sew them on their shawls like flowers - beautiful! This is a piece of raw silk and cotton woven into a shawl that I couldn't pass up. SO beautiful! Happy Mother's Day Marilyn! aka My other Gran.
P.S. Check out my post on Sabahar - I've linked it to their website.
Faith is 7 and growing way too fast! Faith is our little pleaser. She LOVES secretly making people happy (o: She's also got a dangerous crafty side!
Our sweet little Rahel
This is our little teddy bear home forever. She just turned 4. She is very quick and already has English down pat. Her feet have grown 4 sizes in 5 months! Rahel is the most loving little girl we have ever known. We're so lucky to have her in our family!
Our little twig on the Lemon Family Tree
My sweets with just the right amount of sour!
Faith: Mom, can you sign me up for soccer? I want everyone to see my super kicks!
After every verse of scripture is read during family study, Faith always asks “what does that mean?” Tonight, Rahel decided she had the answer for Faith’s question: “Jesus cooks” while doing stirring motions with her arm.
Faith: See? I told you that stuffing the blankets in there would be better than folding them!
The squeaky dinosaurs use their squeaks to find nice friends. - Faith
Where's my swimming soup? - Rahel
Upon dropping her dinner in her lap, Rahel exclaimed "Dain it Rahel"
Faith excitedly pointed at some hummingbirds and said "I know what those are! Baby woodpeckers!"
Every time we drove over a cattle guard in the Uintas, Faith would announce "there's another cow trapper"
Faith found a bug and ran through the house yelling "where's the bug smacker, where's the bug smacker"
Faith was freaking out as only a bug could bring on, and when we asked what she saw, she told us that there was a "sox elder bug" outside!
In the car, Faith announced: I am smart and a cutie!
Please share these with as many people as you can. Education is so important. I know everybody is curious, especially those of you who will be in close contact with Rahel. This is a very informative article. It's a little long, but worth reading to the end.