Posted in Arts & Crafts, Beautify, DIY, Painting

Paper flowers don’t require April showers

The only cultivated flowers we have in our entire yard are Irises and they have already “passed.” Now we are enjoying one of my favorite “weeds,” the Spiderwort (sounds horrid, but they are really pretty).

About a month ago I made up a design which was put on a blank watercolor-card. The pre-Shutdown plan had been for each of the dozen or so ladies in a Wednesday afternoon seniors’ Art Group (including myself) to color in one flower, sign the card, and present it as a Thank-you to the amazing artist who was to visit our center on the 8th of April 2020…

It was a lot of fun creating “the arrangement” from duplicated, mirrored, and variously reduced versions of the three flowers presented here. I thought a “bored” blog viewer might want to try a similar exercise! Green-thumbs not required. [Get your cut-out flowers to “bend/droop” (like the front lilies on far-right and far-left, and the left- and right-front tulips below) by partially clipping the paper-stem below the bloom and making a small dart/tuck.]

Here’s a PDF you can print out to create your own arrangement: SpringFlowers_craft_6apr2020

Look at some photos online if you decide to add in some leaves, especially on the lily.
Posted in Beautiful, DIY, Faith, Food/Cooking, Women

Happy together and hoping you are too

Inspiration for the Baby-Yoda-Cat doll: Tigger, curled up in jeans and peeking over the top!

So, my stubborn quarantined locked-down feminist strong independent sister-fish…you still not needin’ no bicycle?

Or wouldn’t it be nice (or nicer)

…to be married to and living with a loving, trustworthy, man-committed-to-you-alone right about now, not only for the companionship but for the safety-in-numbers?*

1/2 wholewheat, 1/2 bread-flour (mini Half-pound loaf)

And wouldn’t it be nicer right about now…

…if you had gone less “liberated” and a teensy bit Trad-Girl instead…and you’d have learned how to whip up some basics in the kitchen from scratch, say brewing your own coffee :-), mixing and baking a “quick bread” like scones, cheese biscuits (for small batches I use my toaster oven), a slow-cooker soup or a near “instant” one, and perhaps a slab of good ‘ol Focaccia for sammies or plain ‘ol veggie-topped cheese pizza?

And wouldn’t you be less stressed

…when you peer into the mirror every morning or get a glimpse of yourself during your (alas, seemingly endless) day if you hadn’t become an InstaGrimm-groupie and thereby got yourself hooked on glamming-up daily from your unmanageable closet stuffed with landfill-clogging disposable Fast-Fashion after troweling on an ever-expanding array of body-, face-, and eye-potions?

You don’t even need a box of crayons at supercoloring.com!

Wouldn’t you be a whole lot saner right about now…

…if only you had taken the time to learn a creative, literally constructive, hobby a while back, that you could pursue now with such abandon you’d hardly notice the time fly by? (It’s never too late to “color.” HERE, for free, you can even use their digital-coloring set-up! And check out ALL their How-to-Draw step-by-step fun projects, even paper-folding and board games.)

“Coloring” the fabric with stenciled on acrylics is my favorite part of doll-making.

Learn something new

Here’s hoping your remaining days-of-solitude are spent learning something new that’s constructive. I can pretty much promise such endeavors will lead you to a more contented place.

 

Do-it-yourself Matchmaking “course”

* How can you more wisely search for a partner to build a contented relationship with – one that’ll likely last a lifetime? Quit reading click-bait “advice” authors and get your very own MatchMaker, on the cheap, bubeleh! I can highly recommend, “Dating Secrets: the Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Spouse,” by two Jewish shadchanim (matchmakers), Leah Jacobs and Shaindy Marks. This, of course, deserves a much longer review, but in a nutshell, here goes…

While I’m not Jewish – and neither do you need to be to learn from the books jam-packed 288 pages – I am Christian. The continual references to God (Hashem), His hand, and those who fear Him was quite the opposite of bothersome. Now the frequent use of Yiddish terminology, even given the glossary at the back, did make the book challenging. To read the book cover to cover (I’d suggest taking notes) will take a while, but you will take frequent “breaks” as you work through the authors’ wise exercises.