Friday, April 30, 2010

Thanks for the dance....................


Last night was grandsons concert at his school. The theme was Broadway Musicals -- he did great in his classes song and dance routine -- then, just as I was leaving their home for Elgin, he asked me for a dance -- we have done this before and it is always such a delight -- the photo was after we finished the dance, just saying "Thank you for the dance". Isn't it wonderful? I KNOW how lucky I am with my 7 grandsons -- they are all so precious and special -- and to have photos like this one keeps the memories alive for us all. Thanks, Aim for the photo ( It is wonderful having a photographer daughter to catch these special moments) - thanks C-man for the dance. Love you all. PS the smiling face in the background is my handsome son-in-law.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Bit of Crochet

I am having fun with my beautiful new crochet hooks -- completed 2 shawls -- each is 72+ inches in length -- and the red shawl/cape is almost done -- 5 more decorative shell rows and then the edging -- all these were made (being made) with my wonderful new hand made wooden crochet hooks -- they are so wonderful to work with

The red shawl/cape is being created with with the smooth elegance of the hook pictured above -- the hook was created by William Barnes of Graydog Woodenware 

The tow shawls above were created with this lovely hook it is a 
WolfenWoods Original and made by Max Wolfen, woodcrafter

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Fun Place to Visit...............

I thought it would be fun to share this uTube with you.

It is from the opening night of   Billy Elliot  in Chicago.
If you can stick with it until Jesse Jackson quits talking 
(he's really there less than a minute --
but Jesse never misses an opportunity have his face filmed LOL)  
anyway, right after Jesse, on the left side, you will see a lovely lady photographer 
taking pictures of the four Billy's and Sir Elton John --- 
that lovely lady is our daughter, Amy. For a change, the photographer is in 
the photo.

CLICK HERE for the short video
For anyone who might not know, Amy is a professional photographer in Chicago.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gifts Great & Small

It is the time of year that "March of Dimes" holds their annual fund raiser.  Once again DD and family will be walking the walk.  Times are tough, but many small contributions is as great a gift as one large.   To see the personal story of how our family got involved, click here:  Drew's Story

Peu de Sac

Another little cell phone case  
(peu de sac = little bag)  
this one I made for friend, Lynn.  Thanks for the French title for them, Lynn -- they sound much more elegant as a "Peu de Sac" than as a cell phone bag LOL

Friday, April 09, 2010

Billy Elliot the Musical -- Oriental Theatre, Chicago

Daughter Amy, her mother-in-law Cindy, and mom (me LOL) went to the April 3rd matinee of the 
performance BILLY ELLIOT.  See an earlier post for more.  It was a delightful afternoon. This photo was taken 
as we departed the van to see the musicial, BILLY ELLIOT, at the Oriental Theatre, Chicago, IL.

       Jackie         Amy       Cindy

More Cell Phone/Camera Bags

Just added a few more bags -- a couple still need buttons
 -- fun to do --
next week on to something more challenging :-)
The bags are made large enough to hold and 
iPhone with Mophie attached

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Giuseppe Bausilio as Billy Elliot, Oriental Theatre, Chicago, April 3, 2010, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL

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"Billy" photos above and below:  ©Amy Boyle Photography

Yesterday daughter, Amy, treated me  and Cindy, her mother-in-law to the most wonderful afternoon. We all attended a matinee performance of Billy Elliot the Musical at the 
Oriental Theater in Chicago, IL.

What a talented group this is. We were blessed to see Giuseppe Bausilio as Billy. This was his first time in the starring role and what a talent he is -- his personality and performance capture the audience. Later we all had a wonderful family dinner. Delightful day.

For more photos of the Four Billies, check out the following link and scroll until you find them.
They are charming boys and the photos capture that.


I also came across an ABC-TV Chicago news interview with Giuseppe Bausilio -- the very talented 12 year old who we saw in yesterday's performance of BILLY ELLIOT in Chicago. Thought you would enjoy it too. What a charming, talented young man.

Friday, April 02, 2010

I'm Back.................. :-)

The last few weeks have been long and stressful.  Thanks to all my family and friends for words of encouragement.  Now I hope to be back to "things as usual".
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During the past month+ I have kept head and hands busy -- albeit with very simple projects -- the idea was to stay occupied with the familiar.  Here's a bit of what I did.  A few more pot holders and seven of the nine little cell phone bags -- I chose bright, cheery colors -- the bags are just large enough to hold a cell phone, driver's license, credit card -- the idea being something simple to grab on the way out the door and yet not cumbersome. There is a button on each with a loop for fastening -- just to be sure the cell phone doesn't slip out.  All of these pieces are made from 100% cotton yarn -- and each takes less 
than one ball of yarn.