Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Backpacks and Birthdays and Other Good News

Well, I haven't got a single cute project to show for this week and I'm feeling it. When I don't do something creative, I start to feel anxious and I get in an unhappy funk. And frankly, I am there!
The school district issued a press release about our Backpack program and since it's my baby, guess who had to talk to the news? That's They timed their stories to coincide with this month's Food Bank truck arrival. When I arrived I found that all three local news stations were there. When it was my turn to talk to them, it was a little unnerving to have 3 cameras on me at once. I didn't know where to look when I spoke and I told them that their cameras had better not be the kind that add 10 pounds. It is not exactly my idea of a good time but I will do whatever it takes to help keep those kids in food. The need is so great and I can't get the vision of a little child praying for help out of my head. How could I say no? Backpack is so expensive and so hard for the Food Bank to keep funded, so we have to keep the word out there.

Today, after the news pieces aired however, I have received some of the best phone calls from people wanting to help and interested in getting it going in other schools in the district. I have had some really sweet conversations today from some really giving people. That has been one of the hidden blessings in this Backpack endeavor. I have met some of the most amazing people. You just can't believe some of the things that people are doing in this world. It's a nice reminder that the whole world isn't as crazy as it sounds on the news.

One other super cool thing happened this week. And I mean SUPER COOL! Melissa Phillips chose my sucker card for her Jillie Willie apron challenge. I'm so excited about that. I love Melissa Phillips and I love Jillie Willie and I have already started making room on the bent spoon hooks that I use to hang my aprons in my kitchen. See...empty spoon...just waiting...
Did I ever mention how much I love finding new ways to use old junk? Don't even get my husband started on my old door and window collection in the garage. My awesome aunts, Mary and Ilene and I are kindred spirits in using old junk and Mary had her husband Richard make some bent spoon hooks for me. I love them. When I get my kitchen finished, I'm going to use bent spoons and forks to hang my curtains. Oh and one of my cool old doors will be on a cabinet for my broom and I have all sort of grand ideas for that. One day, I tell you my husband will really appreciate my junk. At least that's what I keep telling him. Wow! I really got on a tangent there...don't get me talking about excitement takes over. Anyhoo...
There were some really cute cards in the challenge and I am so glad that I don't have to make those kind of decisions. I don't know if I could do it. I always get way more inspiration from others when I do challenges. That is one reason I love them so much. But thanks Melissa for choosing my card and thanks Jillie Willie for the cool apron.
And just one more thing...Happy First Birthday to this cute boy!
He is my nephew Isaac and I must say that I am just crazy about him. I absolutely love every single one of my nephews. They are all so amazing to me in so many different ways. When Isaac is happy, he's the happiest boy ever! Love you Ike!


  1. Thanks for the cute books! We have read all morning. I took them with me to Ike's check up and they were entertained! Thanks for taking all the pictures last night! You did great. There are some really great ones! Congrats on your apron!

  2. I just watched your news clip online. You did a great job! And you look hot! Way to go!