Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In Memory - Poppy (1924-2012)

The last week has been an incredibly tough one with the passing of my husband's grandfather.  Although he was my grandfather through marriage, from the moment I met him about 14 years ago, he treated me as one of his own.  I've never known anybody with such a love of life.  He always had a sparkle in his eye and excitement at everything the world had to offer him.  He took every opportunity to tell one of his jokes, which we'd all heard a million times before...but now instead of groaning at hearing the jokes again, we'll wish that he were here to tell them to us one more time.

I will always remember Seymour (or Poppy as we called him) for his infectious laughter, keeping his sense of humor right until the end. He also loved to eat, enjoying his glass of ale with every dinner that I can recall sharing with him! Most of all, however, I always respected the love he had for grandma.  Even while in the hospital one of the last times I saw him, grandma asked him what he wanted, and he quite simply answered "you".  Above all else, their love is truly an inspiration.

Seymour Burrell
This week has been a week of mourning but, at the same time, it's impossible to think of him without smiling.  Sitting with my husband's family and talking about him has left us laughing out loud at the memories and I can't think of a better way to honor his life and spirit.

Our pain is in the measure of our blessing.  What we have lost 
is a reflection of how we have loved.  They return to us, our
beloved, in flashes of memory, in moments of sweet, anguished
recollection.  We remember the smile and grieve that it is gone.
We will never again touch the hand that guided us, or sought 
us out.  Still, would we wish never to have known that hand, 
never to have seen that smile?  God has given.  God has taken 
away.  Our pain is the measure of our blessing.
- Rabbi David Wolpe

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Daily Craft - Yarnbombing FTW!

Somebody on Ravelry posted a link to this today and it was just too good not to share.  Not sure if any of you are familiar with the concept of "yarn bombing".  It's essentially a crafty twist on graffiti and street art.  Instead of the medium being paint or chalk, yarn bombing involves wrapping knit pieces onto public items - trees, railings, benches, statues etc. 

Of everything I've seen so far though, this Olympic themed yarn bombing that's just popped up in the U.K. really takes the gold medal!  This piece is 150 ft long and represents the various Olympic sports, each with their own knit athlete.  The sheer detail that has gone into this is quite incredible, and even more amazing is that it was left there anonymously!  I know it takes me a couple of weeks to find the time to finish up a 5ft scarf, so either this was one incredibly talented and dedicated individual, or there is some kind of knitter conspiracy that I would love to know about! 

I highly recommend checking out the full article for more detailed photographs.  I hope they find a way to preserve this so it can be enjoyed by many for years after the London Olympics have come and gone.

Courtesy of

Monday, March 5, 2012

Daily Ramblings - So neglectful!

I really do feel like I've been horribly neglectful of my blog readers recently.  2012 has proven to be positive in many ways, but it certainly hasn't given me an over-abundance of time.  It's times like these that I'm glad I decided not to set myself a ton of new year resolutions - I blinked and it's March, and I've done a lot but strangely feel like I've not accomplished enough!

A quick rundown of the highlights from last week.  I finally started posting some new jewelry items in my shop.  For example, I found these donut beads a while back and immediately knew I wanted to present them with cord.  I really like how they turned out, and each bead is so unique!  I also changed the backgrounds for my jewelry photography.  The plain white wasn't highlighting the pieces in the way I wanted to show them, so found a really cool pack of metallic scrapbooking papers to use instead.  I also got another order of beads and findings from, which I hope to start working with soon.  I see stitch markers being available some time in the future.

I missed Foto Friday again, but I've still been keeping up with my photography project. Here's a couple of my personal favorites from last week.

Nuns & Penguins on 365 Project
From the brilliant (if not slightly deranged) mind of my co-worker, Randy. 
He makes amazing rock sculptures, which I just had to photograph and share!
Memories on 365 Project
A photo from a poetry book I had at my parents' house. 
I think the illustrations are beautiful and hope to pass this down to my own kids some day.

Then, this weekend, I did an engagement photo shoot for some friends of mine - Marcy & Kent. Marcy rides horses, so we decided to go with a horse themed shoot, and spent the afternoon at Sullivan Canyon - one of L.A.'s little secret spots with beautiful trails to walk and check out the houses of the rich and (potentially) famous.  Then it was off to Santa Monica to catch the last few minutes of sunlight before the sun set on the horizon. We were lucky to have such a beautiful SoCal day. If anything, there may have been a little TOO much sun on occasion, if that's even possible! You can check out the entire set of photos here.

I have so many things that I want to get started on, and I'll find the time at some point (I hope). How has your 2012 been so far? Don't forget to take time to breathe!