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Remembering Our “MOMS”

As Mother’s Day approaches I find myself taking pause and remembering my mom and all that she meant to me during her short life of 62 years. Not only was she my mom but, she was also my best friend.  She was the one that I never wanted to be like but find myself repeating her words to my friends and family. She was a pillar of strength to all that knew her. Her grandchildren have wonderful memories of their ‘gram’. I only hope that I can do the same for my children and grandchildren.

As part of planning for Mother’s Day I’ve created some great shirts for our moms and grandmas. For those of you who have your own vinyl cutters I will include a paragraph at the end giving you the fonts I used as well as the size of the designs to help you make your own gifts.

Now, start making a plan of celebrating your mom, adopted mom or even grandma for this year.

Here are a few shirts that I’ve created for some special grandmas with their own personalized names. Some shirts offer the words “Est. 2015” but I preferred not to include that on my shirts.  However, it can be an option.

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For those crafters, here is another option:

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(I didn’t say it was going to be easy! Create this in WORD or one of the special softwares$$)

Crafter’s Details


FONT USED FOR SHIRTS

– Cooper Black for “MIMI” or “MOM”

– Linotype Notec Pro Regular for the children’s names

IMAGE SIZE

–  11.5″ X 2.75″ (this is approximate size and may differ a bit for size of shirt and name being used.

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Returning to Life with New View

It is a beautiful spring day in Michigan and I am so happy to be back to enjoying life and creating in my studio. I have been unable to even get to my studio for  four months. In October I twisted my knee which led to falling and really hurting things. What proceeded from that point was my knee became septic with infection (MRSA), finding out I also fractured my shoulder and my knee required surgery.  After two weeks in the hospital and over a month in a rehab facility I returned home in a wheel chair to regain strength.

The most difficult part of everything was missing my second granddaughter’s birth, unable to prepare for Christmas and being the matriarch of giving joy and celebration of the holidays to my family.  I also wasn’t able to help my son after he had back surgery or care for his new daughter in a way that I did for my daughter’s little one.

This period of my life has given me a new prospective of being retired, family, starting a new business, and what is REALLY important to me.  It reminded me that God answers prayers in many different ways and we may never understand why. Things happen for a reason. In the process, I realized I don’t need to have the PhD behind my name and family was more important than dedicating so much time to that en-devour. My love and bond with my husband also became so much stronger. He never left my side when I was in the hospital and cared for me in ways that I never believed he would.  Just talking about all of this has tears running!

I am sharing this with you so that you take a step back and think about where you are today.  Many of you are beginning to enter your fifty’s and are beginning to think about life very differently I am sure.  What legacy will you leave for your family? Is it that you have a PhD?  Is it that you taught your grandchildren how to crochet or play the piano? These were some of the questions that I now have clarity with.

My life has been blessed and I am back to bring creativity to everyone – one day at a time – with love and affection.

Come along with me for this wonderful ride called LIFE…….

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Celebrating America’s Birthday

It has been a while since we have posted in our blog. But, the studio has been quite busy! Our feature photo promotes the heat press shirts that were completed for the 4th of July holiday.  Yes, of course, I had to do one for my grand daughter……lol…….and excitedly, my son and girlfriend are expecting in December. Needless to say, this momma bear had to made something special for the new addition to our family.  I ended up making two designs for expecting mommas and gave one to my nephew’s wife.  It is such a wonderful time for this retired grandma for sure.

How many of you have grand children that are reading this post?  I never thought I would be so impacted by the arrival of a grand child.  But, they melt your heart.  The feel of their little hands in yours, their arms reaching out to you, or burying their heads in your chest……need I say more?  This is the best time of my life right now and I am trying to absorb as much as I can.

For those that follow this that would like the designs please email me at eighthavenuedesign@gmail.com and I will give you access to the designs for the three shirts.

Happy 4th of July!

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Creating with Chalk Markers

I have been able to learn a new medium while being part of my grand daughters growth and part of the photos.  I have be assigned the responsibility of creating her monthly boards that are included with her monthly photos.  I started out using dry chalk markers and just this week purchased a set of chalk markers by VersaMarker with a finer tip.  I have to tell you – I LOVED them!  The color is richer when they dry and I was able to get more detail.  You should try this.

I have been so thankful that my daughter has wanted me to be such a part of their lives as our first grand-baby arrived. I remember I was so thankful for my mother and she was a big part of my daughter’s life.  All I can hope is that my grandchildren want me to be around and allow me to teach them fun things.

Here are a few of the boards! It was fun to change with the holidays and seasons. The top three are with the dry chalk markers and the bottom two photos are with the liquid chalk markers. Love Love Love

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The Little Joys

This week was a bit challenging as my daughter was reorged out of her position after 12 years at a large international corporation. For the second time this year the company has eliminated hundreds of jobs in the name of reorganization while their job postings continue to increase.  Hiring new lower paying employees you ask?  What do you think?  I have owned a number of manufacturing companies and watched the equity firms come in, buy up thriving companies, only to close them because they aren’t profitable “enough” for their stockholders.

But, then I hold my granddaughter and think “SO WHAT!” We all have our health and families close to us.  My husband and I came out better on the other side of our diversities and my daughter and her husband will too.  She will get to spend some valuable time with her sweet little girl and research what she wants to do with this next stage of her adult life.

What diversities have you gone through? Have you had change in careers?  I think we all have a couple times.  Where our parents often worked for a company for 30-40 years, now our kids are being told to expect 4-6 job changes in their life time.  Thinking about everything with the half full mentality…..lives sure don’t get boring do they!

So……this week I am holding my little Ava a little closer and giving more hugs to my daughter……you do the same.

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Join 2018’s Planning & Activities

Today is the start of 2018’s journey of life, retirement, business development, and most importantly being a gram! Take this journey with me and share as I share with you how my life as an administrator in higher education evolves.  Share the joys and struggles of being on the back end of 50, having an aging parent, and wanting to be all my mother was and more as a grandmother.

Part of this journey will also include trying hard to develop a home-based business, complete my PhD, and being a mother, wife and grandmother. And…also important is the passion of allow art and design a major part of this journey. Yes……….we have a lot of work to do this year don’t we?

Well…….let’s get started today…..before the NEW YEAR!

I included the picture of me standing on a Florida gulf beach so we can close our eyes, feel the waves moving back and forth and our toes being covered by sand. Demonstrating that if we do not keep moving we will be covered up and stuck in the sand of life.  We don’t have time to waste this gift of life given to us.

So….for our first step of filling in our planners for 2018. Let’s make a list of what is important to us…..everything…..big and little!  Include vacations, birthdays….anything and everything you deem as important for your year to be a success.

Visit back here on New Year’s Day to get your next instructions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!