business, grandparent, retirement

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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Color Theory and Design

Color theory is used to emit a feeling or create a mood.  It might be in a painting, a room, a flower arrangement, you name it. Here are the main color theories:

Complementary – Colors used that are across from each other on the color wheel

Analogous –  Colors used that are next to each other on the color wheel

Monochromatic – Use of one color and all of its light and dark shades.

And there are many more. But these are the ones that I primarily stick with. So, which color theme did I use on my bandanna design? If you guessed analogous you are CORRECT!  I sort of threw in the mint green too. However, I primarily used purple, pink, and red, colors that are next to each other in the wheel. An analogous theme offers a feeling of serenity and calming.  The colors work well together because they all have elements of the same primary color, with this design it was red.

Color theory is really a lot of fun to play with when painting, coloring or even when you are decorating a room in  your home. I pulled up the image from this great website if you would like to study further.

Now to continue on with the designing and placement of the elements in the LOVE bandanna. There are six fundamental principles of design. They are:

  1. Balance
  2. Proximity
  3. Alignment
  4. Repetition
  5. Contrast
  6. Space. 

As with color, design principles can be touched on the surface one element at a time or go into great depths of each element. I first remember learning balance when I was learning to decorate cakes with my mom many eons ago. The instructor drilled into us how pleasing a triangular design was to the eye and utilizing an odd number of elements (or flowers as it was for decorating) would be a big help to any young designer. As I found later in college, triangular flow of elements with odd number of objects or focal points WAS a good rule of thumb.

So…..let’s go back to the bandanna.  What do you see?  The large heart and Love is the focal point of the design. That gives us TWO elements.  Then we count the hearts around the edges and we have FOUR more elements…..HMMMMMMM well I was a bad designer on this one wasn’t I.  I have 4+2=6; an equal number of elements. So where would you put another little candy heart to make this design more appealing?

I hope you have learned something about color and design with this article.  Keep learning and growing-no matter your age!

To continue more detailed understanding of design visit V6 designing

 

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Fabric, Fabric, Fabric

How many of you get near all of the colorful fabrics in your nearest Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or other craft store and can’t resist touching and imagining what you can create with each fabric???? Yep…..that’s me!  I have been sewing since I was twelve years old, quilting and sewing my own cloths for school because we didn’t have a lot of money.  Today, after retirement, my sewing and embroidery desire has reemerged. I find my mind keeps churning and designing new things for all the children and grandchildren.  The reading pillows have been a big hit since Christmas and I thought I should create a few designs and pillows to share with you.

Pictured above are just a couple of the fabrics I picked up yesterday at Walmart.  I know there are so many different designs of fabric out there.  But I am also conscious of cost and wear ability of anything I am making. This week I will be working on designs and patterns to share with you for your projects.  Visit next week or sign up for notices when there is a new post.

Happy Sewing!

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Crocheting Fingers

Well it was one of those weekends! It was the anniversary of my mom’s passing – 12 years and I was missing her.  So….what do I do to get out of my funk?  Crochet of course!

Really, it was something that kept my fingers moving, accomplish something that my daughter needed, and also allowed a little meditation time.  Don’t you need that too once in a while – Of course you do.

So…….my daughter has been talking about a messy bun hat for a year and hasn’t  had time to make one with her new little one.  I jumped on Pinterest and found some great free patterns.  The first one I did was pretty simple.  What I like the most of this was that it had a fold over brim.  I also found this site that many of you might enjoy! Its Naztzia.  The creator offers free patterns in knitting and crochet.  Here is the link to the pattern I used for my first hat. http://naztazia.com/patterns/crochet/accessories/hats/crochet-messy-bun-hat.html

The second hat I did in a variegated yarn and it did not require a pony tail elastic as the first one did. This one I found at Yarn Ballin It was named Katniss Messy Bun Hat Pattern.  The site requires that you enroll with your email.  The pattern is free and very easy to follow.

Both hats took me an evening each and they were not difficult to complete. My daughter gets one and another lucky girl will get the other to get through our Michigan winter. Have you created bun hats or pony tail hats?  Share them with us.

 

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Goal setting for 2018 together!

Yep….goals are important to me and they should be for you.  No matter, if you are 18 or 80 you shouldn’t stop making goals. The reason for those goals are personal to each of us and important to making a difference in our lives and being part of advancing quality of life for ourselves and those around us.

We all have set goals using the SMART method and probably many other formats.  This year I decided to do something a little different. Hopefully, you are going to join me in this journey as we work together with the HARD method for goal setting and accomplishing in 2018. Visit Forbes article for more information. The article looks at goals on a professional career oriented level. If you are in your golden years that isn’t that important.  But, your life goals are very important.  How do you spend your days, motivate yourself, leave your legacy?  Yes, this goal setting is for you on a personal level.

For 2018 I am going to set my goals for both personal and professional. I just celebrated my 57th birthday and have so much to do. Don’t you feel the same way? Of course you do! You want to make a difference in your family’s lives, in your spiritual life, and in your professional or personal life.  But, if you don’t set goals you will be getting up each morning saying “What is on my to do list today? Do I have a purpose?” That is not life…..that is EXISTING!

So, join with me in setting your goals for 2018 using the HARD method as outlined in the Forbes article. Don’t overdo things.  Just set a couple goals for the personal, professional, spiritual, and/or the legacy side of your life this year. You may have other area.  Forbes article included the following in their article that will be very helpful as we move forward in developing and writing our plans out:

Question #1: Animated. “Think about where you want your career to be, and describe to me exactly what you’re doing (what kind of work you’re doing, who you’re working with, what your days look like, etc.) one year, three years, and five years from now.”

Question #2: Heartfelt. “Describe at least three reasons why you want this goal (note: the reasons can be intrinsic, personal, and/or extrinsic).”

Question #3: Difficult. “What are the three to five most important skills you’ll need to develop to achieve this goal? How will you develop those skills?”

Question #4: Required. “What do you need to have accomplished by the end of the next six months to keep on track toward achieving this goal? What about by the end of the next 90 days? The next 30 days? What’s one thing you can accomplish today?” (M. Murphy, 2017, Forbes)

You will immediately see that the HARD questions have been listed out of order.  There is a reason…..

Let’s get to work together today.  Get that planner and note pad out and start planning.  Life is to short not to have a plan!

 

 

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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!

 

 

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Retiring to Be a ‘GRAM’

Yesterday was so fulfilling for me as my daughter made her first outing after delivering her first child, my first granddaughter! I was blessed to be able to watch Ava. But, as any grandparent probably know, I had to earn my priviledges through trust, changing diapers, burping, giving bottles, and just simply being there for my daughter.

Eleven months ago one of my three reasons for retiring was to hopefully be available to be a major part of my grandchild’s life. My children were raise with my mother and grandmother (Bushia) available and wanting to spend time with them. They shared our Polish heritage and taught them how to cook, crochet, a little farming and important values. You will find, if you follow me, that my children and family are the most important thing to me. My family, being there, allowed me to be active in co-founding our first business with my husband Craig (more to follow on this in a later post). Now, it is my turn to be available for my daughter and make it

11159515_10152994813359542_2480482301135098372_nmentally easier for her to continue in her career and for me to share with my grandchildren.

It is so interesting how so many memories of when my kids were babies flow back as I watch Ava grow.  All the challenges and struggles that I remember, I can share with my daughter.  But, as many of the grandparents reading this know, you have to be very careful in sharing. My daughter is a total Type A personality, not sure where she got that (chuckle). However, thankfully we have a very close, open relationship.

Kara will be returning to work after the first of the year.  I have offered to be available to watch our little one a couple days a week and be there when she is sick or needs more time. One challenge for me has been to be there and bite my tongue at times.  It has also be a bit of a challenge to manage time with creating in the studio, completing my dissertation and wanting to be there for my daughter.  But………I would have it no other way!

So…..what advice do you have for me?  Please leave comments and share.

(Photo above is a 4-generation photo taken many years ago at a mother-daughter church banquet. In front is Bushia and my mom, who suffered from multiple-sclerosis.)