Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Best News Is at the End ....

I'm still working on gourds. Here's a youtube video of some of what I did today:
(While you're over on Youtube, click "subscribe" if you'd like to subscribe to all my little crafty videos from my studio.)
Since then I've added metallic paint and 2 coats of varnish:

 I do love the swirly magic of these gourds! Who'd've thought that watercolor paints could look so good on a dried plant?

Philip and Kara gave me a gorgeous assortment of Darjeeling teas for Christmas -- my very favorite type of tea. Look at all of them!
 This morning Julia, who is a coffee lover, joined me in a cup of this, augmented with a bit of my dried herbs. It really did have a deep golden color. Delicious!
 And what did Anna and Gramm give me for Christmas, you ask? They gave me a children's book -- Anna's favorite, I think.
 On the inside cover were these sweet words:
 Yes, you've probably guessed it ...
We have a BABY COMING!!! Oh, my goodness, I am so excited. I have BEEN excited since late October, but we were sworn to secrecy. Shhhh! But now, the happy parents have announced it, and I am free to share with my friends that I am going to be a Nana!! I am joining the ranks of the most privileged of women. I cannot wait to cradle that little bundle of wonderfulness in my arms and quietly cry for happiness. (Okay, I do need to remember that it's not all about me and the baby. The baby does have parents, ahem. So much tender-loving-care will be showered on a certain daughter who is very precious and very petite and very tired from teaching school.) Anna, I love you. That's my big news, world!


  1. Yahoo! Congratulations! How exciting! I'm so happy for you!

  2. Love , love, love this news! I'm so happy for you! Congratulations Nana!

  3. Such exciting news!!! I am so happy for you ( well, I'm happy for Anna and Gramm and Adam too!) That Robert Munsch book is one I have never been able to read aloud without tearing up. It's such a sweet book.
    I love the gourds and also the idea of having a light inside one. I did go to Youtube and clicked on subscribe but honestly, I have no idea what exactly that does. I will ask one of the grands as I'm sure they will know.

  4. Congratulations to all of you!!! How exciting.

    Your gourd is pretty.

    Happy 2019 ~ FlowerLady

  5. Over the moon happy for your family. Grandchildren are the most precious and sacred gift!

  6. Congratulations, everyone! Wonderful fun ahead! The book reminded me of yesterday morning when I went to Micah's and looked around and said, "Where's Sully?" Oh no! The bathroom door was accidentally left open! I caught him just as he hit the flush knob. Something was floating in the water. I just plunged my hand in and grabbed it. (Yuck!) It was a pacifier! It now lives in the trash, of course. It was really my fault. Micah had him in his highchair to contain him while she did something and I let him out when I came in, then forgot to check the bathroom door. You have THAT to look forward to, too! LOL!

  7. Oh, Mary Kathryn!! Praise God! I'm so happy for you! When is Baby expected to arrive "outside"?

  8. Oh wow! You've brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you, well for Anna and Gramm too and for grandpoppy. That's so sweet! Congratulations to you all!

  9. Woo hoo! Feeling delighted for you. Happy days ahead in 2019.

  10. Congratulations Nana to be!!
    Oh, your hearts and home will be so blessed.
    That book is my ULTIMATE favorite book and my daughters, grandsons and nieces love for me to read it again and again, and they are grown up. 😉
    For some reason, this book brings a tear to my eye. Just love it!!

    Your gourd is gorgeous!

    Bless you♡

  11. Hello there, just visiting from Karen (Happyones) blog.

    This is so lovely to read … many congratulations.
    I just love being a Grandma :)

    All the best Jan


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