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Silver Tray Re-purposed as Blackboard

So during this time of confinement I am working on projects to keep sane.  I want to stay busy and I am focusing on crafts, cooking and my husband.  Creating something new helps me feel accomplished.

I had a silver tray that my sister brought back from her trip to the Canary Islands. I decided to experiment with blackboard paint.  I then added “Hello” in White Vinyl cut with my handy dandy Cricut machine. I love the way it turned out! What do you think?

Original Silvery Tray

This is what the Silver Tray looked like

Silvery Tray

Second coat of blackboard paint

Silver Tray Re-purposed as Blackboard

Finished Product – Silver Tray re-purposed as a Blackboard.

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Life in 2020

We are celebrating a milestone birthday today at our house. Jim is turning 80 today.  This is the first birthday he will spend without his mother, Frances, who passed away in January at 103. There is longevity on his mother’s side and so I hope he too will continue to live a long and fruitful life by my side although in my heart I feel that this year will continue to bring lots of changes. We are living during a pandemic and it feels like our world has changed almost overnight. Some are likening it to WWII only our enemy is invisible and it hits us all, no matter the age, sex, economic background, etc. It is surreal and too horrible to wrap our heads around it. At night, we watch the news and the number of deaths keeps going up, the number of people infected keep multiplying. Only numbers…. I only get the details of the lives we lost from the Funeral Home in town via email called “tributes” . No funerals allowed. No celebrations of life can happen and so no closure….

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My beloved Italy

My heart breaks for what Italy and for what the world is going through with the Cov-19 Pandemic. It is quite surreal to watch the news and spend days locked in the house. I find myself spending more time on social media to feel some sort of connection with others. I pray that my friends and relative stay well. I look forward to the day in which we can go back to our normal lives. To all my followers, please take care of yourselves. Don’t take any chances and stay well! Much love, Lillian

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Upcoming Events

–  3/1/2020 Spring Craft Fair – Conwell-Egan Catholic School, Fairless Hills – PA – https://www.facebook.com/events/628351987725639/

–  4/4/2020 Daniel Boone Optimistic Club – Spring Craft Show – Daniel Boone Area Middle School, Weavertown Rd., Douglassville, PA 19518 – https://www.facebook.com/events/482639775741999/CANCELLED

–  5/16/2020 Artisans in the Vineyards – Nissley Vineyard – 140 Vintage Drive
Bainbridge, PA 17502 – https://www.facebook.com/events/380103719562131/

–  5/17/2020 Spring Arts Festival – Weeden Park, Lawrenceville, NJ – https://www.facebook.com/events/206494263819881/

–  6/7/2020 Turks Music Festival – West Chester, PA – https://www.facebook.com/pg/WestChesterRec/community/?ref=page_internal

–  7/11/2020  Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival, Haddonfield, NJ – https://www.facebook.com/haddonfieldartsfest/

–  9/19/2020 Pennypacker Mills Arts and Crafts Show, Schwenksville, PA – https://www.facebook.com/pg/friendsppm/events/?ref=page_internal

–  9/26/2020   53rd Annual Yardley PA Harvest Day – https://www.facebook.com/events/480460429310589/

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Getting ready for the Holiday Season

So I started working in my garage again (as you can tell from the pictures I am posting) now that summer is over. It is also a much safer place since I am using my handy dandy hot glue gun! I have made some with foam cones, paper mache’ and bottle brush trees. I used burlap, wonderfully rich fabric left over from window treatments and trim I had from previous projects. I am also using some of my vintage cups and candlesticks. I am having a blast! I hope they will prove to be successful!

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Upcoming Craft Shows

April 6, 2019 Schnecksville Spring Craft & Vendor Show, Schnecksville Fire Co

April 7, 2019 Handmade Craft Fair, Milestone Events, West Chester

April 13 &14, 2019 Easter Craft Show, Leesport Farmers Market

May 18, 2019 Church of the Holy Spirit Fair Day & Pie Festival, Harleysville

June 1, 2019 Arts & Crafts Festival Lansdale Day, Lansdale

June 8, 2019. 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Moravian Historical Society

September 21, 2019 Pennypacker Milks Craft Marketplace, Schwenksville

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My Craft Fair at Augustus Lutheran Church

A successful event, held on October 27, 2018 at Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, PA.  Here are some pictures of my inventory and display

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The Journey Begins……

I thought long and hard in order to come up with a name that captured what my new venture was all about. This is why I chose RELOVE.  Like getting to love a piece of wood that has been restored to its original beauty. Or like finding a new use for something that is no longer used, like a vintage Coca Cola crate which I converted into a spice rack. Or like a shutter that is now used as a headboard for our guest room. A window which is a piece of art because I photo transferred pictures of our trip to Tuscany.