Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Blue Roses

Blue Roses

Why do I always have to be the one that starts to do laundry and there's no

detergent? Well, I guess it was time for me to do my store run, which

included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags and Clorox. So off I go.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies, and headed for the

checkout counter only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man that

appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently

waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his

hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over


It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged, and also startled as he

turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His

eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy,

what's your name?"

"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.

"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name

is Hal."

"Hal, like Halloween?" he asked.

"Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny?"

"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from

the next aisle. "You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let

the man pass by."

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes

about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with

excitement because he was the center of someone's attention. He then

abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the

time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look

at him, much less talk to him. I told her that it was my pleasure and then

I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the

prompting of the Holy Spirit.

I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow and pink roses in God's

garden, however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for

their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if

someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that

rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who

are you?"

Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion but I sure love

living in God's garden."

Please the next time you see a BLUE ROSE don't turn your head and walk off,

take the time to smile and say Hello. Because by the grace of GOD this

mother could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew.

What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.
From an old dandelion.
(Author unknown)


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Ribbon Kit creations!

Being a part of things at Savvy n Sassy is a lot of fun.

Even more fun is creating with the awesome Ribbon Kits that Rhea, the SNS store co-owner puts together!

The Sept Kit is called "Trees of Color. " You will LOVE this kit! It has OODLES of pretty trim, organza and grosgrain in it! The creams and browns are SO useful for animal, pet and scenery photos, autumn scenes, weddings and anything where you'd like a calm, classy ribbon embellishment to accent your beautiful photos.

SNS September Kit: "Trees of Color"

Link is right here!  

Here are my creations with the beautiful September 2010 SNS Ribbon Kit:

1. Llamas~

All ribbon is from the September 2010 Ribbon Kit: Savvy 'n Sassy store

Closeup of beadwork, brown grosgrain ribbon and mini pom-pom trim

 Crocheted flowers- Savvy n Sassy store 
Trim and cream dotted  organza ribbon- Sept 2010 Savvy n Sassy Ribbon Kit

2. Duncan: Captivating Shetland pony~

"Duncan: Captivating Shetland Pony"
Close-up of floral cluster. Brown dotted organza used as a "leaves"
 SNS Sept Ribbon Kit
Closeup of cream grosgrain used in a linear fashion
Brown dotted organza used as a floral burst on right side of LO

Journaling on layout (font: Century Gothic) ~  

Here is Duncan in his spiffy purple winter coat, all ready for the winter weather.
Duncan always looked huggable. I took photos of him when we visited Oakley (our pony and one of his paddock-buddies.)
Duncan’s forelock was so long it was braided, keeping it out of his eyes so he could see a wee bit better.
I love these photos!
Who wouldn’t want to take Duncan home!?
He was a Shetland pony “treasure!”
Pics: Rohan Wood Stables
Aylesford, NS
Fall 2009

(RIP,  Duncan sweetie.)

3. Mama Miniature~
Journaling: closeup; font: Tabitha
Dotted cream grosgrain beneath title

 Mama miniature: dotted cream organza; brown mini pom-pom trim, plain cream grosgrain, dotted cream grosgrain all used on this layout are from SNS September Ribbon Kit

Dotted cream organza made into a bow~ SNS Sept Ribbon Kit

~Journaling reads~
The “Mama” miniature horse in the paddock @ the Zoo was never far away from her babies. They were so chubby & fuzzy. One foal was particularly sleepy: every time we visited the Zoo that Spring, he was lying down, napping!

The horse made of wood was a gift to Kate from Grandma & Grandpa, created for her 16th birthday, in Oakley’s likeness. It’s a trinket box they had made especially for her. :o)

Photos: Spring 2010
Oaklawn Farm Zoo, Aylesford, NS

Thanks for visiting today, everyone, I hope you liked these new creations! I had so much fun creating them!

~ Ali