Monday, February 20, 2012

Just Because

Images of my home town can be seen in this video.
Including the football field of my high school
where my father, brother and cousin played.
While my boy won't play for NBHS, if he plays any sport,
I will ask that he carry the family tradition of wearing 51.

This poem, written and read by an alum of my high school alma mater, tells a stirring story of life in an inner city.  The poet is now the Dean of Students at New Britain High School, our alma mater, and a true testament of Hardware City grit and determination. 

In other news, I know I haven't been the most consistent blogger or social networker lately.  Just been kinda busy with real life I guess!  I'm hoping to get back into it with more consistency again ;)  I've got a few things coming up that should help that, so we'll see.  What are those things, you ask?  Well, since you are asking so nicely....  ;)

As you might have surmised from other posts that I've done in the past, I find it satisfying to use my meager talents to assist with charity work in various ways.  ForeverMorgans is my favorite charity to support, but there are a number of other organizations and charities that I donate my work to support.  As such, right now I'm working on a bracelet, or possibly two, for the 7000 Bracelets for Hope Blog Hop organized by Erin Fickert-Rowland of Elysian Studios and Christine Altmiller of One Kiss Creations.  I've participated in another 7000 Bracelets blog hop in the past, and really enjoyed creating a bracelet that was for such an important cause.  

Hop button-200x200 copy

Another cool challenge that I'm participating in is Erin Prais-Hintz's awesome Challenge of Music Blog Hop, slated for February 29th.  Music has always played an integral part in the background of my life.  It's not at all that I have any musical talent.  I'm woefully untalented as far as that's concerned.  But there is always some form of music playing itself out in my head or heart.  And as such, playing itself out loud in all parts of my life, as a necessary background.  That background, I find soothes and comforts me.  Or it can pump me up, and send me into a frenetic dance party with my children, causing all of us to laugh and finally collapse in a pile of legs, arms and panting breaths.  So when Erin offered this opportunity up, I had to jump at it.  Designing one specific piece, based on a song and how it affects us?  Yes, please!  Sounds lovely!  Now, the only problem is trying to figure out which song to use!  I've gone through a gamut of possibilities, and finally am swinging back to the song that I'd originally thought of.  Proving that the first choice is always the right choice ;)


Oh, and guess where the Love My Art Jewelry Art Bead Love Tour will be stopping?  Yep, that's right, these needy-beady hands!  Yay!  Thanks to the lovely Jen Velasquez of Jen Judd Rocks! for selecting me as the next stop on the tour.  I can't wait to see what this lovely piece looks like!  Yay!  And, of course, I'll be selecting the next hostess for the stay tuned!  I'm super excited about this :) 

 Anyway, that's enough for now....and work is calling me back to reality, and I must heed that call...Have a great week everyone!


Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Holly,
February is a busy month full of exciting challenges that a lot of us are joining in on. I have been very busy creating for these challenges, so I also have not blogged much. I check in on the blogs when I get a moment just so the reading of them does not get out of hand. I'm so looking forward to viewing everyone's creations for the up coming challenges. I just know I'm going to be blown away by yours and everyone elses.

Annette said...

It seems everyone is busy or has something going on lately. I look forward to seeing what you create for the challenges. I know they will be beautiful!

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

We'll take you when we can get you, Holly! I am so excited to know you are doing the Music challenge too! It will be a lot of fun to see what you create! Honestly, it seems like a lot of us are slowing down on the blogging- you are in great company!


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