Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kayli's Silver Skates~

Kayli is a wonderful little girl with such a sweet disposition.  She is in the center.  You can see her little button nose and rounded cheeks.  What a cutie!  She was learning to skate at the local ice rink when her Daddy caught this moment on camera.  The photo reminded me of a Norman Rockwell moment and I felt compelled and inspired.  Permission was granted, and now the cutting graces their walls.  Have fun skating, Kayli!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hanukkah~

Each year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st.  The word Hanukkah is a Hebrew word defined as dedication or consecration.

In the days of King of Syria Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the first Temple of Jerusalem was desecrated by his army.  The celebration marking the re-dedication of the second Temple of Jerusalem is known as Hanukkah.  It also commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil".  According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.

This papercutting is for a Jewish friend of my Catholic friend! 

Happy Hanukkah!  May your coming year be filled with beauty and peace.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Goats Are Great!~


Back in the day, when my daddy was just casting glances and winking at my mom, he had an older car for transportation to and from school.  He couldn't help but notice not many of the school girls looked his way as he passed by in his plain car.  Occasionally, he'd drive it to the next town to visit with his sweetie, my mom.  They would hold hands while sitting close in the front seat as they drove to the local car-hop to share a root beer float and other menu items.

Before long, daddy got a new car, and it was no ordinary car...it was a muscle car!  A 1966 GTO!  His ego was as big as the engine sounded!  He declined many pleas from the school girls for a ride in his car claiming that if his plain car was not good enough for them, then they also did not deserve to ride in his hot rod.  I'm sure he 'got their goat'!  However, as you can imagine, he honored every request by his sweetie to go for a drive...sitting close...holding hands...dreaming and planning a beautiful future together...and they did live happily ever after~

This 1970 GTO was a pleasure to cut for a friend of mine as a surprise Christmas gift for her hubby.  They have been married since shortly after high school, and after all these years, they are still completely in love!  Perhaps they will take the 'great goat' for a drive soon...sitting close...holding hands...dreaming and planning for the years to come...all the while living happily into the ever after~