Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mary's Wish

With the rain gone for a while, at least until this afternoon when the next storm comes in, I just had to get this beautiful little tag out on the tree! A warm Thank You to Mary from Isabellas Closet for believing and participating, and for making my day with your sweet mail. May all your wishes comes true. Peace and blessings, love Bridgette

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Meeting the Crafty Chica!

While I'm usually not a "starstruck" type gal, (minus that one time at El Floradita in Hollywood when Mr. McConaughey sang Happy Birthday to me :) today was a quite an exception... On a bit of a whim I decided to head out with a friend to the CHA show in Anaheim. We were supposed to go last night, but between the lightening and hail, decided to postpone till today. I'm sooo glad we did. It was a fun show with lots of great stuff to check out, and many glorious finds, but the best part of all was seeing and then meeting in person, The Crafty Chica herself!!! As I approached her crowded booth I couldn't believe it was her. Over the years I've encountered some really talented artists who's work I admire for various reasons on all sorts of different levels. Some have become friends, and others pure inspiration for a season. It's all good. There's something a little different about Kathy Cano-Murillo. It's not just the crafting stuff, I think it's more about living that "artful life" I keep hearing so much about. And maybe because she seems to live that life with a Latina flair, it resonates with me. After all, it was she who ignited my whole Wishing Tree flame, not to mention the countless other fun and funky crafting tips I've gleaned from her blog and website. What a delightful soul to meet so warm, friendly and gracious, so down to earth. I just hope I didn't scare her too much with my blubbering non-stop chatter and questions. Sorry Ms.Chica, it was just lovely to meet you! Oh! and did I forget to mention I even got to see the original Queen of craft TV?... yes it was Carol Duvall!!! Now I haven't seen her in person since, well you know... Episode CDS-1146! I reminded her I'd been on waaaay back when, but she didn't remember, she was so sweet. Guess there's no Emmy in my future for that 12 1/2 min. but feel free to click on the link to get my step by step instructions for creating a mini gourd necklace if you'd like :)

Anyhow it was a very fun little day not to mention on my return there was a small envelope waiting for me from someone I'd never met! More about that later! Adios for now,

Love Bridgette
P.S. I think the link to the Carol Duvall show is too old... acn't seem to get it to work, so if you'd like the instructions feel free to email me, sorry bout that.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thanks to the Three Kings

Right before Christmas I wanted so much to write a post…a post about Christmas, about the fun, the family, the friends and the great food shared during this very special season. I was bummed because Christmas came and went and I never really finished the post I had started. A few nights ago at mass, I was reminded that the Christmas season really continues up until Jan. 6th for the arrival of the three kings. Thank goodness for those three guys or this post may have gone the way of my many other “drafts.” Therefore feeling like I still had time, I thought I’d go ahead and write a little something of Christmas. Really, of my Christmas Tree…

My very first Christmas tree after I got married was not a tree at all, it was an Aloe Vera plant. I know it’s weird, but we didn’t have a lot of money and my husband was allergic to live trees. We had planned to get a really nice “fake” one after Christmas. Anyhow, we’d only been married four months and one of the things my Grandma made sure I had “packed” when I left the Valley was a good sized terra cotta potted Aloe plant. There are a number of reasons it just had to make the trek with us, mostly surrounding it’s powerful healing capabilities, and sharp thorns able to deter any would be burglar from hopping over my apartment balcony, but really it was just one of those things I did because she told me to. We brought it in, draped a few strands of red beads I’d bought at Pier One and dangled the three or four “ornaments” I found around the apartment. It was actually pretty cute.

What ever happened to that aloe plant? Well it traveled with us to each new place we moved and eventually got transplanted in the ground out in the backyard under the fig tree. Yes, right under what it now my “Wishing tree, a Christmas tree of sorts. I think there is something special about what lies beneath that tree and the healing powers of that plant I believe to be so deeply rooted in its soil.

I’m not sure how but I know it was no mistake that these two pieces of nature have collided here in my yard. There are many baby aloes that have volunteered surrounding the base of nearly the entire tree. I’ve kept a little square freed of the volunteers directly beneath it, as well as the path that leads up to it, but to its left the ground is completely covered with them. So as a little homage to that first Christmas, tree and to our Wishing Tree of today as well, I decided to decorate a few it’s “branches” again with some of those same red beads I used that first Christmas so long ago.

As we enter this New Year…I invite any of you out there who might have something they would like us pray or wish for, to feel free to send me something to hang in our tree. It can be anything, a tag, a little ornament, a ribbon, or banner. I guess really anything you’d like. Just keep in mind that it will be out in the weather and will be open to the elements. I have a few wishes that have been laminated that are doing fine and lots of other little things that are weathering nicely as well. I’m not sure why I’m so taken with this tree thing, but I think there’s a reason, so I’m doing it and I invite any of you out there who’d like to be a part of it to do so to. I know it’s kind of crazy, but it’s a good crazy I think.
And just as what lies beneath our feet can be holy and healing so can that which we choose to let dangle in the wind, like the ancient Tibetan prayer flags. While I can make no promises and hope you won’t yourself expect too much from me or my tree, what I can offer is this small space where many thoughts can come together for the power of good. I guess it’s that simple. It’s probably not for everyone but if you’re reading this hopefully it speaks to you. Just email me and let me know you have something and I’ll email you back with the address and a photo of what your special addition looks like in our tree. I’ll try to do better with posting to keep up on its overall progress as well. Here’s a few pics of what it looks like now in winter. So much sparser without its giant velvety leaves, but I still think
it's cool.