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  1. Be an Angel Today

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    angel wings todayToday – 22nd August – is Be an Angel Day.  It popped up on my email and I decided to find out a bit more. This day was established by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993 – she hoped to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need.  That is a great purpose to have but do we really need to have a special day dedicated to it?

    The short answer could be ‘no!’  Is it an act of kindness when we have to tell people to do it – or does that make it a chore?  And people are on the whole good and do kind deeds all the time don’t they?  Or are we rushing about and just don’t think?

    On balance I would say ‘yes’ we should have a Be an Angel Day.  We are all so busy that we rarely stop to understand what small pieces of kindness can mean to people.  Taking the time to smile and say hello – it might brighten the day of a lonely person.  Sending a quick note (or text!) to your partner – an unexpected thank you can make them feel so good!  Popping by to say hello to Mum and Dad, putting the bins out for your elderly neighbour when you do your own, ringing a friend who is having a tough time.

    Whether it is small things or slightly more time consuming things like volunteering in the community or doing friends a favour, they all have a feel good factor for you and the person you are helping – that’s a win – win in my book!  And I think that every act of kindness is like sending a snowball down a hill – it gets bigger as it goes and gathers a bit of speed.  Every kind act leaves a memory that is never lost and helps to brighten our day.

    My first act of kindness today is to make hubby his first coffee of the day – he usually makes mine!

    enjoy being an angel

     Say 'thank you' for being you with a Tales from the Earth silver charm – all with their own little story.

    Guardian Angel    Guardian Heart     Thank You        Lucky Star  

  2. Thursday Tip - it's all about brooches!

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    Creative Tips from Lovely Lane - It's all about the Brooches

    How many of you have a box with jewellery and momentoes from the past?  I had (still have!) a lot of brooches - some were my Mums, some were my Grannys. I am unlikely to wear them but they are keepsakes from good times and memories of things that mattered.  

    brooches cut out from lovely lane

    So why not try this - get a box frame (I chose black but you can always get a pine one and paint it whatever colour suits).  Stick a little bit of padding on the inside of the back of the frame and then cover it in a piece of black material (I had a left over piece of black velvet from another project that worked really well).  Arrange the brooches  - artistically of course - and fit it all back in the frame.  I tidied up the back of the frame by covering it in masking tape.

    Now you have a wall decoration that is full of memories!  Also a nice thing to do for someone to help them reminisce about the times when they wore them. 

    This can always be adapted for other things - get the kids to collect some items from the beach or a special event or visit and then make a memory picture for their room.  With our summer weather there will be some rainy afternoons to fill in the holidays!

    It's also a good way of creating a cost effective gift.  We all appreciate a gift that has that the personal touch.

  3. What's Your Thoughts on Father's Day?

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    What are your thoughts on Fathers Day?  I don’t need to do much these days – the kids have grown and hubby says its not down to me (he is not my father!) and my own Dad has not been with us for some years.  But I do have some opinions – or at least some thoughts to chew over. 

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    The invention of Father’s Day

    Fathers Day is a relevantly new invention – a lady called Mrs Dodds of Spokane, Washington, USA campaigned for a Father’s Day to complement Mother’s Day.  Her mother had died in childbirth and her father was a single parent for 6 children.  She wanted to honour him and the good job he made of raising all those kids.  She succeeded and from 1910 Father’s Day was celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June in the USA (and has ever since – although it wasn’t until Richard Nixon signed a congressional resolution in 1972 that it was officially recognised.  Mrs Dodds, thankfully, was still around to see that happen, although in her nineties.  The UK, as did other countries, followed on and it gathered pace until we reached the commercialisation we have today.  Here’s a few more facts for interest!

    Too commercial or what?

    Did I sound cynical about commercialisation?  I have no problem with the concept of gift buying and giving but I do like it to be in keeping (and within budget!) of what the giver is trying to say and the sentiment and memories they want to evoke.  I still have the small white vase with a blue flower on it that was my eldest son’s first effort at choosing, buying and wrapping all by himself – I think he was about 8 and only aspired to the pound shop in those days!  Later gifts may have increased in value but the most important thing is the memories they trigger – which is why I believe there should be no pressure to spend vast amounts of money – it’s the meaning behind a gift that is the most important.

    But let’s get back to this dedicated day for Dad’s

    There is a down side – some fathers may have limited or no access to their children, some may have lost children through illness, some children will have grown up and be getting on with their own lives without a backward glance (not necessarily deliberate!).  Those Dads may be looking round at happy families on Sunday with a bit of sadness.  For some children (and adults) it may bring back memories of fathers who were less than perfect or remind them of lovely Dads they are no longer able to chat to or tell how much they love them.

    But I say YES! to Father’s Days

    In the busy days we lead it is easy to take Dad’s for granted and not tell them or remind them what they mean to us.  So I would say YES! to Father’s Day and make sure you take time out to call, email, tweet, text or skype your Dad – lets face it there are lots of ways to communicate these days!  Even better call round and see him if you can.  So lets keep the sentiment that Mrs Dodds was promoting – we have some lovely Dads out there and they need to know it!  And don’t forget – you can always tell them more than once a year!

    Good Morning Britain are trying to get everyone involved in Father’s Day this week by asking for 3 words that describe your Dad.  Why don’t you join in – here’s mine! tesd4614

    My Dad – like most people’s – got some things wrong but most things right and he left me with some lovely memories.  The longest journey we had on our own was when he took me and my possessions to Plymouth (from Scotland) when I left home.  We had a great few days together and I only appreciate (now that I have made similar trips with my own children) how difficult saying goodbye must have been.  We don’t notice that in the excitement of new adventures!  However, if he was here today he would probably tell you a story about me from when I was 5.  He stopped the car so I could climb the fence into a field for a call of nature.  I took a while so he came looking for me and there I was making a daisy chain with no thought of getting back to the car any time soon.  He wasn’t too pleased but the story took a different tone after a while and was still being told when I was 40!  Memories are wonderful things!

    So what will we be doing this Father’s Day?

    grumpzOn Sunday, hubby will talk to all of our children – but we are lucky and probably talk to them most weekends anyway, even though they are scattered around a bit.  We will be having afternoon tea (a bit of a tradition in our family – we’ve logged a few happy memories with that one) with one daughter and two grandchildren.  The grandchildren will bring their own Dad along clutching the homemade cards and the useful (or not so useful!) gifts that have been made and chosen with loving care just to show how much they love their Dad.  And there might be a couple of things for Grandad too!


    Happy Fathers Day Everyone


  4. Who taught you to knit?

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    Who taught you to knit? 

    For me it was my Great Granny. 

    Granny Gibb 2

    She was born in 1883, was 70 when I was born and died at the grand old age of 98.  She always looked the same to me – a very old lady with grey permed hair.  70 year olds don’t look like that these days!  When I was little I would visit her and sleep in the same big double bed and she would tell me wonderful stories of when she was a girl – oh how I wish I had listened a bit more closely!  Having such clear memories of someone who was born not just in the last century but the one before is great (even though it singles me out as being a bit ancient too!) and I can pass some of those stories on to my grandchildren.

    Two things came together to remind me of her today.  One is Mothering Sunday.  Granny Gibb was one of 13 children and was born in a mining village in Scotland.  She went into service at the age of 12 – not unusual then - working for a local Laird in the ‘Big’ house.  The tradition of Mothering Sunday has its roots in a time when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mother and other family servants – it was often the only time that whole families could gather together.  For children and young people who were ‘in service’ it was a day when they could visit their families.  The children would pick wild flowers on the way to place in church or give to their mothers – this later evolved into the tradition of Mothering Sunday and giving gifts to mothers.

    Granny Gibb used to talk about this and going home with her sister Agnes (“oor Ag”) who was a year older.  If they were lucky they got a lift in a horse and cart or they had to walk the several miles to their Mother’s house.

    The other thing that reminded me of her today was the title of this article – Where is Granny when you need her? In the latest issue of Knitty.  Granny Gibb came to mind as she taught me to knit – I knitted a garter stitch scarf when I was 5 and progressed to a round cushion by the time I was 6 – all knitted from odd pieces of leftover wool.  Multi coloured garments were always fashionable when re-cycling was involved!  I then read the article and found out it was about crocheting – something I never quite mastered beyond straightforward squares!

    But what I did think is that skills that you learn when you are young never leave you.  At different times of my life I didn’t knit, either because I didn’t have time or because it wasn’t ‘cool’ but I could always do it and came back to it often.  It can give you many things, satisfaction from being creative, a sense of well-being (you lose a lot of problems when you are concentrating on an intricate piece of knitting!).  It can be very social (all those knitting circles!) and what’s better than making a baby shawl that turns into an heirloom.

    Knitting reminds me of Granny Gibb and isn’t it great that someone born in 1883 is still remembered so clearly and has created lovely memories that I talk about to my children and grandchildren.

    Click on the links to read more.

    Have a great day

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