Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Such a long time

Wow I cannot believe it has been a month since my last post. It seems like so much has happened and changed. Right around my last post we were headed for Florida and South Carolina for a much needed vacation and family event. Unfortunately Hurricane Sandy hit home while we were away and family tragedy struck just before the family gathering so it was more of a stressful event than relaxing as thought. We wound up with family gathering for a loss rather than a birthday celebration. When we finally arrived home a week later there was much to clean up and although our house and small development was spared any major damage or flooding the areas around us were not. Family and friends lost homes and belongings. I remember my first drive through one area heading to a friends house it was such a shock. all the debri around and the garbage piled high on the sides of the roads. not a pretty site. Many areas were without gas and electric for such a long time and some still do not have it. It was nothing fun to come home to. 
Things now are returning to what they call a "new normal" I guess it is about as normal as it will be for quite awhile. It is so hard seeing places we grew up in completely destroyed. I felt so guilty being away during the worst of it and then again with being one of the lucky ones when we returned. Most time since has been focused on clean up and trying to help where possible so no time for crafting. In fact I did not even walk into my craft room till last week. It was in the same messy state I left it before vacation. But with my darling husbands birthday fast approaching and an idea for a gift in my head my daughter and I had some work to get done. So into the craft room it was to brew up this villians themed hat made of paper. My husband loves Disney villians and while away saw some beautiful hats on display so we decided we would make him our own version for his birthday. Here is how it turned out. 

 the frame of the hat is entirely paper. It is then coated and layered with photocopies of various villians and layers of paint, crackle, gloss, Gaffer tape, sprays, inks, glitters and such.

My daughter and I had alot of fun making it and are really pleased with the result. My husband loved it. It felt so good to do a little crafting again.

Well now I gotta run, More to do around here but I will be back soon I promise....

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day. Angela


sam21ski said...

Wow Angela, what a moving post, I really don't know what to say.

I'm pleased that your property and belongings stayed safe whilst you were away but I'm sorry to hear that you had such a hard time too!!

Great to see you creating again and making such a wonderful project, hope things work out for you all.

Sam xxx

butterfly said...

So sad to hear of your troubled times... and I do hope things will settle down now, and give you some respite.

The hat looks just wonderful - great to see you having such fun playing - probably exactly what you needed...
Alison x

Neil said...

Hi Angela, sorry to hear that you've had a sorrowful time recently. I hope and trust that you will find things getting easier for you soon. I'm glad to hear you had time to create again, it must have been fun for you to create!

Meggymay said...

So pleased that you are finding time to craft again. That is one awesome Hat.
Take care Yvonne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Hi Angela what a difficult time you have had and many feelings to deal with. I am sorry it's been so hard, but lovely to see you in bogland and creating a fabulous project with your daughter. I hope things start to ease and get better soon.
Take care of yourselves.
Hugs Brenda xxx

die amelie said...

I am so sorry for the hard times you have been going through, Angela!
Seeing that awesome hat is more than just a present - it is a tiny step back towards normal life, isn't it? Wishing you all the best!

Claudia x

sandee said...

I didn't know that you were in the area affected by Sandy, I have a friend up there that I sent a care package to, in the hopes of cheering her up. It's hard to deal with. I'm from Florida so I know what you are going through. Love the hat, it's very villianous! lol But very cool indeed!waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

mandysea said...

That hat is such a bright happy note after what you and yours have been through... and am amazed at the tenacity of how people can pick themselves up, dust off and just find that new normal and keep is extraordinary.
so glad you found that scrapping time because what a result!

Alexa said...

What a great project - love to see a photo of your hubbie wearing it!!