In my opinion, that is one AWESOME, long life.
There is so much one could say about this woman,
she was a force to be reckoned with and never
took "NO" for an answer, ever.
She wasn't the kind of grandma you would
cuddle up with and read stories or bake cookies,
but that is OK.
I learned many other things from
watching her live her life.
Like follow your passions.
And NEVER, EVER let a disease define you.
My Grandma suffered from
Parkinsons Disease for several years.
For as long as I have memories of her, I
remember her head and hands shaking.
But despite that she made a second
career out of fashioning stained glass
and traveled all over the United States
winning awards for her work.
|This is my piece from Grandma...inspired by a 1920's Vogue Cover|
My Grandmother created art
up until the last few months of her
life. She traded in the stained glass several years
ago for paper, paint and beautiful mosaics.
A few years ago, she was featured in our
hometown newspaper...to be inspired, click HERE.
|She loved these elegant lady profiles and BIG HATS!|
James, Sophia and I drove to Nebraska for
her funeral the weekend of Oct 22nd.
I was honored to read at her memorial service.
It was also the first time I had seen the
stained glass windows she created and donated
to her church when they remolded several years ago.
|The two windows in front here were made by my Grandma - I wish I had a better picture!!|
When we got home, Sophia and I made
Stained Glass Cookies
for tea this week in her honor.
We talked about the beauty of colors
and light and how each person can see
the world in a different way.
And that is a very good thing.
|Excuse the cookie imperfections...I am a cookie newbie!!!|
I used a new sugar cookie recipe that
I LOVED - it held it's shape so great and hardly spread.
Now, I am sure you can tell on your own,
I AM NOT A COOKIE EXPERT!
I am a CUPCAKE & TEA PARTY person.
I really would love to learn sugar cookies and
royal icing better, but I will just have to leave it up
to my friends like Lisa, Hani, Callye, Meaghan
However, I really like how these
turned out. I used a cookie recipe I found HERE.
To make the stained glass effect, I crushed
up jolly ranchers and placing the cookies
to bake on a greased foil lined baking sheet
I let them bake for about 4 minutes. I then placed the
crushed candy into the cut out area and baked
for 3-4 more minutes or until the cookies were
done and the candy was melted.
Here is a basic tutorial that I modified a bit - HERE.
|I was inspired by the Rose Window of Notre Dame and went crazy!|
|God is Good.|
|So are flowers.....|
And so is TEA!!!
|I found this cup at a flea market in Cross Lake, MN with my Mom-in-law!!|
I am brewing up Toffee Delight!!!
It is so warm and nutty...just like me!
I think I made the rounds to everyone last week,
it was a great party and I appreciate everyone who
takes the time and links up.
I know the time it takes to join a linky
party properly so I raise my teacup to YOU!
Sharing edible stained glass with:
The Plumed Pen ~ Tuesday Tea for Two!
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
StoneGable - On the Menu Monday!
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday ~ Breath of Fresh Air