Friday, November 14, 2008

Favorite Things

Andes mints. Mmmm. They are definitely one of my favorite things! There's a bit of a story behind these mints, wanna hear it? Ok, if you insist. I was 8 years old when my little brother was born. My older brother (9) and I were at home while my mom was in the hospital for a week - can you imagine that staying for a week used to be the norm? Anyway, we went to visit her in the hospital but found out that we were not allowed past the waiting room on the first floor - and she was on the 3rd or 4th floor! So we sat in the waiting room while my dad went up to visit. We were very sad because we really wanted to see her. When dad was done visiting he told us that we were going outside and mom was going to wave at us from her window. So there the three of us stood, in the hospital parking lot, waving at my mom WAY UP THERE. It was one of the saddest days of my life and I'm still mad about it all these years later!! Anyway, one of the gifts that my mom had received was a box of Andes mints and she sent them with my dad for my brother and me. They became one of my favorite things that day. You know how you can remember events when you hear certain songs or smell certain smells? When I see Andes mints I remember the day that I had to wave at my mom from the hospital parking lot. It's funny that I like them at all.

There are a few things on my crafting table that are favorites - bits of inspiration if you will. I'll share a few of them here:

This is an inspirational ribbon jar that was given to me by my friend, Jody. She made this jar for me using pieces of YELLOW ribbon because YELLOW is my very favorite color!

This adorable set of note pads and a pen were given to me by my friend, Cheryl. I know, you're supposed to actually use them, but that would mean untying the beautiful bow and breaking up the set, and although I've had this for about a year I just can't bring myself to do anything to upset its adorableness. Is that a word??

Oh, I love these stacking tins! My mom gave these to me for Christmas a few years ago, and not only are they cute they are super functional as well! I have my adhesive supply in the blue tin; my collection of chipboard in the red tin; and wire in the yellow tin. I love looking at them, and they really brighten up my space!

The last thing I'll share is this cute ribbon that I recently purchased. I have no idea what I'll use it for, but when I saw it I just had to have it. It's cute, green and stretchy. Fun!

I would love to have photographed all of these things on my work station where they typically sit, but to be honest it's a mess right now! I need to set aside some time to straighten things up, but I'd rather make something instead! Maybe my next post will be a picture of my neat and tidy work space . . .


wigglysee said...

great story, and it does bring back memories, Same thing happened at our house when my sister was born. I had thought they kidnapped by mother.

wishbyfelicity said...

Ooh I love Andes candies too! They remind me of being a little kid - they used to be a big treat when I was growing up! :)

ArtNomadix said...

You should see my work space, I'm currently Taking up Space at my mother's place, after being a nomad in a van and a bus for 12 years. I
'd dearly love a 'space' of my own soon< Lucky she doesn;t mind the colourful clutter, and it is a beautiful space with large windows, so even when you're inside, you feel like you're out! Megg

Leslie said...

some, you have a lot of rally good favorites. hehe my space is cluttered too.

kimforbeads said...

Loved your post on Andes candies, great blog, My work space is a mess too, no worries.

dsf said...

awwwwwwww Nanc I'm sorry you couldn't come up and see me. It wasn't my rule!! Your brother is 37 now and you still remember it like it was yesterday, very tramatic!! :=((( Mom

KittsKrafts said...

I saw you on the Etsy Promotions and wanted to check out your blog and say HI! I am new to Etsy and am checking out the Forums for the first time. I opened up a really cool treasury today you might like to see.

I really looove the beautiful tins your mom gave you.

Andrea Rooks said...

I also love Andes mints -- my nickname is Andie... I actually gave Andes mints as the favors in my wedding...

The tins from your mom are awesome! I love that kind of stuff!

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