Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky All Year Long...

As fun of a holiday St. Patrick's Day is... there really isn't a time other than today that you see shamrocks, green beverages and people dressed in green.

I like this fun little holiday because well, it breaks up the monotony of the year and like today... makes a Monday a whole lot more fun.

I like many other busy crafty moms... like to make the most of these one time events or items required for these types of events... so I took the theme and gave it a twist in this greeting card.



With this card, I wanted to make sure that I could use it beyond St. Patrick's Day yet still tie in a bit of ye' ol sentiment. I cut the same shape out of matte cardstock and glittered cardstock to create a monochromatic base.


I then added a simple title using the Roc-Lon MPC, it is similar to canvas and cuts beautifully.


And last, I added a sweet sentiment to change the feel of the card from St. Patty's to a sweet love note.



I like being about to take items that may only be used once a year and make other uses for them... I am sure I am not the only one, what are your thoughts on re-purposing holiday themes for other occasions?

For this and more projects check out my PINTEREST Boards

http://www.pinterest.com/lizmhicks/

Thanks for stopping by today... hopefully you do not get pinched too much today!


~Liz ♥

Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday wishes from afar

Sometimes living 1500 miles away from family is a little tough, like on Birthdays. The kids are a bit young to realize how hard it is on our hearts to not be around our family. Most of the time they miss their cousins and grandparents but I don't think they truly realize how hard it is on the birthdays of our loved ones, and how both James and I wish that we could be there to share in the moments.

It is one of the hardest parts of living in Colorado. Family. We miss our family a lot, and although we have built a life here in Colorado, it truly is never complete without family.

This year, I had an idea to send a special birthday wish to James's dad. Today is his birthday and well, I knew he would be at work today... I asked a special friend that works in his office to help with a birthday surprise.

ScanNCut Birthday Letters

One thing that I loved about ScanNCut is the ease of use and that my kids could use it. I know it seems like an expensive item to let kids use, but with supervision I have enjoyed allowing my kids explore their creative sides and being able to create art along side with them.

Because of ScanNCut's built in 300 DPI Scanner and ease of use, this birthday project was super easy and took just a few minutes for the kids to create.

To Begin I had the kids each write a little note from the heart.




Next, they loaded their messages onto the low tack mat and into the machine.

 Hit Scan.
 Scan to USB.
 And Start.

 And that's it...


ScanNCut saved the images as JPG's to my USB. I then used the computer to crop them down and sent them to my friend at my father in laws office to print and leave on his desk through out the day...




The kids and their creations :)


 And of course this lead to a mini photo shoot.... Here you will see the kids posing "normal"

 And here, well posing like models...

 And here... like gorillas...
 And here... like our daughter is their boss...



It only took a few minutes to create this fun birthday wish. I love having these moments with the kids and pray that it stays with their hearts as their grow up and have their own families.

Of course.. we can't have a birthday post without wishing a BIG HICKS BIRTHDAY to the big guy himself...

Happy Birthday Jay! Thank you for being an amazing father and grandfather to our family... You are a wonderful example to us all. We are so very blessed and fortunate to have you in our lives. We love you and hope that you have a wonderful day!

So although we are far away, I am grateful for technology, our fun little family and sneaky friends who are always up for the challenge to help (Thanks Lisa!).

I hope this inspires you to give a little shout out to your loved ones today, and maybe use ScanNCut too!

~Liz ♥


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Are you ready for technique OVERLOAD?

I hope so!

Last May I was asked to fly into Washington and film some videos for Clearsnap Inc featuring their products. I have to say, even though this was a whirl wind adventure... I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my friends at Clearsnap as well enjoy the gorgeous scenery that is Anacortes, Washington. I was able to spend some time with the Clearsnap Inc crew as well as the filming crew of KP Studios.

We spent two days filming over 30 videos and over all we succeeded in over viewing the current line of Clearsnap products at that time. It was a jam packed fun time and I hope to do it again.

Well what does this mean for you? A TON of technique videos of course!

Here is a screen shot of what the videos look like on the website. To access the videos simple click here and scroll down to the videos titled TECHNIQUES.

http://www.clearsnap.com/projects.cfm

Besides myself, there are a ton of my friends and fellow crafters on the site that share their love for Clearsnap Products.

I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, your sketch book and enjoy a video or two.

Enjoy!

~Liz ♥


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ScanNCut GIVEAWAY!

As many of you may know, I have been working with Brother International on the launch of their new innovative electronic cutting machine, ScanNCut. It has been a year (YAY!) that I have been working as a contract consultant with Brother on the launch of this product and I can not express just what a wonderful experience it has been to be able to travel, teach and share this wonderful machine and all that I have learned of it through this last year. Although I am a paid consultant, my opinions of this machine and Brother are my own, I am not compensated for my opinion or public stance.



ScanNCut has been such a success in the arts and crafts industry (and well, every other creative industry for that matter!). It's capability to take a hand drawn image, scan it in and create it into a cut file with in seconds has please so many users and even some of my crafty friends.

Through this year I have been able to work with some of my dear friends as well make new friends on this project. I have had tons of emails from the crafting community on how ScanNCut works, and sometimes even people asking me if there will ever be a giveaway :)

Well I am happy to announce that Brother has just announced that they will be sponsoring a National Craft Month GIVEAWAY of some ScanNCut machines. I have only seen a very few amounts of these machines be offered as a giveaway, so it is not everyday that one of these machines come up for grabs. Let alone 10!

I would love for you to win! Please take a moment to check out the giveaway and if you have time and would like to, enter. I am really hope that one of my friends wins this machine so I will be doing all I can to get the word out to those I know. If you would like to share this, you are more than welcome to.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SCANNCUT GIVEAWAY FROM BROTHER INTERNATIONAL

https://www.facebook.com/BrotherCrafter?v=app_554639551318388

If you would like a chance to win not just one, but one of 10 that are being given away, ENTER. Even if you are an industry professional, or not as crafty as you would like to be... ENTER. This machine works for so many different types of creative outlets you will be surprised just how many ideas will begin to swirl around in your head.

If you would like to know more about ScanNCut's capabilities, check out Brother's You Tube Channel.







The Youtube Channel has a TON of videos that will give you a good idea of what ScanNCut can do. And if you have any questions, you can just ask here and I would be happy to help you.

So if ScanNCut has been on your radar or wish list, now is your chance to enter for a chance to WIN. Sending the best wishes to all of you that enter!

~Liz ♥

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Nancy Zieman- Seams Unlikely Blog Tour

A few years back I was contracting work with Bernina Sewing and was introduced to Nancy Zieman's team in assistance with the launch of her then new E-Tablet making templates and accessories with Clover Needlecraft. It was such a delight to work with Deanna, Nancy and her team on this launch that it did not take me long to say YES when they asked me to be a part of Nancy's book launch.


I love working with good companies and good people and my experiences with Nancy's team have been nothing short of amazing and gracious. When I arrived home from CHA, Nancy's new book was waiting for me and it could not have come at a more perfect moment.

Now I may not be the most seasoned sewist, but I do love it. Very very much. I was taught by my grandmother at an early age as well took clothing construction classes in high school and college. As some of you may know from reading my blog this past month, my grandmother was diagnosed with stomach cancer mid December. We lost her January 4th, right before I was to leave for CHA. Luckily, being a California girl and having wonderful friends and family in the area, I was able to change my flight in for the show and be with my family during this time. My heart still aches for her, although I am so grateful that she is no longer suffering.

My life has always been for my family. I come from a large hispanic family and I love them deeply and miss them so much since our move to Colorado 4 years ago. So with this preface, I hope that you understand my interest in Nancy's new book Seams Unlikely and the state of my heart while I read this wonderful book.

Nancy's book starts at the beginning of her life and works its way through to the present day, sandwiched in between the paragraphs are family recipes as well as friends and families perspective of what was going on during the time mentioned in these pages. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this sort of compilation of writing and found this book to be more than just a book written by Nancy it is a book written by those who know and love her most, her friends and family. This speaks volumes to the character of Nancy and those that surround her as they all came together to tell this story. If you know families... This could not have been an easy task although this book in my opinion is a legacy between two covers. A story of not just one woman, but a family that rallied around an incredible lady. A family that struggled to beat the odds thrown their way and a very special lady that helped bring them all together.

A few of my favorite moments of the book can be found:

Page 95: Through varying surgeries and ailments this page finds Nancy in the hospital and she quotes: Romans 8:31- "If God is for us, who can be against us!"

Up to this point in the book you may feel a tinge of remorse for Nancy, but this quote captures a wonderful perspective that sets you on track to understand the person that Nancy is in her core and how she comes to allow these situations define her life's purpose.

Page 126: Nancy talks of her struggle to sell. Not only to sell but to sell sewing machines which seemed to her at the time like a hard sell being that she had always kept a tight budget. This is something that I connected with as this is something that I struggled with as I began my career in the crafting industry so much that till this day I don't do sales. This is what lead me to education, because I have always wanted to be in a position that I share my knowledge and let others decide for themselves if the purchase is right for them. I am not sure if this is what lead Nancy to a career in TV and Sewing with Nancy but it helped me to identify with the book as I read this paragraph as well as hearing of Nancy's ambition in her career.



Overall I truly enjoyed Nancy's book. It is a very uniquely written book that gives a multi-facet view into the life of Nancy Zieman, a person whom most who craft would recognize from her work with PBS. It is a book that shares family, faith, ambition, truth and perseverance. I identified and enjoyed this book in so many ways and I am sure that those of you reading this will in some aspect as well.

Here are a few other friends reviews I am sure you will enjoy:

February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 11          Rachael Pannepacker          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/ 
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.hcOiPsHr.dpuf
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.pqr4eXlx.dpuf
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.pqr4eXlx.dpuf
February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog
February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/
February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/
February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com
February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net
February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/
February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com
February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/
February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/
February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com
February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com/blog/
February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/blog/
February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com
February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/
February 12         Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
February 11          Julie Herman          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/
February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/
February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com
February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/
February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagemama.com/blog/
February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com
February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/
February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com
February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/
February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com
February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/
February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com
February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
- See more at: http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/#sthash.hcOiPsHr.dpuf

Nancy is sponsoring some giveaways of her book on her blog and I encourage you to check it out. In addition check out her facebook page as it is full of inspiration and projects.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

~Liz Hicks


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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Wishing tree...

With the new year rounding the corner, I thought it might be fun to take a tutorial that I did for Brother International and give it a different twist. I created a glittering Christmas tree for the holidays using a beautiful assortment of glittered cardstocks and my ScanNCut. I created this tree with my family and used a few other sizes and let the kids make their own trees for the holidays.

With what has been happening in our lives lately, I thought it might be nice to allow this tree to act as a yearly reminder to our family of where our hearts are at the end of each year. So instead of this being the Glittering Christmas Tree that I thought I would share on my blog... this is going to serve as our families Wishing Tree.

We spent the holidays with our family in California this year. Due to my Grandmothers diagnosis we planned a quick impromptu trip to visit our families and see her one last time. It was hard. Hard on all of us as we knew that as we said good bye, this was most likely the last time that we get to see her. As hard as it was, there still was some peace in our family that she would not be in pain for much longer.

After returning home, I got to thinking of our kids and how hard this must be on them seeing not only their great grandmother ill, but also seeing their grandmother and mother saddened. I didn't want this to haunt their holiday so I got the idea to take this Christmas tree and give it a new purpose.

The Wishing Tree



 This tree is decorated with thumb tacks that have designs glued to them. These tacks press nicely into the tree form and allow you to post pictures and cards to your tree.




I thought it would be nice to have the kids take some time and write down wishes and add them to the tree. We can store the tree through the year and when we bring it out the next holiday season, the wishes will be there as a reminder of where their hearts were the year previously. This is a wonderful way for children to see themselves grow and for parents to see growth in character through the years. Have your children date their wishes and you can keep adding to your tree each year.




For full directions of this project click here.


I hope this gives you an idea of a fun family craft that can be created easily during the holiday break and perhaps start a new family tradition in your household. It is never to late or to bleak to share hope with your children, I am excited for my kids to open up their wishes next year and see how much they have grown.

Thanks for the great year, wishing you and your family the best this New Year!


~Liz Hicks and Family ♥

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sharing her HEART...

It's been a while since my last blog post and I wish so much that I could be sharing crafty goodness with you rather than to be experiencing what I am going through right now.

I am going to be very honest right now, something that is hard for bloggers because well... a blog is public and always available for the world to see... but I feel that I need to share what is going on with me right now, I don't know why. Maybe it is because it is therapeutic...maybe someone else needs to hear this, I really don't know why but what has been swelling in my heart to share is finally coming into fruition in words.

This year hasn't been an easy one. I have mentioned before that there have been a lot of changes in our family recently. We are adjusting to our kids getting older and the challenges that come with each new year of their lives. James and I both are working for ourselves for the first time which is exhilarating and frightening all at the same time. Our careers have taken us to new horizons and driven us farther than we could have ever expected which is wonderful for us both since we enjoy being challenged. So needless to say this year was a year of growth and accomplishment for our little family, it has been busy and stressful, yet rewarding all at the same time.

With my travel schedule and James' crazy hours we were looking forward to a quiet holiday season at home with the kids... Just our little family. This Christmas was to be the first time that we were to be home for the holidays. It is hard to believe that we have been in our home for 3 years now and have not spent a Christmas here. So it goes without saying that the kids were excited and WE were excited to be able to see them run down the stairs Christmas morning in our own home.

You know what they say about plans....

Last week I sat with my daughter and taught her how to hand sew and it brought back memories of learning myself from my grandmother and great grandmother. We sat together and I filled with pride as I shared this simple knowledge, knowing now what feelings my grandmother and great grandmother must have felt when they taught me all those years ago.

Almost on cue, my mother sent me a text while I was stitching with my daughter.

"PLEASE PRAY, YOUR GRANDMA IS NOT DOING WELL AND IS IN THE HOSPITAL"

My heart sank. Still as I write this it is hard for me to digest all that is going on.

The next day James and I were working and my mother called him, I could hear her voice on the phone and knew as James left the room that something was wrong.

My body sank, deep, hollow... almost hiding from what I knew I was about to hear.

I waited for James to come back and when he did I could tell that he was exactly like me... not wanting to have to say what he now had to tell me.

"YOUR GRANDMOTHER HAS CANCER, SHE DOESN'T HAVE LONG... WE NEED TO GO HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"

Shock overcomes your body as you try and reconcile reality with your hearts desire. As you try and gently come out of that deep hollow place and gently allow your self to realize the severity of what this new reality is.

It took sometime, but eventually I caved and cried like I have never cried before. The death of my Grandfather 8 years prior came back and the reality that I now was losing my only remaining grandparent became to much to bear. I have never heard myself wail before... and even as I write this I can't help but tear up.

It is hard when you have to ask God the tough questions but without that opportunity, those questions would replay over and over again in my mind. So I did. 

I asked:

WHY MY GRANDMOTHER?
WHY NOW?
MY ME?

I am grateful that I can ask these questions and that God prepares my heart for the really tough answers. But the answers are what bring clarity to the whole situation for me.

You see, God opened my eyes to purpose. We each have such tremendous purpose and sometimes that purpose is passed down from generation to generation. I am blessed to be a part of a beautiful legacy of women, I wish I could go into detail about the amazing women in my life, but that will have to be another post.

What God showed me is that my loss of my Grandmother isn't quite a loss. He showed me my heart and the space that she takes in it now, but what happened next is what really surprised me. God showed me my Grandmother preparing the space in my heart that should be vacant with her pending death. She was preparing the vacancy in my heart to now open up and allow love for others in.

You see.. THIS is the legacy that my Grandmother and her Mother, even my Mother have given me. As I saw this image of my Grandmother tending to my heart and preparing it for others it reminded me that THIS is what she would want. She would want me to share a message of LOVE for others and a heart for Christ. This is her message and just like the simple knowledge that she shared with me all those years ago with a needle and thread, she is once again sharing this simple knowledge of compassion and understanding.

I do not know why this is happening right now, but what I do know is why this is happening to my Grandmother and to me. My Grandmother is ready, she misses my Grandfather deeply and has told my Mother "I am ready to see my sweetheart and my Lord". My Grandmother is a beautiful soul and the bravest person I have known. I can only pray that I may have the opportunity in my life to share the gift that she has given me. 

Although it hurts deeply knowing that her days are few and I still fall apart at any given moment... My heart is at peace knowing that she is passing the torch to me, she is preparing me for my future and leaving me not with an emptiness but with a space for LOVE. After all, isn't this what life is all about?


This is one of the only pictures I have of my grandparents, it was taken right before my Grandfather fell ill and probably the only picture in existence of them kissing (they were a very modest couple).



I love this and although this year has been tough, busy and scary... What should have devastated me is now giving me an opportunity for growth and new perspective. I  LOVE my grandparents. I always always ALWAYS will. They will never leave my heart, but they have left their impression so strong that it polarizes me like a magnet towards their goodness and love. That is what I have to remember when my Grandmother does pass. It is my turn to take over where she left off. It is a blessing ♥

I will be taking the remainder of the year to spend time with my family, I want to be able to soak up what moments I can while we are in California spending time with both of our families. With this in mind, I will be taking a break from blogging for the next few weeks. I will try and get some fun stuff up before CHA and will continue to share on my Facebook page as I can. 

Thank you in advance for your support and well wishes, it has been hard for me to understand just why I needed to share this, but now I know that I needed to. It feels good to share real life stuff and not just always the fun crafty stuff... It just feels real and that feels good. 

Wishing you the best this Christmas and that you are able to treasure your family as the biggest gift of all. Hug them, love them, reconcile with them. Take the steps towards happiness in your heart and let your family be a part of this.

Merry Christmas with much love,

Liz Hicks and Family ♥