Bloom Bounty

Chirped by Tina & Cass

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Giant Flower Garden at Menlo Park Yarn Bloom, Earth Day, 2018 (see 10,000 Flowers Project)

In our original post about gearing up for the Menlo Park Yarn Bloom, we promised you pictures of the final installation, and it’s time to deliver! The park looked crazy, cheery and colorful for the Earth Day festivities in April. Kudos to the organizers of all the Earth Day recycling/ repurposing/ reusing stations set up around the park that made for a great outdoor family- and eco-friendly adventure!

Seek-&-FindWhile the “tree hugger” blankets were scheduled to come down on May 24th, 2018, the fiber art on the man-made structures will stay up for much of the summer, as long as it holds up well to the elements and the “attentions” of its admirers… There’s even a fun “Seek and Find” poster mounted in one of the pavilions for kids to test their powers of observation. 

In case you’re wondering what the heck a Yarn Bloom is, it’s basically a flower-themed Yarn Bomb, (a.k.a. Granny Graffiti). It’s an example of an international phenomenon of fiber art installations springing up in public spaces to temporarily add a little fun and beauty to a locale. Sometimes they are stitched together in the dead of night by gangster grannies, but in this case the Bloom was assembled just before Earth Day weekend with the full support of the local borough. 😉 Trees, benches, fences, posts, pavilions and even a bicycle were decked out in spring colors and lively textures, using afghans, scarves, hats, gloves and unfinished yarn projects collected from the community. Pompoms, garlands, flowers, and novelty items were also created from donated yarn by local crafters, often in small groups or at community craft sessions…

While many of the community volunteers joined, extended, or accessorized the accumulated bits and pieces into “huggers” for the trees, our team, the “Hilltown Haberdashers,” had free reign to decorate our assigned pavilion posts with any theme we wanted. Our imaginations and creativity got to run amok! We assigned different team members to particular components of the designs, depending on their skill sets and interests. We had a Pom Pom Queen, several Master Crocheters, a couple of Seamstresses and a slew of Worker Bees who were learning as they went along and could fill in with finger knitting, French knitting, basic crocheted squares and circles, macramé, and untangling/winding the yarn… By the end, seventeen people, (including some teenage boys and a couple of full grown men), contributed to our final cooperative masterpieces! Here are some close-ups of our Charlotte’s Web Post…

Then there was the Rainbow Post, the Bears and the Bees Post, the Picnic Post…

…the Campfire Post, and a zoom-in on our Giant Flower!

Other groups decorated fence panels around the pool, including volunteers from the local food pantry, Pennridge FISH. They invited the public to bring a canned good donation and help them fill in the outline of a fish using tassels of t-shirt yarn. Our team is working on a second fish panel for the fence, also collecting food items for the pantry – but it’s still a work in progress so we’ll tell you more about that in a future chirp! 😉

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Hilltown-Habs-at-RainbowIf you’re local to the Perkasie, PA area and haven’t see the Bloom yet, stop by sometime this summer to check out the beautiful creations still adorning Menlo Park. Some of the tree hugger blankets and scarves will find their way to other locations in Perkasie after May 24th, or will be carefully disassembled and donated to animal shelters as dog and cat mats. Thanks to all the crafty friends, both longtime and brand new, that joined our awesome Haberdasher team, as well as the other local groups and individual volunteers who “knit together” to make this event such an enjoyable, community-building extravaganza! (Wish we could have gotten our whole team into one photo, but we’ll have to take what subgroups we could get…)

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Here’s to community crafting! 😀

 

Reflections

Chirped by Cass and Tina

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It’s been a few weeks since our last post. Like everyone else, sometimes “Life” catches up with us and we have to stop and just take a breath. At this stage in our Empty Nester lives, while some of us are happily welcoming home recently-fledged chicks for the summer, others are dealing with ailing parents or estranged family, family that can’t be with us for the wrong reasons, or even coping with the death of a loved one. Our parents, aunts, uncles, and if you’re lucky, even grandparents are aging. Disease and tragedy can strike unexpectedly at any age. Sometimes we just need to reflect, and recognize that things that may have seemed like mundane daily routines to us were actually the traditions that make us remember who we are and who we love.

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West Shore Farmer’s Market

Going to the West Shore Farmer’s Market every week to buy fresh fish and produce with your parents might seem like a boring chore to be dragged along to – but now that they’re gone, you remember those times, and the special candy stand they used to take you to, or the one they bought their favorite pie from, and wish you had those trips with them again.

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Raking leaves with your Dad, and then dumping them over the embankment to jump in afterwards, at the time may have not been your favorite way to spend a Saturday, but you remembered the jumping part fondly and wanted to recreate that experience again with your own kids once  you were the parent.

 

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We’d like to encourage everyone to just take a moment to cherish happy memories, celebrate the friends and family we  have around us, and look forward to reunions with loved ones that are far away… Most importantly, shine a new light on those daily routines, because someday, they may be the memories that we, or someone else, will most treasure.

Miss you, Dad… 1941-2018.

 

 

Yarn Blooming

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“Share Your Gifts” and Create  These two inspirations, nestled in the center of my 2018 vision board, are perfectly embodied by volunteering for a yarn bomb!  Don’t worry, I didn’t know what a yarn bomb was either until a couple of months ago, but the nearby town of Perkasie is assembling an Earth Day “Yarn Bloom” (doesn’t have the negative connotations of a “bomb”) to temporarily adorn one of their parks. They’re wrapping trees, poles, benches, fences, etc. in yarn creations to be on display for a month. It will make for a colorful backdrop for their Earth Day celebration activities on April 21, as well as a teaser Continue reading

March’s Cheep Trills

Chirped by Cass and Tina

A new list of highlights from our month – things we’re happy about and/or would recommend!

March-books

  • Two Book Clubs, two books! A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, is the memoir that the movie Lion was based on –  the amazing story of a 5 year old boy who gets irretrievably lost in Calcutta, ends up being adopted by a family in Australia, and eventually finds his way back home to rural India as an adult using Google Earth!

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, is another true story, about how an unlikely  group of gritty Continue reading

The Feather Hoarder

Chirped by Cass (with chirpettes by Tina)

We all have somewhere in our home, a place that becomes a dumping ground of stuff.  Items that we don’t have time to put away properly, don’t have room to put them where they belong, or simply don’t have a place for at all.  A space where you put things when you’re cleaning up to have a party, or when you’re rearranging your piles and don’t know where to store them. If you’re lucky (and more organized) maybe it’s just a drawer Continue reading

Book Club in a Basket

Chirped by Cass and Tina

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A book club is a great way to meet new people, share book discussions and experiences with a group of friends, and get you out of your overly quiet nest. Cass started her own book club in 2005, Tina has been in three different book clubs since 2001, for a while all at once! Our mutual book club participates in a fundraiser for childhood cancer. For one of their benefit events last spring, we put together a how-to “Book Club in a Basket” as a raffle prize. Maybe this post will inspire you to start up your own book club, give you some ideas for putting together your own great raffle basket for a cause you and your friends support, or add a little extra spice to your existing club’s next gathering!

Book Club in a Basket – A Starter Kit for Beginners 

So you want to start a book club? It doesn’t take much! Just a good book, a few friends who like to read, and your calendars. Next pick a venue, add some refreshments (or even some book-related props?), and you’ve got the makings Continue reading

Sharing Your Gifts

 Chirped by Tina

 

Free-TimeAh, free time… It can be a blessing – or a curse. That dreaded weekly meeting that got cancelled on an already over-scheduled day? Woohoo! Jackpot! But that hour frittered away perusing clickbait about Spite Houses and 50 Things to Throw Away Right Now? Mostly guilt and self-loathing because you should have been working on your blog post – er, wait, maybe that’s just me… The point is, if you find yourself with more free time than you actually feel good about, no matter what life or schedule change it might have hatched from, find something useful and satisfying to do with it. That can make all the difference in how you feel about Continue reading

February’s Cheep Trills

Chirped by Tina and Cass

Just thought we’d share some highlights from our month – things we’re happy about and/or would recommend!

  • Two Flew Over the Empty Nest blog finally launched! (After twittering and planning  for over a year…)Two-Flew-Home-Page-Fade

 

  • Love-and-OtherBoth our book clubs discussed the novel Love and Other Consolation Prizes, by Jamie Ford. Great read, good discussion, based loosely on the historical fact that an orphaned baby boy was raffled off at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair.

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Hosting a Vision Board Party

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While putting together my own vision board, I decided it would be fun to do it as a group activity with some friends.

For an explanation of how to create the vision board itself, click on this link!  Creating a Vision Board 

 

The Invitation – I sent out the invitation several weeks in advance, to give my guests Continue reading

Creating a Vision Board

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Chirped by Cass

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It’s early yet in 2018, and still a good time to set your intentions for the rest of the year.  I wanted to do something new with my annual resolutions.  Come January, I always list my goals for the year in my journal, close the book and put it away in my drawer.  Next January rolls around and out comes the journal: I look at what I wrote down the previous year, see if anything got done or changed, and then create my list again for the new year.

But what did I really accomplish with my list?  Who knows…it was stuck in my drawer.  Did I pull it out during the year and see if I was on track with any of my goals?  No!  So this year, I decided I needed to change the routine and create something different.  I am Continue reading