Faye’s Box of Sunshine

My friend Faye lives 240 miles away. I’m lucky enough to see her maybe once or twice a year. Superman and I got to hang out with Faye and her husband, Larry, while we were in Banff, Canada.

After dancing the night away one evening, recovering with a glass of wine and Larry massaging Faye’s feet, she told me about the surgery she was about to have. Get this…the surgery would entail the surgeon extracting fluid from her eyeball, then inserting some sort of gas. For the next 7-10 days, Faye will have to lie with her face down…24/7!

IMG_6564.JPGShe will have a chair that looks like this to place her face in during the day. At night she’ll sleep with a face cushion that attaches to the end of her bed.

PEOPLE! Can you imagine?!? 24 hours a day for 7-10 days! Yowza!

IMG_6560.JPGI know Larry is going to keep her company and take real good care of her, but I can only imagine that if it was me, I might become a little stir crazy. So I decided to send her a box of sunshine.

When I saw this idea on Pinterest, at happymoneysaver.com, I knew this was for Faye.

I went to Target and looked for “yellow” things: M&Ms, lemon drops, Werther’s candies, chocolates, lip balm, tissues, lemonade packets, lotion, pens, protein bars and a yellow handkerchief. I crafted up a plastic tumbler with her name on it, then put the lemonade packets inside. And I put the fall issue of Life:Beautiful Magazine, which not only is a beautiful, inspiring and “feel-good” magazine, it had the color yellow on its cover.

IMG_6561.JPGI lined the mailing box with yellow tissue paper and started to fill it up! I suggest opening some packages, like the wrapped candies and bars, to help save space.

IMG_6562.JPGI made a sunshine card, which honestly looked like a kid made it, but it goes with the theme. Inside I wrote…”Praying that you’ll be looking up soon!” Yup. Pretty corny.

IMG_6563.JPGEvery box of sunshine has to have glittery pinwheels, flowers and butterflies! Ok. Maybe not all of them, but glitter sure makes me happy. Hopefully it will cheer Faye up too.

This was a fun package to put together. Can you think of some other yellow items I could add next time? Of course the Dollar Store would be a great place to shop.

Thanks for stopping by!


Three Gifts of Unframed Art

Today’s Joy Dare Challenge is to name three gifts of unframed art.

20131211-092145.jpg339. Mom’s Book. My 84 year old mother decided to create a personalized ABC book for her first great-grandson, Hudson. She began this project with doubts in her artistic abilities and doubts in actually turning it into a book.

20131211-092405.jpgEach page was carefully written and hand drawn to showcase aspects of Hudson’s life. On this page “C” is for cousins who are a chef, a captain, college students and their trips to China and other places around the world.

20131211-092635.jpgOf course I think this page describing “L” is pretty special. Hudson visits his cousin in Spartanburg who has a ladder on his bunk bed, a lizard in his room and where he takes long walks looking for ladybugs and spiders with long legs. This book is an absolute treasure. Now mom has to get started on the next editions for Parker, Aiden and baby Spencer!

20131211-093043.jpg440. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. One of the very first Christmas decorations I made was this beanbag set of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. I knew I wanted something that my future kids could hold and move around. It has held together for 26 years and hopefully for 26 more.

20131211-093415.jpg441. Kid made Christmas Ornaments. As I decorate my tree, my most precious ornaments are the ones my kids made when they were younger. Not only are they special because their little hands made them, but I am reminded of how blessed we were with the Godly teachers and administrators they had in their public school.

20131211-093709.jpg442. Nativity Banner. Santa came to our house when the kids were growing up. We wrote letters to Santa, set out cookies on Christmas Eve, and he left presents under the tree. But he wasn’t our main focus during the Christmas season, Jesus’ birth was. This nativity banner hung where we lived most in our home. Although it is made with simple felt and paint, as I cut and glued, I knew it meant more.

20131211-094159.jpg443. Handcrafted Nativity Scenes From Around the World. As we travel, I like to look for handmade nativity scenes to bring home. Like this one from Rome, they remind me of how encompassing God’s love is. Gods love is for everyone! You don’t have to belong to a certain denomination or do certain acts, He loves us all!

20131211-094607.jpg444. My Crèche. I love my simple Dademco Crèche. It is displayed in the “fanciest” room of our house. The dining room is where we use our finest dishes, use our best manners and share our favorite meal with honored guests. I think it is only fitting that this is where Mary, Joseph and Jesus need to be showcased.

Again, I named more than three gifts. But once I got started thinking about unframed pieces of art, I couldn’t stop. I hope you don’t mind. What are your unframed gifts of art? I’d love for you to share them with me!

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