"Kindness is the greatest floss..." from The Razor's Edge

When I was in college working at Muir's Drug Store on Michigan Avenue, I remember reading an article about a "rudeness syndrome" that was sweeping the country. Part of the problem, the author felt, was the younger generation's lack of concern for humanity and continual focus on self. I could not stop laughing when I read it! Interestingly though, as I shared the article with friends, family, and co-workers, they agreed with the author! That was in the seventies, and I am happy to report that forty some years later, a New York Times writer, Nicholas Kristof, believes that people are getting nicer. Well, it's about time, don't you think!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Crafty Are We?

Pop bottle dolls, angels, santas, and witches. Marker pots, wreaths, photo albums. When my kids were young, I loved to dabble in crafts. These pictures show a witch and some angels made from soda or pop bottles. I added some sand in the bottom of each bottle, placed a dowel into the sand that protruded upward out of the mouth of the bottle enough to add a styrofoam ball and voila! there was the skeleton to dress up in some holiday manner or fashion. My friends Mary L. and Kathy and I would sell our crafts here and there for a little extra "fun money." We usually used much of the money to buy more raffia paper, styrofoam, and supplies to continue crafting! It was something we did while our kids were in Mothers' Day Out. When the kids saw what we were doing, we could easily ask for their assistance cutting paper or gathering sticks.


  1. I still love the craft projects and now I get my little friends to play and create making Christmas ornaments and decorating towels. I once, taught Amanda's Girl Scout troop how to make baskets.
    Thanks for sharing your blog!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Regina! We had such a good time making things with my daughter's troop also! Whenever it was my turn to lead, I would plot and plan some sort of arts activity for the girls. They especially enjoyed making the small round furniture protectors for drinks. These were mesh and we would take different colors of yarn to weave throughout. They turned out very pretty and for reason the girls loved those. I also volunteered at a nursing home just down the street where for years, with my little ones in tow, we would do arts and crafts with the residents. We had so much fun!