Thursday, November 24, 2016

Finding Magic Moments

This ball of bent wire is one I recently shared on my FB page, merely labeled modern art. It is actually what was stuffed in hanging lights over the tables in a Pickle Barrel where we had lunch one day. Neither hubby or I could read our menus in the semi-darkness so he reached up and pulled it out of the light providing a brighter atmosphere and allowed us to see better. 
It was an interesting ball of wire that I kept looking at and finally snapped with my iPhone.  
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I thought I'd share some of the Christmas cards I've been creating.
 Below is the inside of the teacup mouse card. A stamp I like very much with a cozy sentiment.
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 New from Stampin' Up this year, an old fashioned Santa and coordinating inside stamp.
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 An afternoon Christmas tea and bazaar I attended that was hosted by the local Eastern Star ladies.
After the sandwich platter came a plate laden with sweets. My eye was drawn right away to this shortbread and as I sat gazing at it my mind travelled back to the 60s. It's like I was frozen in time... the exact shape and piece of cherry on a shortbread like my mother used to make. I was in charge of chopping the cherries and pressing them into the dough. The shortbreads were a family favourite with afternoon tea or after dinner for dessert.  This tasted just like my mother's shortbread.
Certainly a magic moment for me and one that brought tears to the surface remembering long ago Christmas baking.
I've started adding #magicmoment to some of the photos I post in social medial because they are just that, something special I've seen or has meaning for me. Do you run across any magic moments during your day?
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23 comments:

  1. Hello, the cards are pretty and I love the messages on them. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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  2. You've outdone yourself this time, Judith! The shortbread moment was truly magic and it's easy to understand it was very special to you.
    The cards are really beautiful (oh I should find some stamps like that!) and the afternoon tea looks wonderful too (oh how I love pickled cucumbers!)...
    With my bad English, I didn't quite understand what the metal wire was doing stuffed inside the lights, but the black-and-white photo of the ball is artistic indeed. :)
    Wishing you a happy rest of the week and sending you big hugs!

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  3. Beautiful cards, but a more beautiful memory!

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  4. Hi Judith, Your cards are really lovely! Wishing you an early magical Christmas season and joyous Christmas.
    Hugs, Beth

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  5. Lovely photos and cards . Interesting ball of wire . The minuet I saw that shortbread cookie with the half cherry on top took me back to my childhood to as my mum also made shortbread's like this and I got to put the cherries on them some with red and some with green cherries she would have . I guess it is a UK thing to make shortbread's like this lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  6. 'magic moments' - what a great phrase. I will add it to 'simple pleasures' as I reflect on my days.
    I laughed out loud at you pulling the modern art out of the light. I can only imagine what management thought-hahaha.

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  7. I like the magic moments phrase. Your cards are lovely. Amazing how with cards we can keep coming up with new, fresh creativity! The sky's the limit I guess. Speaking of the sky, or upwards, that's a weird piece of art and I can't quite figure out why or how it was stuck in a light fixture! Good for your husband to get more light on your menus!

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  8. Judith, I really like the sentiment with the teacup mouse card, the vintage Santa is nice, I like the watering can. I was looking forward to seeing some of your Christmas cards and I am not disappointed. Thanks for sharing. Shortbread was not a tradition in my house growing up but I enjoy it now. Sylvia D.

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  9. Judith, that certainly was a "magic moment" with the shortbread. Beautifully told -- I was right there with you, with a tear in my eye as well. Some of my fondest memories are of baking with my mother and grandmothers. How I miss them still!

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  10. You have been busy, it's all certainly looking very festive over with you. Fancy having a great big ball of wire inside the lampshade! Whatever next.

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  11. Hi Judith, your cards are beautiful. I love the details you add. My mother made shortbread cookies in a press gun and I use it now. Special memories. I'm intrigued about the wire in the light. You captured a good photo. Have a great weekend and start to the Christmas season. Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind feedback. Hugs

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  12. I love the idea of the Magic Moments, Judith. Thinking of you and your mom making shortbread cookies is such a sweet sentiment. Cooking for and with my mom this Thanksgiving has been a magic moment for me.
    You cards are such beauties, and I'm amazed at your creativity. xo

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  13. Your cards are beautiful Judith! Love that old fashioned Santa, and the poem is perfect. I can see why the shortbread caught you off guard. I think favourite foods (especially at Christmas time) are like listening to old songs. You are taken right back by a magic moment instantly. My mom and dad were always looking for that "special" shortbread recipe. They finally did find it from one of their old long-time friends. It's short on ingredients and long on baking time. The red and green cherries were placed on each cookie too ... excuse me while I grab a tissue ...
    Wendy x

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  14. Oh you are good to be on the ball with your Christmas cards and making them, too! Oh. Judith, you got me with the memory of baking with your mother. I hope that all those who still share time in a kitchen with their moms will cherish it. There will come a day...

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  15. Hi Judith. I just came from Amy's blog after I read your comment for her. I just wanted to say, I whole-heartedly agree with you sentiments.

    Love the beautiful cards you're creating.

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  16. Your Christmas cards are just darling! The one with cardinals won my heart and the black and silver one is very elegant. You do such beutiful work, Judith.

    Hugs to you!

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  17. Your magical moment is lovely Judith. It is amazing how often magic moments pop into our heads, moments to treasure. Very nice cards you are making.

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  18. I do like your Christmas Cards, they look a lovely selection.

    Yes, like you I often have magic moments ... they are very special aren't they.

    All the best Jan

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  19. Your Christmas cards are beautiful and I particularly like the old fashioned Santa stamp and the watering can with the branches and cardinals. Your sentiment regarding the cookie is wonderful. I hope you have a good week ahead.

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  20. It won't surprise you that my favourite card is the mouse in the teacup! Some of the bazaars that I attended had handmade cards. Have you ever thought of selling your lovely cards?

    I really like the idea of looking for "magic moments" in our daily activities.

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  22. My grandmother was so proud to be a member of Eastern Star. Because I cannot use my right arm, I got so upset with all my craft items stored away that I started to call another crafter and tell her to come take everything in my walk-in craft closet. After coming here....I'm starting to waver.

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