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...Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things...

Friday, September 30, 2005

pardon my lack of political correctness....but...

whoever said jews aren't athletic?
hi nancy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Here's what I've been up to-----

A "primary mental disorder"

A. is judged to be caused by physiological factors.
B. is the disorder that is the focus of clinical attention.
C. is not due to the effects of a substance or general medical condition.
D. is due to the effects of alcohol, a medication , or a toxin.

If you want to get in on the fun, go to www.areview.com

Take a sample test!
BTW-The answer is C.

Monday, September 26, 2005

a few of the tools of the trade


Sunday, September 25, 2005

As a mother...this is a moment you wait for.

And on an even more hopelessly shallow note-

Does anyone know where I can buy some clear Contact paper?

I must be hopelessly shallow.

So, I was waiting for some paint to dry and I started to blog around...Well one thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was looking at these people standing in front of like the public library in NYC- knitting. But, not knitting on their lunch break, knitting in a line with some PURPOSE, all with white yarn. So, I type in activist knitting and by G-d...tons of stuff pops up! I am sitting here making these dorky little mittens and people are writing KNITTING MANIFESTOS! When did this calming, meditative, beautiful and useful craft become something that needed a bloody manifesto? I guess for some everything is political, a fight, something to be won... Actually, I'm not sure.
Activist knitting is actually what I did with 10 women at the Crown Center for Senior Living. We made about 30 blankets for Project Linus. This is an organization that distributes blankets to children who are sick, homeless, needy etc. So, without a manifesto, and without even knowing it, we (I and 10 women ages 75-95) were engaging in activist knitting! (And, I can guarantee you that if I went back and told them that this is what we were doing, they would be rolling their eyes up in their heads.) And we did it in a calm and pleasant manner, chatting, sharing knitting and crocheting tips and enjoying each other's company. Now there is a novel idea.
I guess I am hopelessly shallow...no manifestos here-no knitting with spit flying out of my mouth while I am screaming about the environment or W or whatever the cause of the moment is. I think there is a time and a place for everything. Just my opinion.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

when i get a minute-

i'm gonna make this. i just love it! now the model....she's another thang.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Freaky Friday

OK, okay so maybe freaky in more ways than one. So, this morning I go into the gift wrap closet to toss in a shirt that was so ugly, I truly must have been in another state when I bought it. Anyway, while I was in there, I started looking around because there is way more in there than gift wrap. Oh, I found a pin cushion I could bring downstairs to the Craft Cave and then I found a really great little book that Kelly made in like 3rd grade that I thought I could share with you and then I flipped something over and here was this picture of me and David Morris in California that one summer. Honest to G-d, I have no idea how it got to the top of this file cabinet but I stopped dead in my tracks. So, here we are-David in his stupid sailor hat-I forgot about that sailor hat! and me in this outfit that used to make my father go berserk! He would come into my room daily and say "Would you get rid of that DRESS!?" Actually I had two of them. I know you are diggin' the fab hairdo---a shag! and the red tights and hmmm wonder if I had the MACRAME belt on that day. So far it has been a freeeeeaky Friday!
PS>I was thinking that the ugly dress would be wonderfully vintage right about now. I did end up tossing it or er both of them. I would give this picture about a 7.5 on the Morris scale- what about you David?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Yarnstorm

You have to click on this link to the right. Just go there and take a gander. This woman is something else. That is all I can say. Oh and don't let your kids or your husband know that there are women out there like her. Amazing!

Now, here's some yarn...

This is so bizarre! Guess where this came from?! OK, give up? The dollar bins at Target. It's half-way decent too. What is this world coming to?

Buenas Dias

Como estas? This is from a fab trip to Mexico. My mother took us kids to Puerta Vallarta and Guadalajara. Anyway, since I was 15 at the time, some odd things were highlights for me-1) I bargained with shop merchant for a pair of silver earrings in a marketplace called Tlaquepaque ("because you are supposed to!") and I felt so guilty because everyone was so poor. And I still have the earrings and they are still great but I gotta tell ya, every time I put those earrings on, I think about that guy... 2) We got terribly sunburned in Guadalajara, so when we were flying to Puerta Vallarta, we could not sit back in our seats and we were spraying ourselves with some kind of coolant the whole way. 3) I was the translator for the entire trip b/c I was the only one who could speak a word of Spanish. Isn't it it funny the unusual things we remember?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

In honor of Simon Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who died Tuesday at the age of 96. He dedicated his life to fighting prejudice and anti-semitism.
Weisenthal wrote in his book "Justice not Vengeance," "Survival is a privilege which entails obligations. I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived."
Wiesenthal can be credited with having helped bring more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.

For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews. It can also be other people. We saw it begin in Germany with Jews, but people from more than twenty other nations were also murdered. When I started this work, I said to myself, 'I will look for the murderers of all the victims, not only the Jewish victims. I will fight for justice.'
(Quoted in an interview in Penthouse Magazine, 1983)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

one for the gipper and for my friend David Morris 2/28/83

David Morris was a guy I met when I was 16 years old. We met in California while we were working for the American Friends Service Committee. He was a fellow Easterner tho- straight from the Bronx. A nice Jewish guy. So, we stayed friends for years and years, writing letters, visiting back and forth. David was diagnosed with MS while he was a sophomore at Wash U. and I watched his steady decline. He sent me this post card in 1983 and it was typed out. Some letters were typed and there would be his signature at the bottom---just "David" barely legible. He would hate that I am writing this and he hated pity and help and made fun of the scooter he had to use. I actually cannot remember the exact year that he died but I remember the letters and postcards becoming fewer as he became weaker and then I received a letter from his mother. I don't know why I am telling you all of this. I just sometimes think of how he would have been a great journalist, how he had a stunning and wonderful sense of humor and how he knew that this postcard would someday be a collector's item.

another gem from the archives

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Happy Anniversary, Denise and Tom!

Wishing you 24 more years of wedded bliss. Love and xx-Becky

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Happy Birthday, Jerry

Love, Becky

Announcing******

QVC's newest Show Host!! Shawn Christopher!! Can you say, "Mango Mousse" Shawnie?
PS>I'm just bursting my grandma buttons---It's Baby's First Product!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Here's a little something special-

for someone mighty special---

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Good Morning from the Craft Cave

Oh, this is so great! Sheila has a blog! You all go to the Red Lead blog and click on Sheila Heege. Sheila makes beautiful jewelry which is also beautifully crafted. Let me reiterate the beautifully crafted part-Each piece! I have some of her jewelry and it is not only fun, a pleasure to wear, but just everything- sparkly, colorful, and as they seem to think is of major importance on the shopping channel- When I wear it- I get so many compliments! And that is no lie! Oh yeah and one other thing, Sheila is a GENUINELY nice person. As you can tell, I am one of Sheila's biggest fans. She and her jewelry are one in the same-THE BEST!
You go Sheila!!!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

a rhetorical question

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

And the winner is........

ANGELICA! (Fab yarn label is a bonus.) Send me your address and I will mail you your prize. Visitor #200 obviously does not know your basic high class item when he/she sees it. Stay tuned for future fun contests on the blog as my co-worker cleans out her closets. Thanks for playing and have a nice day!

Hallowe'en happy

Another little somethin'

Monday, September 12, 2005

Announcing a fun and fab CONTEST!

If you are the 200th visitor to this blog, you will be the lucky winner of this valuable prize!!!! (please note that it is not just your everyday resin cast figurine...it is mounted on geuine wood and it has protective pads on the bottom!) Someone left it on the counter in the kitchen at work and I just could not pass it up. So....if you are the 200th visitor, leave me a note with your address in the comment section and I will mail it to you, dust and all. Well, maybe, I'll dust it off. And no fair running up the counter so that you win!
*my family members and myself not eligible*

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sharon is right!!!

Snag that Golden fluid acrylic paint (such depth, such clarity!) and not only a stiff bristle brush, but sometimes a really old, crappy, bristle brush and voila! See also, Sharon's Hallowe'en spinner box at http://www.cut-up-paper.typepad.com

Friday, September 09, 2005

Every time I get this catalog-

I just want everything-And everything that I want is $600. I want to call the Bobster and tell him- "Yo, no one I know can drop $640 on a silver bracelet." But then again...That acronym would spring into my head-WAIT-Why am I talking? I don't know why this catalog makes me crazy, but it does. Maybe it's this romantic western thing that is sooo far away for a round little Jewish broad. And I still love Robert Redford; elitist catalog and all. I don't even care that I know deep down he looks nothing like this airbrushed picture. Just thought I would do something with the catalog this time instead of just throwing it out!

A little Halloween fun

Art? by Becky Girl
Couch and chair by Lazy Boy

i know, i know...

all you jewish mothers out there will be telling me-"you don't know where that thing has been!" i picked this up off the street this morning while i was out walking. i just thought, some little kid spent a lot of time making this and it ought to be rightly show-cased!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

someone out there did something nice for me last week



so...i made her this little atc as a way of saying thanx!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

kinda funny

Pretty amusing...So, installed this fab counter- look to the right. I think I am the only one who gets on the blog tho...I keep checking to see if the # is going up! Oy.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Donations for disaster victims

In case anyone is interested in donating specific items for the refugees, the Family Church in Chesterfield is taking donations. There is a drop-off site on Chesterfield Airport Rd. I was there today and donated, so I am giving you "good" information. They are asking for the following-Water, non-perishable food, esp. pop-top canned goods, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, diapers/pull-ups, plastic utensils, paper goods, baby bottles, pacifiers, blankets, toothbrushes/toothpaste, towels, soap and shampoo. They are filling up a huge truck and bringing it down to Louisiana and they said they would be collecting all week. Take 40W and get off the Chesterfield Airport Rd./Long Rd. exit. Go left at the first stop light. The drop off site is a little way down on the right hand side. You can't miss it. The church address is 145 Valley Center Drive. Phone is 636-532-3446. Also, the list that I have says that they would like cases of items over individual donations, but I just went to Walmart and bought a bunch of stuff and they took it. They also took clothes that I brought, but you may want to call and see if they are still taking the clothing.

too spooky


I heart Hallowe'en!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

a day with the kidz


I neglected to take a photo of the 8 zillion matchbox cars on the floor under our feet where these photos were taken.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

havin' a ball at my favorite place...


on earth!!!

something new.


I seem to pick a stamp and then make a bunch of stuff with the same image...I love this little girl. She's got that far away look in her eyes.

Watch out!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Oh Shawnie......



Look what Maw Maw got for YOU!

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