Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Gift for My Sister Friend Jeanne

Every year at this time I start on a quest to find a gift for my very dear friend Jeanne.
Do you have a friend that you just love and treasure so much that it is difficult to find something that portrays that. 
Jeanne is my sister-friend. 
I first heard the term from Maya Angelou. 
As I start on this quest again this year I thought I'd post what I did for last year's gift.
Jeanne and I both love to decorate with things from nature. After going to my favorite "go to places" for "Jeanne Gifts" I remembered that I hadn't hit Mt. Lebanon Floral. I have struck gold with unusual gifts there so often.
I walked in and there on the shelf was this beautiful picture frame and it was like lightening struck and I saw EXACTLY what I was going to do. I had used this little chickadee in my art and some murals before. I found some really earthy paper to paint him on.
I added 3 swarovsky crystals to the wing to tie in the frame.(sorry you can't see it in the photo).
I love making the packaging presentation an important part of your gift.
It just shows you have taken the time to make this special for the person.
First I placed the frame in a blank natural tone box I found at Michael's. I placed upon I think it is deer moss (also at Michael's).
I then hand painted the top. These are her favorite colors. Colors she uses not only in her house, but in her lovely gardens too. If you love gift wrapping ideas one of my favorite blogs is . She has beautiful ideas!
I put glitter in spots which sadly I can never get to photograph right. 
I am a real rookie in the photography department. My son Bryan, who is a wonderful photographer gives me pointers from time to time. You can see his creative work at !! 
Sorry I do tend to wander off point sometimes.... 

I was so excited to give it to her I couldn't stand myself. Yet,I always know I've done well with a gift if part of me thinks I'd like to keep it!
Last September I gave this to her and I have to say she just loved it!! 

I think I actually took her breath away!
I'll keep you posted as I start on this year's quest.
I'd love to hear about your special gift quests and your special places to find them.
I need ideas!!!

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  1. Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comment. Always nice to meet someone who puts such thought into gifting! Love the hatbox too. XO

  2. Hi sweet Shari!!! I'm so glad you commented so I could find your wonderful blog!! And your artwork...what a gorgeous chickadee....I KNOW your dear friend must have just loved it! You can so tell you poured your heart into this gift ~ I hope you are doing great and you know I'll be back, hugs and love, Dawn