Friday Favorites

snowballstaywarmTemperatures are in the 20’s here this morning!

Brrrr! 🙂

We’ve already had our first snow of the season, and more is predicted in the next few days. Speaking of snow, you’ve probably noticed that many blogs are featuring falling snowflakes lately! Seeing them reminds me of some especially breath-taking paper snowflakes that I showcased here last December.

Just like Christmas trees and other seasonal decorations – these paper snowflakes truly deserve to be on display every year.

This is just a small sample!

Click here to see many more and also to read about Elsie, an inspirational lady who shares her beautiful paper snowflakes with countless lucky recipients.


I hope you’ll try to find a few moments of quiet time – just for YOU – this weekend! 😀

Meet ya back here on Monday . . .


Friday Favorites

This week’s Friday Favorites features an amazing photo called “The Snow Trekkers”.

It was taken in Switzerland and showcases Mother Nature in all of her majestic beauty!


To see more breath-taking photos by this photographer, click here. 🙂


Interview with the Artist: Elsie

This installment of Interview with the Artist features a very special lady, whose beautiful paper snowflakes have brought joy to countless people . . . and I am one of them!

I “met” Elsie a couple of months ago when she began to comment on the blog. She won the weekly giveaway and afterwards sent me an envelope that contained the most gorgeous paper snowflakes I’d ever seen!


I was simply fascinated by their intricacy, and also very touched that she would surprise me with such a delightful gift! After learning a little more about Elsie, I discovered that she does this all the time.

She very graciously granted me this interview. I know you’ll enjoy it . . . and as Elsie says: “Let it Snow!” 🙂


Were you interested in art as a child?

I loved art and my kind parents always encouraged me. I would cut big square snowflakes and spent lots of time practicing. I also enjoyed drawing, paper arts, painting, and clay/pottery. I became an elementary art teacher and worked until my son was born. He’s 21 now.

Does it take a long time to develop a talent for making them so beautifully?

I learned to cut a wide variety of paper snowflakes as I was teaching my students to cut the 6-sided, more realistic-looking, type of snowflake. We decorated the whole school with them!

Do you need special scissors to create the snowflakes?

I use regular scissors, five inches long, sharp and pointed.

Who are the lucky recipients (besides me!) of these exquisite little pieces of art?

I have given away hundreds of my paper snowflakes to friends (mailed in Christmas cards), neighbors, nursing home residents, hospital patients, hospice staff, also to shelters, schools, and offices.

Can you estimate how many snowflakes you have made over the years?

One year I cut over 2000 of them. Lately I lose count.


Of course white paper is probably best because it makes the most life-like snowflakes, but have you ever experimented with different colors or types of paper?

I still experiment and use pastel colors of blue and pink for hospital maternity floors, or I try to include shapes of angels, trees, or even names in the snowflake designs as a treat for children to find – it’s so fun and I am constantly inspired!

Do you also make paper dolls or other paper art?

My other art interests include origami paper folding, woven paper hearts, personalized paper pumpkins, and window valentines. Paper crafts are inexpensive and portable to work on, and fun to share!


Do you keep any examples of your best work – just for yourself? 🙂

I haven’t saved any snowflakes for myself . . .

I make the snowflakes to be small gifts of appreciation from me, or to send my good wishes during the Holiday Season. The kind notes and letters of thanks I’ve gotten are delightful and bring me joy, and I’ve saved them all. I once received a personal Christmas card, in return, from U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and some of my little snowflakes were on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art, on the office windows of the Education Department! This blog interview invitation from Crystal is thrilling for a Mom from Ohio! Thanks Crystal!

Wishing all a Happy New Year and Let it snow!


If you’d like to contact Elsie about her snowflakes, please leave a comment on this post with your request, and I’ll be glad to forward her email address!


Someone Shook the Snow Globe!

Here in New England, for the last 3 days it has seemed as if we’ve been living inside of a giant snowglobe!

And I mean a snowglobe that someone was continually picking up and shaking! 🙂

It was so beautiful to watch the huge fluffy flakes swirl and dance and frost the trees. The best part was that most of it fell during the weekend – so we didn’t have to leave the house. It gave us a chance to catch up on our Christmas preparations and also to take a break from the whirlwind of rushing that the holidays so often bring.

Here was the view from our back door.


Even if you don’t have the snow excuse, remind yourself to take a little time to relax before the holidays, ok?


Friday Favorites

With the start of snowy weather and the holidays just around the corner, it seems a natural choice to select one of Robert Frost’s most well-loved poems for this week’s *Friday Favorites*. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.