Family

Last week was the one year anniversary of my Aunt Darlene’s death. I have been thinking about her many times this week and the past year.  It was a great personal loss along with a great family loss. She was an Owens by marriage and very different from my grandfather’s quiet and speak only when necessary, second family (Uncle Glenn was her husband and my dad’s brother).  She was always warm and friendly with a welcoming smile on her face. She was the one who kept us together as a family. She would pass along news of a wedding, a birth, or a death in the family. Whatever needed to be communicated to other member was done through Aunt Darlene. Family members felt comfortable talking to her.  If it hadn’t been for her, I may have lost touch with many of the other family member.

Her eldest grandchild ask if he and his fiance’ could be married at the farmhouse she and my uncle purchased after retirement. When Aunt Darlene invited me, I didn’t think twice about traveling to Iowa, my dad’s and uncle’s growing up years were spent there. I arrived a couple of days before the wedding. Aunt Darlene already decided I was staying with my cousin, Steve, just down the road. That was great to be around his wife and family. Aunt Darlene said my Uncle Glenn was excited for me to visit and to show me around the farm and nearby areas.  I would not have known and he would not tell me.

Luckily, my dad came from a large family. I have one aunt and one uncle remaining.

I decided any years ago not to follow in the Owens’ footsteps. I was very shy, so I got a job was a waitress. I had to communicated with people. Then I moved on to

As the years pass, I feel family is more and more important. It is not that I did not feel that all my life. It was a difficult decision to move to Montana those many years ago because I had grown up with my aunts and uncles around me.  We spent many Sundays visiting. Every holiday was an occasion to have dinner at someone’s house. As the families grew, we started holding these special days at parks. I remember when I decided to take a job in Montana and then to stay there, it was a very difficult decision.  I knew my relationship with my family would change. I was too far to drop by for the weekend.

Enjoy the good weather,

Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery, charlenesbags.etsy.com

New Towels

Trout Tea Towel $15.00

Trout Tea Towel $15.00

I am always exploring new embroidery designs. Here I am introducing “custom state tea towels” and a “trout tea towel.”  There are many more at my shop, charlenesbags.etsy.com. Soon I will be adding embroidered tissue covers for those small tissue packets to keep them from tearing open.  Also, I am working on cosmetic bags for lack of a better term.  They are small zippered bags to keep this or that when traveling or at home as a nice embroidered bag for your cosmetics. So stay tuned.

Calling All Crafters

A friend and I have been brainstorming about our blogs the past couple of days.  We would like to post other crafter’s blogs with a link at my sidebar titled “My Creative Friends.”  All we ask is that you do the same for us with a link on your blog sidebar.  The goal is to create a network of blogs.

You may notice that I changed my profile picture. It is my lovely dog, Lily, and me after her first day home with me.  She was a rescue on death row.  She was to be euthanized the next morning because her time at the shelter ran out.  She was pulled out of the shelter in San Bernardino, California and somehow made it to Power of the Paw group in Big Fork, Montana.

Charlene

Currently Under Construction

I am updating my blog site thanks to my friend, Joyce Jacobs, http://www.montanatwirls.com.

You will notice it has a different format along with headings and pages displaying my products. Check in and see how much progress I am making. Take a look at the new design.  I hope you like it.

That’s all for now.

Charlene, Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery,  charlenesbags.com, charlenesbagsetsy.com

Check out Montana Twirls

My friend, Joyce Jacobs, has a wonderful shop with many items for children of all ages – both boys and girls.  Her items are amazing.  She is very talented. Her sewing is well done.  Follow her blog at http://montanatwirls.com/ .  Her store is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MontanaTwirls

Onesie with Ruffles, Ladybug, Polka Dots, Appliqued Onesie Bow Size 3mo, 6mo, 9mo, 12mo, 18mo     Red Soft and Shiny Baby, Toddler, Kids, Small Adult  Baseball Cap - Custom Orders for Specialty Fabric Welcome     Baby Girl Pink Butterfly Applique Bodysuit with a matching Baseball Cap  Tote Bag for Kids, Personalized Book Bag, Car Trip, Toy Bag, Lunch Bag, Party Bag, Gift Bag, Overnight Bag

Talk with you later,

Charlene

Charlene’s Bags & Embroidery, www.charlenesbags, etsy.com, www.charlenesbags.com