threading needles, threading words

10 April 2010

DE: Dale Evans and Debi Estleman

This morning, as I was writing content for a Facebook Fan Page (it'll go public when my shop is stocked), I realized that I share initials with the most powerful female presence in 20th century cowboy culture--Dale Evans! We also share the same birth month, we've both written books, and we've always loved all things western.

However, her western wardrobe leaves mine in the dust.

Many women live by these words from Dale Evans--whether they know it or not:
"Cowgirl is an attitude, really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she's just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut."

My handbag designs are meant for that cowgirl, whether she's headed to town for supplies or heading up a board meeting. Whether she's putting on her glad rags for a fandango or the Oscars.

Long live the cowgirl attitude.

03 April 2010

Easter Memories...

I'm fortunate to have many good Easter memories, from my ranch upbringing to raising my children in a small Oklahoma town. The days leading up to Easter were filled with sewing outfits (and shopping for the perfect hats, handbags, and patent leather shoes to go with those outfits), attending choir practice, coloring eggs, and planning menus around my mom's Southern recipes. I miss all of it--even the Sunrise Service, and I am not a morning person!

Now that I have grandchildren, it's even more difficult not being down home to participate in hiding eggs, attending church, and eating too much afterward. But, with a fifteen-hour drive separating us, I must accept the fact that I can't be there for everything.

I'm making a trip soon, though, which will include Mother's Day get-togethers (there'll be four generations of us "girls" at my daughter's church brunch--Mom, Kym, Lydia, and me), time with my son and his wife, soccer and baseball with the grandkids, Silver Dollar City, and visits with friends--both old and new. Lots to do between now and then!

Here's wishing you good memories....
(The lovely vintage postcard is from The Graphics Fairy.)


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