I received the “crafty” gene from several family members. But, one of the most notable was my Grandma Parker. I have such fond memories of spending time with my grandparents in Arnold, California. This beautiful mountain community is nestled in the Sierra Mountains. My grandparents lived about four hours from my house, so visiting them was very special since there were only a handful of visits a year. My Grandma Parker was very crafty. She made award winning quilts, knitted, crocheted, embroidered and made assorted crafts. I remember sitting next to her playing with her knitting needles and yarn pretending to knit right along side her. I was probably around eight years old when she began teaching me all these skills. Teaching me was a little difficult because I am left-handed and she was right. But, she was probably the most kind, patient and loving person I know and taught me with such grace. Over the years, anything she made for me I treasured with my whole heart. She had began the tradition of giving me an ornament each year for Christmas. A few of the glass ornaments have not made it. However, I still have the first ornament she gave me. It is a glass clown from 1964. Each year I pack it away, I am sure to wrap it carefully so it can survive another year. Then, I have my favorite ornament she gave me. She made a beautiful golden, bead-draped ball. I call it my Cinderella ornament. My grandma died when I was in the ninth grade. I am so grateful that I have these wonderful ornaments to admire each year and remember her.
Another tradition is creating calendars each year. My gift to you is how to create these fun Minutes Picfolio calendars.