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A May Gem

Emerald Isle (Ireland) and Emerald City (from The Wizard of Oz) conjure up images of lush, rich locations, an apt description for a gem that is one of only four precious stones (diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are the other three). Emerald is considered “The Jewel of Kings,” is a symbol of hope, renewal, and growth, and …

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10 Reasons to purchase a gift basket created by Designs by Alfreda

1.     Baskets are tailored to a theme 2.     Every item is carefully selected to tie-in to the theme 3.     A gift basket shows your thoughtfulness 4.     A gift card may be perceived as impersonal, but never a personalized gift basket 5.     A basket is an overflow of generosity, with many gifts to use over time 6.     Each gift basket has to …

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Nature Stimulates Art

I frequently walk in my neighborhood, giving my muscles a good workout on the hilly terrain. My senses also are awakened with the delights of tulips, forsythia, crabapple, pear, and redbud trees in peak bloom. Springtime in Michigan is bursting with hope and expectation.  The season changes have a way of wiggling into my soul …

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Mother’s Day Delight

Mother’s Day has been an annual tradition in America since the 19th century, with variations of celebrating the day evolving over the years. The “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” were formed after the Civil War to teach young women how to care for their children. The work clubs segued into “Mother’s Friendship Day” to gather mothers of …

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Spring at and on your Door

Warmer temperatures, budding trees, chirping birds, and the sound of lawnmowers mark the spring season.  It’s a perfect time to hang a wreath bursting with colors on your front door or above your fireplace mantel to declare a new season. A wreath created by Designs by Alfreda has handcrafted bows, carefully arranged life-like floral, and adornments that …

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Still Home

Indeed these are challenging times. The government says to stay in as much as possible. However, there should be a balance. We need sunshine–Vitamin D and fresh air. Along with that, it would be nice if the medical community and the government would emphasize the importance of eating healthy and getting the necessary supplements such …

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Staying Safe

The last few weeks have been challenging for all of us. I hope everyone is staying safe doing these times of the corona virus pandemic. My family and I have been staying home. We are spending time being creative and doing various projects around the house. We pray for those who are suffering from the …

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