Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Fancy Shawl For The First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama models a handmade shawl she received from Director of Public Affairs for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Nedra Darling. (Photo: Lawrence Jackson/Associated Press) First Lady Michelle Obama continued her getting-to-know Washington tour on Monday with a visit to the Department of the Interior where she announced that President Obama would soon appoint a White House policy adviser dedicated to tribal issues such as sovereignty, health care and education.

Mrs. Obama said the new policy adviser - whose name is expected be announced in a few weeks - would focus on "the well-being of Native American families and the prosperity of tribes all across this country."

"For those of you focused on meeting the federal governments obligations to the Native Americans, understand that you have a wonderful partner in the White House right now," she said.

This was Mrs. Obama's third speech before a crowd of federal employees. Mrs. Obama has promised to visit all of the cabinet-level agencies to thank employees for their service and to listen to their concerns. Last week, she visited the Departments of Housing and Education.

On Monday, she again pitched the president's economic stimulus plan as she did during her agency visits last week.

"At a time when so many Americans are out of work, sound energy and environmental policies are going to help create thousands of jobs through the economic recovery and reinvestment plan that Barack is out there promoting today,'' Mrs. Obama said.
The first lady was greeted by hundreds of workers, celebrated with a traditional Native American "Honor Song" and wrapped in a bright lavender shawl.

Nedra Darling, a spokeswoman for the office of the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and a member of the Pottawatomie tribe, draped the shawl over Mrs. Obama's shoulders.

"It's a hard place to live and work," Ms. Darling said of Washington. The song and shawl "will provide her strength and courage and duration through her tenure and beyond," Ms. Darling said.

Article sent to me by Sheila Rocha.


joonbeam said...

Joni, what a beautiful shawl and gorgeous photo, too! Thanks for the good news. I hope we'll see many more positive reports in the coming years. ox joon

Brett Ward said...

It's about time. Maybe it will be Nedra. Maybe it'll be Mankiller, if she's interested (is she still around?). Can't wait to see what becomes of it all. Thanks for the article Joni!

jstinson said...

Wilma Mankiller is alive and well. You can read her Women's Hall of Fame entry here:

maryeb said...

That's a really gorgeous shawl.

On a Whimsey said...

A beautiful shawl, a lovely lady and lots of hope!

thewildhare said...

What a beautiful shawl, photo, and article Joni! Thanks for sharing. I hope that the shawl brings our First Lady the strength that she will need in these challenging times!

rozzissweetpeas said...

Thanks for sharing this...the shawl is gorgeous and it will bless her to help us. I know it will. thanks rozzi

Jean Levert Hood said...

I love that you keep us up to date on these things, Joni. What a beautiful shawl!