Thursday, August 17, 2017

Leaving today ...

Just from looking at the card,
can you guess where he's going?

I'm sure his family isn't excited,
but I'm guessing he is.
On to new adventures,
new learnings, new friends
and a new life.

Congratulations, Christopher!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Birthday Greetings to My Cousin

... from Texas to Arizona.
If you know Lisa, you know she's well deserving
of the best birthday ever. 

Happy birthday with lottsa love!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Friendship Day

It rolls around every August
on the first Sunday.
What a wonderful day.
A day to let somebody know you value their friendship.

Kendra's friends, Andrea and Victoria,
and Glenda's Secret Sister
received these cards.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My (not-so) Little Friend

I cannot believe Julia turns 16 today.
WHERE does the time go?
Gosh - I remember the day she was born.

Cards to her certainly have changed.
She used to get little girl cards.
Now her cards are much more sophisticated.
Just like her.

Happy birthday, Julia.
Enjoy every second of your special day.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

One more cousin celebrates

Hmmmmmmmmm ... if she's not a blood cousin,
but married to my cousin,
does that make the two of us cousins?
Doesn't matter.
In my eyes, I love her like she's blood.

Happy birthday, Lois.
Enjoy your day to the fullest.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Not my norm ...

Got some of those new inks a while back.
I'm sure I'm not the only one that buys things.
Things I just "have to have"
and then leave them in the packaging
for days/weeks on end.

Finally got them out and started to play.
This is actually the very first experiment
and I'm quite pleased with the result.

Once I decided I liked it well enough to actually mail it,
I chose this image.
Top to bottom, lighter to darker
and the colors kinda match.

You know Vicki ...
she's my friend that knits nests.
She loves going to farm to table events
and this image reminds me of her.

Happy birthday, special friend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Happy birthday to me

I'm not sure which birthday I was celebrating here.
Maybe my seventh?
Must have been a party going on.
See all the plates, forks and spoons?
And a store-bought cake?
Unheard of!

I do know that this was my 10th birthday.
It was a surprise party with all of my friends
and my sister.
And yes, I was very surprised.

I remember my mother allowing me
to choose whatever I wanted to wear that day.
But I don't remember how they
got me out of the house.
Or where everybody was
when they yelled, "SURPRISE!!"

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Belated Wedding Gathering

The marriage took place about two months ago.
Last evening we went to
their belated wedding gathering.

Here's the bag that contained the gift.

The card was paper clipped
onto the back of the bag.

Here's a close-up view of the card.

And you'll see, all of the above
was color coordinated to go with the actual gift.
I decided to pull a photo off his Facebook page

and created something for them,
which is their wedding picture on a canvas.

And here's the complete package.

Congratulations and best wishes,
Tammy and Bill.
Keep on honeymooning!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Aunt Sharon

Not my aunt.
I don't have an aunt Sharon.

But Rachel does.
And her aunt celebrated yesterday.

I'm hoping her day was filled with
chippy wood and a field full of daisies.
And much, much more!

Friday, July 21, 2017


Taylor's birthday was yesterday.
Rachel's birthday is today.

I thought these images were perfect
for two young women.

Happy birthday to both of you.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Many years later ...

I met Jennifer in 2004.
Waaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy back in 2006,
she commissioned me to create a canvas
so that she could gift her sister.

Jennifer moved and we lost touch.
Until last month.
The Runner and I went out for lunch
and lo and behold,
Jennifer was waitressing.

A no-brainer.
We jumped right in like we never lapsed.
Over the years, we both often wondered
"whatever happened to Jennifer/Sue?"

We talked, of course, about my art.
She asked if I was still creating.

Same sister, celebrates a birthday today.
And here's the card I created for her.
I'd like to think I've come a long way
in my compositions over the years.
Happy birthday, Sarah!!!!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

... and we named her Alescia Lynn

50 years ago today, at 4:19 in the afternoon.
I just cannot wrap my head around the fact
that I have a child that's 50.
That's a half a century!!!!

Cards galore.
This one is from her mamma and Popi.

... from her friend

... from another friend 

... and a canvas from that same friend. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

All Belly.

Check this out!
This was taken 50 years ago today.

The eve of the birth of my first child.
Can you say "oh my!?!"

I'm standing in my parents' front yard
with my late Aunt Julie and Uncle Ray.

And I was very, very ready!

Did you happen to notice
I was wearing the same maternity top
I wore almost three years later
when I posed for my son's birth day eve picture?
That was deliberate!

Happy birthday eve, Alescia.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy birthday, Bill

For all he put me through growing up,
he shouldn't get a birthday card from me!
Bet you couldn't find two cousins
that fought more than we did.

Some of those arguments
were because of what he made me do.
You see, he loved (and still loves) cars.
His dad used to take him to all the car dealerships
in the small town where we lived.
He'd collect all the brochures
one for me and one for him.
And then he used to make me play
"car school."
You heard me right.
Car School.
WHO plays car school?

He gave me homework and told me
to study the brochures.
Then he'd give me written tests.

He loved his red pencil!
And his favorite grade was an "F" - must have been
his favorite because that's what he always gave me.
I'm still traumatized!

Now that we're a little older,
we don't fight any more.
And we don't play that silly car school either.

Now we recommend good books to each other.
Hence, the image on his birthday card.

!! Shocker !!
He spent Father's Day going to a car show.
Suppose he's surprising me with a new car?
For all of the bad grades he used to give me?
Well he should, don't you agree?

Happy birthday, Billy.
You see, he'll always be Billy to me!

Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm behind ...

I was on time - even early
on getting the cards finished.
Just not on time for posting them here.
Shame on me!

Going to start out with two sympathy cards.
Don't like making these
but I know how important it is to receive.
A few weeks ago, my mother's best friend
joined her husband and my parents in heaven.
I'm sure they are having a grand time
playing cards!

Diane retired and got this lovely card.

Art had another birthday.

Mark and Julie celebrated another year together.

What I love about the not-necessarily newlyweds
is that they are still in love
and aren't afraid to show it.
Just look at these two love birds.
Aren't they endearing?

My grandson, Andy, turned 29 the other day.
HOW can that be?
I couldn't resist using this picture.
Wish I could remember how old he was then.

Our good friend, Dave,
recently celebrated.
We always sit with them at the outdoor concerts
so I thought this image was perfect.

Brian the chemist celebrated.
How apropos that I found this image.

Tiffany recently added another year.

I wrote in the card to Beverly
"you'll be my friend 'til the cows come home."

I told you I'm late in my postings.
My good friend, Pat, celebrated in May.
Yes, I am that far behind.

I hope to do better in the future!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

My wish is that all fathers,
bonus fathers and
fathers-to-be are honored today.

A few cards
and a framed picture of father and son ...

Happy Father's Day to my dad.
I wish he were here to enjoy this day.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A beautiful birthday celebration

My friend's mother celebrates 93 years today!
May your year be the best ever
filled with happiness and good health.

Happy birthday, Frances, and God bless.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

!!! Happy Birthday !!!

If they were alive today,
I'm sure my mother would have made
one of these cakes for him.
It was her specialty.
Yes - chocolate cake with sea foam icing.
I can taste it now.

Not sure how many years ago this was
or how old he was,
but by the looks of all these candles,
he was no Spring chicken.

I think he was directing the choir
as they sang to him.

Happy birthday, Daggett.
I love you and I miss you, Daddy!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My cousin's husband's cousin

That was a mouthful!
Yes, a cousin and her husband
celebrated their 30th anniversary
while on a European river cruise.
How's that?
The 30th on the 30th!!!!!

Happy Anniversary, Cindy and Robert

Check it out

I love how the sunlight is casting shadows
on the front of this dresser.
Here's the card Kathleen gets to open
for her birthday.

Enjoy all the celebrations in your honor!