Thursday, November 15, 2018

It's time!

It's time to rest your weary head on this pillow.
But only for a minute!

You don't have time today for resting.
Why?
Because it's your birthday.

Time to get up and out and kick up your heels
to celebrate.

Enjoy your day, Audrey!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I'm curious ...

I am wondering if, over the years,
 more of her birthdays
were warm or cold like today?

She lives about four hours from me
and it's freezing here
so I'm guessing it's freezing in Houston, too.

I'm thinking maybe she should
fill one of these bowls with hot soup.
THEN move on to the birthday cake and ice cream.

Happy birthday, Kathy.
May your day be filled with all things warm.

Monday, November 12, 2018

A little birthday celebration

Barb celebrated yesterday.

I love birthdays and I'm sure she enjoyed herself.
Phone calls, cards, gifts, cake and ice cream.
Sounds like a perfect day to me.

And a perfect Autumn image
for a November birthday.

Happy birthday, Barb!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Baby Shower Card

It won't be long now
before Amanda holds her little boy in her arms.
Such an exciting time for the family.

Yesterday was the shower
and here's the card.

I'm sure there were enough gifts for this child
to carry him through the first year of his life.
Isn't that what's supposed to happen?

**********

Not sure if you remember seeing this card
a short while ago or not.

Same image, same occasion.
Different shower, different mamma, different baby.

Since I love this image so much,
I challenged myself to change it up.
One for a little girl baby,
one for a little boy baby.

That was fun!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

It's a good day for a wedding

Pete (Patricia) and Paul
will tie the knot later today.

I think it's wonderful when two kind souls
are brought together
after losing their long-time spouses.
Nobody should have to live their lives alone.

Best wishes for Joy, Love and Happiness.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Few November Birthdays

What happens when you have a birthday
close to Halloween?
Well, you get a Halloween-themed card, that's what!
Lauren celebrated two days ago.
How sweet is the smile on that pumpkin?

Yesterday, Celeste celebrated!
I don't know about her,
but I'd love to see this in my entryway.

Today Caroline celebrates her special day.
Wouldn't you love to have a desk and chair like this?
Especially if it had a beautiful bouquet!

Denae loves to go on a safari.
Suppose her resting place was like this?

Last but not least,
my daughter-in-law will be celebrating
in two more days.
(It's safe to post - I checked!)
Another sweet desk and chair, too.

Happy, happy birthday ladies.
I hope your day is/was magnificent,
just like you!





Tuesday, November 6, 2018

"BE ..."

My daughter's friend
was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
That's a tough one to have to go through
and I can't even imagine.

Of course, Audrey's emotions are all over the board.
"Up" days and "down" days
and many "in-between days.

To help her focus on positivity throughout this journey,
I created this "BE …" book for her,
wanting her to focus on the words on each page.
Something to flip through when she's feeling down.

I especially love the large rose-colored carnation
and the two white daffodils.
All three flowers, and the leaves,
are made from some material I've never seen before.
They're hard and I suppose would break easily.
Kind of like porcelain.
And not to let the multi-colored organza flower
take a backseat either.
The fabric was given to me by my friend, Julie,
and I rolled it into this rose.

Here's hoping she can be FEARLESS
as she goes through the process.
The soft tones should be an inspiration.
A bad as she might feel,
I'm hoping she remembers that
"It's A Good Day."

… and COURAGEOUS
This little one in her tutu is sure to
put a smile on Audrey's face.
Go ahead and dance, girl!
Oh - and what's not to love about those back rolls?

Perhaps a trip to the beach
probably isn't in her cards right now,
but maybe just looking at this image
might CALM her.
How could you not feel the serenity?
The light and airy three handmade organza flowers
just add to the calmness of the scene
since they echo the colors of the sea.

I'm hoping UNAFRAID is how she is.
On those days where she is a little afraid,
maybe a vase of white tulips
and an ice cream treat might help.
With a cherry on top, of course!

I chose metal frogs for this page
because they are strong.
Strong enough to hold up the most stubborn flowers.
My wish is that Audrey is as STRONG
or maybe even stronger.
Another fabric rolled rose
and peony-looking organza flower
to grace this page.

FIERCE.
"No matter
how you feel,
get up,
dress up,
show up
and never give up."
I know she can do this.
Not feeling pretty?
Put a string of pearls around your neck
and show us what you got.

POSITIVE.
I'm sure this is something she will need to work on.
The sun comes up every day
and brings light to the world.
And so will she!
(Photo credit goes to Kathy Sibbald.)
Another piece of cardstock
die cut, inked, sprayed and crinkled
to turn it into a happy, layered flower,
much like what might be found on the
floor of these woods.

DETERMINED.
I know she's determined to kick this
and come out even stronger.
Again, following the same process,
these two flowers made from cardstock
that surround the view master slide
are my favorite elements of this page.

PATIENT.
This word and sentiment in the image says it all.
Audrey said this is her favorite page
because she "has none."
Patience, that is.
But I'm sure she's doing the best she can.

At the end of the tunnel,
she will be VICTORIOUS.
Yes, she will.
"Never Stop Believing
in Hope Because
Miracles Happen
Everyday."
Wait for it.
You will be victorious.

The back cover?
beYOUtiful.