I’ve had the pleasure of being on the Creative Team for Amanda Robinson Studios for a while now and after a little hiatus, we are back with a new Team Coordinator, new cut files for your inspiration and, coming soon, new cut file and printable bundles!! If you have a digital die cut machine like a Silhouette, I encourage you to check out Amanda’s shop. She’s got super cute, trendy and usable files for sale as well as a ton that are 100% FREE.
Yesterday she posted a FREE file called Egg Hunt and I got to play with it beforehand.
Okay, so this is about 2 weeks late! Sheesh!! So sorry! I blame Spring Break and a complete lack of structure around here!!
Yeah, that’s it. It has absolutely nothing to do with my “sieve for brains” condition!!
There were 11 comments on my last post so I plugged the numbers into Random.org and got ….
Lucky Number 4 was Lee-Anne Thornton. Congrats Lee-Anne! You are the winner of the 6×6 paper pad. I’ll be in contact with you for your mailing address.
Have a great Friday everyone!!
It’s time for another blog hop with Practical Scrappers where we bust out our stash and try to use up as much as we can. You should have arrived here from Nicole Laha‘s blog but if you just stumbled upon our hop and want to start at the beginning then please start at the Practical Scrappers blog. I am the last stop on the hop this month so I thank you all for coming by! While we are not giving away a prize on the main blog, several of us are hosting smaller giveaways on our blogs so be sure to visit everyone and good luck!! I’ve got a small giveaway today too – details at the end of this post.
This month I decided to share with you how I used up an entire 6×6 paper pad to create a series of cards for a recent Craft Market.
I have quite the collection of 6×6 paper pads. I don’t know how it happened. One minute I had one or two and then next I had over a dozen! They just seem to jump into my shopping cart!! I swear! Anyway, I was determined to find a way to use them up so started playing and before I knew it I had a stack of cards in front of me.
I’m a bit late posting this. I blame a wicked head cold that came on suddenly Monday night! Knocked me out for a couple days. I’m still far from better but at least I feel somewhat human again!! Barring the pounding and relentless sinus headache that is.
But enough wingeing!!
I have an art journal page to share for the monthly feature over at Practical Scrappers. Seeing as Monday was St. Patrick’s Day we were inspired by the prompt “Lucky me”! We also were given the additional challenge of incorporating collaged elements into our page.
Here’s what I created.
This past Tuesday a friend of mine passed away from Breast Cancer.
She was not the type of friend that I had coffee with or called to discuss the latest saga of child dramas, but that didn’t make her any less of a friend.
I first met Beth when Marley, my eldest, was just a baby. I had been taking a stroller fitness class for several months when this bubbly red head joined our group with her new, and equally red-headed, daughter. She was always smiling. It didn’t matter how much Kate fussed, nothing seemed to get Beth down. Every Tuesday and Thursday our little group would meet to walk, lunge, do planks on the grass over our infants and bond as new mothers.
I exercised all through my pregnancy with Paige despite some pelvic issues that made it painful. The camaraderie was something that was hard to walk away from. Once Paige arrived and I was cleared to exercise again, it was back to my standing Tuesday and Thursday date. If you’re a Mom, I’m sure you know what I mean when I say that there is an instant bond between Moms that is hard to beat! Life eventually got in the way and I traded my Buggy Babies days for preschool, Teeny Tiny Ballerinas and my own school courses. But living in a small town, you inevitably run into one another every so often. Whenever I would run into Beth with Kate and her new son John, it was always the same smiling, bubbly young woman that I’d gotten to know while sweating in the park with our infants!
Kate started dancing at the same dance school as Marley and Paige and then Christine came along for me and Emma for Beth. Little did I know how much things had changed for Beth during that last pregnancy! I often complain that Christine “wrecked” me, but I really have nothing to complain about. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know about Beth’s earlier diagnosis. I found out about Beth’s cancer when she got the Stage 4 diagnosis and went “public” in September of 2011. Why has her illness affected me so? To be honest, it is two pronged. I know what it’s like to lose a Mother at a young age and I just can’t imagine what those kids have already gone through and what lies ahead. I know they have a strong family presence to keep them grounded but I also know that it is still going to be a struggle. Their Mom was the biggest fighter I have ever known so they have that going for them! And then there is my empathy for what I’m sure Beth was going through knowing that she was going to leave this Earth without seeing those beautiful children grow, get married and have children of their own. The thought of dying doesn’t scare me and I’m sure it didn’t scare Beth either, but the thought of leaving my children “half-formed” terrifies me!
My aunt once told me of a vision she had of my Mum and Dad standing beside the wreckage of our car with me still trapped inside. My Mum didn’t want to leave but Dad just took her hand and somehow communicated to her that I would be well taken care of and it was time to go. I think of that vision often. I know my parents are watching over me and I know Beth will be watching over her children too. Hopefully those of us left behind will do her justice and care for and nurture her little legacies almost as well as she would have. Continue reading