Runs with Hot and Humid Scissors!
Hello, hello Penny Black friends. How glad I am to come in out of the hot and humid Alabama weather. To quote a friend, “We have the muggies.”
Before we finally settled in Alabama, we lived in Arizona for a few winters. Somehow we never managed to head North soon enough to totally avoid some really high temperatures. But, you might say, “it was a dry heat”. Well, dear friends, so is sticking your head in a heated oven! Sunshine is a good thing, but when that Arizona sun is turned up to “high” and is unrelenting in its fierceness, one can wish for a cloudy day.
Fortunately, the air conditioning in the Penny Black studio is set to “high” and I have had a great time playing with the Sunshine and Smiles release.
The Gothic Gate die is so intricate and delicate, including the little keyholes in the gate. You can leave it shut or open it to reveal what is behind the gate. This time I’ve stamped, embossed, colored and cut out the flowers from the Collage of Wishes stamp, even rearranging the flowers. The flowers are mounted on silvery designer paper from the Beau Jardin paper pad with a strip of the same paper added to the front. The butterflies couldn’t resist the pretty flowers and just showed up.
Mr. Fox from the Smile all Day transparent set is enjoying a visit from a butterfly friend. He’s colored with Copics and having a super smiley day.
These bird images from the Floral and Feathers transparent set may be miniature in size, but the detail is amazing. I stamped and colored the images with Copics and mounted them on circles backed with designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad.
Hmmmm… I just reread my opening paragraphs and realize I sound pretty whiney about the weather! I don’t like dry heat, I don’t like humidity …maybe July brings out the whiney in me.
Speaking of whining: one of my sons as a toddler had me reaching for my Dr. Spock “how to” book more often than the other children did. He seemed to be following the book perfectly as he walked as predicted, talked on schedule, hit the terrible two’s right on time and then nearing the age of three, as predicted, developed the habit of whining.
No sentence was spoken in a normal or upbeat tone. No question was asked in a hopeful manner. No request was issued enthusiastically. Every communication was done in a most magnificent whine. No amount of discussion or correction changed his whining. This went on for several months and one day, probably a hot and muggy day in July when I felt whiney myself, I had listened to one whine too many. I turned to this adorable, big-eyed, shaggy haired little tyke in his cute little summer sunsuit and in a stern tone said to him, “Why don’t you just go fly a kite!”
He didn’t miss a beat … he didn’t think about it … he just … in his well-practiced, very drawn out whiney tone replied, “ I DON’T EVEN HAVE A Kiiiii—iiiii—ite”. What’s a hot and muggy mother to do? Laugh out loud and learn to live with it until the next phase took over.
Many years later when given an opportunity to speak at his wedding reception I told the “I don’t even have a kite” story and presented him with … you guessed it … his very own kite. Karma.
Well, here it is again, the Gothic Gate die, this time with a sweetie from the Wet and Wild set resting on a wall in the garden. Perhaps she’s waiting for her friends to come over to run through her sprinkler. She’s simply colored with Copics and placed behind the gate.
I keep this By the Numbers die from a previous Penny Black release handy. It’s the perfect die for birthday or anniversary cards. For this card, I’ve added white dots and some cheerful designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad. Easy peasy and fun, too. Sometimes I just cut a number or two from the diecut and use them on a card.
Cooper never whines; never. If he needs to go outside to the back yard, he will quietly sit by the door until someone notices him. The same when he wants to come back into the house. If I set out with him for a walk, he makes no sound, but just plants his feet firmly and refuses to move if I am going in any direction but that of the park. If he wants food, there is no whining: he just sits in front of me and stares. If I don’t catch on right away or try to ignore him, he will just move closer and stare harder. I have decided that is his version of shouting.
This is Cooper looking as shocked as I was to discover the pitiful condition of my $10 pot of petunias. I knew these petunias were doomed from the day I brought them home, but at the challenge from a friend I gave growing flowers one more try. Honestly, I only forgot to water them once. Good thing I take better care of Cooper than I do petunias.
Speaking of Sunshine and Smiles, it’s been a while since I shared photos of the two youngest grandchildren:
Evelyn Rose is now two years old and this photo was taken at her first (of many, I’m sure) Brewers baseball game in Milwaukee.
And this is baby Jack Lincoln, 7 months old in this photo, who chose to play with his rubber duckie in the shade instead of the kiddy pool at daycare.
Oh dear, it looks like my time is up for today. I’d better stow my scissors and put the stamps, dies and paper back where I found them. The Penny Black studio will be a busy place next week, I’m sure.
Oh, and one more little story: when Mr. RWS read the first few paragraphs where I am complaining whining about dry heat and hot and humid weather, he mentioned I also don’t care much for wet, cold and icy either. Doesn’t he think he’s smart?
Hope the rest of your summer is filled with Sunshine and Smiles. No whining allowed.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black Supplies:
- Stamps: 40-385 Collage of Wishes, 30-304 Wet and Wild, 30-305 Smile all Day, 30-296 Floral and Feathers, 30-283 Snippets, 30-242 Way cool, 30-014 Salutations
- Creative Dies: 51-002 Leaves, 51-129 Leaflets, 51-146 Gothic Gate, 51-137 Swirling Wings, 51-055 Shades, 51-050 Tweet Things, 51-128 Doodles, 51-007 Tagged, 51-054 By the Numbers
- Designer Paper: Beau Jardins, Painted Blooms
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