Runs with Scissors
I am so happy to be here on the Penny Black blog, a warm and cozy place on a cold January day. It looks like the holiday decorations are put away, the mess from the New Year’s party is cleaned up (mostly) and the brand new calendar is in place with reminders of things to come.
Did anyone else have trouble knowing what day of the week it was over the holidays? Every day felt like a Sunday to me. I was so confused about what day it was that I called to schedule a haircut and asked for a Friday appointment.
There was a slight hesitation and then my sweet hair dresser said, “Well, I could work you in on Saturday.” “Great, said I”, not realizing that I had asked to have an appointment on New Year’s Day. She was very kind when I saw her that Saturday and pretended that it could have happened to anyone.
January: named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. Myth has it Janus could see ahead to the future as well as looking back at the past. January is a perfect time to do both. It is also a great time for resolutions, reorganizing, and new beginnings.
It is also a great time to enjoy Penny Black’s new release Love Always. While this new release is full of hearts and flowers perfect for making Valentines, the dies and stamps are versatile enough for sending love and kindness throughout the year: birthdays, anniversaries, thinking of you, weddings, encouragement and get well.
Penny Black mice are the only mice I love! I stamped and embossed the Letter Background in white on a red heart and added a layer featuring the two adorable mice from Critter Love who are about to mail themselves off on Valentine’s Day. That branch of blooming hearts aptly named Love is Growing adds detail and texture. I can’t wait to use it all year long.
Love Always means any time, any season. Here’s Mimi having a happy summer day sending love with butterflies and flowers. This image of Mimi is from the transparent set Together where you can find more sweet images that remind us of warm and sunny days. Mimi is sending great big love using the die True Love.
How fun to combine the Triple Love die with a kitty from the Critter Love transparent set. How easy it would be to make multiple Valentines using that die. I see so much potential with the three different “love” fonts, so snippable to be used in various ways on a card.
Well, before we look forward let’s take a moment to look back at some Christmas photos:
With temperatures in the 70’s, Mr. RWS was able to enjoy his book on the patio on Christmas Eve. (I was in the kitchen, making some Christmas magic.) It was just the two of us, but we enjoyed turkey dinner with all the trimmings and ate in the dining room. We hardly noticed the torrential rains that lasted all Christmas day. Cooper barely tolerated his little top hat, but loved opening boxes to find his new toys and a new collar.
Wisdom found on Facebook: “The hardest part of any project is getting started.”
Once I cleared the living room of the tree and all the decorations, it was time to get started on the resolutions I made for the new year. My resolutions all have their origin in the amount of guilt I carry about the situation they are meant to resolve. First of all, is the closet in the craft room. I’ve avoided doing anything about that disaster because I really didn’t know how to start.
So, remembering the Facebook wisdom, I just started! I grabbed containers and stamps and paper pads and just pulled them out of the closet and into the room. I packed wood block stamps into a large plastic tote and realized one tote would not be enough for my 15 year collection. I emptied plastic containers, reorganized the survivors and then cleaned up the mess in the middle of the room. I haven’t finished purging the stamps but it’s a great start. Time to buy more totes!
Work in progress.
Room to grow! I’m sure it won’t be long before the shelves are full again.
Next project: clothes closets! From past experience I realize I cannot purge my closet of all the unwanted, unworn clothes in one attempt. I purge the easy-to- part-with items on the first attempt. A few days later, I go through everything again and lo and behold, find more items I haven’t worn in years but finally realize I can live without them. And the third time might seem like it would be the most difficult, but by this time I have hardened my heart and am able to part with those items I’ve been holding onto for sentimental reasons. After three times through the closet over the course of a week, I emptied 65 hangers. Sadly, the closet still looks full.
Mr. RWS was inspired by my hard work and decided to organize his closet, too. Because his wife occupies more than half of the walk in closet, he has a free standing closet out in the garage where he keeps his out of season clothes. He quickly removed all the short sleeved items from the indoor closet and replaced them with the long sleeved items from his garage closet. Total amount invested in project: less than ten minutes. Mr. RWS has not accumulated clothes he does not wear and has no sentimental attachment to any of them. I might add, he also does not have clothing in three different sizes.
This cute and sweet little girl is from the mini set Goodness. I deleted her big lollipop in order to add the tic tac toe image from the Happy Hearts transparent set which also includes several heart designs along with musical notes and a tiny heart border. Seriously, I think it could be called a Valentine-making kit! It is also a set you could depend on for anniversaries and weddings, too.
Maybe it was Santa, maybe it was an Elf on the Shelf, but someone must have told Penny Black that I was in the mood for coloring little girl images. This sweetie is from the mini set XOXO and I’ve colored and fussy cut her and placed her on the Polaroid die cut trimmed with that amazing Love is Growing diecut. How perfect this little set will be for birthdays and other occasions when sending love is needed.
When you have grown tired of cold and dreary winter, the sweet image in the mini set Summer Love will help you look forward to the blue-sky days of summer clouds and ice cream cones. I had fun mixing patterned paper from the Wintertime Designer Paper Pad. It’s not just for wintertime, it seems. I couldn’t help myself: I had to add the sunny yellow Love Always heart border with the hugs and kisses message embossed.
Happily, my brand new calendar includes a year full of Saturdays and I am excited that I will be sharing some of those with all of you here at the Penny Black blog. I am looking forward to more inspiration and new Penny Black products throughout the year. I am also starting out this year with brand new scissors and the package states they have a full lifetime warranty. However, the manufacturer also states that they “shall in no event be liable for any incidental or consequential damages”. It sounds like any damage caused by running with scissors is not covered under their warranty.
I just noticed it’s time to clean up and then bundle up and be gone until next time. I think I will finish the New Year’s party cleanup before I leave. Ahhhh, the memories! Jill and Elizabeth were singing holiday songs while Heather played the piano. Cathy was busy finishing up a few projects but made sure everyone had snacks and drinks. Mimi and Peet were setting things up for a game of charades (Now, that was an interesting game!) Alexandra had her camera out, already planning her New Year scrap book layout. Angela sent each of us home with our very own portrait: so much better than a photo booth! A very good time was had by all.
Cooper and I were happy to have been invited and we really enjoyed ourselves. However, we stayed up way past our bedtime.
This is poor Cooper, worn out from the partying. It’s official: that is no longer my blanket.
Happy New Year everyone. May this be a year of good health, good friendships and all good news. Thank you for setting aside some of your time to join me on the Penny Black blog. I especially thank you for the lovely comments you leave for me. Don’t forget to share your Penny Black creations in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. I love seeing how you use the fabulous Penny Black stamps and dies.
Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies:
- Stamps: 30-331 Critter Love, 1999L Letter Background, 30-323 Together, 30-326 Happy Hearts, 30-327 Goodness, 30-330 XOXO, 30-324 Love and Hugs, 30-173 Charms, 30-228 Summer Love
- Dies: 51-181 Love is Growing, 51-183 True Love, 51-187 Triple Love, 51-184 Sweet Heart, 51-037 Polaroid, 51-033 Silver Linings
- Designer Paper: Wintertime
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