Runs with “Throwback” Scissors
Hello, Penny Black friends! I am here with “Throwback Saturday”. Today I have picked some of my favorite Penny Black stamps, dies and papers to play with. While I love the new release “So Special”, I just have to ink up some favorites one more time.
Who can resist a pretty in pink birthday card? I started with designer paper from the Painted Blooms paper pad. The bottom layer of the butterfly, a diecut using the Flights of Fancy die, was colored with Memento Luxe inks. The delicate top layer was cut from vellum with the Swirling Wings die. Love the generous size of these butterfly dies.
For this card I went bold. That gorgeous bloom is from the Come Rain or Shine transparent set. I amputated the leaves from the bloom and diecut leaves from the Leaves die set. A girl can’t have too many floral stamps and Penny Black does them best.
This image from Mimi’s Many Loves transparent set is one of eight Penny Black umbrella images in my collection. This time I paper-pieced the umbrella and the cute couple’s outfits. It’s a simple design that allows the image to take center stage.
Chapter 3: Even More Problems with Liquids (continued)
Last week’s chapter ended with our RV sporting brand new insulation and lining after our black tank disaster in Maine.
Maine was not all about black water and repairs. I remember thinking as I gazed at the rugged coastline and water that it would be impossible for anyone from Maine to be content to live anywhere else. There is no place like it.
Labor Day was quickly approaching and all RV parks in the area were full for the holiday. R made arrangements for us to spend the long weekend at a family campground in St. Martins, New Brunswick Canada. We would spend the weekend camping on the shore of the Bay of Fundy.
What a magnificent place to spend the holiday. The Bay of Fundy is known for having the highest tide range in the world: a 55 foot surge. What a privilege to observe this phenomenon and enjoy the beach, the waves and the seashells. We also enjoyed the small nearby restaurant serving the best Fish ‘n Chips ever. So delicious and so reasonably priced we treated ourselves to the same meal every evening we were there.
But now the holiday was drawing to a close and Mr. RWS and I were invited to R and S’s trailer for one last evening of dominoes before we hit the road again.
Note: RV’ers play a lot of dominoes. And card games. And Bocci Ball. And shuffleboard. And some RV’ers even golf.
After a couple of hours it was time for Mr. RWS and I to return to our own RV for a good night’s sleep before pulling out in the morning.
Can you imagine our surprise when we stepped into our RV home and discovered an inch of water covering the surface of the living area? We should have known something was wrong when the RV steps were dripping water. It was not a pretty picture, Dear Reader.
We quickly checked the kitchen faucet: nope, not the culprit this time. The bathroom faucet was tightly closed, too. That only left … the toilet!
Yes, the foot pedal that flushed the toilet had stuck, which allowed the water to continuously flow into the toilet and when the bowl was full, to flow downward into the living and kitchen areas of the trailer. We had our personal Bay of Fundy high tide.
Note: Toilets in RV’s are flushed using a foot pedal at the base of the toilet. There is no handle on a water tank like we are used to in our homes. Talk to me about how long it took us to unlearn the “flushing with my foot” procedure.
We immediately shared our bad news with R and S, needing their help to mop up. I thought if we each had a bucket and could soak up water using towels that we could get the job done before morning.
I was surprised how calmly R took the news. After all, he was once again being dragged into a problem with liquids that was no fault of his. Instead of looking angry or annoyed, R had a rather smug look on his face as he opened the under storage area of his RV. After pulling out plastic totes of supplies, camping chairs, extra hoses, tool box, and bowling balls … wait! Were those bowling balls? Did R really keep their bowling balls?
Well, right after the bowling balls, R reached in and pulled out his …. Shop Vac! Dear Reader, RV’ers are cautioned early and often to limit the amount of cargo carried in your RV. There are weight limits set for safety and fuel economy. I doubt at that time there was even one other person RV’ing that had bowling balls and a Shop Vac in the cargo storage area of their RV. But how could I give R a hard time when the ShopVac was just what we needed?
We sucked up as much of the water as we could and finished drying out the interior space with chamois type towels.
However, we now realized that all that water had leaked down into our brand new insulation and liner. Mr. RWS and I looked at each other in total dismay and finally gave each other a nod. The insulation situation was terminal.
Because of the large amount of water under the RV, we decided that it was best if we drained as much as we could before pulling out the insulation. The men jacked up the front of the trailer as high as it would go, leaving our RV in a “heads up” position. Picture, if you will, a praying mantis, because that is what our trailer looked like. And water was pouring out the back end.
By this time I was nearly hysterical from the stress, work, worry and irony of the situation. I was terrified the managers of the campground would come around to see what we were up to and possibly evict us that night. Once again we were illegally dumping water. Quickly I came up with an explanation for the weird position of our RV.
I would tell the manager and anyone else who inquired that our RV was subject to anxiety the night before any long trip and the only way to induce calm was to rub its tummy, therefore, the need for the upright position. Who could argue with such a story?
While the trailer was in a near standing position, Mr. RWS slashed the new lining and removed the sodden insulation. We discarded $500 worth of garbage bags that night.
As planned, we set out the next morning spending a week meandering our way back to the United States enjoying gorgeous scenery, visiting National parks, picnicking on a sandy beach (in the wind, giving new meaning to the word “sand”wich).
We were finally headed to Pennsylvania and from there we would head to Camping World in New Jersey to have our awning replaced. I have spared you the awning story.
Note: Experienced RV’ers never leave the awning up when gone from the RV for the day. A strong wind can come up anytime and do serious damage. And it did.
Along the way we stopped at a rest stop to check in with family by pay phone. At the bank of phones we met a very friendly couple who were also full time RV’ers and were on their way to New York City to take a tour, beginning the next morning with the World Trade Center. We had a friendly chat with them, wished them well on their travels and headed to our stop in Pennsylvania.
I was anxious to get the awning repairs done so we could proceed to the destination after New Jersey: the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Our reservation was for September 12th.
It was now September 10th, 2001. We would resume our trip East the next morning.
TO BE CONTINUED
Easter arrives early this year and this Easter Friends slapstick stamp is one of my favorite Easter/spring images. I used my Koi watercolors and even ventured to do a watercolor wash for the background.
I have said this many times before about a Penny Black image, but this teddy bear from the slapstick stamp Sunshine in the Rain is one of my favorite Penny Black stamps of all time. This time I colored him with the Koi watercolors that were sitting on the desk. I am proud of the puddle I created for him to stand in.
These images are from the Mimi in Paris transparent set, but I think this time it is Cooper in Paris. “Cooper” is colored using Copic markers and the Eiffel Tower was fussy cut from watercolor paper that I colored using my ink blender and Memento Luxe inks. Guess I need to keep a closer eye on Cooper.
Well, Cooper is back from his trip to Paris. He seems a bit jet-lagged and all he can talk about is the food. He isn’t going to be easy to live with for a while!!
Only time and space for a rapid Jung good-bye. See you at the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery where I love to browse.
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Designer Paper: 80-009 Painted Blooms