Runs with “So Special” Scissors
Can you believe we have seen each other through the month of February? Glad I didn’t have to go through it alone. Will March come roaring in like a lion?
Well, what has come in is the So Special release from Penny Black. Oh, my! More than thirty new dies and half a dozen brush stroke flowers … and then there are the clings and the transparent sets. Elegant, cute, lovely, adorable, beautiful and some humor, too.
The first stamp set I reached for when I arrived here this morning was the Fly High transparent set. This set includes three different birdhouses, two sentiments and a nest complete with eggs and mama bird. I used Penny Black designer papers for my paper piecing and matting. No problem coordinating Penny Black papers.
I could have spent this whole day playing with the Bow Set dies. The card on the left is my version of “the little black dress” that can take you anywhere. The one on the right would make a perfect note card or invitation. This simple design can be changed to suit holidays throughout the year. I can see it in red and white for Valentine’s day; red, white and blue for the 4th of July; red, green and white for Christmas; and green and white for St. Patrick’s day. How about a simple graduation card in school colors?
Note: Glue Dots have always been my friend, but never more so when assembling the bows and mounting them to your card. They make the process easy and trouble-free.
The Gentle Day transparent set features two larger images, one a rose and the other a collage. For this card, I chose the smallest image, the sweet floral spray. I seldom use the smaller images in sets, but this one called out to me. It complements the main focus of my card, the lovely sentiment. Penny Black treats us to beautiful sentiments for many different occasions using an incredible assortment of fonts.
Chapter 4: The Day Airplanes were Falling from the Sky
Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 was a perfect September morning. Bright sunshine and clear blue skies made for perfect traveling. We had a five hour trip planned from Pennsylvania to Camping World in New Jersey. We started out early without R and S who needed to fuel up their truck. We would meet them later in New Jersey.
Mr. RWS and I were enjoying the quiet, choosing not to struggle with finding a clear radio station. We had been on the road for a few hours when the cell phone rang. I was so happy to hear the voice of one of my friends and began chatting immediately. She interrupted me to ask where we were. I cheerfully told her we were on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, heading to New Jersey, and continued to chatter about our recent adventures.
My friend interrupted once more: “Judy, you don’t know what’s happening, do you?” Well, no, I did not know anything was happening.
Holly then relayed the news that the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center had been crashed into by airplanes; an airplane flew into the Pentagon; and another airplane had crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
At the time she called, no one knew how many more planes would be falling from the sky. Her voice was trembling and the fear was obvious. Quickly I switched from phone to radio where the news was confirmed.
I turned to Mr. RWS and said, “We have to go home.” Mr. RWS replied, “Judy, we have no home.” I then told my husband, “Life as we know it will never be the same.
My motherly instincts kicked in and I tried calling each of our kids. All cell phone circuits were busy and phone calls were impossible for the rest of that day. There was no way to contact R and S who were about an hour behind us. Did they even know what was happening?
Once again we had to find our own way. The reports from the radio were terrifying. Bridges and tunnels into New York City and surrounding areas were being closed. Traffic into the city was banned. I looked around us at the many vehicles speeding toward an unknown. What was the best plan in light of this devastating news?
Because we couldn’t reach R and S to discuss changes, we decided to stay with the original agenda and head to Camping World. But could we get through the tunnels before they closed?
I’m not sure either of us even breathed for the next couple of hours. Every few minutes we heard about this route or that route being closed. It was like one of those dreams where you are running and running but don’t get anywhere.
At last we pulled into the parking lot at Camping World and checked in with their service department. While our awning was being repaired, we spent time in the waiting room watching a small TV with poor reception, but good enough for us to see the horror that the rest of the country had already witnessed.
Later R and S arrived with stories of their own. Their puzzlement at the gas station when the credit card machine didn’t work and the owner said “something was going on in New York”. The rest stops were barricaded with park personnel making sure no one went past the barricades.
We had no hookups for water, sewer or electric so we spent the evening by lantern light, every now and then turning on the battery operated TV to check on any further news. And then someone mentioned the couple we had met the day before at the rest stop. We prayed that their tour of the World Trade Center had not begun before 9 am that morning.
As we sat outside our RV’s that evening and all through the night, the roar of fighter jets patrolling the coastline filled the air. That sound emphasized for us the seriousness of the situation we were in.
Our plan had been to travel the next morning to Washington, D.C. for our scheduled visit to the Holocaust Museum. Well, Washington, D.C. was closed. All tourist attractions, National Park Service sites, the Metro, the Capitol, the White House … everything was off limits to visitors. Streets were barricaded, the public was told to stay away.
We were distraught. It didn’t seem right to go ahead with our RV trip in the wake of such tragedy. We couldn’t stay parked in that parking lot, either. It seemed almost sacrilegious to go on ahead to Williamsburg, the next stop we had planned after D.C. Faced with few options, we journeyed to Williamsburg.
It turned out to be just the right place to spend time during those first few days. I have a vivid memory of the costumed “Patrick Henry” giving his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. It was as appropriate on 9/12/2001 as it was in 1775 when he addressed the Second Virginia Convention asking for support to raise a militia and fight the British. His impassioned plea to do what was necessary to protect the young America and her freedom was most appropriate in light of what our country had just experienced. It was a sober but united group at Williamsburg that day.
To Be Continued: Winding Roads and saying farewell
Trees, birds, flowers … nature’s organic images that are suitable for so many occasions. Feathers is the name of the die I used here. I blended several Memento Luxe inks on watercolor paper and then cut the feathers with the die. All three feathers cut at once, a real convenience. Once again, glue dots hold the trio together and attach the gem and hold the arrangement to the card.
When I saw the Jubilance cling image of a bouquet with a bow, I knew just what to do. Sunny yellow flowers colored with Copics and tied together with the sweet bow made from the Bow Set. It was also a perfect time to add a tag from the Circle Tags die set. There are four different dies in this set ready for your own message or use the one I did, perfect for any occasion.
Since Runs with Scissors has been about RV’ing lately, I could not resist this camper image from the older transparent set Bon Voyage. Since I could not find a stamp showing rows of parked RV’s, I decided to park this camper in the woods. The cling stamp Snowy Grove provided my National Park campsite. Hooray for versatile stamps.
It is a happy day for Cooper when any package arrives, but especially when a box is delivered from Penny Black. Cooper sniffs and snoops and pokes and paws until he is convinced there is nothing to eat inside the box. He then turns the box over to “she who plays with Penny Black stamps and dies”.
Well, Penny Black friends, I have one more RV adventure story and then it is back to the present. I appreciate your hanging in there with me and all of your comments. The RV stories have gotten us through the month of February, no small accomplishment. And now we have the So Special release to see us through until spring. I can’t wait to see your work in the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery. Good-bye until next time.
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