Runs with Scissors
Happy, happy cooler weather everyone. Finally the air conditioner is silent, the windows are open, the grass is no longer growing and we can put away the shorts and tee shirts that have been the wardrobe choice for so long. This is the time of year that we residents of the south cherish. I hope it’s a glorious day wherever you are and that you have some time set aside to play and be creative.
A color scheme of kraft, black and white is a good start when making Halloween cards. All you need is the Spooky Fun transparent set with its fun assortment of spooky images and you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
There are so many lovely sentiments, both the thought and the font, in the two latest releases, Magic of the Season and Autumn Wishes. This namesake sentiment is from the Autumn Splendor transparent set. I’ve surrounded it with diecut leaves from the Autumn Jewels die set which were cut from paper colored by blending my Luxe inks in various fall colors. And the feathered friend from the Bird Amidst Holly die set is enjoying the little perch made from a thin strip of kraft cardstock.
The No Two Are Alike large background die is just too special to ignore. Here I’ve used it as a background for a chapel cut from the Chapels die set. I am amazed at all the tiny detail in this die, and how perfectly it cuts out each snowflake.
When we received the “Save the Date” postcard from Michael and Kaley early this year, October 1, 2016 seemed to be forever away. (Note: If you missed Judy’s first post about Michael you can catch up HERE.) But just like all the happy occasions we wait for, the day finally arrived. Mr. RWS and I worked together to make the six hour trip to Pineview, Georgia into a seven hour journey. I say worked together because it was my phobia of Atlanta traffic that persuaded him to map out an alternate route, going very south in Alabama and finally turning East into Georgia far south of Atlanta.
In the days before the trip, I had calculated that leaving home at 6:00 am would have us arriving at our hotel at 1:00 pm. This would give us time to rest and relax for a bit as well as adequate time to get dressed for the 4:00 p.m. wedding. Why he didn’t mention it earlier, but Mr. RWS chose the morning we were leaving to remind me that we lose an hour traveling east, making our arrival time 2:00 pm. It was obvious that lunch would be a quick fast food event and there was no time to make mistakes along the way.
Our fairly new car is equipped with a GPS system that we are not proficient in operating. However, when we entered the address of our destination, the lady in the GPS system routed us through Atlanta. So, we were back to the old RV’ing days, with the trusty Atlas and me being responsible for getting us through the small towns along our route in Alabama and the by-passes around the larger cities. There was only once along the way that Mr. RWS pulled over to the side of the road to see for himself what I was telling him. “Oh, you don’t believe me?” I asked. “Sure I believe you,” he replied. “I just need to see it for myself.” Maybe he is what they call a “visual learner”.
It was a gorgeous ride, well worth the extra hour on the road: great new roads, beautiful landscaping along the highway, and acres of pecan trees planted in ram road straight rows. The temperature was in the moderate 70’s with no humidity, the sky was bright blue with the sun shining even brighter.
After the worry of possibly being late for the wedding, we were delighted to arrive with enough time to grab a cat nap (Mr. RWS), change our clothes (both) and do hair and makeup (me).
We knew immediately upon arrival at the wedding site that Michael and Kaley had chosen the perfect venue for their outdoor wedding. There was a huge barn-like building where the tables were set up for dinner. More buildings provided living accommodations for the weekend for the wedding party. Another building provided air conditioning and multiple couches placed in front of a large screen television for any guests who might want to keep up on the latest college football games (college football is BIG in the south). And yet another barn like building was the background for the ceremony.
Kaley, Michael and their families and friends had created incredible decorations that added a personal touch to the wedding site and the surrounding grounds. Mother Nature had provided a large pond, with a field of cotton blooming in the background.
Ahhh, but the wedding ceremony: finally and at last, Michael and his best man Tony entered the area in front of the huge flower festooned doors and stood waiting for the bride to appear. After the male attendants ushered the bridesmaids to their place in front of the crowd, Kaley and her father made their appearance and walked down the aisle to music very special to them.
Michael and Tony made the U.S. Marine Corps proud as they stood on their prosthetic legs, sharply dressed in their dress blues uniform. It was an act of bravery that they were able to tolerate the heat and sun after every male guest had shed their coat and tie immediately upon being seated.
I was predicting there would not be a dry eye in the house as Michael stood to receive his bride. But it was not a teary kind of an occasion. It was joy. It was gratitude. It was hopeful. It was optimistic. It was amazing. It was something no one would have imagined during the weeks after Michael was wounded.
Little Brayley, soon to be Michael’s daughter, showed us what unconditional love is all about. Because Michael’s amputations are above the knee, he uses a cane to help with his balance. During the ceremony, his cane fell from his hands and before he could maneuver to a position enabling him to pick it up, little Brayley, in her beautiful white princess dress, ran up to the front and picked up the cane and handed it to her new daddy. No one told her to, no one had to encourage her. She senses that Michael needs assistance sometimes and just does as much as a two year old princess can to help.
And so we saw Michael marry Kaley in front of family and friends and with the help of little Brayley. The ceremony was followed by food and fellowship and music and dancing. We watched Michael dance with his new wife, followed by a very touching dance with his Mom. Even a marine can be excused for being emotional while thanking his mother for the foundation that made him who he is. Michael’s parents and sisters left their “real” lives behind for months to be with Michael during his time at Walter Reed and the year afterward learning to use prosthetics.
I want to point out that the medal on the very left of Michael’s row of medals is the Purple Heart, awarded to Michael while he was recovering at Walter Reed.
Finally, Michael and Tony were able to change from their dress blues into clothes more suited for bodies that no longer regulate temperature they way they used to.
Mr. RWS and I danced the only slow dance played that evening. And before we knew it, it was time for this senior citizen couple to head back to the hotel. We said our farewells to the newly wedded couple, the parents, and other family members we see only occasionally. Although we did not stay until the very end, we both decided we held up pretty well for two people who were up before dawn and had a seven hour drive behind them.
“And they lived happily ever after”.
Silver, pink, blue and a touch of green really is a good color combo in real life. Making it look pretty in a photo is not so good. I again prepared my cardstock by blending Luxe inks in my three chosen colors and stamped and embossed the ornament image from the transparent set Merry Jingle, followed by fussy cutting. The silver twine was on my desk and so I added a bit of sparkle with the twine and a bow.
Once again I wanted to feature one of the beautiful sentiments in this collection. This message from the Holy Night transparent set is so perfect for the Manger diecut. It would not be difficult to mass produce a card similar to this one.
The kraft, white and black color combo worked so well with my Halloween card that I chose to use it for this week’s Snowy card. This is Snowy number eight, eleven more to go. Here Snowy is basking in a snow drift, with trees cut from the In the Winter die set. The two snow bunnies stopped by for a quick visit.
Cooper spent the weekend with his dog buddy Deuce while we went to Georgia for the wedding. I’ve spoken before of the beautiful view he enjoys while visiting. I am so happy you can see what I mean about the incredible beauty Cooper enjoys.
I see it is time to stow the scissors and scoot over to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to check out the art. Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments.
- Card No. 1: 30-370 Spooky Fun
- Card No. 2: 30-372 Autumn Splendor, 51-072 Autumn Jewels, 51-260 Bird Amidst Holly
- Card No. 3: 51-280 No Two Are Alike, 51-258 Chapels
- Card No. 4: 30-375 Merry Jingle, 51-174 Greetings
- Card No. 5: 30-383 Holy Night, 51-254 Manger, 51-249 Winter Garland
- Card No. 6: 2521K Snowy, 30-307 Holiday Snippets, 51-173 In the Winter, 51-161 Into the Woods, 51-266 Frosty/Snow Mates, 51-033 Silver Linings