Runs with Scissors
Hello, Penny Black friends. Together, we have said farewell to February and now we welcome March. Where I live, it is full blown spring. The forsythia is almost finished blooming, the daffodils are drooping, but the Bradford pear trees are in full bloom and the rest of the trees are rapidly leafing out. After so many years of living in Wisconsin and enduring winters that lasted well into April, I fully appreciate the short winters and early springs of northern Alabama.
I’ve always known that “bliss” is a good thing, but this week I looked up the definition: “perfect happiness, great joy, such that it causes one to be oblivious of everything else.” I can vouch for the oblivious part. When I am inking and stamping and die cutting, I am oblivious to life around me. Being worry-free and doing what I love is my definition of bliss.
There are many lovely flower stamps and dies in the Bliss collection and many ways to color them. This time I used the embossed resist technique to add color to the Stitched Flowers image. These flowers will be a delight to color with markers or pencils, too. I really wanted to showcase the sentiment from the Happy Thoughts set by stamping it in black on the white portion of the cardstock. I love that little key from the Cog Wheels die set and was happy to find a place for it on this card.
I decided the large flower from the Pop Out Rose die needed a large sentiment as a partner. I paired these two on a background of bold colored designer paper from the Golden Moment paper pack. The rose has been cut from white cardstock that I colored using blended Luxe inks. I gave the rose some dimension by gently bending up sections of the flower. I like stitching around the edges of my layers and don’t always take the time to do that.
When the Bliss release first came out, I mentioned there was something for everyone, including Steam Punk. Here is my first card using the gears included in the Cog Wheels set. I think they will make great textured backgrounds, using all or just a few. Using wheels and gears is a great substitute for flowers and butterflies for our masculine themed cards. The Away We Go die set includes auto, plane, bike and camper options. For this Bon Voyage card I chose the airplane. Love how it is a forward facing silhouette.
Love Story (continued)
I ended last week’s chapter of how Mr. RWS and I met with him standing on the porch, shocked to learn I was the mother of five, not just the two he knew about. I was standing there mentally switching my plans from going on a date to being home with my two sons and daughter. I was hoping that the Voice would at least consider letting me introduce him to some of my single co-workers now that he was frightened off by the size of my family.
What a surprise to hear him say, “Let’s go talk about this over coffee” instead of “It was nice to meet you, but this is more than I bargained for.”
After I explained about my several experiences at singles functions, when having five children was an instant deal breaker, the Voice seemed to understand that my intentions were not malicious. I told him how certain I was that there would be no second date so it seemed pointless to discuss my family situation any further. I had just enjoyed our first date and had no expectations of future dates.
We did attend church in the tiny chapel as planned and all hard feelings were abolished when the pastor asked everyone to hold hands during the Lord’s prayer. Even after so many years, holding hands during the Lord’s prayer at church on Sundays is always a reminder of that first time attending church together.
Afterwards, breakfast in what used to be the city jail and then off to Devil’s Lake State Park, a favorite place of mine, to enjoy the sunny March afternoon. I assumed our visit to the park would consist of the drive there, maybe stand by the water a bit, maybe sit at a picnic table and talk. No way. Mr. Physically Fit noticed the bluffs surrounding the lake, complete with trail markers and decided we should go hiking.
Mr. Physically Fit was dressed for church, as was I, but his footwear was a pair of sturdy oxfords while I had some pretty strappy, low heeled shoes complete with nylons and a two piece suit. But after that scare in the morning, I wasn’t going to do anything more to jeopardize this budding relationship. And so I climbed the bluff, one stone step at a time, even managing the downward trip without my feet sliding out from me.
We still talk about that hike up the bluffs in our Sunday finery. I don’t remember if my shoes survived that hike, but I do remember the soft, squishy muddy ground working its way into my open toed footwear, through my nylons and settling in between my toes.
Mid-week brought another note and another drawing. There could be no plans for the coming weekend as he was spending it with his daughters, ages 3 and 8, in a city about two hours from my home. His 8 year old daughter was selling Girl Scout Cookies and he had promised to buy cookies from her. By this time I had learned his little girls were a priority in his life and were the reason he had given up his job as a Wilderness Specialist for the Federal government out west. I was delighted he was a good Dad and knew seeing his girls was more important than another weekend date for the two of us.
By this time, Dear Reader, I was not feeling very generous about introducing the Voice to anyone else. We had made a connection and I was happily looking forward to seeing where this relationship might go.
I spent that weekend as I usually did in those years: cleaning house, catching up on laundry, and preparing food for the coming week. On that late Sunday afternoon, I was sweeping off the front porch when, to my surprise, the big gray Pontiac pulled up in front of my house. Out stepped the Voice, several boxes of Girl Scout cookies in his hands. As I looked on in surprise, he tossed the boxes in the air and came hurrying up to the front porch. He had missed seeing me and decided to stop by for a short visit and a hug or two before going home.
This was the start of our very brief courtship as it was only three weeks later that we were back on top of Ferry Bluff where Mr. RWS proposed and we sipped champagne as we watched the sun set.
To be continued
Instead of having this doggie from the Doggie Treat set begging for a treat (I see too much of that at home), I decided to have him checking out the butterfly that just landed on his nose. I cut down one of the small butterflies from the Flights of Fancy die set. In its original size, it overwhelmed the little pooch’s face. I colored with Copics, using a stock photo of a French Bulldog for an example.
This Purr-Fect image just makes my heart melt! I don’t know who is happier, the cat or the darling little boy. I used Birgit’s idea to draw in a floor for these little buddies to sit on. As if the image wasn’t cute enough, I used a piece of red gingham paper to make things even more loveable. Your kitty-loving friends would be happy to find this card in their mailbox. If there are any little people on your mailing list, wouldn’t they love a kitty card all their own?
Here are two more pages of simple stamping and coloring in my Journaling Bible, using stamps from the Bliss collection. Ecclesiastes is known for it’s passage that says “..for everything there is a season”, so I wanted to illustrate that section with visions of spring and summer, birds and flowers. Hopefully, the bright and sunny illustrations using the Garden Charmers set and the Happy Bliss stamp will balance out the negativity of the “everything is useless” message that the book begins with. Who knew where Bible Journaling would take me? Next week: Gesso!
Here’s Cooper, happily enjoying some time in the sunshine. Vicki took this photo during one of Cooper’s stays at their home. Cooper is going to the groomer’s this week and is just too shaggy to appear in public, therefore I am posting an older photo. I am going to miss the wonderful photos Vicki took almost as much as I will miss her and Dave. On a happier note, last week Vicki emailed me to let me know one of her clients, a retired couple, are considering taking over Vicki’s DogVayCay business. They live in the same community and have a beagle named Beasley that Cooper has met and played with at Vicki’s house. I am hoping with all my heart that this happens and once again we can leave Cooper with a peaceful mind.
Well, after the photo of Cooper, comes the good-bye until next week. I realized just now that I have taken three weeks so far to tell the Love Story which is as long as we dated before becoming engaged! I don’t think I realized it at the time, but that is a very short courtship. As I told my family, there was no reason for us to wait until we got older! Nowadays I can spend longer than that trying to decide on what I want for my birthday.
The scissors are stowed; time to turn off the lights and head to the Penny Circle Flickr Gallery to admire your work. I’ve enjoyed spending time with all of you and I thank you for your delightful comments. I treasure them.
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