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April 8, 2017

Hello, everyone!   And hello to April! She has brought with her green grass, leafy trees and warm sunny days … at least where I live! I hope she is on her way to your corner of the world, too. I know she can be fickle before she finally settles down and behaves herself.

I’ve had another fun morning here at the Penny Black studio, playing with stamps and dies from the Bliss release.  It’s all about spring, bunnies, flowers and fairies this week.

The Bliss release includes many awesome floral images and I’ve selected these flowers from the Garden Charmers set to place horizontally on my card. This card is all about stamping and coloring. The Happy Thoughts sentiment set includes this bold and beautiful instruction to “smile”. I don’t know if that font has a name, but it is unique and happy and adds great little details. This sentiment is one of six included in the set.

Easter is a little more than a week away and this card would be appropriate for the occasion, or could just be a “welcome spring” card. This little Bunny Rabbit and the sprig of Graceful Greenery are signs of the new birth taking place during this season. Instead of using a traditional greeting, I’ve chosen the quote from Ecclesiastes as my sentiment which I feel speaks beautifully of our appreciation of spring.

This sweet Birthday, Baby set includes two sentiments and I’ve used the birthday sentiment for this card. The other sentiment says “Love you to the Moon and Back” which adds versatility to the set. I’ve paper pieced and fussy cut the baby and the moon, using gingham paper for added sweetness.

This Grandma was able to spend time recently with Evelyn and Jack who are now 3 ½ and 2 years of age. Sometimes Life takes charge and suddenly a visit you might have been contemplating becomes a necessity. My visit to Wisconsin was two-fold: the funeral for my beloved 97 year old aunt and godmother Rosemary and a few days spent with these little people and their parents.

The funeral was first.

My parents met each other as young adults because they and their families lived in the same area of Milwaukee. My mother’s brothers would bring home some of their guy friends and that is how my Mom met my Dad. The two families stayed connected over the years. And that is how the last living uncle and aunts from my Mom’s side were at the visitation and funeral for the last aunt from my Dad’s side. They had all been friends so many years ago.

My Aunt Rosemary was special to me. As my godmother she was faithful, always remembering me at Christmas and my birthday. Anyone that knew her would tell you that her kindness and goodness radiated from her beautiful smile. She was always physically beautiful with distinctive snow white hair from the age of nineteen. Her husband, John, was also a very kind man and their three adult children are a reflection of the gentleness with which they were raised.

As is often done at visitations, there were photo boards and a display of a few things that were special to the loved one. While I enjoyed all the photo boards my heart jumped into my throat when I opened the photo album lying on the table along with photos of my grandparents and other special items.

This was not an album preserving photos of her children or husband. This was an album created to keep photos of her three brothers and their families. My father was Rosemary’s eldest brother and a section of the album was devoted to our family.   There were wedding photos of my parents that I had never seen. Black and white snapshots of a visit we made to them when I was 7 and my sister 9. My Confirmation and First Communion photos were there. There was a photo of my brothers when they were about 9 and 10 on board the USS Constitution with my parents on their way to be stationed in Germany; a photo of my father receiving his promotion to Warrant Officer. It brought tears to my eyes, knowing our family was special to her and that she preserved these special memories in her album. I know we were always in her prayers as we moved about the world during my Dad’s military career.

I was so pleased to visit with rarely seen cousins as well as the uncle and aunts from my Mom’s side. I realize that there will be fewer and fewer occasions to bring us together in the future and I treasured the moments we had together.

Ah, but the best was yet to come. Before the service began, Rosemary’s son asked me if I would be a pallbearer. They felt that since Rosemary had been with me at my Baptism to begin my journey in life, it would bring things full circle for me to escort her on her final journey. I will always treasure this gift, lovingly offered and gratefully accepted.

My son Scott surprised me by bringing Evelyn and Jack along in the car when he came to pick me up after the post funeral meal. Scott had tried to explain to the little ones where Grandma went. The best he could explain it to them was that Grandma went to a party and they were picking her up to bring her home. The transition from funeral to time with the grandkids happened when Jack burst out singing “Happy Birthday”, the best party song he knew. Aunt Rosemary would have approved.

So it was off with the funeral clothes, back into play clothes and three days with the little ones. My daughter in law Sara had previous plans to be out of town for part of the weekend which left Scott and me in charge. Scott was pretty sick with an upper respiratory infection so Grandma was really glad she could be there to help out.

What fun to see Ev put on her pink straw hat as if it was an African explorer’s pith helmet, and Jack with his gold sequined fedora following Ev on whatever adventure her imagination took them. A swimming pool noodle became a weapon of defense, her ever present gray shoulder purse swinging along. Jack usually pushed the shopping cart containing his blankies and Elmo and whatever green item he chose to value that day. They would march in circles through all the rooms of the house, ignoring the hundreds of toys they owned in favor of improvising the props they needed to follow Ev’s “plan”. Jack will follow Ev anywhere and do whatever she does. But he is not shy about making his wants known, either.

We made pancakes, we worked puzzles, we stuck stickers, we built block castles, we played hide and seek, we read books, shared our IPads, and sometimes even cuddled. On Monday, everyone else went to work and daycare and Grandma and Evelyn had pancakes for breakfast AND lunch. There was joy in the everyday. They still have no idea where Alabama is or what it is or how far away it is. Sweetly, they define which Grandma is being discussed by what that Grandma’s dog is named! There is Lucy in Illinois and Cooper in Alabama.

Never mind that I caught Scott’s bug and have been sick since I returned home. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

What good is an Easter basket if it doesn’t include a chocolate Bunny Rabbit? This would be an easy card to make in quantity since there is no stamping or coloring involved. It’s fun how that designer paper from a winter paper pack does just fine for a spring-themed card.

And here is one more sweet fairy from the Fairy Flutters transparent set. I’ve given her a cozy place to nestle into the long grass by using the Cattail Clique die. Her blue sky was created by blending Luxe Memento inks onto cardstock cut into a ¾ circle.

Spring and Easter are all about new life, and the early blooming spring trees remind us that nature is waking up after the winter. I’ve inked up the Magnolia Rhapsody stamp with Luxe inks and stamped directly onto the Bible page. I used single words of inspiration from the Spiritual Snippets set as a starting point for meditation about these passages included in the Bible’s Easter story.

I’ve mentioned it before and I will say it again: Cooper hates being fussed over with hats, headpieces, scarves and sweaters. However, he loves treats and has learned that our sessions with the camera always finish with a treat. So here he is wearing his bunny ears hoping That Woman will hurry and get her photos so he can shake this silly thing off his head!

And here we are at “good-bye” time! I loved every minute I spent with the grandkids except those last minutes saying goodbye. And I wish it was as easy as clicking your ruby slippers together to return home. But eventually the plane landed and I was back to our quiet life with some beautiful new memories.

The scissors are stowed: next stop: The Penny Circle Flickr Gallery.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card No. 1: 30-415 Garden Charmers, 30-416 Happy Thoughts, 80-015 Golden Moments

Card No. 2: 30-409 Faith, 51-326 Graceful Greenery, 51-343 Bunny Rabbit

Card No. 3: 30-411 Birthday, Baby

Card No. 4: 51-343 Bunny Rabbit, 51-284 Filled with Love, 80-012 Wintertime

Card No. 5: 30-408 Fairy Flutters, 51-315 Cattail Clique, 51-033 Silver Linings

Bible Page: 30-404 Spiritual Snippets, 40-535 Magnolia Rhapsody

20 Comments leave one →
  1. knurse22 permalink
    April 8, 2017 4:38 am

    Wonderful cards again today, Judy! This new Bliss collection offers so many possibilities!
    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your aunt, but happy that you got to sneak in a visit to those two beautiful grandkids! Drat that cold, though!
    Woke up to 33 degrees here in Lititz—a chilly week but I know spring is coming!
    Cooper looks devine in purple!

  2. April 8, 2017 4:50 am

    Awesome cards! I always enjoy hearing about your adventures & family. Comfort to all in the loss of your aunt!

  3. jane harrah permalink
    April 8, 2017 5:43 am

    Lovely cards and loved the stories. As always, they are from the heart.

  4. Eloise permalink
    April 8, 2017 6:45 am

    Love the bliss collection. So many options and your cards are beautiful. I always look forward to your life stories…you have a great way of telling a story that puts the reader in the moment with you. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Linda Page permalink
    April 8, 2017 6:55 am

    So happy that a very sad event turned into some glorious time with your adorable grandchildren. It is wonderful that you also reconnected with distant relatives. It is so good to stay in touch and becomes more valuable as time goes on. I was in Alabama for 3 days the first weekend in April. I was in Eufaula for the pilgrimage. This was my 2nd time. I went last year and tromped through old houses in the rain. The sun was ever present this year and I had fun revisiting some old houses and seeing a couple of new old houses. Everyone in Alabama is friendly. My friend and I were made to feel like we were distant cousins that had come for a visit. We were even invited into a very old beautiful home of a couple that we started talking to after a house tour and we got a free tour of their beautiful home and a glass of wine!!! Can’t beat that! I always look forward to your posts. Give Cooper a hug from me. He makes an adorable Easter Bunny!! Wishing you a blessed Easter in the knowledge that our Lord is Risen Indeed!!

    • Judy Jung permalink
      April 8, 2017 9:56 am

      I am so happy Alabama greeted you warmly. This is a beautiful time of year here.

  6. Adele M Brown permalink
    April 8, 2017 7:00 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful personal stories with all of us! I was an English teacher for 30 years, and I would give you an A+! You have a way with words, and your descriptions bring your adventures to life. Thanks and please keep sharing.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      April 8, 2017 9:55 am

      That A+ from an English teacher means a lot!! There is a lot of editing between the first and last drafts. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Adele.

  7. mjmarmo permalink
    April 8, 2017 7:26 am

    Such pretty cards. Penny Black had the most beautiful florals. What a bittersweet trip. Glad you got grandma time in. My daughter had a baby last Saturday-our first grandchild. They live in Phoenix while we are in Michigan. I have been here for 2weeks because we thought the baby was coming early. Instead she arrived on her due date. I am not sure how I am going to get on a plane next week and leave her.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      April 8, 2017 9:54 am

      Congratulations on becoming a grandma! It is very hard to live far away from the grandbabies. Maybe a move to Phoenix in your future? Thank you for taking the time to comment; it means a lot to me.

  8. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 8, 2017 8:34 am

    So sorry for your loss, but you have wonderful memories to ease the pain and bring you comfort. As for grandchildren….they are so worth every sniffle and sneeze that they share with us. Thanks for sharing such beautiful art during this time! I gave that bunny die to a friend for her birthday and she loves it!

  9. creatingincolors permalink
    April 8, 2017 8:35 am

    What a touching description of your trip to Wisconsin, precious times that truly describe the cycles of life. Time with family is so special. And now I must go get that “Fairy Flutters” stamp set and some bunny ears like Cooper is wearing.

  10. DebbieP permalink
    April 8, 2017 9:36 am

    Another Saturday morning started with my favorite blog! I always love hearing about your family and adventures – my condolences on the loss of your Aunt. Sad that it only thru those type of events that we get to reconnect with relatives. BUT, so happy you got to spend time with your son and grandchildren. Your cards, as always, are beautiful. And Cooper make a adorable bunny! Have a great week…

  11. April 8, 2017 11:54 am

    Thank you for sharing those wonderful cards and most especially your very touching story of your Godmother. What a special lady she was and what incredible memories you have of her and her life. I was greatly touched by the piece about the photo album – I am an avid genealogist and love to see photos of my family and learn about them. If I may request one thing – please if anyone reading this has family photos write on the back who they are and if you know when and where the photo was taken… your children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and probably other family members will delight in your taking time to do this.

    Thank you again for sharing your story.

    • Judy Jung permalink
      April 8, 2017 12:53 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment. I am guilty of having boxes filled with unlabeled photos, both my own and those left to me by my mother and grandmother. So far all I’ve done about that is feel guilty. Maybe one day ….

  12. dawnnz permalink
    April 8, 2017 2:11 pm

    Gorgeous cards Judy. How lovely to find all those magic moments at your aunts funeral . And to spend time with the little ones

  13. April 8, 2017 3:48 pm

    Of course the cards are great. With Penny black how could they not be. The grandest time is grand time. Bless coopers little heart …he is a real trooper.

  14. April 8, 2017 10:34 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Judy. Hard getting to the age where so many of the important people in our lives growing up are gone. What a treasure to see your family pictures in your aunt’s album! Beautiful cards–really love the sweet bunny die! Love the floral stamp you used in the Bible–beautiful inking! Cooper is so cute–with or without the bunny ears!

  15. April 10, 2017 3:54 am

    I love the way you narrate stories almost, no, perhaps even more than your beautiful, sweet crafts. My pups hate hats and head pieces too so I recently picked up Jolees Boutique bunny ear stickers to add to photos post photo session! 😄 TFS Hugs Kristina

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