Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Laughing Out Loud

Have you ever done something that made you laugh just at the thought of doing it? This was the case recently as I created the birthday card for our grandson who recently turned 7. I had no real delusions that he would get as much joy out of receiving it as I did making and sending it, but I laughed the whole time anyway.

As a little background, I have to say that this child from the age of 3 showed signs of being in love with all types of machines. For his 3rd birthday he received a 'Black and Decker' yard blower, chain saw, weed wacker and one more machine. His delight was so keen that he would tenderly lay each machine down, all lined up one by one, in order to open the next. When we went on walks to the local playground, we always had to carry all of the them in the stroller so he could 'clean up' the play ground when we got there. The swings were okay, so was the slide, but beautifying the grounds was his main focus.

This is also the child that loved (and still does) to ride on the riding lawn mower with his dad each week but was having a difficult time with that last decision of being fully potty trained. Saturday his father told him only big boys that were always potty trained could continue to ride on the lawn mower. Low and behold, there was no looking back and the deed was complete!

So, back to his card. This is an iris fold of a tractor. It was easy to do and I personalized it by downloading a picture from Facebook and cutting it out. I did hear that he thought it was cool and liked the wheels on the tractor. So much for a reaction, ha! But I still smile when I think of the thought and fun it gave me!!

Kaleb's Birthday, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Family Birthday

I remember getting birthday cards from special Aunts & Uncles, Grandparents, Parents and Friends as I grew. There was no internet, no instant cards and, of course, stamps were much more affordable. Fast forward to today, and the event of buying, sending and/or receiving a card is almost non-existent.

A few years ago I was invited to a neighborhood Christmas Cookie Exchange party. This event was my first as I was new to the area. At the party, I discovered that the Host, Lis, was a paper maker (I will tell more of Lis in the future and how she has helped me!). Being interested in many things that start in their basic form, I was introduced to Lis and was able to speak with her about the paper making. She was gracious enough to share her knowledge and I began my journey making paper and producing individual cards, which gives the paper a wonderful use.

To that end, I send cards that I've made to everyone in our family. In order to keep track of who has received what, I created a theme for each year. This year is the Iris Fold. I try to develop a card and find a pattern that reminds me of the person whose birthday it is for. I am including pictures of two Iris Fold cards made this year. I hope you enjoy them.