Saying “sorry”

Sorry 02There comes a time in every person’s life when they need to apologize.  When you are 2 and 5 years old these apologies happen often and are frequently accompanied by parental instructions on how proper apologies happen.  “Look me/him/her in the eye”, “try not to mumble, dear”, “What are you sorry for?”, etc.  But when you are an adult the opportunities to apologize seem to be fewer.  I don’t think that the offenses that require apologies are fewer necessarily but as adults we have a choice to apologize or not to apologize.  And today, I choose to apologize… to my sister.

For weeks, maybe even months, I’ve been giving my sister a hard time regarding a task she and I have been working on.  She’s been telling me “it’s not as easy as you think it is” and “it’s not that simple” and I just blow it off and continue to pester her saying “just do it”, “it’s not that hard you just have to do it”, “I made you a template”.

Well,  I was wrong.

Things didn’t turn out as I had expected so I dove in to “fix” it.  Boy howdy did I have a hard time.  I expected to jump in, upload a few files and be done.  Just like that (insert finger snap).  But, after an hour I was beginning to loose my patience.  After 2 hours I gave up and started searching for an alternative solution.  I found a solution, called my sister and apologized.  We were able to laugh about it.  I got the requisite “I told you so” and I told her I would buy her a cup of coffee.  Since she is in Washington state and I in Illinois she gets the honor of a very public apology and this cup of coffee by mail.

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I was inspired by the cute gift certificates at Starbucks right now.  Since I can’t physically have coffee with my sister right now I was tickled to see these little cups that I could send to her.  I hope she enjoys it.  I know she’s forgiven me (she told me so) but sometimes it’s just nice to have a written reminder.

Washi Tape Cards

Hello friends! Do you ever have those moments when you just need a simple notecard? I know I do! Sometimes I really don’t want to get out a bunch of supplies to make a few cards. Most of the time this happens when my house is a mess already and I risk loosing my favorite supplies amidst the chaos. My solution… Pick my favorite crafty supply at the moment and get to making some cards. This week I chose washi tape. If you haven’t run into washi tape or paper tape you need to make a date to go to your favorite craft store and get some. (For more info google “washi tape” and explore the images it brings up!)

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I bought my first set from Target of all places and now have a new set by My Mind’s Eye which I used for the project below. I think it’s fair to say washi tape and bakers twine are at the top of my list for favorite crafty supplies.

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I really love the simplicity and charm these little cards have. Drop me a line and tell me about your favorite cards! I look forward to hearing from you!

Knock, Knock

Hello friends!!! How is your week faring? Ours is busy and good all at the same time. It seems like graduation season changes in intensity every year. We’ve been really enjoying celebrating the seniors in our lives this month. One thing that is big in our house is knock, knock jokes. Dinner time can turn into laughing time with a well placed knock, knock joke. My four year old doesn’t quite get the point of jokes so they spin out of control and become funny just because she thinks its so funny. Rewind to last week and our bathtub drain was hopelessly clogged. We tried many DIY fixes with no luck so we called our favorite handyman. He came down and fixed it and we now have a freely flowing drain. Our handyman is so wonderful and didn’t charge us for the fix. In thinking about how to suitably thank him a knock, knock joke came to mind and this card was born. It is entirely possible that I’m crazy but I think it’s pretty clever. Enjoy!

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Dad’s Birthday Card

Hello friends!  The month of May brings with it four family birthdays.  First is our cousin, Alana then my father-in-law, Brian, followed by my husband, Jeff, and last but certainly not least is my son, Finn.  Today I wanted to share with you the card I made for my father-in-law.  I wouldn’t be the first and am certainly not the last to say that gifts for the head of my husbands family are kind of hard to think of.  He’s so blasted content with life and family that when asked he kind of shrugs his shoulders and says “oh, I don’t know…”  I love the conundrum though.  To be so content with life you don’t really need or want anything more.  The best gift for him seems to be simply being with him as a family.  So, that’s what we do.  For some reason I decided to go with facial hair for his card this round.  Mustaches are everywhere these days and I’ve been looking for ways to use them and a card for my F-i-L seemed to fit the bill.  Enjoy!

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When It Rains, It Pours…

Whew, what a month my family has had.  We were on a roll there for a bit spending every Friday, for three weeks, at the hospital with our little boy.  We finally broke the cycle two weeks ago, successfully went on vacation and all seems to be well.  To make a long story short our little guy had a fall here at home and acquired about an inch long laceration on his forehead right between the eyes.  After three rounds of stitches I think we can call this one well on its way to healing and fast leaving the “danger zone”.  As we walked through these past weeks our community really stepped up to help.  Whether it be physically by coming to the house to help watch kids, coworkers taking on more work, family bringing meals by or just by words of encouragement and empathy we have a lot of folks to thank.  What a great reason to get crafty…

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I used my trusty Cameo and software to create this card.  I cut the clouds out of two different papers, inked the edges and used foam squares to pop the foreground cloud up a bit.  I really like the mix of printed elements and cut elements.  This card measures 5×7 so I’ve used it for the folks that interrupted their lives to come help us.  My plan is to make smaller cards to give props to those who kept track of us through out the whole process and who I know were praying for us faithfully.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Admin Day! (late)

Hello friends!  While we were on vacation last week our nation celebrated Administrative Professionals Day.  When we got back my husband asked me to make a card for the admin staff at his work.  I’ve been combing through some of Lori Whitlock’s ideas and saw a really cool slide card idea and some of her pop up cards which got me thinking about clever ways to have a card open.  I created this pull out bracket card for our beloved office ladies…

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And here’s the fun part…

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The writing space slides out at the bottom.  For future cards I do need to figure out how to make the pull out more obvious.  Funny story about this card…  I cut some lilacs out of our yard to go with the card and the card ended up getting a little wet on the way to work with my husband.  The ink ran all over the place.  Luckily I was coming up to pick up our daughter from pre-school so I print and cut a new top card, threw some glue and scissors in my purse and hightailed it up there.  The final version doesn’t have the black ink smudge on the top which makes my picky brain happier.

So, did you get crafty for Admin day?  I’d love to see what you came up with!  Send me a link.

Week of Cards 5

Hello friends! Today I have a simple hand cut Thank You card for you. Just to prove that I don’t have to use my Cameo for everything I do. This card’s embellishment is easy to do with some scrap paper and a pair of scissors. Just start cutting circles intentionally aiming for “not perfect”. When you finish layer the circles largest to smallest in whatever order looks best to you and glue it down. I used my double sided tape gun for this but a glue stick would suffice.

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Well folks, today is our last day of Week of Cards! Leave a note below and let me know what you’ve been thinking? What cards are you working on or dreaming about?