Wednesday, September 29, 2010

25 years - is it true that everything is beautiful in it's time?

Hi all,

Warning - this one is a long post!!

This week (9/28) was my 25th anniversary!   It's so hard to believe it was 1985 when Bob and I got married.  So, I am trying very hard to grow old gracefully and truly see the natural beauty in each and every life stage.  So although I'm in my late 40's now, it was fun to look back at our couple/family photos and see how both Bob and I have changed.  Yes, we both look quite a bit different, but different is good and everything is beautiful in it's time!  I thought I'd share photos for every 5 year anniversary.

Our wedding was in CT in 1985 just after Hurricane Gloria.  Bob was such a cutie and so young looking.  I was curvaceous and typically had a perm so my naturally straight hair was wavy back then.
Here we are around our 5th wedding anniversary in 1990. Sarah is the beloved first child and as is the norm, she goes everywhere with us!  No childless getaways for our 5th anniversary.  Notice, I'm still sporting the perm and Bob's still going with the mustache!  Love my BIG glasses!

Next up is our 10th wedding anniversary.  Bob and I are now in our 30's and life is busy and full for us.  This getaway was in Hawaii.  We look happy and healthy and glad to be away relaxing.  Kids were with Grandma and Grandpa - having a fun time too!  Finally, I've stopped perming my hair and let it go long and straight.  Bob - still sporting the stache!  Wait - I think he also still owns that shirt!!!  Note to self - must..... go..... shopping..... for ...... Bob......

Yup.... the 15th anniversary is next.  Bob and I renewed our vows for our 15th anniversary.  We had recently started a life-long faith journey and wanted to make a public statement about it and our devotion to one another.  Eric is adorable (especially in his dress up clothes) and Sarah is becoming quite the little lady.    My glasses are slightly smaller but still quite ROUND.  Bob was still sporting his mustache, but in this photo, there is way more blonde hair for him than gray. A little foreshadowing for the next anniversary shot! 

After our wedding vow renewal, Bob and I headed off to Bermuda for a short get away. Well, we loved it so much, we decided to go back again for our 20th.  It's only 2 hours from Boston and so relaxing and beautiful.  So here we are below at anniversary # 20.   No mustache for Bob and the gray hair is starting to dominate (on both of us, but I fix that, Bob is dashing 'as is.')

Lastly is a current photo of anniversary #25 taken just this week.  Bob has a full head of hair (praise God) but it is now almost completely gray/white.  Lucky for him, he has a very nice fair complexion and I think he looks dashing as a fit, mustache-less, almost 50 year old man!  Paws off ladies - he's MINE!  So I think everything is beautiful in it's time.  We both have changed some over the years but in each moment, we are beautiful!  We will embrace our old age with GRACE!

I'm sorry there is no card post today.  I fully intended to include the anniversary card I made for Bob, but my bloggers challenge on Friday is Anniversary, so naturally, I will save that card for Friday's post.  Come back on Friday to see it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

BC170 Bloggers Challenge - recyle


Happy Friday everyone.  Today's challenge was to reuse something on our card.
My first image is my 'garbage' that I modified and used in my card.  Some of you may recognize this as a 3 pack of tombo adhesive.  I decided to reuse the acetate clear on my card.  The first photo of the front shot of my card does not clearly show the reused material so I took a side angle shot so you could better see the neat texture and visual interest that it has in person.

Friday, September 17, 2010

BC 169 Rxxxxx's Birthday Card - Blue, Green & Brown

Hello bloggers!

Don't you just love the colors in the card above?  I think they are very elegant together and plan to use them more often.  If you haven't guessed, our bloggers challenge this week was to design a card using blue, green and brown. 

My church friend Rxxxxx has one of those 'big' birthdays.  You know - the ones that end in a 0!  So I wanted to make a special card for her.  She is doing something really cool for her birthday.  She is taking the christian call to love others very seriously and is using her birthday as a reason to feed homeless people.  I think that is very cool.  Her and two friends will go into Boston (be there by 7:30am) and make sandwiches to pass out in Boston Common.  I was unable to join them this week, but hope to go with her another day and do this.    I pray that their love will impact the people that they meet and bring them hope.

So, on to the card recipe.  If you have never made a clear card - I really encourage you to try it.  It's really pretty easy and in person these cards have a real WOW factor.  To start, I used Hero Arts Clear Card base.  They sell a set of 10 clear cards already cut and folded with envelopes.  No, they are not cheap, but they are cool!   The bird was punched out using SU bird punch in some retired DSP with Baja Breeze.  I did two punches, one in the blue DSP and another punch in certainly celery.  I wanted the branch to be green and the bird and wing in blue.  The ribbon is white silk May Arts.    The card stock is Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Soft Suede.  The sentiment is from papertrey ink.  Oh and if you are wondering why I am calling my friend Rxxxxx, it's because out of courtesy to her, I am not announcing to the world her real name on my blog and telling the world how old she is. 

So, what special things do you do on your 'big' birthdays - the ones that end in 0?  Leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear your special way to celebrate! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fun day with the ladies

Today we had so much fun making cards for soldiers.  Each of us made one of each of the cards I posted on Friday and they all came out so nicely.  Great job ladies!  Tomorrow I'll pack up a big box for these cards and some others I've been holding for the soldiers and send them off to NH.  From there, Pam will box them up with other cards that come in and send a really big box to our military folks overseas where they will write loving notes to their families and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other events. 

There were 7 of us today.  Edna and Robin are missing in the picture, but above (from bottom left)  is Jan, Auggie, Kimberly, Maureen and me.

Next Cards for Soldiers deadline is the end of October for Christmas cards.  Time to get those holiday stamps out and get designing!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall - Bloggers Challenge # 168

Happy Friday and Happy Fall!  Do you like in an area where the weather is starting to turn?  Fall is my favorite season in New England for many reasons but really food and scenario are at the top of my list.  Today I just enjoyed a crisp Macintosh apple with my lunch.  YUM.  When they are in season, they are the best!

I have four cards to show you today!!!  Do you think I'm a bloggers challenge show off? I'm not trying to be.  The reason I have 4 cards today is because next week is the deadline for fall themed cards for soldiers.  I have several ladies coming over Sunday to make these cards that we'll send off to the distribution center to go to the service men and women overseas.  Since they match the bloggers challenge of fall, I thought I'd show them all to you.  Details below.  Leave me a comment and tell me which one is favorite and why!  My husband couldn't decide, but I think he was leaning towards the apple bucket - only because the sentiment is so special {smile} - Men really are softies don't you think?

Recipe for Apple Bucket:  
Stamps:  Retired SU - unknown name Sentiment is from paper trey ink signature greetings.
Ink:  Stayz on brown
Paper:  SU Wild Wasabi, SU Ruby Red, A*Muse Green Gingham
Twine:  Bakers Twine
Technique:  Paper Piercing

Recipe for Fall Truck
Stamps:   SU Loads of Love
Ink:  Momento Black
Stayz on brown, SU Peach Parfait
Paper:  SU Wild Wasabi, SU Whisper White, SU Summer Sun (retired)
Technique: Coloring (used SU markers for this one  - summer sun and chocolate chip)

Recipe for Falling leaves

Stamps:   A*Muse Birch Tree, unknown sentiment
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango

Paper:  SU Tangerine Tango, SU Soft Suede, SU Very Vanilla

Recipe for Mason Jar Black Eyed Susans

Stamps:   PTI Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar fillers

Ink:  Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango

Paper:  SU Tangerine Tango, SU Soft Suede, SU Very Vanilla
Twine (Brown Bakers Twine) & die cut for mason jar overlay (from papertrey ink.)

Friday, September 3, 2010

BC 167 Masculine Birthday

Happy Friday!  Do you have any interesting plans for the weekend?  It's my son's birthday on Tuesday and a holiday on Monday so we have several birthday celebrations including Eric's birthday gift - Red Sox tickets for him and either 1 or 2 friends on Monday.  He can invite 2 friends and his dad will take them all into Boston, or he can invite 1 friend and I can go too.  It's his birthday and I want him to enjoy it, so I won't feel bad if he chooses another friend.

For the bloggers challenge we were to use the below sketch.  I love this layout, it was easy to work with.  I used some oldies from SU to make this masculine birthday.  It's simple, but I like it and I think Eric will like it too.

Stamps:  SU Lovely as a Tree, 
Sentiment: SU Full of life
Card Stock: PTI Kraft, Amuse grain, Very vanilla, old olive 
Ink color:  old olive, soft suede (markers)

Thanks for looking - Enjoy!