As card makers, we are able to capture a memory that will last; my card today does just that. Three years ago, my husband and I moved cross-country from the Pacific Northwest to North Carolina to be closer to our family after we had lost our youngest daughter to breast cancer. When my dear friend, Els (van de Burgt) found out, she told me of this song by Darius Rucker entitled Wagon Wheel. “A must to listen to!”
I’m not a cold weather person, but I do appreciate winter as a time to rest and regroup. I’ve put the garden “to bed,” mulching and dead-heading all the perennials, made notes in my journal as to what plants did well or were moved to another location, and break out my knitting and quilting projects!
“Winter is the time for comfort, for
good food and warmth, for the touch
of a friendly hand and for a talk beside
the fire; it is the time for home.”
My scene today reflects the sweetness of Winter; the smiling snowman built by your children, the critters changing to a wise old owl and a very sly fox, and in a good sense of humor, the sign changing to read “Gone South!”
Autumn is a wonderful season to watch unfold. I love the crispness in the air, the glorious colors of the leaves, and the harvest.
bears a plentiful
Each year, our family has always looked forward to apple picking; a tradition that both my daughters extended with their families. This past fall, I went to visit my sister in the Shenandoah Valley and we went apple picking. When I came home with my apples, I had enough for 18 jars of Apple Butter to enjoy through the winter!
As my scene progresses into this season, you can see I’ve focused on the harvest. The leaves on the trees are turning a bit and there are bushel baskets and a wheel barrow full of apples.
Summer comes early to the South; we have a tremendously long growing season, but also put up with a lot of humidity. One of my favorite quotes comes from Albert Camus–
“In the depths of winter
I finally learned
that there was within me
an invincible summer.”
Today’s project shows the changes coming to my scene. Apples are forming, the Blue Birds are visiting, and two of our cats, Harper and Clara, are hiding among the terra cotta pots of red Geraniums and Shasta Daisies in hopes of “playing” with the birds.
In the King James version of the Bible, there is a passage from Ecclesiastes 3 ~
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity
under the heavens…”
I used this verse as my inspiration to create an unique visual of what it means to me. I chose my CountryScapes Apple Tree as the focal point of depicting the four seasons. Today, I’m starting with Spring, but each day this week I’ll do a different season and on Friday I will show you the finish project I’ve done with a lovely Give-Away. If you post a comment on any of the following days, you will be entered.
December is just a few weeks away and I knew it was time to do the calendar page to finish off the 2015 with some sparkle. Aluminum trees were a fad in the 60s and I remember my mother wanting to change out our usual evergreen for one. Money my grandfather had given her for Christmas was spent on this trend that would bring her years of pleasure.
Since Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday, I wanted to honor her memory and create my own version of an aluminum tree with the help of Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheets (SS0211) and my Holiday Evergreen (#1093) die. I couldn’t replicate the “color wheel” that illuminated the colors on the branches, cut I could do the next best thing and trim them with Sticker Dots (#7018) in my favorite Red. A few presents, pots of Poinsettias and a bough of evergreens completes this cozy scene.
For the third week of “Joy of Giving,” the giveaway will include: Graphic 45’s collection~”A Christmas Carol,” a sheet of 2016 Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish 100lb cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build A Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies. Next month, we can start the new year with January’s calendar together.
To enter the giveaway…
Comment on this post: What is your favorite Christmas/holiday memory?
The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21st.
The custom of the Christmas tree began in Germany and was traditionally decorated with such things as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, candles were added to illuminate the tree. Candles were eventually replaced by Christmas lights with the discovery of electricity.
When we lived in Connecticut, I heard the story that the first Christmas tree in America was in Windsor Locks in 1777, where a Hessian soldier put up a tree while imprisoned at the Noden-Reed House. There were also tales of the first German settlers to Pennsylvania erecting a tree in 1816. I’m sure there are even other cities that claim fame to this tradition to celebrate the season.
We put our tree up about a week before Christmas, although with the addition of three kittens (dropped in our neighborhood) we didn’t have one up last year. I’m hopeful they will settle down this year so I can once again decorate with my favorite ornaments.
So, it’s no surprise that today I did five cards with my CountryScapes – Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093). One die created five looks to this simple die. If you’re stressed, like I am, realizing there are just 50 days until Christmas (eek!) then quick cards are the answer.
When I was growing up, one of the most profound things that I remember about my mother was her joy of giving. She did homemade gifts and baked goods for friends and family, but also gave her time unselfishly to help others. I’d like to think it’s in my genes too as I find great joy in giving as well.
November is my birthday month and I can’t think of anything I’d love better than giving presents to others. So, starting this week and the weeks to follow in my birthday month, I’ll be making projects that will be part of giveaways, so stay tuned on my blog and Facebook page for more details on how to enter each week.
This week I’ve done a Poinsettia, from CountryScapes – Backyard 4 (1079), on a glass cabochon. It’s sealed with Ice Resin, which gives the paper flower a porcelain-like finish. The poinsettia cabochon will come in a gift box with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. Aren’t presents fun?!
For this week’s giveaway, I will be sending the lucky winner the Poinsettia cabochon from today’s post in a gift box that is decorated with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. In addition, Elizabeth Craft Designs is also getting in on the ‘giving’ and you will receive a die to recreate a mini flower cabochon necklace of your own! You can choose from 1 of the 4 dies I’ve used to create the necklaces. In order to enter, comment on this post – ‘who you would give this gift to and why’. The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 7th.
If you’re noticing the countryside where you live, I bet it’s dotted with pumpkin stands, corn mazes, and haunted houses. It certainly is here in the South and my project reflects one of my fondest memories–a haunted house.
Our daughters were five and seven when we went to a haunted house as a family. Thinking back, it might not have been the best idea with small children, but they wanted to go, so we did. However, at the front door we were greeted by the scariest ghoul and Kelly literally jumped into my arms, buried her head in my chest and remained there until the end!
During the daytime, these houses look as if they’ve been forgotten, but at night, well, you get the picture from my card. I used my CountryScape dies to recreate a charming Victorian, neglected by time, but still has that curiosity factor to entice you in~eek!
Before E.L. James wrote Fifty Shades of Grey, my mother painted a watercolor (below) titled Somewhere in Time. Since the movie Somewhere in Time (starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour) is one of my favorites, she gave the painting to me. It’s a perfect example of working in a monochromatic palette and the inspiration for my card today.
Monochromatic is all about one color; shades and values of that color. It’s been an important component of avant-garde visual art throughout the 20th century. Expressionists painters like Milton Resnick, Ad Reinhardt, and Richard Pousette-Dart have created distinctive works of art in a monochromatic palette. I was inspired at the ways these artists handled texture and limited color in their paintings. I experimented today with this technique and used my birch tree, split rail fence, and wagon wheel in my scene. Choose a color and see where you can go with a monochromatic palette!