Joy of Giving

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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?!

Click here for a helpful video on Garden Notes – Poinsettia

To enter this week’s giveaway…

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.

Dies you could win (1 of the 4):

  1. Susan’s Garden Club – CountryScapes – Backyard 4 Snow Decor (1079)
  2. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves (1004)
  3. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 1-inch & Mini Daisy & Chrysanthemum (1003)
  4. Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Patch – 1 1/2-inch & Mini Roses (1001)

Let’s get started…

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Ode to the Chrysanthemum ~ A Tag

Shading Chrysanthemums

This perennial originates from China, where they have been cultivated for over 2,500 years. Chrysanthemums were used medicinally and for flavoring, as well as for ornamental purposes. Notably, the Japanese have adopted chrysanthemums and used them in their art as a symbol of longevity and happiness.

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My opinion is that the chrysanthemum is associated with Autumn as much as the Poinsettia is for Christmas! It’s a sure sign of the season when they show up in the nurseries and grocery stores. This poem is dear to my heart…

“Lo! in the corner yonder,

There is a gleam of white and gold.

The gold of summer’s sunshine,

The white of winter’s cold.

And, laden with spicy colours,

The autumn breezes come.

From nooks and corners, brightened

By the brave chrysanthemum.”

Eben Rexford

For this project, I wanted to share with you how I color and shade white cardstock to get the most natural looking flowers – which is what I’m known for.

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Garden Club Social – Apple Picking

Take Time…

 

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“Take time to do what makes your Soul happy.”

 

Above, I’ve posted one of my favorite quotes, which I included in my ‘Seeds of Thought’ stamp collection. I learned this lesson all too well after losing our daughter to breast cancer in 2010. In the spirit of taking time to make my Soul happy, I decided to drive to my sister’s home in southwestern Virginia and spend some time with her.

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Hope is the Thing with Feathers…

Hydrangea for Kelly

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2009, our daughter Kelly was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and one of her favorite quotes, which she posted on her blog after her diagnosis, was:

“Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the Soul and Sings the tune without words
and never stops ~ at all.”

                          Emily Dickinson

This quote has become one of my Seeds of Thought stamps because having hope is what kept us both strong. Sadly, she passed away on May 14, 2010, but I still have hope for a cure so that no family should ever have to feel this loss. The other inspiration for this card came from my good friend Bianca Petroschi’s design of a blue bird. Bianca is the newest licensed artist with Elizabeth Craft Designs and shares my love of nature. Creating a wreath from the branches of my birch tree, frames it beautifully!

Let’s get started…

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