Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Few Minutes to Spare

Beary Best_August 2010

Here is my take on Unscripted Sketches #67. I didn’t deviate much from the sketch, and as for what I did to make it, the photo pretty much tells the story. The only thing I have to say is that I love the sweet little images in Close To My Hearts’ “Beary Best” and “Beary Busy” sets.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Outdoor Denim cardstock; Back Country paper packet; Black and Juniper ink pads; Beary Best stamp set; Outdoor Denim and Barn Red Bigger Brads; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Blending stumps; Black My Legacy Writers; Dove blending pen; 3M foam mounting tape.

A Slice of Life: Sunday nights are bittersweet as I realize the weekend is about to end and attempt to wrap my mind around the idea of another workweek. Today has been a great day, however. I got quite a bit of cleaning done and washed a load of clothes. Cameron and the boys were here for supper before the little guys went to their mom’s house for the week. With temperatures in the 90s, I was smart enough to use the oven in the Community Room downstairs instead of adding to the heat and making the air conditioner work harder in my personal space.

Recapping yesterday, Bjorn caught his very first fish last night. He was so proud – even if it was just a little rock bass. His Daddy got the sweetest photo that will make a great scrapbook page when and if Grandma ever gets around to scrapbooking again. And Sharli, you were so right about small town life. Small communities are like gigantic families. Speaking of, there are 27 first cousins on Marv’s mother’s side of the family, ranging in age from 48 to 73. Twenty of them were at the funeral. These cousins have children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren, which makes for a lot of weddings, baby and bridal showers, graduations, and an occasional funeral. After a long and painful dying process, yesterday’s funeral was not as sad as the fact that Eddie had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to begin with. While he was a good guy with a good life that included a wife, children, and grandchildren who loved him and will miss him, he is in a better place now.

If the weather is as hot as what is forecast, I’ll be hanging out inside after work this week – hopefully in my corner. I hope your week is wonderful. I’ll talk to you again soon.

11 comments:

Lori said...

What a cute card and nice memory of Bjorn's fish. I know what you mean about Sunday's. I can't stop remembering that they are the gateway to Monday. Have a nice week.

Sharli said...

Aw Kathi, you are so sweet - I love that this card celebrates Bjorn's first fish! How darling and I'm SO glad there will be a photo to scrapbook with it! I have to agree about the stamps - they are just darling! I need to get them before they are not available any more - I adore the bear driving the truck!!!

I have to add that there are pockets of community within the big cities. I've been in one place long enough to know the people at my grocery store, my neighbors, and of course people at church and work. It can happen if you want it to - but it's not the same as what you're describing - with generations of extended families actually living in the same community. That would be awesome, actually.

Ok - sorry for the babble.
Hugs - have a wonderful week!

Laurel said...

Adorable card!

Sparkle said...

Such a darling card!

Jeanne said...

I can definitely see why this set would appeal to you, Kathi. If this image is any indication, it's adorable! You selected a wonderful image to celebrate Bjorn's first catch!! Congrats to him. I well know the absolute JOY involved!

I've never lived in a small town, and my relatives all lived out of state, so I've never had the privilege of experiencing what you describe. I have however, made good friends where I live that kind of step in and fill the gap a little. Even where we live, which isn't really a small town, we've got pockets that I'd have to say have a bit of the feel you are describing. As Sharli says, it can happen, if you are open to it. Heck, I even get treated well at Walmart! LOL

Have an awesome week, my friend. Stay cool!

Carolyn Christie said...

What an adorable image, not to mention cute card!! 1st catches are so fun!! I have Sams at 3.5 years old. He even fell in. :)

Barb said...

Cute card, awesome back story! I love visiting your blog...not only for the inspirational artwork you share, but also I think you are a wonderful story teller! I really appreciate your writing style!

Sylvia said...

What a sweet card. Yes, I agree small town living is great.

dstandard said...

What an adorable image! Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!

Linda Beeson said...

What a cute card! LOVE the colors and that neat looking little bear. Great use of the Unscripted sketch too, sure glad you played along.

SarahKaye said...

What an adorable bear- I want to just squeeze him! :D Thanks for playing along with us at Unscripted!