Quote of the Week

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Saturday, May 15, 2010

You're So Sweet in a Vintage Sort of Way

Wow!  It's a beautiful Saturday morning.  The sun is shining and my house is quiet. I know soon enough the kids will be up and my peaceful morning will become hectic with all the activity.  I love mornings.  It's my quiet, crafting, alone time with my friend, Mr Coffee:)  Today I wanted to share one of those 5 cards I've been working on.  This is actually the one that I got all done  realized I had made it upside down.  Luckily I was able to just switch the top panel around to fix it. Phew!

I made this using some NEW Digital Paper by Shawne called, " Sweet Thang Vintage. You can find it over at Studio 313 Exclusive Creations under the Earthy section of the digital paper.  I am in love with this stuff.
I used Mercy's Tuesday sketch (kind of) and added a chipboard base in the center that was painted with TH distress paint and then distressed even more with TH antique linen ink.  The cherries are from the Just Jawing set.  I decided to add some Diamond Glaze  and boy did it brighten them up.  Not really the look I was going for, but that's ok.  My sentiment is from Verve's Thankful Accents set which is another of my favorite sets. Because I used chipboard I am submitting this to The Shabby Tea Room again. 

I made something else with this awesome paper.  It has quite a few mistakes so don't look too hard.  This was my gift to my sister for her wedding.  Well,  part of my gift anyway.  My sister doesn't cook and her husband came with a "ready made" family.  So now she is trying to learn how to make meals for more than one person:)  Hopefully my gift will help.

I decided to share many of the recipes I have collected over the years from family and friends.  Most of these are very quick, easy meals that I use myself.  I love the idea of passing down family recipes.  It's like sharing a part of you.  I can't help but think of those people as I make their specialties.  I wrote everything out by hand.  There is something even more special about looking at a person's handwriting, especially when they are gone.  I have several of my Bushia's recipes (grandma in Polish) and I love to see her handwriting.  I really feelslike I still have a part of her with me as I cook.  So, I photocopied those Bushia recipes for my sister.  I hope she enjoys that as much as I do.  One lesson I learned while making this was that Alene's Ok to Wash It dries very sticky.  I wouldn't use it again for trim.  I'm afraid of how much gunk it will collect around the trim over the years.  The true gift is inside.  Do you write out your recipes still or do you print them off on a computer?  I hope if you pass them down to someone you write them out.  Years down the road people will look at your handwriting and think of you more clearly I'm sure.  BTW, the front of the recipe box says, "Good Eats" not "Good EARS as my husband thought:)

Thought I would share a few pictures of our day at the beach while in The Outer Banks.

( click on picture for a closer view)

This is the wedding day....starting with a beautiful sunrise

I don't have any pictures of the ceremony because I was busy holding my sister's veil down:)  It was a VERY warm day with gusty winds  and so pretty on the beach.  We wore shoes as we walked through the sand and got a GREAT exfoliation treatment.  Beach weddings should be barefoot I believe.  However, my feet felt pretty smooth from having sand in my shoe.

Here's a collage of the day...

We love to party it up.  This family LOVES to dance.  I have so many more pictures, but I won't bore you with them all.

So what happens after a day of partying with the Smoker family???

We are a wild bunch and we're sure to tire you out.

It was a really fun time and we are going to end this post on a happy note.

Thanks for hanging in there through family pics.  I have to say that the Canary yellow dress ended up looking OK on me.  My wild hair color tamed down before the big day.  A big thanks to VINEGAR.  It's a natural stripper you know.  I washed my hair several times with it to get that purplish red tint out.  It seemed to work!  Yeah!

It was really humid, but thanks to LOTS of hair product and my wonderful beautician Aunt  the frizzies stayed away.  Not Brillo pad in sight.  It was supposed to Thunderstorm that day, but NOPE.  So happy about that for my sister.  All that fretting I did and it all worked out ok in the end.  It usually does.  You just have to have faith.

Have a great Saturday.  I'll be back tomorrow with a PWCO sketch for you all to try!


Jen said...

Nikkie, too funny that you had to fix your card...I love it! And that recipe book for your sis...this is a fabulous idea! I write out my recipes still and I have 'written' recipes from relatives that I am putting together in a book and duplicating it for my sisters too! Love your pic's...you look great in yellow...have a FAB weekend!

j,j,andhsmom said...

You are making me so "beachsick"! Yesterday after I saw you I wished I had asked where in NC you had been, and just this morning I was regretting that we have no beach vacation planned this year. Other fun trips yes, but no beach. The Outer Banks is pretty much my favorite place ever. I guess pictures will just have to do until next year!

Patti J said...

Love your card, and the fact that you made it upside down tickled me so much that I laughed out loud! If you check out my blog today, you'll find some baby shower stuff. What I did NOT say on the blog is that I had to re-do about 1/2 dozen due to upside-downedness! lol...happens to the best of us! So glad the wedding went well, and you enjoyed your trip. Girl, you look so beautiful! Great card, sweetie!