Friday, April 10, 2009

{shear-ing} some special RAKs

We are so blessed to have such talented and generous family and friends! ;D Check these out!!!

My mom made this darling cupcake card for Chloe's birthday last weekend: I'm bummed that you can't see it, but there's a LOT of glitter on this card (Chloe loved that!). I love the faux-stitched twill (so feminine), the cupcake theme, the distressed edges, the colors, and all the layering. And the inside was decorated up just as cute (with vellum, glittery cardstock, and some cupcake dp), but since it was personalized for Chloe, I opted not to share that. But trust me, it's every bit as sweet as the front!

And my friend Jeanne surprised me this week with a soft and dreamy knitted neck warmer in black and gray tones (that I was actually able to wear last night, and I know I'll be wearing it a LOT whenever we have cold weather...and we do for much of the year here --thanks again, Jeanne!): You're probably laughing...or at least my choice of "model" here, but I thought Shadow was the best candidate for the job today. ;) Aside from my being extremely UNphotogenic, here's the other reason: I've been struggling with my hair lately (to cut or not to cut, that is the question -lol), and in trying to save money I pushed my next salon app't off by several weeks. In hindsight, I'm not sure that was the best idea because when you're a former hairstylist and still have shears, sometimes your mood can get the better of you (like late last night, for example). I'm used to cutting my own bangs, etc., but I don't recall ever trying to hack off 4 inches from the overall length of my hair before. As I cut into it, my hubby, watching from a safe distance away, called me "brave"...I'm not quite sure that's the adjective I'd have chosen, but he's nicer than I am. ;)

Fortunately my hair was longer than it's been since Chloe was a baby (it reached my bra strap in the back), so I knew I had some room for error. Even still, let's just say that there's merit to the old adage, "the doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient," and that it could also be applied to former hairstylists. lol I am happy to report, though, that even in the light of day the results of my impatience could've been a lot worse. My hair is going to need to be touched up a little, but fortunately for our budget, I taught my hubby how to do it back when we were first married. It's just been a long time since I've let him put scissors to my hair, so I hope he remembers how...otherwise any "savings" will have to be spent at the salon tomorrow (but at least I could then honestly blame any needed repairs on him -lol!). ;)

**And in case I haven't shared Shadow's story with you before, suffice it to say that "she" has been in our family for nearly 22 years --a gift to my firstborn and has been well-loved by all five of my kids, most notably by Chloe-- and is still very much a part of Chloe's daily life...which would explain why she's wearing a wedding dress in this picture. So you see she's practically family, and that's why I didn't think you'd mind my selecting her to model in my place, even if the neck warmer fits her a little loosely. {You understand; right, Jeanne?} She's much prettier, doesn't need makeup or time to primp, and she never objects to being photographed (even if her hair's kinda mangy looking, which, being nearly 154 in dog years, she can't help that...and it's not my fault either --my shears have never touched her! -lol).**

Oh! And if the neck warmer weren't enough of a special gift, Jeanne also sent along this beautiful card: I love everything about this card! What's weird is even though they're not really alike at all, the more I look at this, the more I'm reminded of this Mother's Day card my mom made for me last year. I think it's the Swiss Dots, the shimmery flowers, the Ocean cardstock, and the Aquamarine-colored accents? Interesting, don't you think? Great minds think alike, and crafty hands do such beautiful work. ;) Thanks so much, Jeanne!

I love receiving handmade gifts (who doesn't?!), but really struggle with accepting them when I know I can't reciprocate in a like manner. Jeanne and my mom are two perfect examples of ladies whose talents, creativity, love, and generosity know no bounds, and I am so very blessed to have these very special women in my life. How do you possibly (adequately) thank them when your own talents, resources, and time are considerably less than required? I'm hoping an appreciative and humble heart counts for something --not too tangible, but other than that, I'm stumped for the moment, and I'm all ears....

This week has been more crazy than usual around here, but I'm hoping to get some stamping time (aka therapy --I need it badly!) in tomorrow. If I do, and it comes out okay (ya never know...), I'll try to get it posted to share. But in case I don't get back here before the weekend's over, I wanted to wish you all a very special Easter.

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!


Jeanne said...

Oh that cupcake card is just adorable! I can see the acorn didn't fall far from the tree in terms of creativity and talent! *Ü* I can tell it's a card that Chloe would love!

I'm so glad you like the little giftie I sent you and as I told you...your enjoyment of the gift is ALL that thanks I need.

And you ARE a brave woman to cut your own hair. I have to cut the girls' hair (as they refuse to let anyone else do it) and that makes me nervous I have no haircutting attempt my own would give me nightmares. LOL I'm SURE you are more photogenic than you claim, but understand what you are saying.

Wish we lived closer so I could give you a big hug! Happy Easter, my friend!

Stacy said...

Wow, what talented friends and family you have! The cards are just lovely, and I could use that neck warmer today! Brrr it is yucky here :( Your hair cutting story cracked me up LOL! Ah the dreaded "B" word, since taking a Dave Ramsey class, haircuts aren't in the budget for me either :(
Have a blessed week!

Christi said...

You sure do have talented friends and family! The cards are amazing and I loved hearing the story about Shadow. So sweet!