Sunday, July 15, 2018

Card Sending: Why Card Makers Do What We Do

I am a pretty good card maker. I consistently make cards on a weekly and monthly basis.

I'm a good card maker. But I'm not always a good card sender.

Why do I let that happen?

I will often make a card with an individual in mind, but then I will forget to put it in the mail box. And before I know it, I have thirty cards piled up in a shoe box that are starting to feel as if they are past their "Best If Sent By" date.

Please, tell me I'm not the only one!

My mom is really good at sending. She will make fifty cards on a stamp crafting weekend (fifty to my twelve! LOL!), and before you know it she has mailed them all out and needs to make more.

Last week, I decided enough was enough. I put a dozen cards in the mail. Get well cards. Retirement cards. Birthday cards. Thank you cards. Cards of encouragement. It felt really good to get those handmade cards out of the shoe box and into the mail box.

So many people got cards from me this week. And so many people sent calls and texts to thank me. They stopped me in church to thank me. They told me that their cards are now propped on window sills or fireplace mantels or refrigerators. A reminder that I cared enough to send a little piece of my heart.

And that, my friends, is why I'm still a card maker. It's not because I need the "You Go Girl" pats on the back. It's because I want people to know that I'm thinking of them and lifting them up in prayer.

Simple acts of love with big impact.

Maybe you are a really good letter writer. Maybe you crochet dish scrubbers. Maybe you make quilts. Maybe you cook casseroles. Whatever it is you do, I'm hear to tell you to keep at it. Serve your neighbor, love on your friends, honor your family. Be an encourager to someone today.

Blessings, cafe friends!

{Today's Brew: Graceful Greetings sentiment (PTI), Year of Psalms (PTI), Birch background (PTI), PTI ink and card stock, Mix and Mat Plaid die (PTI), Wee Folk bird dies (PTI), watercolor paper}

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Clean Eating, Again

Women. Our bodies are amazing things, aren't they? We are fearfully and wonderfully made. And with each new season in life, there seems to be a new change, a shifting in our lifestyle. Modifications need to be made along the way to stay in optimal health.

In your thirties, you think "Maybe I should go to the gym more, and lay off the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies."

And then your forties arrive, and you think "I cannot eat the diet of my children. Burgers and fries and has to go!"

And then fifties usher in a new era. "Don't even look at that piece of bread!"

Ah, the joys of womanhood!

Ever since my long bout with Lyme disease, my body reacts in ways similar to other autoimmune disorders. Joint pain, fatigue, bloating and stomach issues.

I had been backsliding since December. Bread, pastries, wine, sugar, cheese. All things in moderation, of course. But even in moderation, I paid the price.

This week, I am getting back on track.

I've been researching anti-inflammatory diets and auto-immune protocols. It seems that dairy and wheat are big no-nos, along with sugar and alcohol (which really, is sugar, too). Processed foods are out. Organic lean meats, eggs, fruits and veggies are in.

Clean eating.

It involves a lot of thought and planning and cooking, but in the end, I can't argue with results.

Day three, and my bloating is gone, with minimal stomach cramping. Down a half a pound, too.

There really is no excuse not to eat clean this time of year, when farmer's markets are in full steam. Fresh produce everywhere, including our own garden this year!

Small changes. Modifications. I can't say that I will be able to follow a plan one hundred percent, but I can try my best to be kind to my body, this temple.

Blessings, cafe friends!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MFT Summer School Day 5: Symmetry

Welcome, cafe friends! This is the last day for this session of summer school. Day 5 assignment: symmetry!

I puzzled and puzzled until my puzzler was sore, and then I had an idea. Soda Pop!

The red and white stripe gives this card the feel of an old fashioned soda shop. This one is going to my father-in-law for his birthday next week!

Would you look at how cute those Coke bottles are? When you die cut them, it also embosses the detail. Sweet!

{Today's Brew: Soda Pop stamps and dies (MFT), Cross Stitch oval frame die (MFT), banner die from MFT Blueprints, PTIpaper/card stock, Versamark and white embossing powder}

It's official. I have now completed summer school! woo hoo!

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Monday, July 9, 2018

MFT Summer School Day 4: Complementary Colors

Welcome to another installment of Summer School! Today's lesson: Complementary Colors, those colors that are opposite on the color blue and orange, or red and green, or hot pink and chartreuse green, as I chose today!

When MFT had their retirement sale last month, I was able to snag Scribbled Roses and dies before they sold out. Yay! I've always loved the simplicity of this set.

I paired it with a sentiment from Cheerful Blessings, and gave it a little black gingham ribbon to tie those flowers into a bundle.

{Today's Brew: Scribbled Roses and dies (MFT), Cheerful Blessings (MFT), MFT Blueprints die, PTI ink and card stock, gingham ribbon}

Blessings on your Monday, cafe friends!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

MFT Summer School Day 3: Repetition

Welcome to another day of MFT Summer School here at the cafe!

Today's class: Repetition.

And what could be better than a row of repeating candles?

I added a little Wink of Stella to each candle flame to give it some sparkle!

{Today's Brew: MFT stamps and dies, Wink of Stella clear sparkle, PTI ink and card stock}

Blessings on your Sunday, cafe friends!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

MFT Summer School Day 2: Primary Colors

Welcome to day 2 of summer school here at the cafe! Today's assignment: create a project using primary colors.

I decided to use a teal instead of a true blue, but I think this still qualifies.

I used red, yellow and teal ink to create the splatter background. I popped to balloons up with foam dimensionals, and gave them all a little "shine" with a white gelly roll pen.

Adhering those balloon strings can be tricky, so here's what I did. I used some craft tweezers to hold on to one end. Then, using the fat side of Mono multi glue, I squeezed some glue to the top and then carefully dragged the "string" through the glue, using the tweezers then to guide it in to place and stick it to the card stock.

A fun card to add to my birthday stash!

{Today's Brew: All stamps and dies from My Favorite Things, PTI ink and card stock, gelly roll pen}

Friday, July 6, 2018

MFT Summer School: White Space

Hello, cafe friends!

It's summer time, and you know what that means? Summer school!

Sam is currently enrolled in an online summer school geometry class. He's getting back on track so that he can be enrolled in AP math in high school. Good times!

I decided to enroll in summer school, too...My Favorite Things style!

The first day of class was fun: white space. I decided to embrace the white for this simple and fun card.

One thing you need to know about working with white: you have to stay meticulously clean! I added a little pop of color with the orange plaid paper-pieced dress.

{Today's Brew: MFT stamps and dies, COPIC and Prisma markers, paper from Lawn Fawn}

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!