We were visiting friends in Michigan this weekend (what a wonderful time!!), and during the trip home, I saw so many road signs that just gave me pause. Like "Coopers Rock." No apostrophe, so I'm thinking it's a statement, not a location. Another was a petting zoo and gourmet food store. Hmmm….if the animals in the petting zoo get out of hand, do they end up in the gourmet food section? And then there was the sign welcoming travelers to Maryland and warning them to watch out for wildlife. Apparently, they cross the road willy nilly, just like bunnies, squirrels and deer in Virginia. And, of course, that reminded me of the $3.4 Million "turtle crossing" in Florida.
Now – I have nothing against turtles, and I know they're endangered, but if they can have a crossing, why can't Virginia wildlife? What makes the turtle better than the bunny? Although I don't think bunnies will ever be endangered, because they breed like, well, bunnies! My brothers raised rabbits when we were kids, and you go to bed with two and wake up with 15. (Bunnies, not brothers.) Yikes! I know that bunnies, squirrels and deer have a better chance of getting across the road, because they're faster than turtles, but still – why shouldn't they have their own crossing? But then, that brings up the whole question about training. How much more stimulus money will have to be spent training those silly animals to cross at the actual crossing so they don't continue to "jaywalk?" Or "jay-run," maybe. And then I picture a deer in a Gomer Pyle outfit yelling, "Citizen's Arreh-yust!" as he chases a jaywalking bunny or squirrel down the road. Which would probably cause more traffic problems, because everyone will want to stop and take pictures of the Gomer Pyle deer. So maybe Virginia is better off just letting wildlife take their chances.
Back to Michigan…the daughter of our dear friends was getting married, which was the reason for the trip. Proverbs 25:25 says, "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land." That's always how we feel when we see Dave & Tracy and their children. It's just always refreshing and uplifting to be around them. And the wedding was so much fun. Monica (the bride) was absolutely gorgeous – as were her Mom and sister Melody. The men in the family looked good too. And my guys were also incredibly handsome. Instead of a wedding cake, Monica opted for cupcakes. I thought that was a wonderful idea. She did a lot of non-traditional things like that. Her dad played the ukulele and sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow for the recessional (I cried, of course. And who knew Dave could play the ukulele? I heard he learned about two weeks before the wedding. Dave is an incredible musician and can play anything.). Monica's sister Melody played the piano and sang a beautiful worship song during communion (I cried, of course).
The non-traditional cake and favors (plastic ducks and toys) made me think about creating a favor box – so here's the project for today.
This is absolutely perfect for chocolate. We made one of these from a "homemade" pattern a year or so ago at a workshop. It was ok – but this pattern is so much easier! (And if you want really easy, wait until you see the Holiday mini catalog!)
I had fun playing with different ideas with this. After I cut and scored the box, I ran it through the Big Shot with the "Friends" texturz plate, then distressed it with Mahogany distressing ink. The "Friends Never Fade" stamp is perfect for the vintage/distressed box.
Here are the supplies –
Stamp Set: Friends Never Fade
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy classic; Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade stampin' write markers
Paper: Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy card stock; Poppy Parade designer series paper (hostess pack)
Other: Distressing essentials kit, 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, stampin' dimensionals, cutter kit, sticky strip, Big Shot, texture plates kit #4, impressions pad, silicone rubber
I'm off to buy a battery for our ceiling fan. Apparently, the only way the fan works is with the remote control and the battery died a few days ago. One more day without it and I think my electrician husband is going to rewire the whole thing, so I'd better get moving!