When I got to the technique class today, Mom pulled in at the same time. She mentioned that she had several loads of “stuff” to bring in – which I thought was a little odd, because all anyone really needs at tech class is adhesive. And maybe scissors. And she has a bag packed with all her stamping supplies and it usually doesn’t take two trips to get it inside. Then again, in the summer and fall, she often brings fruit and veggies from the garden and orchards, so I assumed she had another box of apples or plums or something to give away. And then she handed me this card.
Isn’t that sweet? My birthday is Sunday, but I was due Aug. 31 (many, many years ago), so she brought a party to class. We had tea and cupcakes and chips. It was so much fun! And, of course, she had to tell the story behind my due date. I think it was more traumatic for her than the actual birth. Well, of course, it was. Back then they knocked you out, and when you woke up, you had a baby – often, a potty-trained, ready for kindergarten baby. And Mike’s grandmother said when she had babies, her doctor sent women to bed for six weeks, while a close family member came to take care of you and the new baby. Ah, bliss!! Six weeks of constant care, someone else to cook, clean and change diapers. All you had to do was rest, and feed and snuggle with the baby. No wonder women had lots of babies back then. But I digress. This story’s about me. Or, at least, my mom.
Waaaaaaay back then, almost everyone went to church on Sunday morning. Services began at 11 a.m., and they were finished by noon. Then you went home, had a big dinner – usually with extended family – and spent the rest of the afternoon doing something together. We usually visited one set or other of our grandparents – which meant most of the family singing while my cousin played the piano or, in the summer, making ice cream or sitting on the porch or under a tree at the picnic table and talking. Or we took a “Sunday drive.” And that’s what my parents and grandparents decided to do the day I was due. Dad and my grandfather were in the front seat, and Mom, my grandmother and my great-great-aunt were in the back. And on Mom’s lap was my 14-month old brother who decided he wanted to dance. On me. (In case you’re appalled, car seats were unheard of back then.) The road was more like a path, and when they hit one particularly uncomfortable bump, Mom let out a groan. My grandfather’s ears perked up, and he asked, “Oh, by the way…when’s that baby due?” Sheepishly, Mom answered, “Today.” It didn’t take long to get that huge old car turned around and back to civilization. Well, I guess it wasn’t an “old” car then, but it would be today. It would be an antique. A very, very old antique.
Personally, I don’t see what the angst was all about. My dad and grandfather were farmers; I know they had helped out at births before. Granted, the expectant mother usually had four legs, not two, but my grandmother was also there that day. I don’t think there was ever a situation that she couldn’t handle. Ever. She was the most level-headed, disciplined, “take charge” woman I’ve ever known. But, I decided to wait a few more days before showing up – which, I sure, pleased everyone.
I had gotten out some of the leftover napkins from the Spring Fling so we wouldn’t make a mess while snacking, and one just happened to be beside the cards we were making for class. I was amazed at how well the colors went with the napkins. So I brought one home and made this.
Stamp set: Pretty Postage; Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum stampin’ write markers; Paper: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Lucky Limeade, Perfect Plum, Melon Mambo card stock; Just Add Cake designer series paper; Other: Big Shot, Bitty Box & Envelope die, heart to heart punch, small heart punch, 1″ square punch*, postage stamp punch, scallop edge punch, stampin’ dimensionals, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, heat tool, fabric adhesive, crimper; napkin (*available September 1 in the Holiday mini catalog; all other supplies available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
I covered a piece of Melon Mambo card stock with the fabric adhesive and heated it with the heat tool, pressing down as I heated. (Note: you may want to wrap cloth or a paper towel or something around your finger, because that paper gets hot! And if you get your fingers in the heat stream from the heat tool, it’s even hotter. I’m just sayin’. Or you could use an iron.) Peel off the backing, place the napkin over the adhesive and heat (or iron) again. If you’re using an iron, make sure the napkin and card stock are a little bigger than the adhesive. You don’t want any adhesive hanging out the sides or you’ll get melted adhesive gunk all over your iron. Husbands who iron get a little aggravated when that happens, especially if you forget to clean it off and they iron a white shirt with the gunky iron. I say sometimes you have to sacrifice for art. He says, “Let’s look for a craft iron for you.” Woohoo. Win/win!
I ran the napkin/card stock piece through the Big Shot using the Bitty Box & Envelope die (just the envelope part), then punched a lot of hearts from card stock scraps. I’m so glad I used the crimped scrap too! I love the texture it adds. If I had had a little more time, I would have sponged a little ink on the hearts, also.
For the “thanks,” I just colored each one with a different marker, stamped, then punched with the new 1″ square punch. You’ll be able to purchase this – and a ton of other awesome products! – on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Tomorrow I’m heading out to Mom’s for a family picnic (no road trips, though!). My uncle and aunt from Tennessee who we see once every 5 years or so will be in town, and we’re all getting together to
overwhelm them visit with them. It will be so much fun; I love being with family. Then I’m collecting all the things I want to sell at the yard sale Rachel & I are doing in Inwood, WV. If you’re in the area, stop by the Inwood Dance Studio Friday or Saturday (6:30 a.m. – about 2:30 p.m.) and say hi. If it’s closer to 6:30, please bring coffee! Rachel’s taking a lot of jewelry and other handcrafted items; I’m selling retired stamps and accessories.
That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by.