Well, you’ll be happy to know that even though Mom’s birthday cake looked really sad, it tasted delicious. The rest of the meal was also fine, I guess. No one seems sick this morning, so that’s always a good sign. We had scallops (another of the birthday girl’s favorites), steamed vegetables and pecan rice. And, again – thank you, Mary Fife, for the great recipe web site!
While Mike & I were shopping for dinner the other night, we turned down an aisle in the grocery store and were immediately assaulted by the strongest perfume ever. And the funny thing was, no one was around. Holy moley. How much cologne do you have to bathe in to leave that much behind? And can you not tell that it’s too strong? Do you not have any friends who love you enough to say, “Phew! You smell!”? I could understand if this was a century or two ago, when people thought it was dangerous to bathe in winter. But – gracious, this is the hygienically enlightened 21st century! And what about the people who date or live with this person? (And I say, “person,” because it could have been a guy. They tend to lather on the scent pretty heavily lately, too.)
So here’s a quick guide…the more expensive the perfume, the less you need, of course. And if it’s really, really heavy, just squirt it in the air for about 1 second (or less!) and walk through it. That’s probably enough. If it’s summer or you live in a very warm climate, skip the heavy stuff and opt for a lighter spray. And if you’re a server, cook or hostess in a restaurant, skip it altogether. Nothing is worse than ordering a lovely dinner, then having the server bring it and leave behind a cloying flower scent. It just taints the whole meal.
Here are some flowers that won’t leave you gasping for breath…at least, not because of the scent. I got the idea of framing them from Jackie Topa, another fabulous demonstrator.
Stamps: Bordering on Romance; Ink: Jet Black Stazon; Daffodil Delight classic ink refill; Stampin’ Write Markers – Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive; Paper: Twitterpated designer series paper; Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze card stock; Other: Dazzling Details, Basic jewels – rhinestones, Big Shot, framelits – hearts, Aqua Painter
This was easy, once I figured out what colors I wanted to use. This will be a second card for my sister-in-law. Her birthday is today, and Mom is having a luncheon for her. I mailed her a card, but I always hate to show up empty handed, so this is the “backup.”
It’s a pretty straightforward card. I stacked the designer paper, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White card stock, then cut a small heart frame. I removed the bottom layer, then cut a larger frame, removed a layer and cut the largest. Then I stamped the flowers on a separate piece of card stock, colored it and layered it behind the frame. I wanted them to be overflowing, so I stamped a few extras, cut them out and layered them on top.
I’ll have an “old set” card for you tomorrow. Have a wonderful day – and thanks for stopping by.