I decided to take a break from the holidays with this card. Well – kind of a break. I still used a Christmas set – the Embellished Ornaments set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits. And, of course, I bundled them when I ordered, so I could save 15%.
I inked the ornament stamp with Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke, then die cut it with the coordinating thinlit. Then I cut the bottom off the ornament so the vase would sit up.
The flowers are from the World of Dreams stamp set. I inked the stamp with the flower with Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Markers. I inked the greenery stamps with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke. In retrospect, that wasn’t the greatest idea, because it makes the leaves look like I didn’t ink them well. Lesson learned!
Speaking of lessons – I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between being a parent and a grandparent. I was never a “helicopter” parent. I wanted the boys to explore without their mom hovering over them. But – they were also almost always with friends or with each other, so they were never far from someone who “had their backs.” I’ve noticed I hover a lot more with Amelia. Maybe it’s because she’s a girl. Maybe it’s because when I take her places, it’s just the two of us, so there aren’t friends or siblings to watch out for her. Maybe it’s because since she’s not “mine,” I don’t want to have to answer to her parents if she comes home with a new bruise.
Whatever the answer, I’ve become a helicopter grandma. My house is definitely not child proof, so I have to keep an eye on her a lot. Last month, her favorite things were playing in the food storage container cabinet and emptying the dog’s water bowl on the floor. This month, she’s learned to open the dog food container and use the scoop to make fun scrunching noises. But all in all, she’s a very good girl. (She takes exception to the term “baby.” She’s a “toddler,” thank you very much!) She’s very obedient unless buttons are involved; they’re too much of a temptation for her. She loves pushing buttons on electronics, especially the television, the remote, and cell phones. And unless she’s tired, she’s very reasonable, which is amazing for a toddler. And she’s decided she likes having someone close by just in case, but she doesn’t appreciate anyone hovering. So I’m learning to back off a bit and let her try her wings. But I’m still close enough to catch her before she hits the ground.
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