Life

We have had an emotional week.

Our neighbor across the street, whom we love so very deeply, lost his beloved wife through tragic circumstances last week.  She was only 39 years old, leaving behind 5 children, the youngest of which is not quite 1 year old.

This sweet woman was the epitome of everything that is good and wonderful and beautiful about life, so loved and cherished by all who knew her.  We have been friends with this extraordinary family for a decade.  The husband is the leader of our local church group.  Their children play with our children.  One of their sons is in our Cub Scout den with Little Man.  We and all our friends and neighbors have shared life’s events with them.

Our little neighborhood has been grieving for the loss of a dear loved one, but we have also come together to love and support each other.  And there is much comfort in our knowledge of the Savior and that we will see her again.

I tried to make a sympathy card for our friends, but I just could not do it.  The situation is too close, too real, and it is just too hard right now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find the courage soon.

For now, my creativity led me to making a card for another next-door neighbor who was affected more than the rest of us, something to let her know that she is loved too as she processes her grief.

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This sentiment would definitely describe the friend we’ve lost.  The world was much, much brighter because of her!  Hopefully this card will cheer the friend to whom I’ve given it.  I also made 4 more of them for her to use in the future to brighten someone else’s day.

I have felt heartbroken, prone to bursting into tears at every small detail around me, trying to process what has happened, trying to remember the important things in life, trying to find ways to help our friends,….

It is just one of those sad life events that doesn’t make sense but must somehow be accepted.

Thanks for stopping in today and lending a listening ear.
-Ally

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Projects

It’s been a few months, eh?  I hope life has been treating you all well.

Life has been an interesting ride for me.  With some pressure from my Sweetheart, I managed to (reluctantly) create my annual batch of 150+ cards for Christmas gifts at the end of November.  I wasn’t really up for it, but he insists that his co-workers and our neighbor friends really appreciate them.  So I gave in and got it done at the last minute.

Christmas was a fun time, and I think I might actually survive the winter, now that we’re already to the end of January.  It’s been a long month for me, as it usually is.  I’m looking forward to Springtime and less time wrapped up in layers and jackets and such to keep warm.

I haven’t created many cards at all, since November.  I’ve been occupied with other plans for our local Cub Scout Pack.  I am the new Committee Chairperson, and my Hubby is the new Cub Master, so we will be the hosts for this year’s Blue & Gold Banquet in February.  Although I don’t have any cards to share today, I thought I’d share a few photos of the projects I’ve been working on lately.

I made 6 of these medallion centerpieces for the dinner tables.  The large medallion has the Cub Scout patch logo on it, and the four smaller medallions have the Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos patch logos on them.   I plan to replace the blue and white ribbons with something else that blends better.

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Then 6 of these pennant centerpieces.  Each of the pennants has one of the 12 words from the Boy Scout law, with a 3D star in the center.  I wrapped the jars with some blue burlap and tied it together with a piece of yellow/white twine.  I just used a pack of cheap BBQ skewers from the grocery store for all the sticks in these centerpieces.

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Then, I created 8 of these little campfire jars.  When Hubby trimmed our trees, I had him cut the trimmed branches into pieces.  I hot-glued them in an arrangement around a flat jar with red, orange, and yellow tissue papers scrunched up in them.  I have some blue mini milk jugs to set next to them in which I will put about 10 marshmallow pops to complete the little “roasting S’mores” scene.

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I bought some blue and yellow napkins at Wal-mart to wrap up the plastic utensils with a little band that reads “Do Your Best” from the Cub Scout Motto.  I used repositionable mailing labels to create the band so it will come off easily and not tear up the napkin when people unwrap the utensils to eat.

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As our guests walk out the door, they will see a table covered with these little parting-favor candy bags.  I used permanent labels for the Nugget wraps, printing out various digital papers onto them for the different patterns.  Then I printed out the papers in a smaller scale onto more labels, punching them out with a small circle hand punch to stick on the bottom of the Hershey Kisses.  I created the topper labels on the computer, and the little bags are from Hubby’s work.  I also did little packs with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups and then some with mini Nestle Crunch bars to stick with the blue and yellow color theme.

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I also created a few display boards with a little caricature printout of each of the Cub Scouts in our Pack.  There are 25 boys in our Pack, so it was quite a project.

We also assembled a little kit of misc household items (toothpicks, paper cup, straw, paper plate, rubber bands, paper clips, etc.) for them to use to create something to put on display.  I printed out 2 simple digital Thank You cards for each scout to write a little note of thanks to their Den leaders.

So, though I haven’t been creating many cards lately, I have definitely been creating!  I’ve been working on all this for about 3 months, and I am happy to have it all mostly done, with only a few loose ends to tie.  We have 2 weeks until the Banquet, and we will be expecting about 120 people.  My next project in a week will be baking and food prep.  Thankfully, we have many wonderful, involved parents in our Pack, so I will have help with the food for that night.

It’s been a lot of work, and I am looking forward to being done with this event. 😉

I don’t take any credit for these projects.  I found all the ideas on the internet, just adding my own little spin to each of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I’m hoping to get back into card making soon, and maybe having a little time to blog again.
-Ally