Belated Mojo Monday greetings from Gillette Specialty Children's Center in lovely St. Paul, Minnesota. Carter had his big surgery last Thursday morning. I have much I want to show & tell about our experience in the hopes that it may be helpful/informative for other families, but that post will come after we get home and can process the whole experience. In the meantime, know that Carter is doing well and that we are looking forward to coming home tomorrow morning. YAY!!!
Today I am oh-so-thrilled to share with you my brand-new ALL TIME FAVORITE stamp set in the whole wide world! Yeah, that praise may seem hyperbolic, but when you see the set, and when you read the words Alma The Awesome uses to describe her inspiration for the set, you'll see I speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
First, though, I need to show you this week's Mojo Monday sketch...
Tell me that Mama Bear (or PJ, whom I believe is a male bear) reading to Baby Bear (in his little bunny slippers!) in a comfy-cozy chair isn't the most adorable image you've ever laid eyes on, and I will have to gather a bunch a letters from your loved ones and hold an intervention. Because that would be proof positive that whatever dangerous substance(s) you've been drinking/smoking/snorting/huffing/injecting/swallowing/etc. have done serious and possibly permanent damage. I'm getting my Master's in Counseling Psychology, which automatically makes me an expert on all of these sorts of things, you know.
Look a closer look at these precious bears, and tell me if you can read the title of their book...
BEARY POTTER! Isn't Alma the cleverest cat in the universe? (The bears were colored with Copics, and mounted on top of their paper-pieced chair. The book, Mama's paws, and their feet were stamped and colored again then popped up on foam boosters.
And just look at the twirly-swirly elegant font of the oh-so-fun sentiment...
The very idea of this image - a shared reading experience between a parent (or some other loving older person - sibling, aunt, cousin - whatever) and child is enough to make my heart go pitter-patter. It reminds me of that wonderful poem, The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan, the last stanza of which is:
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be --
I had a Mother who read to me.
But then, when Alma revealed what inspired her to create this set, I honestly wept, I was so moved and honored. As she's has wrote on her blog post today,
When I designed this set, I had one of the members of The Cat Pack in mind, Carole Burrage. Not only is Carole, probably one of the smartest people I know, she's a devoted mother, and wonderful friend with a wicked sense of humor. And I know that she's passed these honorable traits onto her terrific sons. I don't know how she does all that she does, and raised two such wonderful sons, but she tells me it's all about Quality Time.
(I SWEAR I did not pay her to write that.) ;) To say that I'm humbled and touched doesn't begin to describe what I feel about this set, those words, and my amazing friend, Alma. For once, I'm speechless!
For more info on how to participate in this week's Mojo Monday challenge, head on over to the Mojo Monday Blog. Lots of lovely inspiration can also be found by visiting my fellow Mojo Makers' blogs: