Hello out there! It's me! I'm alive! I'm sure many of you had given me up for dead, but never fear: I have survived a looong and tiring spring/summer of pediatric orthopedic surgery and its aftermath. Actually, the aftermath is ongoing (aftermaths have a tendancy to do that, you know), but Carter is doing great. We still have a ways to go until he is once again walking independently, but his legs and gait are much straighter and he is getting stronger every day. Now that school is back in session, he uses a walker most of the time to get around, with occasional use of his wheelchair to go the long distances to the cafeteria, etc. I'm told that its considered a high privilege amongst his classmates to get to be the person who pushes his chair on such occasions. Leave it to Carter to convert a wheelchair into social currency!
In case you're interested, here's a recent photo of my beautiful boys, taken on the first day of school (Aug. 9th):
Truman is now a high school sophmore, and Carter is a second grader. Aren't they a couple of clean cut cuties? They make their Mama's preppy little heart pitter patter (when they aren't driving her to drink).
And though I haven't done ANY stamping over the summer, I have managed to keep crafty. Spending so much time in Minnesota (at Gillette Specialty Children's Hospital and the nearby St. Paul Embassy Suites. Thank the good Lord for the daily Manager's Reception - free wine and snacks!) and Oklahoma City (we did about a month and a half of Lokomat therapy, four days a week, after we returned home from MN) I needed something highly portable that didn't take up a whole lot of space. Thus, I rediscovered one of my first crafting passions: cross stitch! I'll show you some of the projects I've finished and am working on in a different post.
The reason I am posting today, though, is that my buddy Jen del Muro called me yesterday. We chatted for a while, and I mentioned to her that I had just cleaned off my craft desk after months of using it as the place to pile life's random - how shall I put it? - crap. With a clean desk, I was feeling the first itch to get inky, and wouldn't you know it: just in time for the brand new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY! And guess who the September SFYTT sponsor is? KRAFTIN' KIMMIE!
I'm a former Krafty Girl, and I adore Kimmie and all of her wonderful stamps. I especially love the Moonlight Whispers line, illustrated by the AMAZING Annie Rodrique. Pretty much every month, I'm forced by Annie's talent to purchase a Kimmie Kit because I MUST possess each and every one of her images. Therefore, I have lots and lots of lovely rubber just waiting to get inked up. It seemed serendipitous that my desire to stamp coincided with KKS's sponsorship, so here I am. LUCKY FOR YOU! ;)
Enough backstory. Ready to see this month's SFYTT? It's a goodie, as usual:
Mr. Carter is turning 8 next Thursday, so I used CURTIS to make him a birthday card...
I'd love to say the idea for using the linen thread (from The Cat's Pajamas) to resemble a fishing line was the result of my own cleverness, but that would be a fib. I copied the idea from my brilliant buddy, Michele Boyer - here's the card that inspired me. I did come up with something kinda cute on my own, though. Check out this little fish hook I created by bending a straight pin...
- Jen del Muro (you can also get all of the details about how you can participate on Jen's blog)
- Amber Hight
- Amy Sheffer
- Becky Carafa
- Jodi Collins
- Susan Liles
- Jen Tapler
- Megan Lock
- Kerry Johnson
- Tracy Shultz
As for future postings, I'm going to try to post once or twice a week, but probably no more than that. My vida loca just won't permit it, and I've been told I'm cranky (the nerve!) when I'm stamping on a deadline. Thus, I'll be keeping it light and aiming for that ever elusive balance. (I can hear you snickering, you know. I agree; the idea of me and balance is akin to, say, Lady Gaga and demurity. But still. One can try. Wish me luck!)
Supplies - Stamps: Curtis by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps; Paper: Campfire 8 x 8 pad from October Afternoon, Prism Mystic Dark, PTI Ripe Avocado, Copic X-Press Blending Paper; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Copic Markers, Mini Brads from Queen & Co; Linen Thread from The Cat's Pajamas, Jody Morrow's Foam Boosters, straight pin, PTI ribbon in Ripe Avacado.