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Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?  Even if you have, you’re going to want to make room to squeeze in one more last minute ornament. Today,  I’m sharing a Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial with you.  I think you’re going to be inspired to make a few of these yourself, as they are very festive!

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Can you guess what I used as the base for this frosty, sparkly ornament?  Well, if you guessed a Graphic 45 Staples Washi Tape Container, then you are correct!  Move to the head of the class!

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This is a fairly quick and easy project to put together, especially when you have a Snapguide tutorial to walk you through each of the steps.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The cylinder that holds the Staples Washi Tape is just the right size for a little bottle brush tree.  I’ve dressed mine up with Grit Paste and Glitter, then added a bunch of faux snow, sequins and beads to make it sparkle and shine.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Chipboard elements add the finishing touch on this fun and festive project.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5And Christmas Ribbon tops everything off perfectly!

Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial on Snapguide

Are you ready to learn how to make this sweet dimensional ornament?  Then follow the simple steps in this Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Ornament Tutorial on  Snapguide .

Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 3-D Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

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Wouldn’t this look great tied onto a cookie plate or gift bag?  I hope you have fun making it!

Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

Cheerio,

kathy

Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial Supply List

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step.  For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog.  This is the project I  made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  You can find the original post HERE.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you an oasis of calm and rest in the midst of this busy season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique


Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Baby projects are always sweet to make and fun to share.  Today I have an Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial that is really easy to make.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Awww!  Look at what the stork brought!  This image is so perfectly vintage but sweet and fresh as a newborn babe.  I kept the design fairly simple so that the shaker top and image would really shine.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2The base of the card measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/4″ spine to allow for lots of goodies to be added on the inside.  I’ve mixed the gorgeous designer papers from the Beginnings collection with  Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue Cardstock and Authentique Micro Basics Brown check papers. It’s lovely that these basic patterns are a perfect color match for the Authentique designer papers.

Shake it Up Baby!

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 3

Machine stitching, ribbon and a fun shaker panel filled with sequins, seed beads, mini buttons, Prills and micro beads add loads of texture, dimension and movement to the card design.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial: The Details

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Mat stickers on cardstock to create sweet little hanger tags. Buttons and Ivory Burlap String add just the right touch of sweetness. To cover the raw edges of my clear cardstock shaker cover, I applied 1/8″ Scor-Tape and light blue micro gingham ribbon.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Baby Blue Chevron Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String and a rubber duckie novelty button dress up the bottom corner of the card.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 6

This wonderful sentiment is from the selvage edge of the 12×12 papers.  I never throw these away as they are fantastic additions to projects.  Cut a fishtail on one end, then mat on Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue papers, weave between your fingers and add a button.  Easiest sentiment panel ever!

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 7You can easily turn a card into a gift by adding pockets, tags and mini folios inside.  Tuck in a gift card and you’ve created a keepsake gift that does double duty as nursery decor and mini baby book.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 8Score Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue cardstock to make a mini folio.  I topped this with a matted sticker from the 12×12 Collection Kit and a chipboard button from my stash.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 9The folio measures a generous 5.25″ tall and has a simple tri fold design.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Mat stickers onto cardstock to create these adorable mini file folders.  They are the perfect journal spot, aren’t they?

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Create a large pocket on the bottom half of the card, then decorate it with another of the Details stickers.  These come in the 12×12 Collection Kit, or you can purchase them separately.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12Fill the pocket with journal cards from the cut apart page.  You can write on the front, and add photos on the back.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial on Snapguide

This Snapguide Tutorial will guide you step by step and layer by layer so that you can create your own Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card.

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Couple of Tips About Working with Shaker Cards

There are a couple of helpful tips that will prevent your shaker card adventure from becoming a disaster:

  1. Acetate cardstock has a lot of static.  I rub mine very lightly with a dryer sheet to prevent the sequins from clinging to it.
  2. Keep the tape liner in place until you have filled the shaker cavity with beads, sequins, etc. The tape is sticky, and small elements will cling to it.  This will make the seal insecure, and your beads and other goodies will leak out.
  3. Be mindful of the size of your shaker elements.  Anything too thick will get stuck between the paper and the acetate layer.
  4. Press the acetate firmly to seal it to the tape!
  5. Fill your shaker with a mix of sequins, Prills, Micro Beads, seed beads and tiny buttons or chipboard.  Having a mix of shaker elements really makes for a fun card.
Authentique Beginnings Bonus Card

I was having so much fun with this paper collection that I didn’t want to stop.  So I made this sweet Baby Boy Bib Overall card.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Bib Overall Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

The card base is an old Crafty Secrets Chipboard form that I’ve had in my stash forever.  I covered it with papers from the Beginnings 6×6″ Bundle, scraps of Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue paper and Brown Micro Check paper.  The overall suspenders are actually stickers from the Details Sticker Sheet.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Bib Overall Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2Fill the pockets with little tags made with scraps and tiny stickers.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Bib Overall Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3

On the inside, I’ve used another sheet of the Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue paper, stickers, and some fussy cut images.  The mini file folder is a great spot to add a gift card or personal note.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List: Authentique Beginnings 12x12 Collection Kit, 6x6 Paper Bundle, Spectrum Robin's Egg Blue 1&2, Brown Check Micro Basics, Details Stickers.  Other Products: Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape, Baby Blue Cardstock, Light Blue Chevron Ribbon, Light Blue Micro Gingham, Ivory Burlap String, 1/8" Scor-Tape, Sequins, Seed Beads, Prills, Novelty Buttons, Micro Beads, Clear Cardstock, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive

Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble

Authentique Imagine Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble
YouTube Video and Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m  a big believer in the old saying that age is just a number.  Today’s carousel themed birthday party ensemble is testament to that fact.  Made with gorgeous Authentique Imagine papers, this table centerpiece, birthday card folio and birthday quote wallet are the perfect gift for any woman who is celebrating an all important “milestone” birthday.

(There are loads of photos, a YouTube video tour and a Snapguide tutorial to follow, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin.  Or, just scroll down to the bottom and watch the video tour. )

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Normally, we connect carousel rides with little kids, but when I got my hands on this dreamy Imagine paper collection, my mind went right to grown up ladies.  Girls just want to have fun, right?

Carousel Themed Bendi Card Birthday Centerpiece with Snapguide Tutorial

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

I have discovered a new crafting obsession.  These oversized Bendi Card centerpieces are just too much fun to make, and I can’t stop myself.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

For this beauty, I combined  patterned papers, fussy cut images, Detail Stickers, chipboard elements, Petaloo flowers, Striped Chevron Ribbon and a button from my stash.  I’ll share a supply list and product links at the end of this post.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Several of you have asked me if there is a tutorial for making this Bendi Card base.  Well, there is now.  I worked up a Snapguide Tutorial that you can adapt for use with the paper of your choice.

Here’s a good tip for you: Whenever I take a fancy fold card design for a “test drive” I create the base with my cheapest cardstock.  There’s always a learning curve involved, and I’d rather destroy a cheap piece of cardstock than a piece of my gorgeous designer papers.  Once you’ve made the prototype, then you can cut into your pretty papers.  And remember: measure twice, cut once!

Check out How to Make a Carousel Bendi Card Authentique “Imagine” by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Carousel Themed Birthday Card Folio

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

The focal image on this card inspired this entire project.  I was enchanted by this lovely white haired grandma riding the carousel with her grandson.  This is who I want to be when I grow up!

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

Because I really don’t enjoy shopping (unless it’s for paper pretties) I have developed the habit of giving a gift card or cash gift for most birthdays and holidays.  But I still want my gift to be special.  This desire prompted me to start creating what I call birthday card folios.  These are gifts all on their own, but I always include a spot to tuck in a gift card.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7I begin these cards by building a  5″ x 7″ top fold card base.  Although this looks like a standard card front, I’ve designed a really fun surprise element in.  See that little brown binder clip? Remove it, and you’ll find a secret compartment filled with lovely surprises.

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I build my cards “inside out.”  Because I want to keep the cover of my cards clean, I create the entire cover, but don’t glue it to the card base until the inside is finished.  This way, flowers don’t get crushed, and I don’t accidentally pick up any mess from my crafting surface.  It’s also easier to work on the inside of a card before the bulky elements on the cover have been added.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

How fun is this?  I’ve created a little tuck spot by fussy cutting the pretty carousel pony silhouette from the designer paper.  It’s popped up on a piece of waste shipping package.  You can write a little note and tuck it in here.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9Turn an image from the cut apart page into an open sided pocket when you glue just the bottom edge.  Then tuck this fun gift card tag behind it.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 10

Have you ever noticed how beautiful some product packaging is?  I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the recycle bin.  The base of this tag is made from Petaloo flower packaging.  I sanded it lightly, painted it with Distress Paints, then created a belly band with gorgeous papers and detail stickers.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 11Top the gift card tag with pretty ribbon and some green metal posies, and you’d never guess its humble beginnings.    Then decorate a mini file folder with designer papers……

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 12

…and your tag becomes a hidden gift card holder.  Fun, fun, fun!

A Peek Inside

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 13Now we get to open the body of this folio.  And what do we find?  Even more surprises.  I started by  sewing vintage buttons to a hand made button card. Then I tuckednext it into this pretty side pocket.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 14

Next, I went to work on the bottom half of the birthday card folio.  Stamped sentiments, a sweet little paper spool of ribbon to go along with the button card and some fun treats can be found here.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 15

When it’s your birthday, it’s OK to eat chocolate…even for breakfast!  LOL  I also created a sweet little tea bag holder that I decorated with one of the images from the cut apart page.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 16Of course, you could tuck anything into this little wallet, but I happen to love tea.  Now, let’s take a look at the final member of this Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble.

Carousel Themed Birthday Quote Wallet

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 17

I thought it would be fun to create a little quote wallet filled with all kinds of happy thoughts about growing older.  Also, I hate to deal with scraps….and I had just enough paper left on my desktop to create this little 4″ x 6″ quote wallet.  LOL

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 18

When I have design paper that is as gorgeous as this, I tend to save every little scrap.  Use a torn edge to make a pretty border on a page.  Cut small strips into banner flags like the ones that flutter beneath the sticker medallion.  They are just too pretty to waste!

Then you can just stamp (or write, or computer journal) your favorite quotes and add them to the wallet.

Here’s how I created this simple tri-fold quote wallet:

  1. First, cut a piece of cardstock to measure 11″ long x 6″ high.
  2. Then, placing the long side against the rail of your scoring tool, score at 4″ and 8″.
  3. Now burnish the score lines with a bone folder.
  4. Fold the right hand side toward the center and the left hand side over it.
  5. Decorate as desired.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 19Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Imagine by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 20

I also like to use small scraps to create cute little tags like the one I tucked into this pocket.

Carousel Themed Birthday Party Ensemble Video on YouTube

I share more tips, tricks and ideas in this 10 minute YouTube video tour of the album.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your pretty papers, scissors and glue and get your craft on!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links

(Note, I’ve provided product links whenever possible, but some items have been in my stash a long time, and are no longer available online.  I’m sure you can find a good subsitute in your own crafty stash.)

Authentique Products:

Other Products:

Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial

Bon Appetit!  Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial
 Frilly & Funkie Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you could join me here today. Have you l heard the exciting news that Graphic 45 is releasing the gorgeous French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition?  I’m so excited that I dug into my stash and created this French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial for the Saturday Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

A Recipe for Success

I’m afraid that I have a brand new crafting addiction.  Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal die from Sizzix is just so much fun to play with.  Pairing it with these vibrant papers is truly a recipe for success!

There are so many different ways that you can use this journal.  Here are a few that I came up with during the creative process.

  • Great gift for the new bride!  Include some of your tried and true recipes and put in a basket with spices for a gorgeous shower gift.
  • How about the child who is moving out on his/her own?  Add in all the favorite recipes from home.
  • Your own personal guide to fine dining!  So many people take photos of their food plates.  It would be fun to compile them here along with notes about the meal.
  • A heritage recipe book.  Do you have scraps of recipes tucked here, there and everywhere?  Why not create a special place of honor to preserve them?

That’s just a short list of ways that I think you could use this handy album.  Do you have more?  I’d love to hear about them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creating an Interactive Album

Interactive elements make me happy.  It’s just so much fun to pull a tag out of a pocket, flip a page to find a little surprise, or fold paper in a unique way.

I’ve woven all kinds of fun surprises into this chunky little album.

There are tuck spots and pockets, and folios galore.

I’ve found all kinds of creative ways to use up little scraps of pretty paper. The easiest way to share all these ideas with you is via a YouTube video tour.

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on YouTube

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on Snapguide

If videos are not your “thing” I’ve also prepared a Snapguide tutorial.  You’ll learn the basics of assembling the journal, but in this tutorial I focus on designing the covers.

 

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can put to good use in your own crafty adventures!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Hello, G 45’ers!  I’m back again today with a project that is both pretty and practical.  Follow this Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad  Tutorial and you will see that it is quite easy to make, uses very few supplies and makes a wonderful gift for mom, teacher or friend.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1We all love Graphic 45 Metal Staples, don’t we?  Even the packaging is gorgeous!  Those sturdy chipboard tags with the graceful shaped edges and vintage style grommets are too pretty to toss in the recycle bin!  Why not upcycle them into a stylish and practical notepad instead?  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

That’s exactly what I did and I love the fact that not only is this Nature Sketchbook Beautiful Botanical notepad attractive, it is also sturdy.  I can find my notepad on my desk because of the bright colors that Nature Sketchbook lends.  As an added bonus, the design means that the notepad can be refilled with a new sticky note pad once the current one is used up.  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I just love the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers!  You can shape the layers, ink the edges and stack them together to create a custom embellishment for your project.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Cut the images from the 8×8 “Diary of a Botanist” paper to decorate the cover.  I just matted them on black cardstock and clustered them together to make a real visual impact.  And since we are upcycling, why not use waste chipboard or corrugate to elevate the layers.  I cut up all my Priority Mail boxes and use them instead of foam dimensionals.  It saves me money and is good for the planet, too!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5The inside of this notepad is as pretty as the outside.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I created a “hinge” from paper so that this ATC Policy Envelope folds down to reveal a hidden journal tag that’s perfect for writing down phone numbers!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8My sticky notes sit inside a little caddy and when they are used up, I’ll just pop in another one!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial on Snapguide

Check out How to Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Tag Notepad by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I know you’ll never toss another of these fabulous packaging tags in the trash again! You’ll find a complete supply list and product links below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links:

Items from your stash:

  • Black Satin Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Black Chalk Paint
  • Buttons from your stash
  • Scor-Tape
  • Scoring tool, heat gun, ruler
  • Black card stock

 

Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook: Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Hello, Friends!  How do you spell love?  Today, I’m spelling it with a super cute Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day banner tutorial.

Isn’t it fun?  The best part about this banner is the fact that it uses very few materials and can be made in about an hour.

Supply List for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Snapguide Tutorial for Butterfly Kisses Valentine’s Day Banner

Check out How to Graphic 45 Butterfly Kisses Valentine Banner by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Why I love Butterflies on Valentine’s Day

I know butterflies are not a traditional image for Valentine’s Day.  Well, as you might suspect by  now, there’s a story behind this project.  Since it is nearly Valentine’s Day…and the story is super romantic, I’ll share it with you here.

My mom and dad were both working as bookkeepers at a trucking company in southern Vermont in 1939.   Mom worked the day shift.  Dad worked nights.  Mom must have caught his eye right away, because of all the available chairs in that office, Dad opted to use hers each night.  This meant that every day at shift change, he had to return her chair to her desk.  And of course, this gave him the opportunity to say good morning.

Dad was shy.  I mean super shy.  So he rarely said anything beyond good morning each day.  But, he started leaving little gifts for mom on her desk: a pack of her favorite chewing gum, a piece of candy…small tokens of friendship.  After almost a YEAR of this delicate courtship dance, Valentine’s Day rolled around.  Mom came into work that morning to find an envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope was a beautiful Valentine’s Day card with…you guessed it…butterflies!

Mom and Dad were finally married on Valentine’s Day 1941.  Each year when their anniversary rolled around, Dad gave her a box of chocolates, a packet of chewing gum and a card…and there was always a butterfly on it somewhere!

So now you know why I love butterflies for Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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