The Other Day, My Favorite Aunt Passed Away

I, along with other members of my family, am mourning the loss of my favorite aunt who passed away on Friday June 15 2018.  Married to my father’s younger brother, she was Aunt Jane.  She was 84 years old.  Some will say she lived a long and fulfilling life, she was elderly, her health was declining… it is the natural course of things.  Even still, it doesn’t make it any easier. Even though it may have been expected, it does not make it less unbearable.  She had a husband and children and grandchildren (and a lot of nieces and nephews) that loved her.  Her passing will forever leave a hole.

When your favorite aunt passes away, it’s like saying good-by to a part of your childhood.   She was a bright spot in mine.  I will forever remember the kind and amazing woman she was.  As one of my cousins said, heaven gained a saint on the day that she left us.

Since she lived in Pennsylvania and as I have other family commitments this week, I am unable to attend her funeral services.  I would have though.  My daughter is moving to the East coast this week and I promised I’d help her pack up. However, I would like to share some of the things I remember about her in this blog post.

Aunt Jane had a way of making everyone around her feel relaxed and at ease.  She was an inspirational woman who taught me to enjoy creating. Whether it was sewing, cross stitch, or embroidery she was one of the people that inspired me to create.  I still have a hand sewn activity book she made for my daughter when she was a toddler that I will soon be passing on to my granddaughter.  She was always making something for someone else, whether it was one of us, her nieces and nephews, her children, sisters-in-law, or someone at church.  She always gave herself to the service of others.

I will forever remember her for her kind smile and prize winning strawberry rhubarb pie!  Actually, all of the pies she made were excellent, but strawberry rhubarb is what I think of first. And her pie crusts were to die for!

Her pies aren’t all that make her memorable.  I remember her for the summers I spent with her and my cousins; Michael and David (Lisa didn’t come along until much later) at 533 S. Center Street.  533 S. Center Street was a giant size green-colored Victorian home situated on a busy street in a small town in Pennsylvania.  It had a large porch across the front and side with a front door entrance into a foyer, and a side door off the porch into the living room.  I can still remember going in through the front door and seeing the massive dark oak stairway that lead to the upstairs.  The upstairs housed a complete two-bedroom apartment with another porch across the side of the house and a stairway up to the attic from the bathroom.  She had also set up her sewing room in the upstairs kitchen.  I remember bathing in the claw-foot bathtubs, the dumb waiter that went from floor to floor, the ceiling high kitchen cabinets, and the beautiful antique chandelier over the dining room table. Aunt Jane always said it was an old house, but I always thought it was a beautiful house and will always remember her there in it. I remember all of these things, but most of all, I remember the feeling I always had when I was there in that house with Aunt Jane or anytime she was near.

Aunt Jane made me feel worthy.  She always listened to what I had to say and she never discounted how I felt.  When I was a little girl, probably in 3rd or 4th grade, I would sometimes write letters to her just because she would say, “Write to me Josie.  Let me know what you are doing.”  So, I wrote, “Dear Aunt Jane, How are you?  Fine I hope…” And she would write back.  A letter from my aunt!  Who would think a simple thing like writing a short note and mailing it to a young girl would mean so much?  Something she did before she mailed the letters is add the imprint of her lips in red lipstick on the seal. She always sealed her letters with a kiss.  My Aunt Jane never forgot my birthday!  She always sent a card when I was a kid, and as an adult, she always called on my birthday to wish me a happy one.  Who knew my last birthday call would be this past February?

I remember the time she invited my entire family (my mother, father, sister and me) for dinner.  She  and my uncle had some news to share!   She announced my Cousin Lisa’s impending arrival.  Of course, at the time we didn’t know it would be a girl and we didn’t know she would be “Lisa”, but I remember how happy we were.

I remember going to the Dairy Queen that her brother, Uncle Mike, owned.  I also remember listening to Uncle Mike on the radio.  One day while we were listening to him I remember  Aunt Jane asked me if I liked Tom Jones.  (Okay, now I am dating myself.)  I didn’t know who he was and told her so.  She chuckled and said, “You don’t know who Tom Jones is?  Well, when you find out who he is, you let me know if you like him.”  She said she liked listening to and watching him in concert.  (Most women did.)

There are many other things I will remember about my Aunt Jane; too many to write them all here. My thoughts and prayers for strength during this difficult time are with you Uncle Sylvester, Michael, David, and Lisa.  Something I know for sure is your wife/mother will forever be one of the beautiful things I hold in my heart.

I Love you Aunt Jane!

 

And now to share a few cards I made and sent recently.  The first is my own creation; the others are CASEd.  I hope you enjoy them.  And at the very end of this post…down at the bottom,  are photos of the activity book my Aunt Jane made for my daughter when she was a toddler.  Thank you for humoring me today.

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mason Jar Paper Flower Terrarium

Monday, June 4, 2018

Yes!  I’ve been absent for quite a while and I am so glad that I’ve had the chance to stamp this past weekend and create something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

My husband and I went home to Ohio and Pennsylvania to visit our families for the last week of April and the first week of May, and I’ve been going non stop ever since we got back into town on May 8th.  I’ve been babysitting my grand-daughter at least once each week since we got back; sometimes twice.  Each session includes a trip to Denver  to pick her up on Sunday afternoon, an overnight as my daughter works nights, (she’s an RN and her boyfriend moved to Virginia Beach to start his new job at the end of April). Sometimes it also includes a trip back up to Denver to return her to her mother on Monday.  The last few weeks, my daughter has been coming down to get her and then staying for a few days.  Getting in some of that last-minute mother/daughter/granddaughter time before they move at the end of June!   We forget quickly what it is like to get up at night with a baby and how much work it really is.  That is why we have our children while we are young!  I finally got her to sleep for the night and thought I’d spend some time on this blog post.  I probably won’t get it finished until tomorrow as I still need to photograph the project I created.  For the lack of a better name for this, I’m calling it my Mason Jar Paper Flower Terrarium.  I’m providing a brief written tutorial at the end of the post.

I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but I can’t .  I received one of these as a gift a few years ago from a friend and fellow demonstrator; Amanda Waugh.  I thought it was one of the neatest things I’d ever seen, so I decided to try my hand at making one of my own.  The one that Amanda gave me is the purple.   I love it and I love the colors.  Unfortunately all of the colors she used and the dies she used to cut out the flowers have retired, so when I started working on mine,  I had to improvise a little.  I think my terrarium turned out pretty well.  I have to admit, there were times during the process when I wasn’t sure what I would end up with, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Okay, so my daughter and grand-daughter have just left for home and I miss them already.  I probably won’t see them for two weeks because they are headed out on vacation on Monday.  Once they get back from vacation they will be packing up their home and will be  on their way to Virginia by the end of the month.  What am I going to do without my grand-daughter near by?  Or my daughter, for that matter.  😦

I’ve finally photographed my project!

Isn’t it cute?!

Here are photos of the one my friend Amanda made.  She used a pint-sized wide mouth Mason jar instead of the quart-sized like mine.  I love the colors she chose for hers!  Purple is one of my favorite colors and I think I’m going to have to make a purple one next with some of the new purple shades Stampin’ Up! has.

 

I don’t believe Amanda used a styrofoam cone to build her flowers up.  It looks like she managed to crumple up paper and attach it to the jar lid.  I didn’t want to pull it apart to find out.  I love the one she made as much as mine…I think more.

I’m also including a photo of the sticky moss that I used to cover the styrofoam cone just so you know what it looks like.  In the list of supplies I specifically included a pair of “old” scissors which you will use to cut the sticky moss.  The scissors will get glue on them, that’s why I suggested “old” ones.

Here is the moss!  🙂

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit  today.  Hopefully it won’t be so long between this post and my next one.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Wide mouth Mason Jar with lid and ring
  • 6” Styrofoam cone
  • Mossy Mat Peen ‘n Stick Moss
  • Marker
  • Old pair of scissors (They will get gooey when you cut the Mossy Mat.)
  • Multipurpose liquid glue
  • Glitter Enamel Dots
  • Falling Flowers Stamp Set
  • Card Stock
    • Cajon Craze
    • Crushed Curry
    • Old Olive
  • Ink
    • Cajon Craze
    • Crushed Curry
  • 5/8” burlap ribbon
  • Tear & Tape
  • Glue Dots
  • Dimensionals
  • Stamping Sponges
  • Bouquet Bunch Framelits
  • May Flowers Framelits
  • Big Shot

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Cut off approximately 1” from the wide end of the Styrofoam cone. I used a cutting board and serrated kitchen knife.
  2. Cover the cone with a piece of the Peel ‘n Stick Mossy Mat.
  3. Trace a circle the size of the jar lid on a small piece of the Peel ‘n Stick Mossy Mat and cut it out. Attach it to the inside of the jar lid.
  4. Glue the base of the moss-covered cone to the moss-covered side of the jar lid and set it into the ring using the Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
  5. Stamp flowers with the Falling Flowers Stamp Set and cut them out with the May Flowers Framelits. I cut eight each large and small flowers out of Crushed Curry and seven each of the large and small flowers out of Cajon Craze.  I also cut several flower bunches out of each color using the dies from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  Sponge around the edges in their coordinating color ink.
  6. Layer flowers, one small over one large, using a dimensional.
  7. Attach to moss-covered cone with Multipurpose Glue in random order.
  8. Add a Glitter enamel Dot to the center of each flower.
  9. Fill in spaces between the large flowers with the smaller ones.
  10. Cut five leaf branches using the smaller die from Bouquet Bunch Framelits out of Old Olive card stock and place randomly into the flowers.
  11. Carefully insert decorated cone into jar and screw lid tight. Since you glued a piece of moss to the lid, it will not tighten down completely
  12. Cut a piece of burlap ribbon to fit around the jar ring. Attach it with a piece of Tear & Tape.
  13. Tie a bow with a piece of ribbon and attach it with glue dots.

 

 

Price: $110.00

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New Catalog Sneak Peak

Hello Stampers!

I’ve decided to give you a sneak peek of a bundle that will be available in the new Annual Catalog.  This stamp set was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Mary Fish and I love it!  I’ve paired it with a new set of thinlits that will be making its debut at the same time.

I call this one Varied Vases meets Stained Glass Thinlits.  I used the retiring In Color card stock Sweet Sugarplum.   I’m also loving the new thinlits.  I used the square thinlit and cut it out using Sweet Sugarplum.  I then used a square from the Layering Squares Thinlit Dies to cut out a square in the Whisper White piece.  I stamped the image on a solid piece of Whisper White card stock that measures 4″ x 5 1/4″ .  I layered the cut out piece over the stamped piece and popped it up using dimensionals.  I attached the frame with a glue dot under each rhinestone.  You won’t be able to order this bundle until June 1st.

 

Hope you enjoyed your visit here today!

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!