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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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!

 

 

 

 

Last Chance Stuff

This week has been an emotional one!  I learned early this week that my daughter and her partner along with my 6 month old grand-daughter will be moving cross-country because he has found a job.  Although I am thrilled that he has found work, (he’s been unemployed for a while), I am saddened that they will be moving so far away.  Currently they live an hour away in Denver and I’ve been averaging about a trip each week since she has been born just to hold and love on that sweet little girl.  Now we will be back to video chatting at least once each week like we did when my daughter visited India for six months several years ago.  That was nice, but it can never take the place of holding that sweet little bundle on my lap and repeatedly kissing those chubby little cheeks.  If you are a grandparent, you know how I am feeling.  We love our children with abundance, but when the grandchildren come around there is no feeling of love in the world that is greater.  I’m not sure I can explain it.

Okay…enough of feeling sorry for myself.  🙂

This week, after going to OnStage Las Vegas last weekend  and looking at the retiring list, I decided to create a little project using some of the retiring card stock.  Sorry, no video this month.  I decided that gift tags are always a nice little thing to have on hand because I am always giving some sort of gift.  Little 3 x 3 cards make the perfect gift tag size.  You can punch a small hole in the top corner, add a piece of twine and tie them to a gift bag handle.  Or you can place them into a small envelope and drop them inside the gift bag or attach them to the top of a wrapped gift.

I chose to use the retiring 2016-2018 In Color card stock; specifically Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy.  I could have used more, but I wanted to coordinate with the retiring Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. So…I made a little gift of…gift tags!   There are 4 in this set.  Four 3 x 3 envelopes would fit perfectly in the wood crate box along with the cards.  Heck, you could probably get 6 cards and envelopes in there.

I also used Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I’ve had this set for so long!  Even though it is retiring, I will not part with it.  It has always been my go to set when I needed just the right sentiment.  It is so old, it’s wood mount.  I bought it before Stampin’ Up! ever started offering anything other than wood mount.

If there is anything you want that is retiring, order before supplies run out!  Here is a link for the retiring list from the Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog

As soon as I’m allowed, I will post a list of the stamps sets I have that are retiring and will be for sale at 50% off their original price.

 

 

Anyway, I hope you like it and I hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Until next time…

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Stamped Wine Bottle Wall Art

Hey Stampers!

I have a new video for you this month along with a new look on my blog.  Hope you like both.

The video is on a piece of wall art I CASED and created using the Half Full Stamp Set and the STAMPARATUS!   Wooo Hooo!  I finally got mine, and when I did I realized it would be perfect to use on this project.  The Half Full Stamp Set is a carry over from last year’s Holiday Catalog.   The video is a little long, but it is definitely worth the time.   I hope you enjoy making this project as much as I did.

Two items that are not listed in the supply list at the end of this post is a 5 x 7 shadow box frame in black and some washi tape to tack down the edges of your card stock and your letters dies.  Now on the frame, as I show you in the video, you do not need a shadow box frame.  You can use a less expensive $3.00 5 x 7 photo frame if you choose.  Your end product will be just as nice.

Just a reminder that SALE-A-BRATON ends on the last day of this month so if there is anything you have been wanting, but you have been putting of purchasing, now is the time.

Sorry about the glare and shadows in the following photos.

 

 

Here is my video!  Enjoy!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

And now a word from Betty White!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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