My Card Making Obsession

I have always wanted to get into paper crafts and try as I might I got nowhere with it. My projects never turned out and I had no idea what I was doing. My sister-in-law started selling Stampin Up. I was still lost but Paper Pumpkin caught my eye. This is one of those get a box a month things. Stampin Up sends you a kit to make various paper projects, mainly cards. So, I got myself started on Paper Pumpkin and now I’m having so much fun and they turn out! I actually MAILED 2 cards this week! I ordered a bunch more Stampin Up stuff so I could make more, I got a bunch of those done. I got more ideas and I’m ready to get a bit more complicated and branch out so I went to buy more and decided I better take Tammy’s advice and become a demonstrator so I could get the discounts and hopefully sell some and support my hobby! I signed up for that today! I’m so excited and I have so many ideas. Here’s a few of my latest fun cards….

Paper Pumpkin

I just started Paper Pumpkin though Stampin Up. I got my kit yesterday and did the first two cards. The fun part about this is they didn’t take me all day and they turned out!

I’ve tried to get into paper crafts and I’m never happy with the result. Perhaps I need classes or I’m just inept. I got myself a Cricut, a bunch of supplies and got myself frustrated. I’m not sure why I find it so frustrating as I enjoy doing fussy things. My favorite crafty thing to do is cross-stitch and needlepoint. Then again I can’t knit to save my life so perhaps with paper projects a kit just is the best thing for me and I have to say it is super fun!

I opened my kit up and oooooed and awwwwwwed then I got online and watched someone else do the cards in a video because I was just super lost. Thank you lady on You Tube!! Then I made my own. They aren’t perfect. There are a few flaws. I would, however, be proud to mail them to someone.

I promptly got on my step-sister-in-law’s Stampin Up page and ordered more! No more crazy expensive, soon to be tossed, frustrating to find a good one, Hallmark cards for me! If you know me you’ll be getting hand made by me cards from now on. (Insert toothy grin here)

Write it down!

How many times do you have an idea you’re sure you will remember. Maybe it’s something you wanted to make for dinner, or an ingredient your wanted to add to a recipe. Maybe an idea for a story you wanted to write or to expand on. A post you wanted to write. A craft you had an idea on. Something you want to work on or how you want to work on it with your kids. Whatever it was later you can’t remember! This happens to me all the time. I wonder sometimes how many good ideas I had that I completely forgot about. I have a story I’m writing and one day I got an idea I was really excited about on how I would proceed with it. I completely forgot and I’m still stuck on where I want it to go.

Recently I got an organizer. I take it into the bathroom with me sometimes while I keep getting ideas. I write down everything. My desk is covered in post it notes with ideas and notes. This has made a world of difference for me!

As you are writing those ideas don’t worry in the slightest about organizing those ideas. Just jot them down in whatever order they come to you and keep the ideas flowing. Later when you have time and are ready to organize them then go for it but don’t stop the creativity before you’re truly done.

Then, when you’re ready, sort through those ideas, organize, expand on them, change them up! Think of how much more you’ll accomplish if you just start by writing it down.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I recently read the book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Published 2009 This is an Historical Fiction inspired by the events of the American Japanese relocation after Pearl Harbor.

I tell everyone I know who loves to read, to read this book! As someone who is a history enthusiast I found this book particularly interesting. While there are many Historical novels about the Holocaust, the Japanese relocation is not a popular writing subject which makes this book particularly unique and an important read. The story takes place in and around the Seattle Washington area where I live. If you are from the Seattle area chances are you know many of these places and know them well. This also makes this book particularly interesting as living on the west coast we don’t have an abundance of history.

The story is gripping not only in it’s fictional story telling but also in the facts in History. I looked up many of these things and found them to be true. This is very important as far as I am concerned in an Historical fiction. I always find it disappointing when I find a book has many incorrect “historical facts”. This story does a fabulous job of pulling the reader into the story and giving you a real feel for what it would be like to have been these people. Born an American, to live in America, but because of your ethnicity and a situation beyond your control, which you have no part of, you are feared and hated. You understand what it felt like for them to lose everything, their homes, their livelihoods, all of their positions and what life was like in their relocation camps.

I have never been to the real Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (The Panama Hotel). This is one of the last remaining remnants of old Japantown. The next time I make a trip into downtown Seattle I want have lunch in the tea room at the Panama Hotel and see the pictures of the real people who lived there and some of their treasures they left behind in the now lost and forgotten “Japantown”.

My Mother’s Secret

I just finished a book, My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick. It was published in 2013 This book was inspired by a true story about a woman and her daughter who hid two Jewish families and a German soldier during WWII. A very quick read. I would recommend this book….

I love historical novels and have read quite a few especially on WWII. This was one of those books where you get several different perspectives on the same events. That makes for a very interesting story. As I read stories I get very caught up and feel as though I’m living in them. This story gave me a many things to think about. Being the person hiding these people, putting my family in danger, the people being hidden and how it would have felt to have had my life ripped away, the worry for my family, the people I lost. I would like to think I would be that person that no matter the consequences I would have hidden people. Or if I had done the hiding that I would have been brave enough to have snuck out to figure out how to do it. Stories like these give me a determination in my life to do the right thing no matter the cost. Maybe it means I don’t make the kind of money I would have liked to have or not have gotten an opportunity I wanted. But, I know deep down that I did the right thing and that’s something to be proud of. Always follow that gut feeling. The end of the book left us with a quote: Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. -Sidney J. Harris

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