Made it through the first official week of summer vacation with everyone enjoying the let-up of intense structure... Well, hubby did have to start attending a 3-day, all-day science conference on Wednesday (today's his last day ~yay!), but the rest of us have been taking it "as it comes" -- up a bit later, meals a bit later, "putting off" chores, and remembering what it is like to have nowhere to be, but home. Ahhhhh... breathing is lovely!
As alluded to in my previous post, this summer-style of easy living isn't exactly conducive to getting a lot tangibly accomplished throughout the day, so once everyone has turned in, that's when I generally turn "on," and for right now, it seems to be working.
I must add, I think I've learned a bit better that when one lets go, and allows the Lord to guide as to what one should be doing at any particular minute in time, it is God who works things out, and allows one to make the most of all the other minutes. Everything just seems to mesh together better...
The bright colors were chosen for a specific reason -- the recipient was Eli's bus driver, Jeri, a very spunky "retiree," who hands out candy, occasionally swears at other motorists, and has allowed Eli to "serenade" everyone on the bus with trumpet solos. She was the one bright spot in Eli's school year, and although an inner part of me cringed when I heard some of the "Jeri stories" (especially when I pictured a quick stop, and Eli ending up toothless, or choking to death on an atomic fire ball), I was also very grateful... to him, she was a friend who shuttled him to and from school safely, and eleviated at least some of the teacher stress he had this year.
The ink used to stamp the stem was from a Colorbox Cat's Eye, lime pigment pad, and since none of the hundred or so ink pads I have matched the vibrant red-orange cardstock, the "Thank You" was colored with a Marvy marker, huffed on, and stamped that way.
Yellow glitter glue was applied to the punched, and layered flower centers -- punches by EK Success, and PBM2. The two smaller blossoms were glued down flat to the card, but the larger blossom was adhered with foam tape.
Inside... a note from Eli, and a gift card held in a handmade, text weight (bright yellow polka dot print) envelope which was embellished with three more punch flowers, and adhered to the side of the card opposite the note. I so wish I had thought to scan the little envie, but Eli and I were rush, rush, rushing that evening...
Now for a couple of TIPS:
- For a perfectly sized, yet custom gift card holder, ask at the place of gift card purchase if they have a simple card sleeve/holder -- You can buy the relatively inexpensive ones they have on display, but a simple & FREE version is often available if you ask -- Carefully "open" holder along its seams, trace it's outline onto print paper, and cut out... Then referencing the original, score, fold, and glue. Perfect fit!
- For neater card presentation from a child, cut a piece of lined notebook paper 1/4" less than the size of the card (both length & width), and have him or her write their message on that, then adhere the note inside the card using a single length of double-stick tape. The kiddo feels good about how it looks, and so do you.
And it's back to summer for me,