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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

THE WEDNESDAY EVENING POST FOR JUNE 15, 2011

Hey All!

I know you all have been worried about me and I so appreciate it.  This has been one hell of a couple of weeks, but I've survived, albeit a little worse for wear.  Jay is back home and I have been working on transitioning from his patient advocate while he was in the hospital and rehab, back to his home caregiver.  Now it is an endless parade of physical therapists, nurses, etc. until he is back 100%.  Thank you so much to those of you who sent cards and emails of well wishes.  You don't know what they meant to us. . .

This post is all about thank yous.  My neighbors have been true angels through all of this.  One had me over for a cookout, one painted my mailbox post, one brought me one of the best roast pork dinners I've ever eaten, one brought me a House Mouse stamp, one brought Jay and me some special diabetic cookies, etc. etc. etc. . . I truly am blessed with people who care.  So many thank you cards are needed so I thought I would share a few.


I will always have a special love for the House Mouse line of stamps.  The images are so perfect for so many card needs.  This one is going to the nice lady who painted my mailbox post.  As always, I colored it with my cheap colored pencils and oms.  If you are wondering why she painted my mailbox post. . .we live in a neighborhood where things are supposed to be uniform such as the color of our mailbox posts.  Ours was looking ratty, but I was planning to paint it when I paint the house this Summer.  She had bought the "correct" paint and had a bunch left over after painting hers so she did mine.  It was so appreciated.  So I thought this mouse painting was perfect.


Here is another thank you card that is going out.  I saw a card on SCS a while back that had used hounds tooth paper as the background.  I loved the look so I re-created it on mine.  The card is simple, but I think a black and white color scheme makes cards look so elegant.  I used a white gel pen to put the dots around the scalloped edge so it would stand out more.  I created the double bow with my trusty old Bow Easy.  Stamped thank you on a small tag, added a black eyelet for a ribbon to attach it to the bow and done.  The bird stamp is by Anna Griffin.


This turned out a little brighter in the photo than it is in real life.  For some reason that yellow is screaming in the photo.  I saw a technique on YouTube where you use an image and just keep stamping it in different colors to make the background, then you use the same image in normal color as the focal image.  The butterfly stamp is by Stampendous.


I'm sorry my cards tonight are pretty simple, but I haven't had much time or energy to get upstairs and create.  Though simple, they were made from genuine gratitude, and I hope the recipients know that.


PIC OF THE WEEK


I took this photo of the waterlilies this past weekend.  The lake that they are on is just covered with them.  They are stunning this year.  I think the waterlily is one of the most perfect flowers.

OK, that's it.  Other than to say I would like to thank you all in some way for all of your kindness and support while I went through this latest episode with Jay.  It was so nice to know that you all were thinking of me.  So I'm going to have a really fun BLOG CANDY GIVE-AWAY in the next couple of weeks, and I think you will really like what I'm going to give away.  Stay tuned.

I've certainly missed each and every one of you. I'm starting my blog reading journey tomorrow and I'll be around to catch up on all you've been doing while I was taking care of things here.  Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

Hugs to all of you!  Thank you so much for your support and your kind and wonderful comments!


Best,


Curt O'Brien


"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

37 comments:

Sharli said...

Curt,

HUGS!!! You're right - I've been worried about you and Jay. I've been keeping you both close in my prayers and knowing that you would feel the love. I realize that home doesn't mean the work is over - sounds like there's a lot more to do! But, I'm so glad Jay is home.

Your cards are wonderful! I love the mouse painting the flower - it is absolutely perfect for the neighbor who painted your mailbox. Don't you wish every person could experience what it's like to live with neighbors who are so kind to each other? I believe if we only knew what we're missing (some of us) then it would change everything.

Love to you both.

Patti J said...

You know, as grumpy as people can be, it seems that in a time of need, suddenly they all pull together for good. It always amazes me to see the generosity and love of folks during difficult times. I'm so glad that you have Jay back home. I hope that you will soon find some time to get into your man cave and inky up some stamps. Your cards are beautiful. Love the house mouse, what cuties they are. The black and white is so classy, and goodness, that last card is totally stunning! What you did there is a piece of art! Take care, my dear friend! Hope that Jay recovers from this terrible ordeal, and I'm so grateful that you are surrounded by a wonderful support system of friends, neighbors, and family. Hugs and blessings!

Susan said...

Oh Curt! I was overjoyed to see that you are back. I do hope that things get easier for you and Jay. I am glad to hear that the two of you are well cared for by your neighbors (I am sure that you also take care of them when you can). Your cards are delightful, as is your featured photo. Be sure to take some time for yourself, too, because you can't help Jay if you are worn out. Hugs. Sue from Kansas

Leigh said...

Curt,absolutely no need to apologise for your cards, as you said, they are from the heart and the recipients will know this and appreciate any effort from you at all. Please take care and hope Jay is improving. Hello to the 'boys' too.

Sue from Oregon said...

So glad you are coming up for air Curt! Another group of great cards...you know the CAS cards are the best! Knowing how much you love Halloween, it does not surprise me that the houndstooth would catch your eye! Take Care!

Krissy said...

I've been think about you and Jay, and praying for you both. So glad to hear things are improving. As always, I love your cards - especially the adorable painting mouse!

Ted said...

It's so wonderful to have you back with us, Curt. You're an awesome guy and kindness repays kindness. You shouldn't be shocked that others treated you with compassion. :) Praying that you both stay safe and strong.

I look at the waterlily and think, "God sure knows how His symmetry!" :)

Your cards, as always, are wonderful. I love the butterfly card and have to remember to try that technique! :)

ursula Uphof said...

Curst your cards are lovely. Sinple is often the best, and I am sure your friends will love them. Pleased that things are starting to look up now that Jay is home, and will get "betterer and betterer" as my little grandson used to say. You take care as well and look after yourself too. Warm wishes. Love those water lillies, we had some in our garden this summer, but nothing as spectacular as your photo.

Shirley said...

Hi Curt, It's good to hear Jay came home!! and is doing better too! Your cards are great!! as always! Just remember, dear heart, the reason people do all of these things is because you are the wonderful people you are and because of what you have done on a daily basis too! Hugs and well wishes to both of you. Thanks for the update, my friend!

Dawnll said...

I am so glad to hear things are getting better sweetie.
So sorry that Jay has to have so much care- it has to be frustrating for him and hard on you.
I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Isn't it amazing how many people reach out and do the nicest things?
Your cards are not plain at all- I think there fabulous.
blessings to you, Dawn ll

Becky said...

How blessed you are to have such wonderful neighbors to care for you two. And I am sure you are a blessing to them. I am so glad Jay is doing better.
All of these cards are fabulous, and will truly touch the hearts of the recipients.
Take care.

Linda said...

Hi Curt. I found your blog around the time that Jay entered the hospital and have been lurking around since then, keeping tabs on how you're both doing. I've been antsy the last while, wondering what's up. It's wonderful to hear that he's on the mend and back home again. I'm also very pleased to hear that you have such terrific neighbours.

Diane said...

Funny....I was driving home from town yesterday and thinking of you...hoping all was well and hoping we would hear from you soon...so glad to hear Jay is home and things are improving for you both!! Your cards are great..what a wonderful House Mouse image....perfect thank you....the butterfly backgound one is interesting...it really makes the butterfly stand out as the focal point.....glad to have you back...take care!!! Oh and wanted to mention my sister, Mom and daughter were driving home from Joans Gardens in Indiana (I was driving) and my daughter said Mom what's this and pulled a stamped envelope from under the seat and handed it to me...it was YOUR Xmas card.....can you believe it...hahaha....well darn!!!!

lisa808 said...

Curt, I am so happy to hear that Jay is back home. I'm sure the boys are thrilled too. btw, their bandanas are too cute.

Your House Mouse card is so pretty. Love the image and colors. It is a perfect thank you for your neighbor. Yes, black and white is always elegant and striking.

Crafty hugs, Lisa

Sue Ann said...

R U CRAZY~~ these cards are perfect, I am wondering how the heck you had the time to do them with all the other "stuff" you have on your plate right now. I hope things start getting back to normal and you can take some time to just be. Thinking about you!!!

Shirley Hotop said...

I am so happy to see your post and they are all 3 beautiful but more than that I am happy to see you slip away to the world of creativity and to a place where you can forget your troubles for just a while. You have such wonderful neighbors and how touched they will be when they get their cards. Will keep you/Jay in my thoughts and prayers.

Jane Wetzel said...

Best wishes to you Curt- glad things are getting back to some what normal for you and wow...your neighbors are awesome...God is good..love your "simple" cards

dndfletch said...

Love the butterfly card. Glad to see you back.

christina d said...

I don't post much but I read your blog every time you post. I'm glad Jay is home and I hope he keeps getting better. You have my thoughts and prayers for both of you. BTW I love the cards you made!

Anonymous said...

Hey I think I might be able to post again AARRGGHH...I did track down the info I need ...but off in a hurry today so for now ...
love the cards, I do not use house mouse as a rule, lots more work than I care to do lol but the black and white one I love...the scattered image intrigues me : )

happ to have you back, hugs and continued prayers wrapped up for you and Jay...

Soni B

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

I so happy you have lots of support from everyone! :) Your cards are superb and such neat technique with the butterflies! Terrific work ...I have no clue how you find time to make such wonderful cards?! The pic of the week is really pretty...I just love water lillies! Take care and I continue to keep you and Jay in my thoughts!

Lee said...

Hiya Curt.Now.don't be hard on yourself,that's what you say to me lol.Your cards are Stunning as always,i adore that lil House Mouse.So glad to see you posting again.I must say i need a good kick lol,my motivation has gone out the window.Ooooh Water Lily's i just LOVE them,soooo Beauitiful.Take care now.Huggles to all and cuddles for the Big Furry Boys.xx

Sue said...

Hi Curt
so lovely to see you posting, yep we worry for our friends, and miss you loads. Pleased you have such fabulous neighbours, but you only get back what you give hun.
Totally gorgeous cards as always, beautiful colour work on ya House Mouse,luv the yellow & orange luv that colour combo.
Hope things soon ease up for you, my mojo is still on holiday!! Hugs to you both, sue,xx

Gina said...

I've been out of touch for the past couple of weeks. So sorry to hear that Jay is feeling better, I hate to hear you have had such a rough patch. It makes me happy to hear you have such good neighbors! I love that butterfly card! Take care and pass along my positive thoughts to Jay as well.

Jackie said...

Don't you dare apologize for anything, your cards are beautiful! You do wonders with those House Mouse stamps every single time. You have some mad coloring skills, my friend. I'm glad to hear that Jay is on the road to recovery and don't forget to take care of YOU, too. HUGS to you both.

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Curt, I am so happy to hear Jay is well enough, at least, to be home. I'm sure it's keeping you plenty busy though and we all understand your doing what you have to do.

I am sooo sorry though I've been so tied up myself lately to drop in more frequently to offer support. I do have a beautiful card you send me still but I must have disposed of the envie with your address because I would love to send Jay a card. If you can email me your address again to audreyfrel@sbcglobal.net I'd love to let Jay know your blog-family extends care and concern towards him also.

I hope you're holding up well and don't get so overwhelmed yourself!

Hugs, my friend; and it there's anything I can do to bring a bit of ease and comfort...

mochamama said...

Hey sweetie. So glad to hear that Jay is home!!!! I hope you take care of yourself, I always worry about you too. Our new baby Bear came home last night. A major difference with two doggies in the house. Whew! I will send love and good wishes over the Internet since canada post is still on strike!
Hugs

Myrna said...

Curt
I love all three of your cards. Your neighbors are soooo lucky to have you.
The water lily pic makes me want to use it again in a card.
Welcome home Jay.
Hugs to all
Myrna

Anonymous said...

Curt, great to see you online. Been looking for your posting hoping that you had some time between hospital journeys. (I am so aware of doc time, meds, pharm trips, three hours with Alzheimer suffering dad this morning.) Time for the caregiver / advocate is a must, I am told. Glad you have been blest with nearby and snail mail added to your email for some moments of less stress/ more thankfulness/ joy for the journey. You have been a great teacher of time for others to all of us in blogland, Curt. Thanks for h'bone and painter mouse treats; they are so quality. Have to tell Char in WA state of painter mouse. She loves to pop over for a peek at your mouse work as she, too, loves House Mouse! Had to get used to that name from her scattering it about at every fantastic card she heat embossed and painted/ oms pencil colored! You two are quite the match for detail and simply beauty! Blesings on the split-seconds of your days. mt23stamperatyahoo
Keep Looking UP!

Gail L. said...

Hopefully blogger lets me comment!
Your cards are beautiful, and the recipients will love them!
Glad you & Jay are getting some TLC! You deserve it!

Sue said...

It's so very hard to have to stand by and see our loved ones sick and suffering. Long hours at the hospital, then bringing them home and trying to get them back to good health. It's a long road and we all must do it, so thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Good that you are surrounded by love and kindness. So glad you are finding some time for yourself...cards are all wonderful and will be so appreciated. Keep strong.......

Hugs
Sue

Celeste said...

Been wondering about you my blogging friend :-)
Hugs to all of you. Take a deep breath and relax. You are so lucky to have so many folks who care. I love your cards, especially the first one! Take care!

Dawn B. said...

I amso sorry to hear Jay has not been well. Sending healing wishes your way. Your cards are beautiful and so is your heart. You are blessed by people who
Love you. Take care of you too.

Lori Barnett said...

Just wanted to stop in and give a big hug! ((((hug))))

Ann Schach said...

Oh my gosh...I LOVE the houndstooth card! The butterfly is gorgeous, and of course the first image is just adorable! I hope things are now on the upswing for you and Jay. Happy belated birthday!

America said...

I am thinking of you Curt! Sending ya lots of squeezes and well wishes. Keep your faith and stay strong. Your HOUSE MOUSE THANK YOU CARDS is colored to perfection! WOW!!! All of these cards are absolutely awesome. Really Love that Striking black and white card.
BIG HUGS,
America

Fabrizio said...

Brilliant cards, Curt. But the monochromatic one caught my eye and I hope you don't mind me featuring it on my website papermood.com ! Take care X Fab :)