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I’m always excited for the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday! It gives me a challenge to create something fun.

Today I’m blogging from my tiny crafting corner in my RV, somewhere on the east coast just steps away from a long pier where manatees and dolphins frolic in the sea. It’s a sweet spot, if only for a while, then it’s back to reality!
Speaking of reality, let’s get back to it!
This Friday’s assignment is to use our favorite embossing folder.
Mine is Beautifully Baroque from Stampin’ Up!

It adds such elegance to a card.
I used it with Graphic 45 paper, the Place in Time collection.
Here’s my finished card.

Hope you enjoy it and maybe get a bit of inspiration to join the fun! If so, just click HERE and add your creation!
Thanks for stopping by, be blessed!
Kathy Bo


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Crafting typically brightens up the world of not only those who create sweet handmade items, but also those who receive such treasures.

But there comes a time when making something is the only thing you can do to offer support and comfort.

The situation is that I’m close enough to a neighbor family that I (along with many, many others) was devastated by the loss of their precious newborn child. But like many neighbors, not so close that I was “needed” for hands-on during their darkest hours.

It’s one of those times that privacy, rest and quiet are the greatest needs. Primal needs. The last thing they needed was to have a parade of folks in and out of their home asking what they could do. We did all we could; the ones who babysit kept the toddler. The ones who walk dogs walked their dogs. The rest of us joined those helpers by praying.

When I was asked to make a card to share on behalf of the neighborhood, I put my whole heart into it, because finally, FINALLY, I could “do” something “hands-on” for this precious young couple.

Powerless. That’s how we all felt- and still feel. There are no words. And so amidst the days of constant prayer and an unbelievable amount of tears, I went into my studio and sat down.

The young mommy loves bright colors, so I tried – really tried- but nothing came together. Likewise, a stoic sympathy card would not express what we as a community felt because just days before, we would have hoped to send cards of congratulations on the birth of this sweet little one.

No, it needed to be soft. Gentle. Not sympathy. It needed to offer support for this little family who desperately hung on to hope and their unwavering faith in God throughout every moment.

And so I made this.

Psalm 42:8 is stamped on the front. It offers encouragement and said just what I felt it needed to say. “By day The Lord directs His love. At night His song is with me.”

The colors are soft and quiet. Respectful. Gentle.

I was finishing up the card when I received a text.

Do I have room at my house for family members who are flying in for the service?

Of course I do.

As I was making an envelope to go with the card I thought of the guest room, meals, comforts for weary travelers. Suddenly I have a lot to do.

Hug your kids.

God bless you and yours.

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We’ll start with Thursday’s gift!Inside the white box was a wrapped goodie that turned out to be a pretty pink rose candle! Ange and I love pink and we love roses, so this couldn’t be more perfect! The white on white arrangement in the background was my mother’s and dad gave it to me when I visited him this summer.
And now 41 days and the 9th gift!
This is fun!

This is really a neat vintage print! It reminds me of an apron my mom had years ago. This one is a napkin that will go great with my morning tea! I love the fall colors in it!
And speaking of fall….

Ninja and I browsed Michaels’ in Savannah today, looking for some nice fall bargains. Wow, did they ever have a great sale! 50 and 60% off of fall / Halloween decor. Though I don’t have issues with Halloween, I try to make my decorating dollar go further so I lean toward decorating strictly for fall. They had pre-made decorations like the one you see here, that were marked as much as $169… of course, for that price, the basket and decor was about three times the size as mine!

Anyway, I took a quick glance of what they had in the big fall arrangement and made mine for about $12. (It’s the one with the scarecrow in it.)
Here’s the little guy welcoming the fall season! He sure brightens up our porch!
At the end of the season last year, I bought a clearance-priced garland of gold leaves with yellow lights and strung them on my porch. When I brought them out this year, I thought they sure looked wimpy! So we found, at 60% off, strands of fall garland at Michael’s! I just twisted the yellow leafed garland with the new garland (gold, orange, red and berries too!) and presto! Full and festive!

Ninja Man really likes the color and he was very sweet to commend me on sticking to a budget that was very small to begin with!

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I couldn’t imagine what was in store when a friend emailed Monday to say I should watch the postal mail for a “package”. “READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON TOP FIRST!” she said in her email. It came today!

The box was pretty heavy!

And marked: Fragile! Fragile! Fragile!

Oh my.

My friend Angela sent me FIFTY gifts to open beginning tomorrow! Why fifty? Well, I turn the bit “50” on November 27th this year! I am very excited about turning 50! My Red Hat Society friends will “redulate” me soon after my birthday, and now Ange has made this event even more special with a sweet reminder each day! (By the way, the Red Hatters “redulate” you at the age of 50 by retiring your pink hat and replacing it with a red one.) www.redhatsociety.com

This is the coolest thing AND her list of 50 things made me cry buckets!

When I opened the box, there were 50 little gifts, each wrapped individually! Each of the 50 things on her list are clues to a gift, so as I open one each day, I’ll check off the clue!

I got my vintage glass jar from my sewing room, thinking that most of the gifts would fit into it. I’d put it on a bookshelf and enjoy the anticipation of each thoughtful item! Well, as you can see, the jar was no where near big enough!

Sitting on the shelf above the rest is this:

“Save for # 50!” It says.

Of course, now I want to open it first.

This will be so much fun. We’re spending my birthday with our daughter in Newnan. This date is also Thanksgiving Day and two days after mine and Ninja Man’s 32nd anniversary. Between that, Thanksgiving dinner and my special 50th Day gift, I just don’t think I can stand it!

Something else fun about this, is that my friend Angela and I share many of the same interests and remarkably, seem to take on the same hobbies at about the same time, so I know there must be a tea bag or perhaps a fat quarter mixed in among the goodies!

Tune in tomorrow to see what’s in the first package!

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