Saturday, August 4, 2012


A wonderful family reunion filled our hours today.  It's always so good to see my brothers again - wishing all of them could have been there.  Cousins I had not spoken to in years ... the miles separate us and each with our lives filled with "busy".  Catching up with dear sweet Aunts that I have such beautiful memories of.  What a blessing to just sit and relax.  I didn't once think about all the things on my "to do" list.  No worries about "got to get groceries" or "there's a pile of laundry at home" or "I need to work on that presentation due Monday".  No ... not today.  Today was spent listening when my Aunt talked about her grown children fondly remembering them at ages 6 and 8.  Today was spent listening to my cousin tell me about fishing and swimming with my brothers years before I was born.  Today was spent hearing about my Dad and being reminded how wonderful he was.  Today was spent counting my blessings.

I have a sweet ballerina card to share with you ... custom made for a dear friend.  I just love this crocheted heart pattern.  It's the perfect size.  A cute crocheted flower with button helps to break up to amount of pink.  One of my paper flowers (this one with a pearl center) works well with velvet leaves and dyed seam binding.  Two stamped and fussy cut frames are part of my shabby layers.  The smaller frame is from Forever Young and the larger frame beneath it all is from Papaya Collage.  I also used the polka dot stamp from Four Frames ... love it!  And super easy to cut with the Decorative Label Punch.

It's been a good day and I hope you enjoyed yours.  Thank you for stopping by and spending some time with me!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day full of family and good times with new memories created! I am swooning over this lovely feminine card Joanne. The ballet shoes are just the sweetest and your crocheted items are always eye candy!

  2. That is wonderful that you have had such a great day with your family. There is nothing nicer than going over memories and meeting up with everyone again. Such a beautiful card - I love everything about it!

  3. What a lovely way to spend your day ...
    I love your card ... and I'm sure your friend will treasure this ... the heart is stunning ... and your flower ... well I confess I am still holding on to one that I bought from you ages ago ...
    Have a lovely Sunday

  4. This is such a beautiful, feminine card, Joanne. I love the crocheted heart, and the little ballet slippers. It is such a blessing to have a family filled with love; your day sounds wonderful!

  5. Such a sweet card, Joanne! I love the little touch of layered frames down in the corner with the shoes and ribbon! And that heart and flower...just beautiful! Your day with family sounds wonderful...those days don't come often enough! So glad you had the chance to enjoy it!!

  6. A beautiful card Joanne. I love how you use frames to perfection andyour gorgeous heart and flower.


  7. Reunions are such a wonderful and lovely way to catch up. It soudns as if you had a fabulous day:) Your card is gorgeous; the combo of pink and brwon is a classic one and paired up with cream is pure loveliness!

  8. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend. I just love listening to family stories. Your card is gorgeous. I just love seeing your crochet work.. So Pretty..


  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous card, Joanne. The crocheted heart is so sweet and the layered ballet slippers embellishment is so adorable. The bow, of course, is just as beautiful as ever.
    Sounds like a wonderful time visiting with family.