My sister got mauled by a tail-free cat

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn’t it?

See…

Here’s what happened.

My sister took in an abandoned kitten about a year ago.

This psycho sweet little kitty doesn’t have a tail.

Isn’t that sad?

It’s okay…she was born that way.

So…

We took our new puppy to her house.

Her psycho sweet little kitty got scared.

Sister picked up scared kitty.

(Do you see her mistake?)

Here’s the card I made for her:

Sorry your cat mauled you

Sorry your cat mauled you

I can make cards for any occasion! Literally!

(Notice the cat on the card has no tail. Seriously, she was born that way.)

I got mauled by a cat one time. He belonged to my soon-to-be boyfriend…

Let’s call him

Mike

Because that is his name.

I was helping him move. He forgot the first rule of moving…

ALWAYS move the cat first!

So here’s this terribly upset cat and, being the compassionate animal lover that I am, I tried to soothe it.

Yes

I picked up the psycho sweet little kitty.

It bit me.

Hard.

My arm looked like it had a tennis ball under the skin. Green stuff came out of the puncture wounds. Red streaks were going up my arm.

It was not pretty.

And that is the story of the first time I ever went to the emergency room.

Did I mention that I was 38?

Somehow, as klutzy as I am, I had never been to the emergency room until I was 38.

All it took was one psycho sweet little kitty!

This is also the story of how I can design a greeting card for any occasion.

Literally!

(2/600. # 251 on the list.)

(And no…I’ve never picked up a psycho sweet little kitty who was very stressed out again.)

Have you ever been in the emergency room? Tell me why here:

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I turned FIFTY this week!

“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.”
― Oscar Wilde

I turned fifty this week.

50

The big five-oh

I remember when 50 was really old.

Is 50 considered vintage?

Is 50 considered vintage?

I don’t feel old. Most of the time.

But

turning 50 definitely made me take stock of my life.

You know what?

I like my life.

If I could do anything with my life that I wanted to

I would choose

this.

I’ve started my own business.

I get to be creative all the time.

I have pushed myself to learn new things.

Scary things.

Fun things.

I love being creative.

I love making something from nothing.

My oldest sister is the one who suggested I start my own business. I thought it was a great idea…since I didn’t have a job. I have thought about it for years. 

But

I had to do something first.

I had to

believe

in myself.

That takes courage.

A bit of bravery.

Do I have courage?

That bit of bravery?

Do I?

You better believe I do!

And

you know what?

Being creative makes me

happy!

Working with old things with hidden beauty makes me

happy!

If I could drop everything and pursue my happiness, do you know what I would do?

Exactly what I am doing now.

Except

Maybe I’d do it in

Paris.

Rome.

Florence.

London.

St Simons, Georgia.

Or

Maybe I’d do it

right

here

right

now

I love my life.

It’s not perfect.

But it is mine.

“Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” 
― Charles M. Schulz

(1/600, #28 on the list)

Romantic Colors | The Trend for Spring

I found out something new today.

Each season, Pantone lists the colors that are trending.

For Spring 2014, the colors are gorgeous!

Romantic.

A little spicy.

Perfect for any event or project!

Here are the 2014 Pantone Spring Fashion Colors

 

Placid Blue

Placid Blue

Placid Blue

Even the name is calming.

Wouldn’t this be a great wedding color? Your something ‘blue’.

 

 

 

 

Violet Tulip

Violet Tulip

Violet Tulip

This color exudes Spring to me.

It makes me think of spring flowers, Easter eggs and jelly beans.

 

 

Hemlock

Hemlock

Hemlock

Soothing, lovely green.

The plant may be poisonous, but the color certainly isn’t!

 

 

Paloma

Paloma

Paloma

The name Paloma means dove.

That is exactly what color this is. A soft, romantic dove gray.

 

 

 

 

Sand

Sand

Sand

The beach.

Enough said.

 

 

 

 

The preceding colors are basically neutrals.

How about some more vibrant colors to add POP!

 

Freesia

Freesia

Freesia

Yellow is my very favorite color.

Imagine a color palette of Paloma and Freesia. Stunning!

 

 

Cayenne

Cayenne

Cayenne

Here’s the spice to add the flavor.

This isn’t just red. It is almost a pastel red, a soft red.

What about Cayenne and Sand? A perfect complement of colors.

 

Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange

A rich plant-based orange.

Celosia Orange and Violet Tulip are contrasting colors that work well together.

 

 

 

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

Radiant…shining or glowing brightly, a perfect description.

This beautiful color can be combined with Hemlock for an earthy look.

 

Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue

A bright, vibrant blue that calls to mind the wide open sky.

Combine Dazzling Blue with Placid Blue for a monochromatic look.

 

If you are feeling bold, how about

Freesia and Cayenne?

Celosia Orange and Radiant Orchid?

The beauty of these colors is that you cannot make a bad combination.

Try two, three or more for your next event.

Imagine a mass of balloons in these colors.

Or a magnificent bouquet.

Or even your next outfit!

With these hues, you can’t go wrong.

Which is your favorite?

 

Breathe

I am so over the term “hump day”. From now on, Wednesdays are going to be my BREATHE day.

As in

Breathe in good thoughts…breathe out bad thoughts.

As in

Take time and breathe. Enjoy the present…BE in the present.

As in

Consciousness is in the pause between breaths.

Before I took a break from working (more on that later), I was tense, had migraines and high blood pressure. I was working in an intensely stressful, deadline driven job. I loved my job; I work best under pressure. But there is a limit and my body was telling me I had hit it!

After a year of soul searching, and some gentle prodding from my sister, I decided to pursue my dream and start my own business. I have been considering this for years. Suddenly, it was the right time.

I love graphic design. I love starting with that blank page and making the first mark.

I love event planning. I love brainstorming and coming up with unique ideas. Starting from nothing and creating an entertaining and exciting experience is fabulous.

I love making things from “found” items. Upcycling, recycling, reusing, reworking. I want to take things that are used up, dirty and ugly, and make something special, romantic and beautiful.

Take a deep breath. I’ll take one, too. Kudzu and Romance starts TODAY. Join me in my journey…we’ll have fun together.