My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Floral Friendship

Hi Cyber and Real Life friends,

So, a couple of quick personal stories. I mentioned we went to my cousin's on last Sunday for a get together. Well, while we were there we had one of the most expensive cups of coffee in the world. Seriously. Jay, (my cousin) travels for business, and spent a lot of time in Asia. This was given to him as a gift and he made it for us. It is approx. $500.00 a pound and people pay up to $50.00 a cup for it! If you think that's amazing, read about what makes it so special here. (If you saw the movie, The Bucket List, you may already know about it. I heard someone say this was one of the things on the list.) Yes, I drank it and it was kinda good. Ha! It definitely tops Sushi, Ethiopian food, Escargot, etc., all he "normal" stuff we think of as exotic. I'm still laughing about it almost a week later!

The second thing that happened to me it this. For those of you that don't know, ever since my mom passed away, I have been doing my daily walk with my dad. We walk about an hour, approx 3.5-4 miles every morning. He shows up at my house at 6:45am (there must be some special prize in heaven for this :)) everyday. Except in the winter, which is when I meet him (at that same unholy hour) at the rec center. Well, going to the rec you make "friends" with people who you say hello to and make small talk with. Since the weather has been nice, we have moved the walks outside. (Thank goodness, the whole walking in a circle on the track makes me crazy after a while...) Anyway, at the grocery store this week, I hear a small voice, "Karin?" I turn around and sure enough, it's a couple from the rec. "Hey, it's so nice to see you," I say. " We don't see anyone now that we walk outside."

"Well," says Bruce, "We hardly recognized you! You're all dressed up. You look so nice!" He seemed genuinely shocked.

Mind you, I'm wearing jeans and a jean jacket. Hardly haute couture.

"Well," I say, "This is what I look like in my everyday life. You see me in my rec center life, where I'm lucky to have washed my face and brushed my teeth."

"You sure clean up good," he says!

This is not the first time I've heard this type of phrasing about my appearance. It's the same thing from the neighbors when I run into them out somewhere. They are used to seeing me in yard work clothes, so it's the same type of thing.

So, should I get up earlier and fix my face before I work out or do manual labor? I'm starting to think me with out make up is not a good thing! LOL!

Well, on to the crafty business. My card today was made using stamps from Scrolls Work. I used the sentiment Distant Friend #1639, the music notes called Sheet Music #7401 and Small Skeleton Leaf #4532.

The flowers were made using left over crepe paper and a flower die. After securing them with a brad, I ran them across an ink pad to give them some color. Super pretty!

I love the whole shabby chic look of this card, and these stamps were the perfect things to bring this to life.

Thanks for you visit, and if you read my personal stories, thanks even more! Hope your weekend is filled with all kinds of happy!

Her are the challenges this card is linked to:

Creative Card Crew-April Showers bring May flowers

Tuesday Taggers-Recycle (Crepe paper for me)

Forever Friends-Flowers and Nature
Paper Popsicles-Buttons

Details not listed above- Ink: Stampin' Up!, Paper: The Paper Company, Markers: Copic, Punch: Marvy, Ribbon, button and brad from my supplies.


Angelica Carballo said...

Hi!! Karin

Pretty card!! I love the flowers.

Congrats!! You have a wonderful opportunity
with your father "walk together" enjoy it!.
I hope to have this opportunity for 1 1/2
month, my father will take a little vacation
with me.


Melissa said...

Simply beautiful card!

TannyP said...

HAHAHAHA! That's hilarious =) I bet your Dad appreciates your walk times!

Beautiful card - those leaves are awesome and your flowers are lovely!

Joanie said...

WOW!!! Stunning card...the flowers/leaves are gorgeous! love the embossing and the musical paper!
So sweet that you and your dad have that morning walk time together...you are giving him something very special that you may not realize. He is starting each day not lonely...my mom & MIL live with us and it's the companionship that our parents need for after losing a spouse. YOu both are blessed to have each other!

Joanie said...

Oops...got carried away.....Thanks for playing at paper Popsicles.....I hope we see you around more often!!!! Love your blog....come on over to mine also!

Cheryl said...

FABULOUS!....I love these flowers! Wow!

I run into people from Jazzercise at the store and I always look at them because they look familiar but I just can't place them. Usually after we walk away I realize who they are. I think we all have the same problem when we see people "out of context."

Have a wonderful week end!

Sheryl said...

What a beautiful card!! Love those flowers they're gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at Paper Popsicles!!

Scrappy Girl said...

This is a very refreshing card creation. Love the altered look. Thanks for joining us this week at Paper Popsicles.

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous card, love that you used up your scraps for those stunning flowers. thank you for sharing with us at TT this week.

Sally H said...

Wow! Fabulous recycling! Thanks for sharing with us at TT this week!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wonderful card!!! Thanks for playing along at Paper Popsicles!

Lora Oliver said...

This is a gorgeous card!!! I love the flowers and am trying to figure out how you made them. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Paper Popsicles!

The Crafty Den said...

What a pretty card. The flowers are gorgeous and the embossing looks fab. Thanks for joining us at stamp with fun this week. Hugs, Denise x

Scrappy Girl said...

Love the flower crazy. Very lovely card. Thanks for joing us at Paper Popsicles.

Amy said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for playing at paper popsicles this week. Stop back for cardstock week.

Scrolls Work Rubber Stamps said...

You know I didn't recognize our stamps on this card!! I just got your package and this one was in it. I blew me away, I just loved it. I knew you had to have posted it though, so I combed through your blog till I found it lol. Beautiful job!!!

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