Hi! I’m Jeanie, a former family physician who is now a stay-at-home homeschooling mom with 3 daughters, ages 9, 9, and 6. My husband and I were foster parents for the past two years, and are have now adopted a lovely little girl (one of the 9-year olds) from Ghana, in West Africa. I thrive on your comments - so please leave me some feedback!
Since I gave you the straight stitched ribbons in the last post, I felt they needed a little jazzier version as well, so here is the same set of ribbons - but all funny and folded this time! Again, offered in 12 muted colors, as well as light and dark grayscale. All created at 300 ppi, png format. As has become my habit lately, these are available for commercial use - please remember that it gives me a great emotional (and creative) boost to see my CU items used in your kits or layouts, so please send me previews of what you have done with my designs. (And if you permit, I'd love to post such creations to my blog to share with my other readers - along with a link to your site, of course!) So, let's see what you come up with! :)
Also, please remember that I'd be happy to try to fulfill requests - I can't promise that I'll be able to make everything you ask (I'm still a designing newbie), but I'd love to try. Have you ever been making a kit and thought, " I wish I had a _____ - it would be just perfect for this kit..." ? Well, now you can just step right up and ask for it. Be as specific as you can about what you'd like. For example, if you need a bow in a particular type of ribbon, with a particular style, even a certain basic shape (you can just send me a rough sketch of the shape you want) - just give me the details and I'll try to make it for you. Just e-mail your request to me - I try to answer all e-mails within a couple of days.
The understanding, though, is that if I'm making requested designs for free, I would plan to share them with others on the blog - after all, the more people that can benefit from it, the better, from my point of view. (However, if anyone feels it is important that the design be exclusively theirs, I'll be glad to discuss options with you - just e-mail me.)
We started the day with a fantastic show of love from our kids (see previous post)...Also today, we took our minivans (with 5 kids, we sure need them) for their safety and emissions inspections. They are both Toyota Siennas. Mine passed with no problem - it's our young vehicle at only about 110,000 miles. Don's minivan, however is a tiny bit older (we've had it for over 10 years) and has 285,000 miles. It's been a GREAT vehicle, rarely with any maintenance needed. We intended to drive it until after 300,000 miles. But alas, it has now failed its emissions inspection and needs a catalytic converter to pass inspection. The converter will cost more than the van is worth at its age, so it's going to minivan heaven tonight...I did some quick investigating of Toyota's Certified Used Vehicles online, found one essentially just like mine, same year and all, but a different color. It might just be too weird, even for us, to have the same make, model, year AND color! So, as soon as Don returned from work, I told him his van's grim prognosis and sent him packing to St. Louis to look at the replacement I'd found. And the verdict is...it's a winner! He's happily driving it home as I type this... :)
Today's freebie is a grosgrain ribbon with stitching along both edges. It is straight, 12 inches long, created at 300 ppi, in png format. As with my other recent CU items, this is presented in 12 muted colors, as well as in light and dark grayscale for coloring to your needs. (I also made a folded version of the same stitched ribbon, and it will be yours in my next post!) Enjoy!
We had an interesting day today - lots of fun and a big change. First of all, from about 8:30 this morning until after 1:00 this afternoon, my darling daughters were slaving away very secretively in our back room at something, and refused to let anyone come near their little hub of activity. They were getting along so well, and showing reassuring signs such as bringing the broom and mop back there and asking for cleaning supplies, so we let them do their thing. By the time they emerged, they presented us all with elaborate party invitations with a list of about a dozen activities we would enjoy during the party. They charged a penny for admission, but kindly provided a penny in each invitation. We entered a beautifully decorated room with ribbons all over, noticed that everything had been thoroughly cleaned (even the floor was bright and shiny) and saw a lovely little child-sized table all set for the celebration. We were treated to crafts, music and dancing, code-cracking games, story and joke time, a lovely snack of grapes and salami, an elaborate puppet show, and a group rest time. After all that (which took most of the afternoon), we each received carefully wrapped presents from the girls. Elena gave some of her precious preschool artwork, and Lydia gave adorable paper dolls, for example. It was a very lovely afternoon, and one I'll always treasure, as the girls showed all the joy, sweetness, generosity and love that makes motherhood such an amazing blessing.
My little girls, having worn themselves out with the party and a late afternoon swim, have dropped from exhaustion. They can catch some much-needed winks while I catch a few moments to write this post to you...
...to be continued...another freebie awaits you tonight!