Signs That Adoption is Close

9 02 2018

During the last 21 months or so, the baby has been visiting his bio mom twice a week.

In the beginning, there’s always a parent aid involved. When parents make enough progress toward reunification, the parent aid role diminishes until parents finally get unsupervised visits which lead to over nights and even whole weekends with their child.

Our parent aid was involved until the very last visit. This woman, who was a stranger in the beginning, now feels kind of like family. She’s a woman who has been part of my son’s life since the beginning. A woman who made a tough, scary situation for me so much easier. A woman who likes hummingbirds.

So when I decided I wanted to make her a thank you gift for our last visit, I knew I wanted it to have hummingbirds 🙂

Because I still want to vinyl all the things, I knew vinyl would be part of it.

Here’s what I came up with.

I liked the tile, but it’s big and bulky. Also, I wanted to color. So I took the image I put together for the tile and made it work for a card, too. My Silhouette cut out the vinyl for the tile then I tried really hard not to cuss (I was successful) while I tried to get the transfer tape to work for me. It finally did- mostly.

For the card, I printed the images and card design. I then had my Silhouette cut all the pieces out. I love dimension and knew I wanted it in this card. I used my markers and pencils to color bird and flowers then affixed the images on to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo

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I Colored a Gun

29 05 2017

There’s a first time for everything 😉

I’ve spent the weekend thinking about the sacrifices of so many before me. My family history is full of military personnel – from pre-revolution times through today.

Some of those ancestors were prisoners on enemy ships. Others walked in the snow as they walked behind men who had no idea they were making history.

Others marched for a country who hated them, because they still had the integrity and love for the country that wanted them dead. Interestingly, those volunteers never saw battle, but they did see history being made. One walked away from Sutter’s Mill because seeing his family was more precious to him than all the gold in the mines.

Many, many more left examples of courage and honor for which I’m deeply grateful.

Then there are those who didn’t come home. They’re the ones I thought of while I made this card.


The blue background and words were printed then cut out and matted on the white card front. The boot, gun, and helmet was a silhouette of the image. I cut it out on white paper then went in and added the details and color. I think it’s the first time I’ve colored a gun.

Thanks for stopping by. If you’re the family of a fallen soldier, Thank you, from the deepest part of my heart, for the sacrifices you and your family have made.

Blue Background, Words, Memorial