Wednesday, July 26, 2023

A Tale of Two Spectacles.....FMS496


These sweet birdies from Bird's Eye View are perfect to go along with my post today!

And the rest of the sentiment inside......

In the fall of 2022 my vision was fading fast as my cataracts worsened.  My eye doctor "cranked" (as he said) my prescription one last time and told me that was the best he could do until I was ready for surgery.  So I ordered new glasses with stronger lenses and made an appointment for a follow up in early 2023.  And finally those cataracts were ready to go!

After the first surgery those strong new glasses were of no use to me any more so I packed them away and used older weaker glasses from my stash. A month later was surgery number two and I continued wearing very old glasses. In June I returned to my optometrist and after my exam I spent a half hour deciding on a new frame - such a tough decision!

(A sidebar here for those of you who have had cataract surgery and are wondering why I  couldn't buy "cheaters" from the drug store like many people do.  I opted for the reverse lens.  I see perfectly up close and do not need my glasses for reading or computer work.  I do need them for distance so my new glasses are clear on the bottom and set for distance on the top.)

Two weeks later my new glasses were ready.  As I left to pick them up it dawned on me that I wouldn't have a spare pair any more so I grabbed the striped case from my drawer that held those hardly worn glasses with the very strong lenses.  At the doctor's I told the gal at the desk that I was going to leave my previous frames with her to put in the new prescription so I would have a spare.  She said "No problem - always fun to have a change too. So let's fit your new glasses now." 

And then it happened.....we both opened our cases to switch glasses.......and started to laugh..... 

Yep I picked the very same frames!

Have fun being creative with Judy's cool sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamps: Bird's Eye View (SU!), Funny Bones (Riley and Company)
Paper: Basic White, Lemon Lolly
Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Boho Blue

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Friendly Flowers - FMS495


I just love that splashy flowery DSP as a backdrop so I kept my die cut flowers simple and bright - perfect for a summery hello to a friend.  

So many possibilities with Amy's great sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Hope you play along!

Stamp Sets: In Bloom (SU!), Friendly Hello (Stamp Market)

Ink: Versafine Clair Black

Paper: Basic White, Bubble Bath, Lemon Lime Twist, Masterfully Made DSP

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Beautiful Simplicity.....FMS594


The soon to be released Translucent Florals set makes a simply elegant card......and this wonderful photo of my granddaughter on her paddleboard at sunset is a simply beautiful scene.......

After building that bridge last week I was happy to return to my roots and make a CAS card!

Narelle has us thinking in threes this week with her great sketch!  Join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Stamp Set: Translucent Florals
Ink: Memento Black, Soft Succulent, Cajun Craze
Paper: Basic White,  Dry Brush Metallic DSP

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

The Back Porch - FMS593


Way back in 1978 we moved into the colonial house we still live in today.  I have always loved this house even though it is in the city limits and not in the country as I would have liked.  But the Big Guy wanted no part of wells and septic tanks and huge lawns so city life it was.  He promised to build me a porch since the back door opened to just three steps down into the yard. And one day he just started building......

Honest there is nothing better than a porch! Neighbors stop by and chat.....Pepper guards the neighborhood and I am often on the porch reading .....or typing blog posts!  So the Lazy Days set from Stampin' Up! was a definite for me when I saw it!

Karren has a great sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  She made a bridge card from her sketch and urged us to try one. Yikes.....I am a CAS gal but I gave it a go.  I am not exactly an accurate measurer!  (I never could have built a porch!)  So in all the years I have made cards this is my first Bridge Card ever....and probably my You do whatever you like with our sketch this week! Enjoy!

Stamp Set: Lazy Days (SU!), Hello Summer (TE)

Ink: Memento Black, Copics, Misty Moonlight, Pecan Pie

Paper: Garden Green, Basic White, Pecan Pie