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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Where We Belong

Books written by Emily Giffin are some of my very favorites.  I enjoyed reading this book about characters who experience the joys and complexities of adoption...a subject close to my heart.  I hated to see this book come to an end, but feel hopeful that it might have a sequel.  Its ending certainly lent itself to that possibility.  Pick up a copy.  I bet you'll love it, too!  

Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.  (review taken from

Monday, September 10, 2012

With Sympathy

Sympathy cards are the hardest to make but, in my opinion, the most important to send.  Here are a couple that I made recently.  They are made out of the same materials but have their own unique look.

Materials Used:
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Paper:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, and Pear Pizzazz DSP
Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers
Embellishments:  brads, Pear Pizzazz ribbon
Tools: scallop oval and large oval punches

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