I sent this card to my friend Suzanne this week thanking her for a Fabulous Fourth of July Weekend. To be honest I made this card a long time ago at a workshop but have never used it. I don't usually go around sending out July 4th cards so I needed a reason of some kind.
The card also has a lot of embelishments on it....the extra stars, the ribbon and at the top there are red, white & blue beads that move around 'inside' the card...so I wanted to make sure it was sent to someone who would appreciate it and maybe take it apart and use it again. (boy that was a long sentance!) I think Suzanne is just that person.
I think extra embellishments are PERFECT for Suzanne. My very first memory of her is when I was in college and she was working down the hall from where I worked....16 years ago...how is that possible!?! She was showing pics of her home all decorated for Christmas. It looked like a magazine! Every tiny detail had been thought of. Every square inch of the home was covered in Christmas decor. It was beautiful. Like I am known to do I stuck my foot in my mouth and asked, "You can't possibly live there! You have to live in the trailer out back! That home is just a showplace." She looked at me, smiled, and said, "That is my trailer and yes we do LIVE there." They had been living in a TINY little trailer for years saving money for their dream home.
From that day on every time I'm living in a new house (and there have been a lot of them in the last 16 years) and something isn't just right I think of Suzanne. Every time I'm cooking something big and I run out of counter room (cause I only have 6 foot of counters and 3 of that is the stove!) I think of Suzanne. I keep telling myself the house doesn't matter...it's what's going on inside that matters. She JUST sent me an email yesterday about this very subject. "Home. Doesn't matter what the shell is . . . it's what's you make of it . . . you work with what you have." And if you know Suzanne you better listen to what she says! You don't want to make her mad.
Steve & Suzanne after 25 years FINALLY cooking in her dream kitchen. :)