My Happily Ever After

If I’m honest I have to tell you
I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.
    ~ Audrey Hepburn

You Are My Happily

Kramer vs. Kramer gave me my Happily Ever After.

I had to explain to my kids what Kramer vs. Kramer is.

It's a film that tells a story of divorce and shifting gender roles, I know, it doesn't sound romantic, but stay with me. Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) walked out on Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman), and Poor Billy Kramer was stuck in the middle.

It came out in 1979 when Women's Lib was just reaching adolescence. Guys didn't know whether to open doors for their dates. Girls didn't know who should pay for the dates. It was mayhem everywhere.

Tom and I were on our first date.

He made me pay for my own soda.

It was not going well.

But at the end of the movie everything changed. Joanna Kramer was crying about not painting clouds on the ceiling for little Billy. I looked over at my darling Tom in the dark, and tears were rolling down his face. I fell madly and crazily in love with his tender soul.

The movie won five Academy Awards, including one each for Dustin and Meryl.

I won my Happily Ever After.


That's my darling and me back in 1979. I think this was the very first picture of us as together. Don't laugh. Overalls were very 'in'.

And here's the inside of my belated Valentine's card.

Happy Valentine's Day

If you love mushy stories like that (I do!), you're gonna love this!

SCS Love Fest

My Favorite Things is hostessing a challenge today as part of the Splitcoaststampers LoveFest. Time to get down and lovey dovey. The LoveFest includes 11 days of challenges, chatter, and prizes!  You'll increase your opportunity to win some serious prize booty by playing along in each of the 11 challenges. It's not too late but it will be on February 28 – the deadline for gallery uploads to be eligible.

You can find all the details about the LoveFest HERE and all the details about today's challenge from My Favorite Things HERE in the My Favorite Things Forum. I'll see you there!


Tips & Techniques

I'm loving this chalkboard technique that's so popular now, so I tried just a tiny dab at it. Trying to have clean, white embossing on a black background is like trying to eat spaghetti in a white dress. Everything shows! DO NOT TRY THIS without first rubbing your paper with a Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy, EK Success Powder Tool, or at least a dryer sheet. Without one of these to remove the static from your paper, you'll end up with a lot of flecks of embossing powder in unwanted places. You will not succeed. That is all.

In a pinch, just throw a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch into a tube sock or little satchel and pesto-chango-cheapo – you can make your own magic static removing gizmo.

Here's the recipe to my Tom's belated Valentine's card.

Finished size: 5-1/2" by 4". Other ingredients include Authentique 6 x 6 Lovely Bundle, Red Baker's Twine, American Crafts twine, VersaMark watermark ink, Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder, and Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy.

You Are My Happily

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Sweet Comments

  1. Yep, he’s a keeper….and they continue to live happily ever after. Love you both!

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