Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle,
I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells
I met my happily ever after on my bicycle.
I was the secretary of Bloomington, Indiana's bicycle club. He managed a bicycle shop.
We were at a club sponsored picnic when some friends introduced us. He was sitting under a tree with a paper plate of food, shy and unimpressed with me. So, it was a brief and forgetful encounter.
After the hot dogs, we jumped on our bikes and he disappeared in a crowd of riders.
That afternoon, at the top of a hill on old Highway 37, I had a flat tire. I had the tools and a spare and was pulling off the old tire when that quiet, shy guy stopped and fixed my tire for me faster than a sneeze.
He was so sweet and unassuming and cute, even in those hideous bicycle shorts! Every pump of air he put into my tire made me want him more. We rode together for a few miles and then he left me in his dust at the next hill. My heart followed him, but my legs couldn't keep up.
I visited his shop under the guise of soliciting advertising for our club newsletter for weeks. I even resorted to high heels and tight slit-up-to-here skirts for attention. I wasn't used to spike heels, so I tripped a few times walking into the store. He smelled like bicycle oil and rubber tires – which I thought was crazy sexy – and he never laughed at my high-heel, wonky walk.
Our newsletter got lots of advertising money from the Bike Rack that Fall, but more importantly, after six weeks of flirting, he finally asked me for a date.
Bicycles make a great matchmaker.
Tips & Tricks
I had some help from some fellow My Favorite Things designers for this card.
- I used Inga Groot's tutorial: Coloring on Kraft with Prismacolor Premier Pencils (part of the My Favorite Things Academy series) to color the skin and hair. I've been wanting to try this for ages, and Inga's instructions made it so easy. I love the way it turned out. The rest of the little doll is paper pieced and fussy cut.
- Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch 181 (SSSC181) gave me a great canvas to work with.
Today and tomorrow the designers are giving you another peak at all the new stamps and dies being released on April 9. I'm featuring the new Pure Innocence stamp set, I Wheelie Like You, which, of course, I Love. And, how cool is it that there's a bicycle Die-namic being released this month, too. So many wonderful things happened to me on a bicycle – so, of course, I
demanded asked to be able to feature this set. I hope I did it justice.
But, still, there's so much more to see.
You can get all the details for some insanely huge prizes and see what the other designers have created (amazing!) at the My Favorite Things blog.
Here are the goodies I used.
The links below for the newest items will work after the release on April 9.
Joy Ride Finished size 5" by 7". I Wheelie Like You finished size 4-1/4" by 5-1/2". Other ingredients: October Afternoon Midway 8" x 8" paper pad; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, Copic 0.3 Multiiner. You can go to the Inga's tutorial here to see exactly which pencils I used.Pin It