Evelyn Couch: Towanda! Righter of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Compare!
Ninny Threadgoode: How many of them hormones you takin’, honey?
~ Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Spring Chicken

This birthday card is for all of us Towanda’s – us chickie ladies who are allegedly past our prime. Face it – We may not be younger and faster, but we have better insurance!*

And! We (or, that is I) get to retire in just eight days! How crazy is that!?

PI Farmer Girl Card

Even though I using that R word (“Retire”), I’m still just a spring chicken. I started working for the State of Texas when I was just a baby chick and the State practically raised me. 25 years later, I hope I made Mama Texas proud.

I’m crazy excited about this new chapter. And, at the same time, I know I’m sure going to miss my committed fellow surveyors and the darling dear residents and staff of the nursing homes – all the amazing people who have conspired with me to improve the lives of our seniors. My friends.

*That line about being well insured is one of my favorite lines from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, one of the best movies of all time based on a book by one of my favorite authors, Fannie Flagg. It’s about friends, best friends.


Tips & Techniques

My best tip for this card is to start with some great inspiration, like these gorgeous colors selected by Barbara Anders at The Color Throwdown.


You can read about how I used the Chicken Wire die cut to create the peek-a-boo front for this card over at my post at

Here’s the inside of the card. It’s super simple, but I like the way it peeks through the front.


Here’s the rest of the recipe and the Copic Markers I used.

PI Farmer Girl Copics

Of course, I’m not retiring from Catered Crop. I’ll be back soon with more tall tales, new adventures and more recipes. The secret’s in the sauce. 



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Sweet Comments

  1. Congratulations on your retirement, you make Mamma Texas and all of us very proud!

  2. I am in love with every part of this! The peek-through is amazing. I’m hoping you create even more card goodness in your retirement (but I’m guessing you will find ways to stay even busier! Towanda!!!
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  3. Love this fun “chickie” card! Best wishes in your next chapter! Congratulations on your retirement. I am sooo looking forward to mine in a few years and like you will always be a “spring chicken”, lol!

  4. Joan Ervin says:

    Congrats on your retirement, Linda!!!! I didn’t realize you lived in Texas, too!! I retired once and went back to work 2 weeks later…I must still be a spring chicken…LOL!!!! I looove you super sweet card with all the fab paper piecing on that adorable image and the chicken wire die in the background…sooo cute!!!!

  5. I love your card; it gives me a big ole loving feeling!! Great paper piecing!! Sweet image. :>)

  6. So cool the way you did that chicken wire, I love how it all ties in. And I love how you coloured the chicks! Happy Retirement!

  7. What a fabulous card Linda. Love the sweet images, the way you used the colors. The chicken wire die-cut is just perfect as the front. Very clever! Enjoy your days to come as a Retiree!
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  8. MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! (Well, honestly it’s a toss-up between Fried Green Tomatoes, and Steel Magnolias!) “Oh it don’t make no kind of sense. Big ol’ ox like Grady won’t sit next to a colored child. But he eats eggs- shoot right outta chicken’s ass!” LOVE it! Oh, you make me want to search for that on Amazon Prime tonight!

    DARLING card, Linda! And congrats on the big R!
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  9. Egads, Linda, this card is wonderful! So much fun! Congrats on retiring in just a few days! I can’t wait for mine in a few years!!
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  10. Your card is darling and I love your creative writing style. You sound like a young chick to me. I’m so glad I found you on Color Throwdown.
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  11. Fabulous design! Love the chicken wire panel on your cardfront. It’s just perfect with the image and papers. Congrats on your upcoming retirement–how exciting!

  12. Awesomeness is what this is! What a great design for that sentiment and you pulled all the elements together perfectly! But of course! :) Congrats (again) on the retirement!
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  13. Love this….absolutely adorable! And lucky you to be retiring! You’ll love it! You can watch Fried Green Tomatoes all day long!
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  14. I’m so envious of anyone that has the ability to retire! Hopefully I can join your ranks in a few years! This card is just too adorable! I love every sweet detail and I love your engaging and funny posts on your blog!
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