He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
~ Henri Matisse
Hopefully you came from my friend Jenny’s place. If not, stop right now, Buster – and go see Jenny. She is freakin’ stinkin’ A-maze-ing. . . . which is a great segue into today’s project.
This card is for my girl, Caitlin. Her modus operandi is unfaltering optimism and absolute fearlessness . . . bungie jumping off the Macau building, teaching in Costa Rica, launching her own businesses (Little Low and Feb10 Design), remodeling a fixer upper . . . and this week, exhibiting with Etsy at NY NOW – a mega-size trade show for home and lifestyle retailers.
Caitlin and I have a lot of crazy conversations, so I didn’t completely freak out when she pointed out one of my imperfections this past Spring. While I was helping her remodel her studio (well, mostly just handing her the tools) I was a little timid with the chop saw. That little squirt said: “Mom, when you don’t know how to do something you just use that as an excuse not to do it.”
Of course I denied it. I mean, Come On! I got my nursing license at 40 while working full time, taking care of the family and walking ten miles to school (well, okay only a slight exaggeration). But after a little reflection (and help with the saw) I realized, oh bother, Caitlin was right. Gee, I hate when that happens. I do make an excuse sometimes rather than take the effort to learn something new. Am I getting old? Oh Dickens!
And Dag-nab-it! Proving to Caitlin that she got at least some of her fearlessness from me has kept me busy all Summer. I’ve taken courses on photography, sewing, and Adobe suite and Quickbooks software. So “I don’t know how” won’t be an excuse when I sew, take great product shots or manage all the money we’re going to make selling adorable pillow covers. Take That! No Excuses! No Holding Back!
My Caitlin is beautiful, wise, courageous, and fun and I’m so very proud of her. She inspires me to Start. Navigate through the obstacle courses. Never hold back. Do A-Maze-ing things.
tips & techniques
I made this maze by cutting four layers of card stock from the Papertrey Ink A-Maze-ing die and glueing them together. The Xyron Creative Station was invaluable for getting the adhesive around all those twists and turns.
Those perfect 1/16″ black borders around the panels of patterned paper are not a testimony to my skill – it’s that lovely Perfect Layers Mini Ruler. Gracious I love that thing!
Here are the rest of the ingredients for my living large and in charge card.
Now . . . off you go to another sweet friend and amazing paper crafter. Say hey to Jeannie for me. Good luck to all of you with the Blog Hop. I hope you win.