Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thank You Cards

Hello everyone and Happy New Year. We have been in the grips of a frigid winter this year. After that ideal summer weather we had, I told all who would listen that we were in for a very rough winter and we are indeed.

You would think with school being cancelled I would get more done. That has not happened. I am feverishly working on uploading projects and teaching Vee-dios so bear with me. The best is truly yet to come.

During the Christmas season I received a slew of gifts and decided to cut into some of that gorgeous Anna G. paper and use every tiny bit that I could. I used stickles and pearls and rhinestones to give them a festive sparkle.

These are a few of the creations I made using some of my neglected Spellbinder dies. Since they are very intricate, I did use wax paper to make removal easier. Although it may not show, I embossed some of the pieces just for added texture and interest.

For these I incorporated a bit of black for drama and hand wrote the Thank You using a Sakura white gel pen.

The flowers used here are soooo old. I ordered them years ago from QVC and decided to put them to use. Again, I am NOT a flower girl and have a hard time incorporating them into my projects. I did some others where I took quite a risk and stepped out of my comfort zone. The pictures I took of them were not quite up to par. Will try to shoot them again and upload them here.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until then.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1962 Speech in NYC

My son and I were desperate to find this speech once we heard the announcement it had been found. Thank you to the pack rats out there.

More than that I want to say, Thank you to Dr. King for keeping it real. What I enjoyed most about this version of the speech I am sharing with you is that the original or one of the edited versions plays alongside the given speech. I like that I am able to see his train of thought and hear how the words were changed for greater impact or subtle nudging.

Yes, we have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

I am truly looking forward to the day when I can go shopping and not have a store worker follow me around thinking I am going to steal something. I am also looking forward to the day when I can go out to dinner and the person comes up to take reservations(seat guests) honors me first, because I am next in line and not have to check with the other (white) patrons to make sure I am not lying. When that does happen to me, I leave the restaurant and vow never to patronize it again, after letting the manager know why.

Yes, my friends, the road is long and the journey is trying at times, but I vow to keep my hand to the plow because I know a change gonna come.