Just a quick card I made for ALL OF YOU who have been so nice this past week with your comments, cyber-hugs, and emails. Special thanks to Susan F. who sent me a really sweet sympathy card that arrived today.
Design Thoughts: Well, I didn't think much on this one, actually. These two sets work so beautifully together. Placement of the half-pearls was trickiest. I wanted them to be balanced and harmonious to fit the theme of the card, so they are spaced pretty evenly with a bit of white space around each one. There are five because three looked lonely and an odd number usually looks better than an even number. I love these shades of blue and green together. They are so peaceful. Not sure why I rounded the two corners except that four pointy corners looked odd.
How-To Tips: The easiest way to place pearls is with a craft knife. I cut the glue strip holding the pearl down, then lift the pearl with the tip of the knife and place it where I want it.
I picked up Hoover's remains today (we had him cremated like his big sister Shemya, but I simply refuse to use the term "cremains" which just sounds wrong to me). It was so hard! The boys were with me, and Jack just couldn't understand where Hoover was, even though I explained several times what happened to his body. When he saw the box we bought to hold the remains, he said, "That's too small for Hoover!" He just can't understand yet.
Nick did understand and was very helpful picking out a box and answering the very chatty lady's questions with lovely poise. If I'd had to answer her, I would have completely fallen apart and blubbered. He even joked as we pulled away from the pet cemetery that he'd be taking Hoover with him to college...his fur will be with us for a very long time.
I think a huge part of grieving for a pet is how everything you see in your house or do reminds you that the pet is gone. Hoover always "prewashed" the dishes as I loaded the dishwasher. Now I load alone. He always licked our ice cream bowls. Now the ice cream goes to waste. He slept by the side of our bed, so we'd have to step over him in the middle of the night. Now we step over him and then remember he isn't there.
Oh, how we miss him.
stamps: PTI Turning a New Leaf and Signature Greetings
ink: Versacolor bamboo and atlantic
paper: PTI (of course)
accessories: half-pearls, corner rounder
size: 4.25" square