Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Milestone and the Joy of Reading

Did you hear it? A big sigh of relief coming from our household, as my dear hubby turned in his final assignments for the semester - his last semester of coursework for his PhD. Ahhhh! Three years of craziness have finally wound down. Granted, the next few years will hold their own kind of obligations and deadlines: book lists, dissertation, conferences, comprehensive exams, but the roller coaster ride of mid-terms and finals has come to a stop. Whew!

And now, on to the crafting!

I have been so excited this year to begin sharing some of my favorite chapter books from childhood with my daughter, Shannon, who is becoming an independent reader. The Narnia books, Paddington books, and Little House books are just a few of our favorites so far. I really enjoy seeing her discover these treasured stories for the first time.

One of her classmates, who also loves to read, is having a birthday this weekend. I contacted her mum for some book suggestions for gift ideas, and I made her this card with a bookmark pocket on the front, personalized with her initials:

Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Story of Me
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Patterned paper - DCWV - Berry Street Farmers' Market
Cardstock - K&Company (red); Gina K. Designs (natural)
Accessories - markers - Copic Sketch; chipboard letters - Prima; embroidery floss - DMC; ribbon - Michaels; clear plastic - leftover packaging; eyelet - Making Memories

Thank you for taking time to stop by today!


  1. I love this card, Marcy! One of my favorite stamps! Big congratulations to your husband for finishing--WOW! That's fantastic! So much work!

    Hope you're having a wonderful night with your sweet family!

  2. What a wonderful idea for this young reader ... a great inspiration to "keep reading"! Your paper piecing is awesome and the fact that you personalized it makes it even more special!!

    I will continue to keep your family in my prayers on the job front! The right job will come along at the right time I'm sure!!