Sunday, January 27, 2013

Where, oh where, did January go?

My goodness, it's hard to believe that nearly a month has whizzed past since my last post here. After a marvelous holiday season, January turned out to be a busy, stressful, and rather expensive (big car repairs, hefty personal and business taxes, etc) month. For the better part of six days during the middle of the month, our home internet service was down as well (due to an unspecified reason that your provider wouldn't tell us), which created quite a backlog that I then had to scramble to catch up on. So between all that, I haven't had too much time for blog posts outside of my main personal site (Chronically Vintage) as of late.

I can't claim for a second that this weekend has been any less stressful or hectic (it hasn't!), but I don't like to let too long pass here without posting, so I'm taking a moment on this chilly Sunday afternoon to pop in and say hello - as well as to extend my slightly belated New Year's wishes to all of my readers here.

It strikes me as I read back over the two paragraphs above that, as is often the case, I tend to vent a touch more here than I do on my other sites. I don't like to think of myself as the complaining type (I always make a point of counting my blessings before listing my woes), but there's just something about the very intimate nature of creating scrapbook pages - which document all kinds of thoughts, feelings, highs and lows - that makes my scrapbooking related blog seem like a very logical place for me to share the ups and downs of my life sometimes.

Last year was an extremely transitional time in our lives and I hope that that the problems that we've already faced this month aren't a sign of what 2013 holds in store as a whole, because I'm really hoping it can be a year or more stability, productivity, and just as much happiness as the last. One rocky month doesn't have to define the nature of a whole year though, and I'm nowhere near ready to roll my eyes at 2013 yet.

Amid the trips to the mechanics, doctors appointments, drafts and revisions of our household budget, no internet service for a while, and plenty of snow, I have found time to sneak off to my craft room and do a bit of creating this month (and what a serene godsend those few quiet hours of creating have been).

Today, as winter is still very much in full swing here, I wanted to share a charming winter themed card that I recently made for a friend (and fellow vintage lover) who lives in South Africa, where - being located below the equator - they've been experience summer while we're in the throes of winter. We'd been chatting via email about how she was pining for some snow, and that gave me the inspiration I needed for this cheerful hello card.

The clear plastic snowflakes were picked up at a dollar store in the nearby community of Oliver a few days after Christmas. I think there's 40 or 50 in the pack, so that gives me oodles more to use on other projects in the future. The paper beneath the word "hello" started out as plan turquoise cardstock, but I wanted to give it the look of ice that's been slashed by skate blades, so I simply dabbed the edge of a Distressed Ink pad (in Tumbled Glass) across it multiple times.

I really hope that this frosty palette of blues, whites, and shiny clears helps bring my friend a sense of the snow that she's craving, and that it reaches her safe and sound on the other side of the world.

Hectic as January was, it struck me as a very, very quick month overall. I hope that things settle - and slow! - down at least touch as the year progresses or else we'll be sitting down to whip up Christmas cards again quicker than you can press down a glue dot.

I hope that all of you have had a positive month that involved time for crafting. I don't have any major plans for February, but if this past month has been any indication, I suspect the universe will see to it that I stay mighty busy whether I want to or not! ;)


  1. fabulous card Jessica, love the clear snowflakes perfect touch to the card :)

  2. Hi Jessica, how fast time flies nowadays, I feel exactly the same. Hope this year will be a better year for you. That blue card looks super sweet. Well done! :-)

  3. Hi
    Wow!!!I love this card,so soft and elegant,and the colour is GORGEOUS!!!your details are stunning,.

    Fab work:):)

    Wish you a lovely week and take care:):)


  4. Thank you very much, dear ladies!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Oh how beautiful! Love the flourishes!!

  6. Hi Jessica, gosh, I completely forgot about you having this blog as well! I love the card you made for your friend in Africa depicting snow. I especially love the slashes across the turquoise background to depict ice skate marks on the ice - it accomplished that quite nicely!
    I haven't made a scrapbook page in *gasp* a few years! I know, I know...
    I do hope that your new year does not continue in the manner in which it has begun... some very expensive car repairs at the end of last year was how we closed 2012 so hopefully we are clear baring any unforeseen issues. Taxes, well taxes are taxes *sigh*
    Beth P

    1. Hi sweet Beth, please don't worry at all - you'd be more than easily forgiven for not remembering about this blog. I don't update it (and am totally fine with this fact, it's not meant to be my primary blog) nearly as often as I do Chronically Vintage. It really means a lot to me that you follow both my vintage and paper crafting blogs, thank you so much.

      I'm sorry to hear that your family has been contending with hefty car repair bills as of late, too. We just got our first car ever (hard to believe for two people who were 27 and 31, respectively, at the time, I know) last year, and I was really hoping that the repairs wouldn't kick in quite so soon, but it was a used vehicle, so ultimately I'm not all that surprised that they did. We have another one that needs to be done still soon and it's the single steepest price tag we've been hit with on the car repair front so far. Tony and I are both hoping to no end that it will be the last one for a long time to come.

      Thanks again so much, sweet lady! Huge hugs going right out to you as well!

      ♥ Jessica

  7. Such a pretty card; I'm sure that your friend will love it. Love your blog. Would you like to follow each other? I have an International Srapbooking software giveaway on my blog if you're interested.;)

  8. What a gorgeous card!! Love the snowflakes - such a great find!! So beautiful paired with the blues in this card! ~ Blessings, Tracey


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