Saturday, April 30, 2011

~~ Happy Birthday ~~

Hi Y'all !! Let me start by thanking y'all again for your concern for me during the tornadoes that ravaged Alabama on Wed!!!! My heart is so full.I'm really honored to call each and everyone of you my friend! I made this card for my friend Sharon. I used the teapot and cup from A Child's Year and welded them together on my Gypsy. Sharon has been going to Estate sales and buying lots of old china and glass ware, so I thought this paper looked really old fashioned and would fit in with her latest hobby. The button and seam binding are vintage and were given to me by Sharon so I wanted to add those to the card too.I used a stamp from the Sweet Sentiments Collection, set 1and you can see that collection Here. Thanks for taking a peek !!! xoxo Joy

Friday, April 29, 2011

~~ More Pictures ~~

Just look at all that blue sky!! You were never able to see sky in that area before. The trees made the most beautiful tunnel to drive through, in and out of the park. John Allen told me, Mama, you will be able to get a sun tan from anywhere on the lake now !! I told ya, he has a warped sense of humor and was running on adrenaline. He was rambling on and on. I suspect it was his way of calming me down. God bless my son! But my heart aches as I look at all these pictures and remember what my eyes soaked in. I have seen pictures of the aftermath of tornadoes before, but never have I seen them up close. It was much too personal for me, but God is good and I am alive to tell about it!!

The top picture is just a view of what thousands of trees look like in the park. This is why the scent of pine was so strong.The other picture is a view at the top of the crest. Trees were uprooted like this one, all inside and out of the park. If you go down the hill and around the curve, you would see our trailer on the left.

~~ Pictures~~

Several pictures of a rental trailer.Our next door neighbors were supposed to be staying in that trailer this weekend.

~~Pictures of the Tornado~~

This is a lone flag left to wave, as you enter the park.

~~More Pictures of the Tornado~~

That top picture is looking south, out of the park. There used to be trees and flags furling. The trees made the most beautiful, shady tunnel into the park. To the right was also a "check in" building and a rental trailer. They are both gone. The only way I could tell that this was the check in spot was because of the cement slab and the shrubs that still remained. It was very confusing to be able to tell exactly where you were. This is a picture of a small crest, as you enter the park. If you look closely behind the car, you can see the top of a motor home, buried under pines trees. The bathhouse that we were in, is about 100 yards north, and down the hill from this area.

~~~The Tornado~~~

As many of you know, tornadoes ripped through the Southeast and beyond on Wednesday. Dan and I never go to the lake when we know that bad weather is approaching, but for some reason I decided we would go. Dan was apprehensive but I told him the bad weather would stay north of us. I also told him that even if we got some bad weather, it would be exciting...oh yea, it was exciting!!! I need to leave weather reporting to the professionals.

Early in the afternoon we lost power ,for a time.The trees in the park were already swaying. I saw Dan standing in the road, looking skyward. He stood there for a very long time and would later tell me that "things" just didn't feel right to him.

We ate supper around 6 and then I anxiously waited for American Idol to come on. Friends and family were calling, the NOAA weather radio was blaring and I was swapping channels on the TV, watching news out of Birmingham as well as Montgomery. My son, John Allen called back a little before 830 pm and asked me if I had heard the latest news. A Tornado was heading toward us. He said Mama, you need to come on down here right now. He and his girlfriend Casey, live in a 2 story home right on the lake, built into a hill and was a safe place to go, but it is about 6 miles from the park, and with all the winding, narrow roads , I knew we had no time to get there. Dan had already put blankets and pillows into the car and had it facing out so we loaded the dogs and dashed off to the bathhouse. I ran into the women's side and found another couple, Julia and Craig, along with Wes. They all live or vacation at the park but we had never met. We are no longer strangers,we will have a bond for life. Mr Gordon ( almost 90 years old) and David an amputee, were on the Men's side with their furbabies. We could hear the NOAA radio through the walls and Wes had a Droid, so we were up to date on the location of the tornado. Dan decided to stay in the car with our dogs. I have never heard thunder rumble so loudly. I had never before seen a bolt of lightening up close and personal,but I did that night as it flashed a blue streak into the bathhouse. I think that's when we lost power. It's about 845 now, maybe closer to 9, I really lost all track of time. Then we heard the hail...what we thought was hail. I started walking to the back of the bathhouse and sat in another cement enclosed shower stall. I just knew at any minute the roof would be peeled back. I bowed my head in prayer and I was surprisingly calm. It seemed like 5 minutes passed, but in all actuality it lasted perhaps a minute. I went 1st to the door and screamed for Dan and finally someone told me he was ok. The door was partially blocked by a pine tree and there were wires just outside the door.The hail turned out to be thousands of pine cones and debris that the winds pounded into the roof. The night air reeked of pine. That aroma will stay with me the rest of my life.

Dan, along with Wes and Craig went out to survey the park. Dan tried driving down to our trailer, but the road was blocked with felled trees.He finally made his way down to the trailer and found that we had lost the awning. A large tree came uprooted and barely missed the trailer.Our pier was damaged as well, but the boat looks fine. We had a small refrigerator on the deck and it was tossed into the yard. 2 wrought iron chairs and numerous other items were strewn into the yard. Dan was our hero when he came back with water and sodas for us all.

In the meantime my friend Darlene's husband Michael called. I could accept most calls but couldn't make any so I had him call John Allen to let him know we were ok. I don't know how much time passed before John Allen burst into the bathhouse asking, is this where the party is ?? He gets his warped sense of humor from moi! My only child had jumped into his truck and driven down to within a mile or so of the park and then walked in. He said he passed the road leading in to the park 3 times. It was so covered with trees ,debris and power lines , he could barely make a path to find us. And shouldn't have I might add! He was soaked to the bone and I could tell, he was running on adrenaline..he was wired!

We stayed in the bathhouse until 1 am. Dan had made several trips down to the trailer and around the park. We knew we had to help Mr. Gordon and David, so Dan went ahead and made a path as best he could through felled trees and downed wires. We loaded Mr Gordon into the car along with his 14 year old poodle, Lucky. Dan drove us as close as he could and then we had to walk the rest of the way. Dan walked 1st, holding Lucky ( Lucky never liked Dan in the past, but they are best buds now ! ) then Mr Gordon went next with me trying to hold onto him to steady his steps. We were a motley crew! An OLD man and his OLD dog, Dan who is so deaf he cant hear thunder and me with my bad ole back and knees. God was holding us all in the palm of his hands !! I think this very scene I described is why we went to the lake. God had a plan for us and that was to help Mr Gordon make it through the night. David refused to leave the bathhouse, so we left him with a candle and something to drink. He is fine.

When daylight finally broke through yesterday morning, all I could do was cry. Seeing all the destruction, experiencing the power of God and feeling his tender mercies was overwhelming to me!!! I feel like I have been run over by a train. I guess I was more tense than I realized, but God gave me a feeling of calmness in a very panic riddled situation. Please pray for all of those that lost loved ones, here in Alabama as well as the entire southeast. It has been a very sad few days in this neck of the woods. Thank you ALL for your prayers, phone calls, text messages and emails. You don't know what that means to Dan and myself!!! xoxoxo

This is a picture of the road leading into the park. This drive used to be lined with pine trees and flags attached to almost every one of them. They are all gone.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

~~ Mother Deer ~~

Good morning Y'all!! I want to thank ALL of you that were concerned about Dan and I during the horrible weather we had here last Friday!!!! It was an afternoon and night that I wont soon forget. As I have told some of you, the sirens wailed ALL night long and then the NOAA radio would start blaring. I stopped counting all the times that we were under a Tornado Warning. Just when we thought we were out of the woods and we could breath a lil easier, another warning would scream at us ! Unfortunately, there were 3 deaths, out in the country and my heart breaks for the family members left behind! Thanks again for your concern,y'all don't know how much that means to me !!

Now, on to this lil card. I sometimes call my Mother, Mother Dear so I made this lil card for her for Mother's Day. I used Create a Critter for the cute lil deer and tulips. After MANY failed attempts at using a sentiment from the Mother's Day Cart ( thanks Darlene) I created Mother, using the Gypsy Font for the M and ( oh shoot) Plantin Schoolbook ( I think) for the other.Lots of inking and popping and the lil butterfly on the deer's nose as well as the others were punched using a Martha Stewart punch. Added a few pearls, a button and some beeeUtiful Crinkle Ribbon that you can purchase at . Thanks for taking a peek !! Dan and I are off to the lake to spend Easter with my baby boy. I hope Y'all have a safe and Blessed Easter !!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

~~ Thinking of You ~~

Hi Y'all!! I hope your all safe and sound, the weather here is about to be BAD! Dan and I found out last week that our sweet next door neighbor, Kristine has breast cancer! Dare I said...HAD...we went and sat with Eddie yesterday while they did a lumpectomy and the Dr. seems to think he got it all!!! God is great! I used Country Life for the lil pitcher of flowers and I used a new style of card. ( new for me anyway) I started with a 12x12 piece of card stock and cut a piece 4.25 wide. I scored it at 2' and 7.5 so that I would have an A2 size card. Did lots of layering and inking. Added some vintage seam binding and a button. The sentiment is stamped, using a stamp from the Sweet Sentiments Collection that you can purchase over at . She has some darling new stamps AND if you aren't able to find vintage seam binding she has Crinkle Ribbon in the most beautiful colors !! She hand dyes the ribbon and its gorgeous !! Y'all know I am a horrible stamper, but I stamped that perfectly...the very 1st time!! wooohooo Have a great weekend and stay safe !!! xoxo

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

~~ Hap-BEE Birthday ~~

Hi y'all ! I needed a birthday card for my friend Sally AND the challenge over at My Craft Spot is to make a birthday card and add a tag, so I killed 2 birds with one stone.I used Create a Critter for the bee's and hive,Walk In My Garden for the lil flowers that I attempted to mimic, in the BG paper.I did some punching for edges, added some clear rain drops, a button and some Memory Thread. The ribbon is vintage seam binding that my friend Tim, bid on and won at an auction at the lake Saturday.He was generous enough to let me pick through his treasures and I got seam binding in many colors.I just wet it and crunched it up to make that fussy lil bow. Thanks for taking a peek!! I want to thank all of y'all for leaving me such SWEET comments on my girls just make my day and keep me inspired !!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

~~ No Yoke ~~

Good morning Y'all!! I have a dear friend, that has lost her job and she is so depressed. I made this card to cheer her up....I hope it will! Dan didn't get my lil pun at 1st, but I hope Susan will and that you do too! The inside sentiment is going to be something like,This is No Yoke, I hope you have a great day and find a job soon! I used Plantin Schoolbook for the letters that I welded using my Gypsy. The chickie and eggs came from Just Because and the scalloped border was from Stretch Your Imagination. I did lots of doodlin, a lil inking, added the ribbon and Memory Thread through the button and No Yoke....called this one done ! Thanks for taking a peek and I hope y'all have a great week!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

~~ Birthday Bass ~~

Hi Y'all !! One of our new friends at the lake, Tim, had a birthday and this is the card I made for him. He has been taking Dan out bass fishing on the lake alot lately and so I thought this card was appropriate. I used Camp Out for the bass and Paper Doll Dress Up....OR Everyday paper dolls for the cat tails. The pond is from Create a Critter. The card stood alone, pretty well, but I decided to add the cat tails after I made the card, to give it more stability.LOTS of inking and I embossed the fish . Thanks for taking a peek!! We are headin back to the lake, now that the threat of bad weather has passed. I hope y'all have a great week!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

~~ Thank You ~~

Good morning Y'all !! Dan and I came back from the lake early...the fish weren't biting and the weather is going to get BAD here in Alabama they say. We have made some great friendships at the lake and this card is for one of those friends, Ms Millie....she gave Dan and I some fresh eggs!!! I can't wait to make a pound cake with them. I used My Community for the hen and apron, Doodlecharms for the eggs, Paperdolls for Everyday for the basket and Country Life for the sun and hill.Did a lil embossing, inking and doodlin. Thanks for taking a peek !!!

xoxo Joy

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This sight is dedicated to the art of card making....of which I am addicted ! I began making cards a few months before Dan was deployed to Iraq.I wanted to make sure he had a new card to open every day, so I used BlueMountian.Co and created him 2 months worth of cards !About a year ago I saw that famous infomercial for a little bug called a Cricut.Well, after watching it numerous times, I HAD to have it...and I ordered it!!!Then I found the Cricut Message Board and I hit pay dirt!!! I was, and still am so inspired by some of the talented women on that board!I have to give them credit for making me the card maker that I am today!!!
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