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Monday, 20 February 2012

...Mojo Monday


Good morning/Afternoon ladies, we interrupt our regular schedule to bring a surprise to one Ms Julee Tilman!! Hugs to you missy!

If you are looking for our blog party round up, please scroll down to the post before this one, or you might like to stay and wish Julee well!

If you are following the Mojo Monday trail you will have arrived here from Taylor Van Bruggen's blog. If you have just dropped in at random, and very welcome you are, you might like to start here at Julee's blog  or here at Teresa's Blog so's you can catch up and see all of the Mojo Monday inspiration cards.

 I'm sure you already know that Julee is the owner of Verve stamps (one of my absolute fave places to shop, because Julee is one of my absolute favourite folks) and Teresa has hi-jacked the Mojo Monday Sketch challenge to invite us all to send warm wishes and hearty congratulations to Julee and her DH Mark who are expecting a rather special delivery!

Any moment now twins are expected in the Verve household and I think that's pretty much the best reason in the world to celebrate, so let's raise our tea cups, coffee mugs, soda glasses, and champagne flutes if you have them to say a huge Congratulations to Julee and Mark may all our very best wishes be with you both as you await the wee folk!

So Julee, Teresa assured me that it would be ok if I offered you the benefit of my considerable advice, being the perfect mother and all...and if I could remember any of it, I would, but since the arrival of my firstborn just over 12 years ago the one abiding piece of wisdom that still echoes in my empty, sleep deprived brain is this - When folks utter those golden words "Is there anything I can do?..." you say YES! Let's practice...Say it with me....Y...Ye...YES!!!

Yep, everyone will want to hold the babies and do all the cute stuff, and tie the wee bibs on and feed them with those cute wee dinky bottles, but no. You need the dishes washed, the laundry folded and the dinner made, and don't be afraid to say so. "Yes Aunt Marjorie, be a dear and scrub those filthy potatoes for me and if you could just peel those carrots ooh and the stock cubes are in the drawer and 220 degrees ought to do it ...and I'll be upstairs having a doze..."

Oh how different life will be Julee....but take the good of it - snuggle up beside them when they snooze, forget about the house, it'll still be standing 18 years from now when you are waving them off to college. Take all the help you can so that you can enjoy every second of their tiny lives. I hear that, with the right training, even men can be drafted in to handle such tasks as diaper application. I didn't get to see it in my time, but we've come a long way since then and new studies have suggested that the male of the species has finally evolved enough...

So, a simple formula to sum it up: Julee and Mark = Babies, Everyone Else = Everything else.

Simple.

And since 9 to 12 months will go by in a flash, the formula for toddlerhood is as follows: Small boys = smiling dirt and Disney dvds are not evil.

Congratulations guys and Yes, Everything IS going to be OK!!


For my card today I pulled out an Irish Blessing from the Blessings stamp set that felt appropriate and mixed it with some purty paper that had dinky wee pears on it..geddit? pears? pairs...twins? lol. I liked it anyhow. And since ginger goes so well with pears (well it does in my house, ginger and pear crumble..no?) I used some ginger coloured card and toning inks in browns and distress tea stain. Alittle stitching and some nice ginger velvet ribbon to finish, a fabby sketch from Mary Fish.

I believe I am the last stop on the trail today and so I will send you back to Julee's blog after I show you the Mojo Monday Sketch.


Have fun playing along and don't forget to stop by and wish Julee and Mark all the very best!!!

20 comments:

  1. Love the card and your advice was spot on! Well said!

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  2. Claire, you are too funny! Pears and ginger! What a hoot!

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  3. Your advice made me smile all over! You're so sweet and so is your beautiful card! :-)

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  4. Love the 'pairs' Claire ! lol Did you put your card into the Mojo Monday gallery?

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  5. Great card and wonderful advice commentary :)

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  6. What a wonderful card and such a witty write up! A perfect ending to a joyous blog hop!

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  7. Congratulations to Mark and Julee!! What a SWEET idea for the Hop and Claire your advice and post had me nodding and laughing all at the same time ... I wish someone had taught me to say YES!! - in the right way :0)

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  8. Beautiful card ... I especially like the color combination, so nostalgic and antique looking.

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  9. (-:
    Leaving with a big smile on my face!!! Great advice!
    And your card is so WONDERFUL too!!!

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  10. Gorgeous, gorgeous card! The bit of advice I would give is start putting your feet up now when your favourite soap comes on. It is amazing how soothing the theme tune becomes once they are born!!!

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  11. fabulous card Claire....I am thrilled you joined us, you helped to make the hop extra special....you are fabulous!

    hugs *~*

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  12. Fantastic card, Claire! And GREAT advice!

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  13. GORGEOUS card, Claire! Makes me feel all warm and snuggly just looking at it! You always add the perfect amount of distress inks, and seamlessly, toooo!

    Congratulations to Julee and Mark! I don't have much advice...except I was really good at singing the tunes of the day because MTV was about the only thing on from 1:00-2:00 AM, 3:00-4:00 AM, and 5:00-6:00 AM that was any good while I was up feeding Eva. She preferred the schedule of eat for an hour, then sleep for an hour. Those days were rough, but now I miss those snuggly moments in a quiet house so much!

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  14. Claire, this is STUNNING!! It just oozes warmth!! Love the bg papers and your perfect ink distressing!! WOW!

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  15. this is the perfect stamp for the upcoming St. Patty's Day babies (fingers crossed!). Just beautiful :)

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  16. Such a beautiful card, Claire! I'm so honored to see you along the hop and thanks for the sweet words of wisdom. I believe man has evolved, and Mark is completely on board with diaper application! {grin} Thanks so much, my friend!

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  17. Invaluable advice, Claire! Wonderful Irish blessing on your beautiful card to finish it off.

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  18. Claire...you are hilarious! I loved reading your commentary almost as much as I love your beautiful card! I hope Julee takes your advice as it is right on!
    Your card is amazing, yes, I love ginger too...whether it's in a delectable dish or on a delectable card. Both are preferable... :)

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  19. gorgeous card, love the colors

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