Earlier in the month I had the pleasure of meeting both Marianne Walker (all the way from Copic Marker in Oregon), and Cindy Lawrence. Marianne is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Copics. If you had a question about Copics, she had the answer! Cindy helped with the training as she is going to be the new Copic trainer for New England (congratulations Cindy!) I took the Copic certification class to learn more about the product, along with blending, shading, air brushing, and to become Copic certified. Who would've thought you could do so much with a marker....but they really are amazing!
Cindy, Clara, and Marianne
Check out the newest Copic certification graphic on the right side of my blog.
Today is Father's Day. How strange it feels knowing I won't be able to visit dad today as I do every Father's Day. Dad passed away at the age of 88, just before the holidays, after several years of dialysis and PAD. I still have a difficult time believing he's gone, but I will always hold him close in my heart so he'll always be with me. Happy Father's Day, Dad!
Once, in a pond under the lily pads, there lived a water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple life with few disturbances. Once in awhile, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of the lily pad and would not be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was gone forever. Then one day, one little beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun was so warm, he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad winds and a slender body designed for flying. So, fly he did! And as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had ever known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they must have thought he was gone forever. He wanted to go back and tell them that he was now more alive than he had been before he left. His life had not ended, but had changed. But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they too would know what he now knew. So he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!
I've been away from my blogging and card making for sooo long! When checking my blog, I found it's been about a year and a half since I posted anything on it which makes sense if you had any idea what the past year has been like..... Knowing at some point I wanted to start back with my hobby, I decided not to delete the blog. This is my first attempt at getting back into blogging! Postings will be somewhat slow for a bit longer as I try to put together my new stamp room, (just even making a place to sit in there! lol) but I plan on getting back into the swing of things. My blog will be a combination of tid bits that are going on in my life and sharing my cards and hobby. I'm so glad to be back!!