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5/15/2017

Thank you #2

Hi, welcome and I'm back with another Thank you card for a neighbor who so kindly provided a delicious meal catered for the family. That's a Southern 'thing' for those of you who are unfamiliar with this tradition. Here in our area ...the neighbors bring food to family when there is a death or sickness. We have a good sized subdivision, and one neighbor coordinated who was bringing 'what' and on what day. I grew up with this tradition, but after living in Florida for so long, where nobody did this kind of thing, even I was amazed at seeing this outpouring of support. My next door neighbor waited a couple days after the main 'giving meals'  and then she had a delicious meal catered and delivered to my brother's house. Just makes you feel so humbled to know how your family is regarded. Both my SIL & brother are very well loved in here, knew everyone, and everybody knows them. It was nearly as big a shock to the neighbors as to the immediate family. If you have time check out this humorous video by Jeanne Robertson that details in a cute way this Southern tradition.

I also wanted to say a huge Thank You to all of you who sent me such lovely supportive emails. Meant to say that in the last post, and forgot! It meant so much to me, to sit down and read something kind, as we were going through the journey of letting go. As I've said previously, the wonderful people I've met blogging, have been By Far The Best Part of this unexpected endeavor I took 5 yrs ago! God Bless you all who cared!


- background was created using sprays and brusho-s. The flowers were previously colored piece using Tombow Watercolor markers - Direct to Rubber & spritzing, so was trying to get something complementary to the flower colors for the background. First time I think I've tried the purple Brusho, and there is no pink Brusho- only Rose Red. (Have the 25 color set, bought back before the price got so expensive!)  So lots of experimenting to get a pink shade :-). There's some white Brusho and white pearl spray in this piece too.

- a postage shape die cut the image, and a brusho snippet previously done was used for the mat. Needed some green to separate the image from all that pinky purple.

- embossed the background, added a lovely flourish that had been a RAK from sweet Jennie . Used copics to change the white flourish to a color that worked with the background. Used some Nuvo crystal drops to add centers to the flowers.

Simple sentiment, just trimmed, edged with color, and Voila! Got it mailed yesterday - finally!

Thanks for popping in, and God Bless. Hugs too.



38 comments:

Brenda in IN said...

This is a beautiful card with the Brushos. It does look like pink and I love the postage stamp looking mat. We bring food to the neighbors too. Mostly it is brought to the funeral home. Our funeral homes have a large room with a fridge and tables. We had a meat tray, fruit tray and veggie tray. Everthing else including drinks were brought in by others. We encourage people who come to go and eat. That is so helpful and meaningful at the time. I'm glad your neighbors were so kind.

Redanne said...

Such a beautiful card for your neighbour Mary. I watched the video, what a wonderful tradition and she describes it in such a fun way! It must be a blessing to have such wonderful support right on your doorstep. I really do hope that things are beginning to settle a little for you and your family at this very difficult time. I am thinking of you. Big hugs, Anne xx

crafty-stamper said...

What a lovely tradition and what caring neighbors.Fabulous background on your card and love the delicate flowers
Carol x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!! When we have a death, or someone is real sick or had surgery in our neighborhood, some of the neighbors would do the same thing.

Kathleen said...

What a really lovely and kind idea, especially for your BIL.
Very pretty image and a really super card.

Kath x

pam said...

Beautiful thank you card Mary, love the gorgeous image and color, your background is amazing.
Hugs Pam x

scrAPpamondo said...

Hi Mary! So glad to reading you! This card is just delicious, I think it's delicious as the meals delivered by your kind neighbor :) Lovely tradition, I have never known that there was something as this in Florida! It's really a kind way to take care of neighbors in difficult time!
I just adore your background, fab colours and your own pink Brusho looks amazing!! You have mixed your pigments in a perfect way to realize the pink one recipe!Wow!
Lovely shape for the flowers, so prety pink flourish, and well done for the green mat, it makes the card fresh and sweet!
Hope you are well. Take care of yourself!
Hugs

Lisa said...

This is stunning, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! I love the colors!! The flowers are gorgeous!! What a beautiful card this is!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Pat said...

I love the colours Mary, that pink, red and purple is beautiful in the background and the pretty flowers are so complementary using similar tones with that wonderful green and I love the bright pink flourish and green dots too. I'm glad that everyone has rallied round with food and support. It is very heartening to know people care. Take care. x

Veerle said...

Such a very beautiful card Mary.
Hugs Veerle xx

Valerija said...

Such a pretty card. I love the colours.
Valerija xx

Sue said...

Hi Mary, I love Jeanne Robertson.

That is a lovely card.

What a lovely thing for people to do. I don't even know the name of a lot of the people who live in my complex. Most people keep to themselves, or just know there immediate neighbours.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

brenda said...

A beautiful card which I am sure will be very well received Mary, the image is I think Penny Black Aspire. Hope all is well with you and just so sorry I am not up to visiting as often as I may like.

B x

Shona Erlenborn said...

That video was a riot! Thanks for sharing. I think it is a lovely tradition. We do the same thing here too. Shortbread is what I always bake. Your card is so pretty, Mary. The pretty, delicate little flowers pop from the luscious background.

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Mary, such a pretty background and lovely image.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your card is so gorgeous in every way and I love the colors and beautiful image. Here in our part of South Dakota we also bring food to the neighbors when there is a death. Mainly it takes the burden of having to prepare meals for the family members that all gather together at this bereaving time. And, from past experience I know it sure helps tremendously as there are always so many other things that occupy one's time in making of the arrangements that need to be done.

Daffodil Cards said...

How wonderful of your neighbours to uphold the tradition around your parts. We hardly see ours at any time. I hope you are all coping with your huge loss. Hugs to you Mary. I Love the flowers so beautifully coloured on your card, a beautiful background to show them off and a lovely die to add texture. A Super card.
Faith
x

Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Mary. What a stunning background! xx

Nancy Stislow said...

Mary, I would never think to use those colors together and I absolutely love how they work so well. You tied them together so beautifully! This is one, awesome thank you card!

Stampsnob. said...

Sounds like you have wonderful neighbors I am happy for that at a time like this it is so important to have support I am sure they appreciate this lovely thank you card ..........Lis

Birgit said...

First....I love your card...the pink came out well, and looks so rich with the purple. Second, I am so sorry to hear about the news and that I did not write here....my sincere apologies but I am happy that you had so much support here and where you live. That is most needed in times like this

Maxine D said...

What a stunning card Mary. I love your colours and the beautiful die cut.
I know what you mean about the meals, as we have had that type of support from our church family over the years.
Hugs and prayers
Maxine

Donna said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Mary, glad you are doing a bit of stamping as it is a peaceful healing activity, hugs and prayers, Donna

Brenda said...

Another beautiful card Momma Mary! I know the neighborhood will love getting these beautiful cards from you. Yes, around here we take food too. Like I said, so much food came into my house that I would have never been able to eat it all, so it was a good thing all the guys were here to eat it! I did put some of the food in the freeze and ate on it in later days. It's hard thing to go through Momma Mary and there aren't any easy answers on how to get through it. Time is the only thing that helps, it doesn't make it go away though. It is like a roller coaster ride for me. Some days I do great, another day is very hard. Just crazy how it goes. Even though we know they are in a better place, it is still ever so hard. Keep hanging in there and enjoy that trip cause I know your SIL would have wanted you to go!! Yes, I was so blessed as well as we have many wonderful blogger friends who care very much. It is such a blessing and was a blessing for me too. These wonderful people help much more than they will ever know. Hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

I love the background, Mary and those sweet flowers! It's wonderful to be in a loving community! I watched the video and laughed until I had tears! Thanks for the lift! I hope things are settling down a little for you and your brother is doing better.

Pippa said...

A beautiful card Mary, that background is so gorgeous and rich.

Susanne Vargas said...

I am happy to let you know that we have this tradition of bringing food also in Vermont! It was a big help to my family when I cut a tendon in my thumb 2 years ago and couldn't do anything. So glad to hear that you and your family are well taken care of. Your card is very pretty! Beautiful colors and that pink swirl is adorable!

Anita in France said...

Your card is a delight, Mary, soft and delicate and so pretty! What a lovely tradition of neighbourly love ... how wonderful to have all those caring people around you! Thanks for the link to Jeanne Robertson ... I laughed all the way through ... so much fun! Thinking of you and still keeping you all in my prayers. Hugs, Anita :)

Donna said...

Beautiful design and fab background Mary. Hugs, Donna

nwilliams6 said...

Sorry for your loss Mary. Your card is outstanding! Super colors and design and love the bg! Hugz

Barb said...

Dear Mary, I have been on a blog break for a while and just catching up with comments. I'm so very sorry that I was unaware of the illness and sad passing of your Sister in Law. What a lovely tradition and so kind of the neighbour to organise a meal. I'm so glad that the children were all able to be there for her passing and my condolences go out to your brother, yourself and all those who are grieving at this sad time. Hugs, Barbxx

Charlene said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Mary. It's so hard, but I loved hearing about all the support your family had! I remember reading about this, but have never experienced it :-) I agree with Bloggy friends are so wonderful! Thoughts and prayers are with you. Your card is very beautiful! Bog Hugs!

Loose Stitches said...

Such a beautiful card Mary, love the colors and flowers! Thank you for sharing the video. It reminds me of country living in Ky, as they do the same thing. I've even had that happen when I had my last child, my neighbor brought over lots of wonderful food. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! I also want to share with you what I made with one of your beautiful papers you sent with your blog candy. Beautiful Paper
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous! The background is superb...so much depth of colour. I like the way you tipped the flowers in the background shade!

I loved to read what you have shared about Southern traditions and your neighbourhood in particular.

Patti J said...

Mary, just popped over to see how you were doing, and was saddened to read your news. I'm so sorry for you and your family. You will certainly be in my prayers. I hope this finds you on your trip to Boston, enjoying life a bit after the very difficult days, weeks, and months you've been through. Miss seeing your smiling face in blogland... hugs to you all!

Donna said...

Thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Rosie Guiher said...

Thinking of you and your family and keeping you in our prayers.

Cathy said...

Sorry to hear this sad news Mary, sending hugs and prayers to you and your family, Cathy x