Sunday, October 07, 2007

Nature's Inspiration & the Birthday Boys

Thanks so much to all of you for the kinds thoughts & wishes on my previous post.
Today is the birthday for 2 of my favorite fellas . My DH , Warren (above, working on the deck), & my eldest son Brandon (below, taken last Christmas).

We woke up this morning to the first snow of the season. It snowed much heavier on this date in 1982, my 1st year in Alaska.
I made a special card for Warren (Brandon too, but I can't show his yet since I'm very late sending it out).
Above is a little rubber stamp I carved myself. I wanted a really small leaf pattern.
I also used this random dot stamp for the look of snow.
I really love these inks I have. The shape makes it very easy to color specific areas, even one leaf at a time if I want.
I stamped the edges of a brown paper card to place my little quilt on, this acts as a mat frame for the little quilt.
Inside I placed a 2nd slightly paler shade of tan paper, & stamped more leaves.

Above is the thread painted tree I made & placed on a quilted background. Click on the picture to see it a little better. I wrote a little note inside & gave him tickets for special things I'll do for him whenever he wants. It's hard to buy things for each other these days, as we usually just get what we want when we want it.
I also made him a big pot of spaghetti ( a favorite of his), & some chocolate peanut butter bars to take in & share with his friends at work. He was quite pleased with his birthday.
Brandon celebrated his day yesterday in Kwajalein, as they are 20 hours ahead of us here. I called & talked to Laura, & got to hear Carys babbling in the background, but Brandon was off playing with his band. So Kid I hope you had a great day!


Fran├žoise said...

Snow... already?
Love your little tree card.
And Happy Birthday to your men!

Ali Honey said...

That's a great thread tree.
Sorry to hear about your workmate and also sorry to hear Aunt Ethel is deteriorating.

Melodie said...

Happy Birthday Warren!! I love the card and gift! I know what you mean about buying for him! I have that problem with Dad, Loni & Don.....even my girls!
Anything new on Auntie E? I keep watching, expecting the worst I guess. Poor thing.
So sorry to hear about Carolyn! So young, so sad. Love, You!! (Both!)

Allison Ann Aller said...

That card is just so cool, Deb. You make me want to get busy and make some cards too.

Gaia Quilter said...

Tell Old Gray Beard "Happy Birthday", his card is wonderful.
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, I'm sure her family will treasure the book, the cover is beautiful. Its sad about Aunt Ethel, does she recognise you and will she know its her birthday?

Gaia Quilter said...

p.s. I'm waiting to see your sashi ko project.

Emmy said...

happy birthday to your boys

Waltraud said...

Snow? This must be wonderful!
And Happy bithday to your "boys".

Lei Lei said...

Beautiful card and an awesome deck! Happy Bday Uncle Yon, miss you much!

Linda Fleming said...

Beautiful card, Deb- and very good looking fellas, too!

Wow- you all start winter early. We are stil in the midst of summer with the air conditioning going-LOL!But looking forward to next month when it should be cool enough to turn the air off and open the house up.

So sorry about the loss of your friend and co-worker.

mindy said...

Happy Birdie two ewes Warren!

Ya gonna brush the snow off the deck so I can take a picture from above in the plane? :-)

We'll be there for Auntie E on Thursday if its not too overwhelming for her...I know change in routine can be too much.

Barbara said...

happy birthday to your boys and what wonderful cards ..and snow? wow!

Shirley Goodwin said...

Love your stamps, Deb.

diva of quilts said...

What a cute idea to put the little notes inside!