Monday, May 10, 2010

It's The Little Things in Life....

I love the expression that life isn't made up of a few big things, but rather a million little things.....or something like that. Isn't that the truth? Some things, like that first cup of coffee in the morning, my good morning hug and kisses from the kids, checking the mail after work for those fun little packages, the unexpected call from a friend......are the many things that make me smile. I have learned not to take one single thing for granted......constantly count your blessings.....because in the blink of an eye, life can change. : )

I have a Crafty Secret's card to share with you today. I used the new Material Girl set. It is such a fun vintage set! I used Basic Grey's new Kioshi paper and cut many frames using my Spellbinders to create a "negative" frame for the image. I was going for a "shadow box" effect. So I used dimensional foam squares between the layers. I added some black tulle to the dress form and a few pearls. Behind the dress form I airbrushed it using a Scalloped Spellbinders die and my airbrush system. I wrapped real thread around the "thread holder. "
See the purple thread on the "thread holder?" : )

Speaking of enjoying life's little moments, I have a couple of photos of Cort to share with you. We decided to set up the Wii in her bedroom and have her try her hand at bowling. Welllllll...........let me just tell you.........she LOVED it!!! She got so excited to see the pins fall down. She quickly learned where the "A" button was, but did need help releasing the "B" button. (Which is why her daddy was helping her here!) She played 3 games! Brian and I were so excited to see her excited to play! With her physical limitations, the fact that she was sitting on a regular kitchen chair, holding her body up, her head up, using the controller, and pushing the buttons......was amazing! She got 45 minutes of therapy without really knowing it! There are so few things Cortney really enjoys.......so this was heartwarming.......and yes........brought her mama, (and I think her daddy a little bit too), to tears........ : )


Thank you for letting me share an ordinary, life moment with you........... : )
Have a wonderful Monday!!!!

33 comments:

Gem said...

Such a pretty creation! My friends at the WI would just love that one!
Gem
x

Creative Mish said...

Ordinary life moments are what it's all about. I love that last picture of Cort. Pure joy in her face.

Margie H said...

Michele,
It touches my heart when you share Cort's joys in life! What a great story and look at her face! Such a wonderful way to start a Monday - thank you!!!

AND to top it off with a beautiful & purple & sew themed card...well, it can't get any better than this! Right?!

Have a wonderful week, my friend!! xo

kmassman said...

What a sweet card and very sweet story! So happy that you found something that excites your daughter!

StampinCathy said...

Your card is just stunning and just love the details and colors. Thanks for always inspiring me.

Crystal said...

OOO Michele fabby colors and WOW I LOVE the frame you created...GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Michele, your card is Beautiful but the pictures of Cort are the Best!! You can see the pure joy and happiness in her eyes--she is loving the Wii!! You are so right, it's the little things in life that mean the most! Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a Wonderful Mother's Day!!

Gabriela said...

Michelle - there's absolutely nothing ordinary about the life moment with Cort. On the contrary - it's extraordinary. To miss a single moment in Cort's life, is to miss an entire life time. Your card is stunning too, BTW.

Sherri Benson said...

What a beautiful card. Love the little extra touches of thread and tulle.

Oh my, seeing Cort's face with a grin as big as Texas, absolutely priceless.

TFS!

Julie said...

GORGEOUS card, Michele! Love everything you did to it--the airbrushing is a perfect backdrop...

Sometimes the "ordinary" life moments are the most spectacular, aren't they? When we slow down and really look at them, they're amazing! Glad you captured this one so beautifully!

Jingle said...

Your card is beautiful, as are these photos of Cort! They brought tears to my eyes, too!

lillianchild said...

The joy on Courtney's face - priceless! And I love, love, love your card creation using the tulle - awesome!

Kathy Martin said...

What a fabulous card! I love the window design and those awesome sewing images!

I have a son with autism so I can relate to your daughter enjoying Wii bowling! Christopher is always so anxious and worried, it's always awesome to see him relax and enjoy something and to let go of the anxiety. We went to a Lego showing this weekend, he LOVES building Legos! It was great to see him really take in all the creations there. However brief as there were so many people and he couldn't take much of that.

judy anderson said...

The last pic of Cort should be framed. what a cutie

Debby said...

The last picture is a beautiful fun picture. She is such a pretty girl.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

what a fabulous card! i absolutely love it!

and what great pix of cort!!! her smile is infectious and she's an absolute beauty! way to go cort!

Alex said...

Your card is beautiful Michele, but the post moved me to tears! I love those pics of your daughter - those moments are so precious, I am so glad you caught them on film!! I hope you had a fabulous mom's day because you are one wonderful mom!!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

*sigh* those photos of Cort playing the Wii just make my heart :):):):):):):):):):):):) wowwwwwwwwwwww! I loveeeeeeeeee it!!!! And loving that card too Michele!! Loveeeeeeeeeeee the dress U made and the thread! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

mudmaven said...

Gorgeous card. It is so wonderful to see that smile! She certainly looks to be having a great time. Thanks for sharing that moment with us! ~chris

Rose Ann said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Michele...and your photos and story is so heartwarming and wonderful!! What a smile on Cort's sweet face!!

Joan said...

What a fantastic card - I love all the added details.

Riet said...

So beautiful card Michele,i love your image.
So gorgeous papers and details.

Hugs Riet.xx

Jocelyn said...

Stunning card Michele!! Love the colors!!!

Now Cort....she brought tears to my eyes...that smile....she is truly a blessing....I love that she got to play Wii and did so well! Thanks for sharing with us!!!

Michelle Lanning said...

how precious Michele - both the card and the moment with cort! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Peterson said...

Thanks for sharing Cort's pictures and story---you made my day!

LollyChops said...

This is pretty cool that she was able to do this!! I bet you two were on cloud nine all night!

I love your little card too! The thread spool is totally awesome!

1CardCreator said...

Mothers days are made of these memories. Technology has helped us in so many more ways than originally intended. It is wonderful to see Cort enjoying this, thanks for sharing your special moment with all of us. Take care, ~Diane

kristen said...

You do beautiful work and you have a beautiful family!

Classy league of Super Scrappers! said...

Michele,
Can you please contact me at cuttlebugchallegne@gmail.com
not sure if your email addy is working.
Thanks
Maggie

mary stuart said...

Oh, Michele, you share such beautiful 'life moments' with us. It is wonderful that you tried Wii, and Cortney loves it! Next you'll have her canoeing! Your card is darling. i love they way you created the shadow box look - very cool - and the tulle and thread add so much. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and your beautiful family!

Rachel aka:raepail said...

I just love seeing her so excited. She is such a beautiful young lady. Thank you for sharing her with us.

KateB said...

M-I agree-my son has different abilities too and he gets frustrated when we play Wii games..but he can do the bowling with assistance and he actually likes the Wii cycling (Wii Resort)..gotta squeeze the fine motor skills in wherever/whenever we can!! We do rejoice in the small things that others take for granted!

KB

http://www.kateblue.blogspot.com/

Leah's Card Designs. said...

Oh she is so beautiful ~ she's just precious!!! I know what it's like to see those moments of them having fun and not even realizing you are doing therapy with them. I love it when they can enjoy the things that we just take for granted most times. When you watch them enjoy it so much and how it just helps them you begin to see things through another eye. I find myself doing that very thing often with my son ~ he's special needs and has various delays and things ~ he's the Greatest Blessing from God for our family. He's our only child; not because of the way he is, but because it was way too much of a health risk for myself to have another child. I am enjoying so much of him and enjoy my days crafting and playing with him. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos of Cort. She's a jewel!!! Love her smile ~ you see the enjoyment she's receiving just in playing the game.

Leah