Monday, May 23, 2016

Playing with Dahlias and Gingham

Hi friends!  I've just returned from a trip over the mountains to see my elderly Dad who has been living alone . I've been concerned and a little anxious with how he is managing. He was in a very bad car accident in April and should not be driving anyway...and it seems up to me to be the sane one to talk honestly and openly with him on such a sensitive subject.   My Dad refuses to wear a hearing aid most of the time; even though he has a new one and it works...I am praying after my brief list of concerns and admonition that he could have hurt someone else...that he will come to the conclusion to stop driving. I have also been searching for alternative sources of rides for him including government based programs, church volunteer?( oh, that would be an answer to prayer!) or Visiting Angels.
When my Mom was living, there was an amazing Christian woman who would come into their home with a scurry of busyness, bustling around cleaning , and praise on her lips all day long...I thought what a difference she made for my Mom and Dad. I actually called her up the other day as I was searching for transportation and she exclaimed, "I am an old woman, now...older than your Dad!! But if it weren't for that, I would certainly consider helping to drive him. " I had to laugh...what a blessing her attitude, her smiles, her joy were to my spirit!
My card uses a retired Flourishes stamp illustrated by Marcella and the sentiment is from the "Choose Joy" set by Papertrey ink. The image was water colored, splattered using a toothbrush, and flourishes and sequins and a seam binding bow added. Not the best water coloring job for sure...but there you have it!!
The sentiment is stamped in Momento London Fog.
Here it is:
Let us meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.
I am entering this month's Flourishes challenge,May Flowers!
Thank you for stopping by and hugs and smiles to you!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


  1. WOW WOW what an exquisite creation Traci. Love how you used the sequins.

  2. This is so lovely Tracy...dreamy and warm. Thanks for playing with us as at Power Poppy this month....and your sweet dad...I hope you’ve been able to find some solutions that will work for him. So hard to have those conversations, we had to do it with my husband’s dad too, it’s so strange and humbling to have to switch roles with your parents. Blessings on you for being willing to love him in practical ways.

  3. Oh, Tracy, what a gorgeous card, and I love the soft coloring and the splattering! I love this image by Marcy for Flourishes LLC, and I think you've made a stunning card with it. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's situation and will pray that God will provide some transportation and help for him (and you). I know how hard it is when elderly parents are's so hard to get old and lose our ability to do all we used to. Praying for you, dear friend! Big hugs!

  4. Your dad hopefully has since taken your advice and stopped driving. What a sweet lady to offer even if she can't drive him. Hopefully you have found a solution since then to help out? Its hard, hugs! Your card is gorgeous!I love the gingham at the top. Fantastic coloring Traci!


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