|1.||a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.|
|2.||a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter|
Whenever I think about where this hobby has taken me, my thoughts always go to the friends that I have made on this wonderful, happy little path. My husband and I have chosen to settle down in the area where he grew up....400 miles away from my hometown. For the first few years of our married life I felt a little as if I didn't really have any of my "own" friends. Until a girl I worked with invited me to come scrapbook with her. There were just four of us then (we've added a few more since)....two of whom I really didn't know very well. And I remember the first time we got together. I brought my Sizzix machine....you remember when they were first new and "the cool tool" to have. For a little joke I took along a cup with a sign that said "$.25 per use". I found out later that the two girls that didn't know me very well thought I was serious! We laugh about it all the time...because now they know that I am a total goofball and that I was totally kidding! But over the years, our friendship has grown so much and I feel like this hobby is what brought us together. Without it we would barely be acquaintances, but because of it we fit the definition of "Friend".
Besides the friends I've made in real life, I feel like I've made dozens more cyber friends. The girls on the Papertrey Forum feel like family, they are all so sweet and caring. And then there's the blogging world. I love checking in on all my favorites, to see their work, but also get a glimpse into their lives... trials, triumphs, and all. I love blogging and I'm so glad I've gotten to "know" so many of you through it!
So, in gratefulness for all the friends this hobby has brought into my life, here's a little card using the new Papertrey Ink Friends 'til the End set...to be released on the 15th of this month. Look at those beautiful flowers. Yum. They would be gorgeous colored (if I could color!) with copics or your favorite method of coloring. I chose to keep them in their simple outline form for a modern look (and because I can't color!!). This set is going to be available alone or as a kit...yes, a KIT!!! With cardstocks, ribbons and inks. You can check it all out on Nichole's Blog.
And one more thing...lots of the gals have been sharing some storage ideas and I thought I'd post a pic of my new ribbon storage. My husband made these little shelves for me last week and they are perfect! They are made from pre-finished moldings. The flat part of the shelf is baseboard material and the lip of the shelves is made from crown molding. He just glued them together with wood glue. Really inexpensive and works perfectly for my ribbon spools! I have my entire PTI ribbon collection on there and still have more than 2 empty shelves. Room to grow. Now I just need to find some time to paint the ends. :-)
Oh, and be sure to check out all my Friends from PTI to read their thoughts on friendships and see their beautiful creations!! :-)