Monday, June 17, 2013

My Friend GLORIA......

So the SUO challenge for today was to make a patriotic card.....oh man did my lips freeze on that one.  I have no patriotic stamps.......are there any this year??? So I had to really get creative, and I must say I was pretty happy with the outcome!  I kinda like my distressed flag.  The bling was a pain in the bleep, to get even, but in the end, I feel kinda uber creative when I look at this flag.  And the whole patriotic theme got me thinking about My friend, GLORIA.  I went to visit her last weekend in eastern Ohio, and let me tell you, there is a huge difference between the two sides of Ohio.  Where I live in Southwest Ohio, I blend a bit better, being from New York and all.  But oh, eastern Ohio is SWEET.  When I go there, I sorta feel like I step back in time....and when I go anywhere with MY friend, GLORIA, she inevitably runs into SOMEONE she knows!  Gloria has lived there all her life, but what's more, probably 95 percent of her FAMILY has lived there all their lives.  They have a HISTORY to them, the Kaufmanns and the Lehmans, that you don't really see very often anymore in our transient world.  Gloria has HUGE family gatherings on holidays.  The cousins all know the cousins, the aunts and uncles all have a part in the nieces and nephews lives, etc, etc.  It's kind of fascinating.  I found myself leafing thru some shutterfly family photo books and just being amazed at how much their lives intertwine and it gets me feeling all nostalgic.  What a gift, to have family surrounding you, and to play such big roles in the lives of your family members.  Everyone once a while I need to jump in the car and go see MY FRIEND GLORIA, step back in time.....take a few deep breaths, do some serious stamping, eat some good Ohio soup, and then force myself to have some pumpkin roll,,,,,maybe choke down two pieces in the same day.....and then I'm ready to come back and get back into the rat race of life.  I think they know something we don't, those people who grow up and stay in the same area all their lives.  It's roots we lack today.....but my friend Gloria, she has roots.  Okay -these are my patriotic musings for today.......life in a small town is best.  Until next time, Karen

9 comments:

Tenia Nelson said...

VERY VERY COOL!!! That is all.

Deena Boos said...

Great card, Karen! I love the old flag with rhinestones; it looks fab!

Jan Castle said...

I really like what you did!!!! I did mine with flowers one time - pansies...was a lot of fun and turned out well too!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful idea and well done! Amazing what can be done when we don't have the appropriate stamp!!! Good Job!
I used red, white, and purple blue petunias one year for a flag...worked out well!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Julie Gearinger said...

I absolutely love your distressed flag Karen!! Those Rhinestones are the perfect stars and love how you distressed the stripes- great job on our challenge !! :-)

Unknown said...

I love your flag!! and the distress is just so right!
Big, close familys have always held a fascination for me as well. There is just something special there.
Lu C

Linda said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your card! It's absolutely stunning!

Cathy said...

wow, I live in Orrville, OHIO. (the Smucker Jelly World.) Where so you and Gloria live? You talked about southeast and southwest. I guess I live in the central or northern part.I know several Lehman's and Kaufman's. And they are from Kidron, OH. Small world, and Ohio has all kinds of weather. Cool in the morning and hot in the afternoon. Doesn't take long to have a climate change in one day in Ohio.

Carol Dee said...

WOW, love that flag, and you got ALL the stars on it!
I grew up in a small town, yes a lot of folks are related. :) We moved to a smaller town 3 miles away. Yes some roots run deep. Have a sweet 4th .