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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Hello and Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you remembered to wear green today. I taught preschool for many, many years and would always remember to do that otherwise I would have gotten pinched a thousand times a day by a bunch of eager 4 year olds! Today I am even wearing my leprechaun socks. My card today features Good Luck Riley. The challenge on the Riley and Company blog is to make a card using St. Patrick's Day as your theme. Riley is colored with Copic markers, papers are from DCWV, flowers are from Michael's and the fiber is from The Paper Studio.

I have a funny story about St. Patrick's Day cards. Back several years ago, before I started making cards, I had befriended a couple of older people at my church. Sometimes I would pick them up for special events we would have, especially if they were at night and they wanted to attend. One gentleman in particular later developed some health problems and didn't get out as much. I have always enjoyed sending cards and as someone that spent extended periods of time recovering from multiple back surgeries, I knew how much a card can mean. I started sending him a card at least once a month. In March I sent him a St. Patrick's Day card and he thought that was the greatest thing ever. He loved all the cards I sent but he had never seen one for St. Patrick's Day before. As he got sicker and I would go visit him if other people were there he wold always mention that specific card. Making cards for St. Patrick's Day reminds me of him every year. It also reminds me to take the time to send cards because for someone that isn't able to get out very much, they really are something special. Mr. William passed away several years ago, but he taught me a lot and getting to know him really enriched my life. So today my challenge for you is to send a card to an older person or anyone else that you know could use a cheery hello.

19 comments:

*Vicki* said...

OMG!! Riley is such a cutie!! I love the sweet image and your coloring!! HUGs

jimlynn said...

Gina, this is so cute! Loved your story too...how wonderful.
Lynn

Karin said...

Super cute St. Patty's card! I agree, everyone makes these cards, but how many remember to send them out. Thanks for the reminder :)

Tammy said...

WOW this is adorable Gina and your coloring is beautiful! Fantastic message too! I try to send out as many cards as I can!

Emily Leiphart said...

Gina, your story is so touching and I love your Riley card!

Jennifer Scull said...

what a wonderful card and story to match! I will see what I can make to meet your challenge and then post tomorrow.... hopefully anyhow!

take care! and I made some Irish Breakfast tea with a bit of mint to celebrate the day. delish!

Leanne said...

Thank you Gina for that awesome story. I have been very neglectful of sending cards out and I just wanted to say Thank you for that reminder.
Your card is really cute and I love Riley! That paper looks familiar, I think I have some, will try to get one in the mail today. TFS! Hugs

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

i love this card! i ddn't buy the "st. patty's riley" and now i'm sorry that i did not. sooooooo cute....

Marlene said...

Adorable card...and I loved your story!

Cindy said...

Cute card Gina. What a nice story too!!
The littelest things can mean so much to some people!!
Thank you for stopping by my blog to visit.. Come again!!

Scrapping Julie said...

awww. sweet story. love the card Gina. You always color Riley so well.

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Wonderful card Gina!!! Love that he's balancing on the horseshoe!

I really enjoyed your story too. When we moved to our neighborhood, we had an elderly lady living next door. She would struggle to get her newspaper everyday. So, I made it my mission to get it for her everyday. It made her so happy. We started exchanging books and I would bring my dogs over for treats. I was so happy to brighten her days because she was so alone :)

Have a great Friday!
Maria

Anne Marie said...

Riley is an nstant day-brightener! Thanks for sharing your story, too. You can never under-estimate the power of a heartfelt greeting! What a great inspiration your post is today to remember someone special and take the time to send them a happy hello! :)

Diane said...

Neat card, Gina. Always love Mr. Riley. What a heartwarming story in your post. Good reminder about why we are all making cards day after day anyway! Thanks for sharing.

Elise said...

This is so cute and precious! Love your story too!

Hugs,
Elise

Stephanie said...

super cute St. Patty's card. I have a St. Patty's Riley from years ago & he's still one of my favs.

The Mama Monkey said...

Great card but an even better story! Thanks for sharing...it made me smile!

Cheryl said...

Gina, I love this card! Your paper and embellishments are perfect. Thank you for sharing the sweet story too.

Cindy Haffner said...

I LOVE SWEET Riley!!~