Afternoon! Today is the day that the Calendar Girls - an SCS group of fabulous friends - post our monthly creations with a theme ...... and this month our hostess was none other than the absolutely vibrant Sweet P! (she does have a real name, rofl! It's Paola, but she's always going to be our Sweet P!) And she was sweet enough to give us 3 choices this month for our September cards -- Music, education or children - I chose children :) This is what she challenged us to do:
*choice 3* CHILDREN: Your card should reflect anything a child may like to do: playing, reading, toys,sports etc....but with a twist!
It should be both cheerful and also reflect the fast approaching Fall, a colorful season I love very much. )
I would also like YOU to gift your finished card to a child (other than your own!) that could use a little lift, a lil smile.....just because....
I wanted to share a card that I made using the "toys" part of the theme. When I was little, I loved school - it was a happy place for me, but for a little while, I would run home every day to play with my prized Raggedy Ann doll. It was made for my by hand by my amazingly talented mom. She used to stay up til the wee hours of the night sewing these little dollies by hand. We lived in Europe at the time and I couldn't figure out why she would make one after the other, but I later learned that she was making them for an orphanage in her hometown in England, one for each child (the boys got an Andy, the girls got an Ann) :) I secretly wanted one SO bad and would tell her all the time that it was my turn .... at 6, I thought they should have all been mine, lol. That same year, I was lucky, too and there was a special one waiting under the Christmas tree for me ~ I loved it, treasured it, and cherish it still to this day. I would run home from school for months and play with her. She is worn, beat up, and as raggedy as her name, but I love her all the same. Even my daughters have played with her and even redressed her in one of their little brother's infant outfits, lol!
I used some 7Gypsys brightly colored paper that reminded me of the primary school papers. I've been hoarding this one piece since our LSS closed down and MUST find more - love it! I used a Buggaboo image that I colored last night at 2 am - how'd I do? LOL! I even added a small heart button that was the only one in a jar of misc buttons I found at the store and I think it is the perfect addition. I used some ric-rac as that is the ribbon my Raggedy Ann's original clothing has all around as the trim and for my school related supply, staples! Yep! I stapled the card on purpose! :) Now the inside just melted my heart -- I found this poem online a day or so ago and added it because it looked fitting. I found it here at this site -- too cute!!
My card will join the others that I keep in a basket and take once every few weeks to Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida for the parents to take from the admit office. I leave them blank and unsigned and know that in that moment, sometimes getting to the gift shop downstairs might be 5 minutes you just don't have to spare. BCH also holds monthly events that rally the community and just bring such a commitment to our community - this hospital is near and dear to my heart for personal reasons and I give back in ways of my time and volunteering as often as time allows (like the Relay for Life coming up in October!)
Wow, that was a long post! Would you like to meet My Rags, as I called her?
Here she is! Her little eye is a bit wonky thanks to my parent's Bassett Hound needing to eat all of my toys, lol! But I loves her :)
If you made it this far, BLESS YOUR HEART!
Thank you! But wait, there's more! :)
Be sure to stop in and see what the other Calendar Girls have made using their choice of theme!
April * Barb * Carol * Debbie * Jeanette * Kelly (you're here!)
Michelle * Paola * Tami * Terry
Big Raggedy Hugs,
Card entered into: Lexi's Creations - Card for a child
Card deets: Cardstock; Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, White; SU Summer Sun;
DSP 7Gypsys; Image from Buggaboo; CB, nesties; SU Border Punch; Ric-Rac,
Staples; Misc Buttons; Twine
Kelly...what a bright and fun card to go along with your cute story! That is one special doll!!ReplyDelete
Great job ☺ I love it!!
Oh my goodness... what a touching post, Kelly, from the story of your mom making dolls for the children in an orphanage, to you having your very own precious treasure, to how you donate cards so parents will have one when the need one at BMH (and I suspect I know why that hospital holds a special place in your heart.)ReplyDelete
Your card is gorgeous, the poem a tear jerker........... and look at the picture of My Rags, too!
Love it all!!!
Holy stars Kelly...sniff sniff..what an awesome memory and poem to match...I can just picture you running home from school to play with My Rags...thank you for sharing the pic of My Rags as well...she is still in great shape. I bet your mom was thrilled to see how much you loved and still love the doll she made for you...wow...I love your card as well...so bright and cheery...great layout, dsp and image..I love the poem and whomever is the lucky recipient of this card is going to love it just as much...Awesome post Kelly...((hugs))...♥♥♥ReplyDelete
You are a poet and I didn't know it!!!ReplyDelete
What a sweet card and poem to go with it. Really just perfect for your Rags story.
Much thought went into this one and I just love how the card turned out. The image on the front and how it is displayed in the Nestie, is just perfect!
Awww..what an adorable card and gorgeous Rag doll! I can see why you love her. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Kelly--this is an awesome post.ReplyDelete
First the card is incredible--love the colors and the image and the papers!
Second--the story is wonderful. You do need to be a writerr--get that book started!
I have your Rags' cousin. She came to me during a second grade Christmas party. (Back when you could celebrate in school.) The boy who gave it to me died that winter and I have cherished that dolly forever!
Okay, back to the important stuff...
Your card is fab-dab-ulous!! I love the colors and the layout and the dp....oh my!!
First of all: what an amazing post!ReplyDelete
Absoluly a story to cherish,from the dolls your Mom lovingly made for the orphan children, to the sharing of your 'My Rag' (wich ,btw, looks fabby still after all these years of shared cuddles)....and now onto the funtabulous card: wowowowowowww...
what to say about such delight of colors,image,d/p and overall layout?? Absolutly TDF!!*amazinggg* all the way...and to know that this beauty will reach a special someone in the H. it makes me feeling 'fluffy all the way inside'...KUDOS Kells!!!xoxox
Kelly, what a moving and heartfelt post. Such a tender, heartwarming card too. Blessings to you!!ReplyDelete
What a sweet,sweet story! Love childhood memories! Your "Rags" looks well loved! That card... oh my how precious, just as cute as it can be!ReplyDelete
Fabulous card, love the bright colours and the wacky girl stamp. Neat!! The inside of the card is wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations this week, do come again!ReplyDelete
Let me grab my tissue!! What a fabulous post and such a touching way to make a card! Your bright colors are perfect for such a fun image (colored perfectly, BTW) and the rick rack was the perfect 'ribbon' for this! Love the pic of Rags! I still have one of my favorite 'babies' and she doesn't look nearly this nice...ReplyDelete
Cute, cute, cute!! Wonderful card. And I love your wonderful memory of getting your doll. Your mom sounds like a terffic person.ReplyDelete