My baby girl just spent the last ten days with my husband's parents in Nashville (the longest I have ever been apart from her), and I missed hearing the pitter patter of her little feet and her endless questions about everything under the sun. My husband brought her back home today and I was overjoyed to see her again and cuddle and smooch her. As much as I know that time with the grandparents is good for her (and also for them) -- I found myself in a complete blue funk after she left. This doesn't bode well for the day when she will eventually leave home for good. I always thought that I was someone who had plenty of interests and activities that would keep me happily busy in retirement and when I am an empty nester, but the last ten days has proven that I am lost without my little girl. She will turn six next week and in the midst of planning her birthday party, buying presents and the general excitement of the day, I know that a part of me inside hurts on every birthday - because every step ahead is a step closer to her growing and eventually leaving childhood behind forever -- something I am not ready to deal with. Sigh.
While she was gone, I did get over to Archiver's and spied the new Lemonade and June Bug collections from Basic Grey. Both collections are gorgeous. I was able to whip up this card to share with you (I thought it would actually make a sweet Valentine card). The chipboard pieces are from the Lemonade collection, the patterned paper is from the June Bug collection (it's a B-side). The little hearts are wee magnets bought during a prior valentine's season at the Target dollar spot. The stamp is from Northwoods Rubber (available at Archivers). The glittery pink heart is from Melissa Frances.
Another busy week ahead. Don't forget to check out JBS Studio Inspiration Blog for some peeks at the upcoming July Kit - which is completely luscious, btw! The reveal will be on the 1st so be sure to check it out - the colors in the kit are just amazing. Have a great Monday!