Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wish {really} Big

 It seems almost impossible to believe that my cousins daughter will be 16 on Saturday, especially since I was present at her very first birthday. This is a seemingly normal life event to most people.
  It was beyond life altering for me. Why? I grew up knowing my cousins and aunts and uncles from a distance, I knew their names, where they lived, and even had a few brief family encounters with them. No real bonds or close relationships with most of them, and I cherished the ones that I was lucky enough to really know. As an adult I sought to connect with the family I never really knew, and that day at that sweet baby girls birthday party I met my best friend.
 My cousin and I had not seen one another since a very young age, but as young adults, and mothers to two young girls, we connected. We had so much in common, and spent the next several months talking on the phone for hours at a time, marveling at how similar we were despite not having grown up together. We arranged visits, and partnered on various artistic ventures. We snort when we laugh, we share good times and bad, we thrift, we shop, we dream, and decorate, help one another, but most of all we are always there. I can count on her. Always.

That day changed my life forever, in the best way imaginable. 

 I have never told this story to anyone, but that day I felt so much love and acceptance and friendship from a group of people I barely knew that I truly understood for the first time what powerful effect "family" could have in my life. No hoops to jump through, no red tape, no magic tricks, they just liked me for who I was.
And of course there was cake! I never forget an occasion that a slice of cake is passed my way! I'm a frosting girl really...just give me the frosting!!!!

Happy Birthday Libby, your special day will always be my special day too!

 Now about this card!! I made a square base, and added layers of 5th and Frolic patterned paper from American crafts, The cake stand, cupcake, and candles {Stampin'Up!} were colored with copic markers and embellished with gold rub ons by Maggie Holmes, The flags, and swirl were cut with the Cricut and painted with acrylic paints and gelatos A clear SRM birthday sticker was layered over and swiped with pink paint, and I cut out the numers from the patterned paper and popped them just behind the candles. This layout was inspired my this weeks mojo sketch, and the painting was inspired by Wilna from twopeas. 

 I'm in the middle of painting my kitchen, and this was a great distraction, from  the paintbrush, and the ladder that awaits my return! I will be sharing my progress with you soon! Who wants to see my before and after photos???