Hello Friend

I've got a mix of a crafty post and a life post today. Bellingham is my hometown. It's where I've lived since I was two years old and is all I can remember. I can tell you all about this town before there was a big mall and various other shopping centers. I can tell you what it was like to live in the small town of Ferndale, about 10 minutes to the north, and come to the "big city". I've moved away a few times. The first was thanks to my dad being transferred with his job. We experienced the central Washington desert for several years and then came back. The next few times would be me wanting to find out what it was like to live in Seattle - then decide to come back. I moved to Guatemala for a bit teaching missionary kids art and music. Then I came back. So I am not naive to other cultures and being in other cities. That is for sure. I've traveled quite a bit and have experienced life outside this place of "subdued excitement".

 This move to Chicago feels much different than my other moves. When I've left before, I have always had this thought that I'd be back eventually. This time, however, I feel like Chicago is where I'm going to be planting some new roots. I see this as a long term move and it's so exciting! I will definitely miss this little city and my friends and family. The people especially! I'm very excited to get on with the next chapter that God has planned for me too. This time next Saturday, I will be hanging out with my friend - maybe trying to take a nap - preparing to head down to Seatac at 2 a.m. I can't believe the time is already here.

It seems fitting to share a card that was in the Spring issue of ScrapStreet. It's a Hello Friend card. One that I would send to my friends to say... well... hello! And write a little note about how much I miss them, value them and tell them about my adventures. It's also an interactive card. The front is a pocket with a note card to pull out.
Supplies: Paper, Die Cuts, Stickers: American Crafts, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Twine: Whisker Graphics. Tools: Border Punch: Fiskars.

I seriously love that Amy Tangerine collection! I still have a huge stash of it and enjoy pulling it out from time to time. Pink, green and woodgrain just might be a new favorite to play with. As much as I want to hang onto this card, I look forward to using it for its actually purpose!

Take Care!