Saturday 23 November 2013

99 CSI Challenge - Darling

Here is the bright challenge for this week at CSI.  Why not pop over to the CSI website and see the wonderful examples by the design team.
I was lucky to have a photo with these colours and some left over bits of Bo-Bunny to it all came together quite quickly.

Our oldest Grandchild when he was about 6 months old
I used some older Bo-Bunny papers for the matting
The stitched piece and the mat are from "Country Garden" range
The shutters are from The avenues collection, "Shutters"
The butterflies I found on Etsy years ago and the green leaves are a die cut
The dark green take and orange circle are Kaiser craft which I inked to darken to the correct colour
The back ground paper is an older range by Kaisercraft, Everblooming "Marigold"
The wooden title is by Studio Calico which I inked with Tim Holtz, "Rusty Hinge"
Floral and striped patterns
Window accent
Wood (title)
Six of something (butterflies)

I used two types of writing, typed and handwriting.
Extra journalling on the back of the page which reads.

We looked after you one day a week from 20 months until you went to school.  It was the highlight of our week.  We often said, what would you like to do today?  Go to the park, the library or the playground?  Mostly you chose to "Go to your house Granny and just play like we normally do"  It reinforced my idea that children don't need things, nor do they need to be constantly entertained.  As long as they loved unconditionally, allowed to experiment,  listened to and exposed to the beauty of the natural world, they have absolutely everything they need.

I found this poem on line somewhere and it expresses my feelings about child raising perfectly.
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, 
but it is the way of foolishness. 
Help them instead to find the wonder 
and the marvel of an ordinary life. 

Show them the joy of tasting apples,
mangoes & pears. Show them how to cry 
when pets & people die. Show them the 
infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. 
And make the ordinary come alive for them.  
The extraordinary will take care of itself.” 
Author unknown



  1. And AMEN to your journaling. LOVE Fridays with Lucas & he gets as much joy from helping me make my fact, last week he didn't even OPEN his toy basket. And your page is SENSATIONAL...those shutters, those lovely flowers.....the design & colour combo is just delish. NEW FAVE....if you weren't DTing, you'd be winning this one:):)!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Oh, and did you read about my Dylusions 'accident'.....spilled 1/2 a bottle of was PURPLE:):) I kid you NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. OMG Helen , this is divine, loving the design and the way you have used the colors. That pic is such a treasure , beautiful work x

  4. This is like Heather said totally divine! You design is awesome - totally loving those shutters! It's just beautiful. I'm jealous of your 12x 12 printer - it's definitely on my I want list because I just love how it looks to journal directly on your layout. That poem is wonderful. I know what you mean - we had a HUGE birthday party for my hubby years ago when we ended up with probably 7 or 8 little ones. Gave them all spoons and butter buckets and showed them where the little pebble walkway was and they played all day.

  5. Such a BEAUTIFUL layout... Time go's so quickly & these moments are precious... LOVE that poem you have used!!!

  6. This is such an eye-catcher Helen....the colours and design are just so perfect! Love your sweet page and love that sweet photo too! The poem is just precious and I am going to steal it and use really made me think! A definite favourite for me! ;-)

  7. This is just gorgeous! Everything about this page is pure perfection. From the colours, to the layout, to the photo to the journaling!!

  8. Oh I love this one Helen...just, colours, photo, journaling......, all just perfect...a fave of mine. xx

  9. A good reminder for me and many others I am sure that we don't so much need 'stuff'' as we do time and presence... This is the most beautiful layout for your little darling. I just love the little window that you created and the photo is just perfect for this colour palette... I love the quote and and I have kept it as a reminder for my grandies :D I love all of your layouts but this is definitely a fave for me :D