patterns of change

With the new year approaching, I've been thinking of change.  Not just another list of resolutions quickly made and even more rapidly abandoned, but real change~~~ that lasts.  I know it has to come from within myself and yet not of myself.  I've tried and failed more times than I can count.  So this year I am praying that the Spirit of the Lord will begin a serious edit of ME.  That the old ways, some of which are working poorly would be replaced with what HE would have me be.  I might look different on the outside, but more than anything, I want to be new on the inside.

Seeing the Color Challenge on SCS today, I was not jumping for joy...those colors are certainly not what I reach for.  However as I sat looking through my image book, I came upon this awesome Tim Holtz set from Stampers Anonymous.  It was easy then as I knew the Basic Grey paper group, Stella Ruby would fit perfectly with my pattern idea.  So I have collaged my card to celebrate the changes I hope to work toward this year.  If you would like more details of exactly how I created this card, please click over to my SCS gallery.

On a related note, I've been waiting to blog about my most fabulous Christmas present!  And I have Amy  at Tsuruta Designs to thank for tagging me  on a get to know you questionnaire (which had more than 50 questions!)  But one of them really got me going, what was your favorite childhood toy?  Well, mine was a Betsy McCall Fashion Designer set, which allowed you to create fashions for Betsy with tissue patterns and a light box.  Santa brought one to me Christmas 1962.  I have never forgotten it!  Well, one thing lead to another, and a look on E-Bay and Kovels for what the possible value of the set, and I  snagged the set off the 'bay for $7.99!!!  It was originally sold for $5.95.  It arrived a few days before Christmas and I had told my DH that this was all I wanted and on Christmas morning all watched as I relived a long forgotten memory.  I plan to save it for when I become a grandmother of daughters and we can play together!     

There is a pattern in all things...what are you seeing and feeling?


~amy~ said...

Well, who would have thought a "couple questions" would spark something sooo very fabulous??!! :) I love that you were able to find your favorite childhood toy...the Betsy McCall Fashion Designer set!!

Your CC card is Magnificent...

BTW, I'm chuckling at all of the "jewels" comments I'm getting on my "racy" card..lol.

Julia Aston said...

How fun Susan! that was around the year that I got my Chatty Cathy and a car dashboard that you could have sit on your lap when you were in the car - it had an ignition key, steering wheel, working windshield wipers, a horn and a glove box - as you can tell I was a mix of a little girl and a tomboy!

Liz Williams said...

I loved paper dolls and I loved your story about your Betsy McCall. I don't know what it is about those really simple pleasures of the past that meant so much but we really had months and years of fun from these treasures, didn't we? Our kids just don't seem to have that same sense of satisfaction and pleasure from their electronic toys of today, do they???

Charlene (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I love reading your touching story of childhood memories, Susan. My mother use to sew all of our clothes when I was a young child growing up, and I remember seeing her McCall patterns all over the place! How I wish I had her talent for sewing. What a beautiful card you have created in honor of those memories, as well as your quest for change! Blessings to you and yours in the New Year!

Susan said...

That was a tough color challenge but I love what you did with it. And that quote is so perfect. My sister is considering going through a big change right now and is nervous about taking the next step. I'm going to pass this quote onto her because it really sums up what I have been trying to tell her.

Lynn Stevens said...

O.k I actually have tears in my eyes after reading about your Betsy McCall gift. What a wonderful memory. Mine was a Easy Bake oven. I saw one the other day in a thrift store and had to take a second look. Its funny how seeing things from our past brings back a flood of fond memories.
Love the card also!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

I always love sharing your memories with you...you have such a beautiful writing style that provokes such emotion in me! Thank you for that my friend.

I love your card and the personal inspiration and reminder for yourself as you make changes this year.
hugs, Jami