Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Pear Tree

You say 2 post in one day!! Well I was so pleased with my light box, that I decided to let it have its very own post.

So besides making my light box yesterday, I also made a card for my Senior friend. I was inspired to make this card by a story I read a few days ago. Here's the story!!
The Pear Tree
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.
He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, the fulfillment of your fall.
Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

This story really hit close to home for me for many reasons past and present. I do believe that one of my biggest issues that I have with myself, is that I always take peoples behavior or things they say personal, without thinking about the fact that what is happening with them could possibly not be about "ME" at all. It could just be a bad season for that person. How I get so angry at myself, for letting past mistakes, cause insecurities with my present friend relationships. Its always so amazing at how God chooses to reveal little messages to us. I normally never read these kinds of things on the Internet, but there are times when I do and usually when I do, I can see the message in it for me and know its from God. I know one day, I will completely heal, get back my confidence and trust, get rid of my insecurites, and be a whole person again. I know this, cause I have God in my heart, and he is not done with me yet. I look forward to each of his messages of healing and love that he has for me.

Since the story made me think of friendship, I was then inspired to make this card. Ok, first I did not have a Pear stamp. So I went online and googled a coloring book image of a Pear. This is the one I decided to use

So then with my paint program, I made it smaller to fit my card front. I got out my pencils and mineral spirits and began to color. Once I got it colored, I then wanted to cut it in a circle. So I dusted off my sizzix machine, got out my nestabilities. I new I had to layer it using some sort of rubber, so I put down my nestabilities rubber and a piece of shelf liner to give it the thickness it needed to emboss as it cut. Was I ever shocked when I took off the shelf liner and saw the little squares on my imageMy first thought was bummer. But then as I took longer to look at it, I decided I liked the checker board look to my image. So I then took my inside card piece and did the same thing to it. Totally cool look!!!

Ok, so now I have all my pieces cut, printed, and colored, now all I needed was a idea. I had really thought I had my own idea, but then made the mistake of blogging all my regular blogs and lost my thought. Just when I was starting to feel a little frustrated, I ran across Mary's blog. This lady is awesome. You have to go and check out her projects. I really do not think there is a card on her blog that I disliked. In fact, I just wanted to make them all. I finally ran across one of her cards that really resembled my once original thought, that I lost. With her help, I was able to create this card. I was again very pleased with the end result. Oh and she was also the one who put the thought in my head that I needed to create a photo box for my cards. Here is her Picture Perfect Tutorial where she explains the need for a light box. Thank you Mary for inspiring me to make this card and my photo box. I have learned so much from your blog. Blogs are truely the best thing that has hit the internet. I would be totally bored and clueless without them.
I think I will send my Senior her card and put a copy of the "Pear Story"inside. That way she will know where the idea of a Pear card came from.

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