Once Upon a Time…

Apparently, I am not actually magic.

I like to think that if I try hard enough, I can make things however I want them to be.

So if I close my eyes, plug my ears, and do the “la la la la” song, my baby girl *won’t* turn five, and she won’t go to Kindergarten and I don’t have to ever deal with her turning into a real person, and not being my tiny infant anymore.

She tells me I am wrong. She is pretty sure she’s going to turn five anyway, and she’s just putting in time until it’s the first day of school. Stinker.

But I am a super good mum, because I put all my own issues aside, and made her a card for that first day. She’s going to be so fooled – she’s going to think I am all excited and happy for her, when secretly I’ll be sobbing within minutes of leaving her.

It’s so weird – I am *not* the super clingy, attached mum. But school is just too much reality for me!

It’s time for a new 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge, and I really wanted to use my new Waltzingmouse cherry stamp to make a background, and Emma is my cherry girl (you knew that, right?), so it all sort of fell together. Here’s the colour graphic for this week:

So, I thought I could do some non-traditional cherry colours and add some florals for added interest. You know how much I like to stamp my own backgrounds, especially for this challenge!

On the inside, I stamped “And I was so proud of her”. Truly, I am. She’s so smart, and I know she is going to flourish when she’s challenged by school. And her enthusiasm for learning is enviable. I am so proud that she is so excited and brave about going to school all day by herself.

This one took me 8 minutes and 32 seconds.

Alright, head on over to Paulina’s blog to see the rest of the beautiful Design Team creations and find out more about this week’s prize!


  • Geri
    July 17, 2013 3:48 pm

    Sweet post…so true for all of us… and ADORABLE card for the occasion!!! I need to see that set!!! Love, love, love this, Meredith!!!

  • Andrea Garland
    July 17, 2013 4:21 pm

    This card is so sweet, love the sentiment in and out so meaningful.

  • Betty J.
    July 17, 2013 6:37 pm

    Your card is sweet like a cherry 🙂 … cute card, Meredith!

  • Lisa
    July 17, 2013 6:39 pm

    this is as cute as can be Meredith, I like those cherries!! Little ones do grow up SO fast, I feel for you girl!!

  • Leigh Penner
    July 18, 2013 3:33 am

    Oh, Meredith, every year in September, I ask Sage if she can just stay the age she is and not turn a year older. But she always refuses! LOL!
    But as the mom of an eight, soon to be nine year old, I just want to encourage you that the school years are good, too. 🙂
    Love your card, by the way!

  • Charlene
    July 18, 2013 4:35 am

    I know! There grow up so fast!! My grandaughters will be 5 and 7 this month and August…Seems like they just were born! Your card is so so precious!!!

  • Caryn
    July 18, 2013 3:34 pm

    Gosh Meredith, I am feeling your anguish!! My youngest,Pippa started school last September and it was torture! I can't stand that my baby isn't a baby anymore!
    She will love the card though – it's a stunner!!!

  • Marybeth
    July 20, 2013 12:24 pm

    Enjoy every minute of her school days they go by so fast! It honestly feels like yesterday that I sent my kids off to school ……but it was a long time ago. Hugs!
    Love your sweetly stamped card for your sweet girl!

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