Saturday, May 30, 2009

Meet My Snipping Friend, Snippety Gibbet...

Snippety Gibbet and I have been in touch since the beginning of my papercutting journey.

"I'm an elementary art teacher in Virginia who loves to play with scissors and run around outside." This is what she says about herself in her blog profile, but I would also like to add some descriptions of who she is according to my personal relationship with her.

She has been a constant encouragement and encourager and has been extremely patient with every load of questions I have sent her way. She has been a faithful and most enjoyable trade partner. And, she has been such an inspiration as she has generously shared tips, freely displayed her wonderful work, and stretched herself to do new things with her papercuts and other crafts- like beautiful Pysansky eggs.

You must go over to her blog and see her creations. Below are just a few of the beautiful examples of her papercuts, some normal flat ones and others 3-D. Amazing, huh? Who knew such wonderful creations could be made from paper! I also love how her sense of humor is often noticeable in her art forms. (For example: Click HERE...)

I am honored to "know" you, Snippety Gibbet! Thank you for your friendship.

Pysansky Eggs

Friday, May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009 Wedding Cuts For Sue...

Cresce Insieme (Grow Together)- The papercut gift, measures in at 8 x 10 inches

Auguri Fiore (Congratulations Flower)- The card for Sue to use...

My friend, Sue, asked if I could do a papercut for her sister-in-law's wedding which is coming up this week. Here it is... Along with a card I decided to make that I thought she might be able to use as well.

Congratulations to the families!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

May 25, 2009 Dios Te Bendiga...

I have a friend whose life has been a little crazy. She needs some encouragement, so tonight Anthony and I will go to her house and present her with some Tiramisu ice cream and this card. It is also her birthday. Do you know how stinky it is to be "down" on your birthday? Hopefully we can bring some laughter and cheer into her life, if even for just a couple of hours. :-)

"Dios te bendiga" means "God bless you" in Spanish. :-)

May you be blessed as you remember: You are very loved and oh so special. Not just to me, but even more to Jesus. He cares for you even more than words can explain. Let Him in. Give Him a chance, and see...

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 22, 2009 UPDATE and... I Hope You Are Still Out There...

Hi, All. Forgive me for not being around much. After the giveaway, I got preoccuppied with brainstorming and preparing for my son's birthday party and also for our church's end of the semester party.

Anyhow, I have two papercuts that I am working on right now... I will have at least these two to show within the next week or so. I hope you are all well... Thank you for stopping by and checking in.

Blessings to you and yours...


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 13, 2009 My Son's 5th Birthday Card...

Luca's Fishy-Flyin' Day

The inspiration for his party and for some of this card comes from a new Dr. Seuss passion that I have. You know the "Fish In The Bowl" or the "Fish In The Pot" that is in "The Cat In The Hat"? Well, Fish is our inspiration for this party, and kites. There is one particular image in my mind of the fish in his pot flying through the air while the handle of the pot is caught on a kite string. This card is quite different from that particular image, but... It has grown on me. It is fun, whimsical, and different, and it still has fish and a kite in it!! :-) Okay the man hanging from the parachute just seemed to fit in somehow... And I am SO into polka dots and stripes, but settled for just polka dots in this one.

A silly one it might be, but it's perfect for my boy number three!!!

So, Luca, Mamma loves you so much!! Happy 5th Birthday!!!

P.S. Click on image to view in larger format... :-)

Oh, and IF you would like to see how the party went, you can click on THIS LINK... Thank you!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Congratulations To...

So... Today is the day. Well, it is the day for many things, but, especially for two things in particular. Today is my third son's fifth birthday. Luca is his name. Happy Birthday, my sweet son!! I love you so much!

Being that it was his special day, I allowed him to be my special helper in picking the winner of the papercut "Spring's Entourage".

So... Without further ado...

I would just like to say "CONGRATULATIONS!" to MOZIESME. Please DO stop by her blog. There are so many adorable and interesting things going on over there, some neat charity information, and lots of creative ideas for keeping a homeschooled toddler or preschooler busy.

Thank you so much to each of you whom stopped by and left such encouraging comments and to those of you whom decided to become followers. I hope you will be continually filled with enjoyment at the things you see, and that the words you read can be an encouragement to you. Stop by again soon...

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

To Enter My Giveaway...


Do not leave a comment here, but click on this link to leave a comment to enter my giveaway. Thanks for coming by...

September 2008 Write-Away Contest Entry...

You can find out more info at this link...

The theme this time is "Colors". Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of time right now to write a new story or essay, or whatever, so, knowing that I still wanted to participate in SOME way, I am entering an old blog post as my entry. Have a great day, and be blessed...

Color Wonder-full
by Celita Perillo
January 2008 Blog Entry

Antonio stayed home from school on his birthday, and he made some very beautiful paintings. One is called "Rainbow" and the other is "Bird Prints, Starfish and Dirty Rocks at the Beach"... That morning I was especially enthusiastic about the day... I began a small discussion with the boys that I have thought of many times since then. I asked each of the older boys why that day was special. Antonio immediately said it was because it was his birthday. Well, that was a good reason, but that was not the reason I was thinking of. Then, he asked if it was because it was also my birthday. No, that was also a good answer, but not the one I was looking for. Seeing that they were officially stumped I jumped in with my explanation. Each day, including that one, is special because of what it says in Psalm 118: 24 "This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." We need to thank God for each of the days He gives to us, along with all of the other things we need to be grateful for... warm homes and comfy beds to sleep in, vehicles to travel from one point to another, our family that loves us, the privilege of learning how to read and write, toys, books, etc... on and on we went. Giosaia even exclaimed excitedly how we need to thank God for "Buttons!!!" Absolutely. As we were discussing this I had a revelation of sorts. We need to be so grateful and give thanks for COLOR! I was amazed by this thought and mentioned it to the boys... "Can you imagine enjoying a black and white rainbow?" To which the two older ones said "no" in an "of course not" sort of way. The red of roses, the ranges of blues and greys in sky, sunsets, the deep chocolate brown of some of my children's eyes... each of these things remind us of this... to be marvelled enough to thank our God who created the hues that color our world. From the tiniest of bugs to the largest of animals, from the mountains to the valleys, from the youngest person to the oldest... all of it is full of color, and what a awe-inspiring pallet of wonder it is. Giving "credit where credit is due"... Thank you, God. Your creativity amazes me!!!

June 2008 Write Away Contest Entry...

The Longest Journey

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

The longest season of my life so far has been motherhood. With its highs and lows, joys and tears, discomfort and pain, doubts and fears, I, first, watched myself saunter, climb, sprint, crawl, trudge, and sputter into womanhood, and then, again, into my role as “mommy”. It has been a journey unlike any I have ever read about in any travel book, but it has been the most rewarding, fulfilling, and memorable of any I have ever taken. ( And I am not even half way through it yet.)

The rewards have not been name-plated trophies or engraved plaques of appreciation. Rather, there have been those scattered opportunities to see my impact on these little blessings of mine. As my children change from helpless infants to mobile little people full of curiosity, innocence, openness, and bright-eyed wonder, I revel in their satisfaction over a job well done, or as they grasp the meaningfulness of a helpful hand, a kind word, a compliment, or a gesture of care. Watching them learn and grow is the incentive that fuels our family days. And remembering these sweet, refreshing incidences has been the key to keeping me energized and inspired to continue going mile after mile. As, it is a journey not just for me, but also for them.

There are certainly moments when I feel unappreciated, overworked, discouraged, and desperately needing some “oil of joy”, but, all in all, life is FULL. Kisses, hugs, smiles, singing, laughter, arguing, whining, angry outbursts, and pleas for forgiveness litter the hours that we, as a family, spend together. Each adds to my growth, our growth, and the character that takes us one step further along this highway called LIFE.

The “elements” may hinder me: avalanches of responsibility; downpours of misunderstandings and trials to limit my vision; icy conditions causing me to slip and slide, seemingly, uncontrollably into the unknown; “hit and runs” that may leave a scratch, total my peace, or graze me leaving me to wonder what happened… Each act as potholes formed along the way that make me wary to trust, love, hope. Yet, these do not fully determine my ability to make it to my destination. As Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” In other words, “we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3)

As I weather on, speeding, steaming, floating, or screaming, what I want most is to enjoy the ride and the scenery along the way. In all portions of the journey- bumpy, monotonous, nerve-wracking, or smooth- I want to relax and appreciate and be grateful, to soak it all in. I want to triumph in victories, persevere through those rough spots, and, in general, be “content in all circumstances” (Philippians 4:11).

“Godspeed, Blessings, Hope, And Joy!” to you, in whatever stage of journeying you are in…