Monday, June 28, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

This card is for my nephew's birthday.  He loves everything baseball, and was even chosen for his hometown's all-star team!  It's a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 card, and the squares are 1 11/16.  The papers are (clockwise starting from top left): Cosmo Cricket Core-dinations, SU, October Afternoon, SU, Cosmo Cricket Core-dinations, SU, Jenni Bowlin, and SU. The middle square is Jenni Bowlin.  The baseball is a L5 nestability circle cut from PTI Rustic White and sponged with Colorbox Creamy Brown. I then used the die to draw the curved seams, tracing inside & outside the die.  I then lined up the SU paper piercing template and pierced a dot on the inside line, outside line, and in the middle, rotating the template around each time.  I then sewed from the outside/inside to the middle dot in the row above.

For the flag, I cut out the wavy triangle from SU Night of Navy, and stamped and embossed "Will" using The Cat's Pajamas Coolvetica alphabet.  I punched two holes and threaded a toothpick through (I sanded down the pointy end a bit).  I hope Will thinks it's a home run card!

Do you like to read?  Do you, or someone you know, have a Grandma?  Do you like the South?  Then, honey, you need to get yourself The Sweet By and By right now, which (mostly) takes place in a nursing home.  It's one of those books I want to give everyone I know!  [Note: I say "give" because I picked up from somewhere that you should never loan a book, because that just puts pressure on the other person to read it, or they never give it back and then you're out a book, so you should either give your used book or keep your used book and buy a new one to give.*  Saves everyone awkwardness and/or heartbreak]
*I know I do run-on sentences quite often, but man, I would hate to have to diagram that puppy.

Although I wouldn't recommend these next two books for everyone, I found also found them page-turning-y and entertaining.  A Reliable Wife is a suspenseful, steamy novel set in 1907 Wisconsin.  Whether the goosebumps were from the description of the Wisconsin winter or the suspense, it certainly took my mind off the 95+ degree summer.  Life as We Knew It is a young adult novel, but don't let that deter you.  I would call it "The Road" for teens.  It's the first of a trilogy and I'll be picking up the next two soon.

What books have been home runs for you recently?  (Or strike outs, because it's good to know what's bad, too!)


Melina said...

Meg! This is great! I love all the squares of dp and that baseball is wonderful :)

Angela said...

Wow, your stitching on the baseball is amazing! Any baseball fan would totally love this card.
I just finished Julia Child's My Life in France (delightful) and Danielle Ganek's The Summer We Read Gatsby, which was a fun, quick summery read. And your big long sentence isn't a run-on -- no worries! (Excellent use of coordinating conjunctions, though!)

Meg said...

I think I may have to pick up the Julia Child book--the movie Julie & Julia left me wanting to know more about her (and less about the whiny Julie!)

Karen H. said...

The baseball is awesome - thanks for the details on how to do it. I love the pennant too!

I just read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While it was so NOT what I thought it was, it was well written and very page-turning-y. I've read the Stephanie Plum series and love those. For something like Austen I recommend The Age of Innocence. And if you like stuff like Hitchhikers Guide, you should try Tom Holt.

Emily Leiphart said...

This is so CAS yet the details are incredible. I love how you stitched that baseball and cutomized it with Will's name on the flag... and the toothpick?! Genius.