Monday, August 17, 2009

Chicken Soup for a Friend


This is long, however, I am sure you will be touched. Just prior to sitting here to prepare this post, I checked my email. A friend had sent me an email regarding the importance and power of "Sisters". Sisters meaning all of the women in our lives. I have no clue what that TV series about military wives is all about, but I certainly hope that it focuses on the Amazing Bond that we spouses create in order to deal with stressful situations. Yesterday I spent my day preparing a homemade chicken noodle soup & flaky biscuits for Meagan. Meagan is one of those ladies who is always looking out for everyone else. Although her husband is also deployed, she knew how sad I would be when Dave left. Friday before last, she came over armed with Wine, Chocolates, old 80's movies, homemade bread & a pumpkin roll. She and I sat up until 4am even though she had to be up early and on the road traveling to the other side of the island with yet another friend.. This past Friday, she threw an amazing baby shower for a mutual friend. Although Meagan woke up Saturday morning barely able to swallow, she still managed to pull herself together and go help out at an Italian Nursing home. Why you ask? Because she had told another girlfriend that she would!! Unfortunately, she spent her Sunday in the ER, which finally brings me to this project. With all the focus on everyone else, she needs to slow down and get herself well. We must get her well, her hubby is going to be home "very soon"!!!
Presentation is everything, therefore, while the soup was cooking, I put together this fun little tag. Once again, I have recycled tags that came on garments and to ensure that my stamped papers didn't come up revealing their prior life, I stitched them in place! I used 3 different stamp sets in all. Stampin' Ups Rustic Rooster & Best Yet sentiments. The small yellow tag & twill were stamped using My Cute Stamps "Sweet Chocolate".

The small mustard colored tag was first stamped using only the cup with Versa Mark (I didn't want the foam that is sitting on top of the cup) and then I stamped just the little steam squiggles above my cup. "From the Kitchen of:" is also in this stamp set.

I stamped that using Momento ink in Rich Cocoa and then onto the tag with Momento (tuxedo black. ) (both of those are available in one package HERE). The flowers and velvet ribbon are also from ABC Toys & Crafts.
Living overseas and being a paper crafter, you must learn to either use what you have or find a great One Stop Shop. Just about everything that I used today came from ABC Toys & Crafts where EVERYTHING is 10 % off until Aug 30th. (even the designer papers)

Here's to the POWER of SISTERHOOD
...............Supplies I used...................
Stamps: My Cute Stamps (sweet chocolate)
Stampin Up (rustic rooster, best yet)
Paper: Basic Grey (lime rickey), K&Co (Sublime scrapbook kit) Stampin Up (more mustard)
Ink: Momento (tuxedo black, rich cocoa), Paper Trey Ink (scarlet jewel, vintage cream)
Misc: Prima flowers & ribbon, Paper Trey Ink (buttons), Stampin Up (twill tape, large & small eyelets, hemp)
Tools: Marvy Uchida (scallop circle punches), sewing machine, Making Memories (eyelet setting tools)

8 comments:

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

This came out great what a thoughtful gift. Love your post it is amazing how people come together!!

Golden said...

Thank God for wonderful friends. I am so impressed with how people stick together in the military. If only the rest of the world could read your blog. Maybe, we'd have more compassion. All the best to you and your friend.

Meagan said...

:*) And I'd do it all over again for another bowl of chicken noodle soup!!!

"Never rich by monetary standards, our hearts are overflowing with a wealth of experiences common only to those united by the special traditions of military life. We pass on this legacy to every bride, welcoming her with outstretched arms, with love, and friendship from one sister to another, sharing in the bounty of our unique, fulfilling way of life."

XOXO-Meaganbear

Andrea Clayton said...

Love your little box. Very "rustic" Tuscan looking. And that Meagan you are talking about is a sweetie. Wish I could have gotten to know her better.

Cindy Haffner said...

lOVE LOVE LOVE THIS, AWESOME JOB.

Erin Smetak said...

What a wonderful friend you are! And that tag is beautiful! You are such a special lady! I'm so glad to know you! Hugs!

Shirleys2Girls said...

JUSTINE...how sweet & thoughtful of you...'Pay it forward' what a wonderful exercise in friendship!
hope Megan & YOU too are doing okay...D & K

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is totally amazing. Adore the tag! It's the perfect touch for the get well goodies you are bringing to Meagan!