I’ve wanted a tattoo for a years ! I’ve even mentioned it in this post but I’ve always been too chicken to do it (a tattoo of a chicken was mentioned in the comments – haha, very funny :-P)
Then last year, after a devastating event, I decided it was finally time to overcome my fear and just DO IT! And I knew exactly what I wanted. The initials of all four of my kids in the shape of a heart….and I must say, it worked out perfectly. The design was a bit of a problem for me, though, because I was working with all upper case letters…until a friend’s genius idea of using lower case, then it all came together nicely.
My hip seemed the perfect spot for it, because that’s where I carried them when they were little (not to mention the fact that there’s a bit of umm…padding…which would hopefully make it less painful 😉 ) It really wasn’t bad at all. It stings a little bit and kind of feels like someone’s drawing on you with a mechanical pencil. The weirdest thing was the vibrations I felt from my hips all the way down my legs.
The thing about tattoos…..they’re addicting! You can’t just stop at one, because you’ll want another one. NEED another one! LOL
And the perfect second tattoo for me? A camera of course! A very good friend of mine was nice enough to agree to draw one for me (Thank you! Again) because my camera drawing skills just aren’t that great, and I wanted something original. As expected, this hurt a bit more than the first one, but still not too bad. Ha this one done in February, about a week after my birthday.
When I got my camera tattoo, I already knew that I wanted a third (did I mention tattoos are addictive??) and decided on a butterfly. Just because I like butterflies. And this time it was my own drawing, too. I chose my left shoulder because it just seemed like the right spot to put it, and it would balance out the other two that are both on the right side of my body. Had this one done just a couple of days ago
Not sure if I’ll stop at three. I might. But there’s also a chance that I might…maybe…possibly….get two more. Just need to decide what and where 😉
A big thank you to Matt (who did my first tattoo) and Daryl (who did the other two) at Scarecrow Tattoo and Art Gallery for doing such a wonderful job.
Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday she was this sweet little girl….it’s hard to believe she’s grown into this beautiful young woman, who will be off to college in just a few months to study creative writing and art.
I’m so proud of her for all her achievements throughout her school years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and she’s graduating in the top 10% of her class tonight (her class rank is #15 out of 363)
Happy Graduation Day, Melissa! I’m SO proud of you and wish you success in all you do ♥
Then… (at age 20 months)
And now… (at age 17)
People will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou
Seems like I’m there a lot, but I’m not. I just try to get as many pictures as possible when I am there.
What are you looking at??!!
Shouldn’t they be called ‘purple buds’? 😉
This one’s definitely one of my favorites. Ever!
They’re blooming everywhere right now…
Seems odd to say this, since it isn’t even officially summer yet, but it sure feels like it… and the tulips are long gone.
A few days ago I had a little note card giveaway on this blog, and out of the 30-something people who qualified, only six entered. I was hoping for a few more, but I’m sure those six were happy about their chances of winning 😉
I had my daughter Sara help me pick the winner, which she was more than happy to do. She even provided her sun hat to put the names in, and I thought I’d take a little video of the drawing. I apologize for the sudden ending…seems that I’ve trimmed a couple of frames too many off the video (oops!)…. but I think you can still see the name of he winner if you don’t blink at the very end 😉
But before we get to the video, here is an image of one of the note cards included in the set.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Your set of note cards will be on their way to you by the end of the week! 🙂
** I’ve added a still shot of the video in the comments, where you can see the name of the winner more clearly.
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Don’t know what these really are, but we always used to call them “helicopters”. Still do 🙂
It’s been such a long time since I’ve done one of these, and Kathy’s recent giveaway inspired me to do my own again.
So today I’m giving away a set of 10 (blank inside) note cards, each with a different photograph of mine. Which ones will remain a mystery until the lucky winner will receive his / her prize 😉
To qualify for the giveaway all you need to have done is comment at least once here on my blog between January 1, 2014 and May 22, 2014, just to keep all the lurkers to come out of hiding at the chance of a freebie. Post Likes unfortunately do not qualify.
You have until Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to enter, just leave a little comment on this post and your name will be entered into the drawing, and then tune in on Thursday, May 29th to see if you’ve won.