The challenge this week at Raise the Bar is to use trees. Hooray, I can play along with a challenge - it's been so long since I've done. I would also like to enter this in the Wee Memories challenge which is to take Inspiration from Christmas Music - my inspiration came from "Oh Christmas Tree" of course! :)
I just love this paper from Little Yellow Bicycle that I picked up from DAT'S awhile back, but I have trouble using paper like this in a scrapbook layout, so I decided to turn it into a card. I just love the music notes in the background. Of course, I used the awesome matching buttons and some tiny beads that I mooched off of Donna for ornaments on the tree. These days I buy almost anything with music on it - I'm a little obsessed. Maybe it's because I finally decided to take some music lessons. My eldest, Chester has been taking piano for two years now, and I love listening to him play. Last spring, I spoke to his teacher to see if she would consider taking me on as an adult student with zero experience. I started my lessons in September and am thoroughly enjoying it! I have managed to learn enough so far to pay several basic Christmas songs! I always wanted to try piano as a child, but my family didn't have a piano and did not have the means to acquire one. So here I am learning at thirty-something. It has been so fun!
I want to send a big shout out to the team over at Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenges. I suddenly stopped posting for them and have yet to provide an explanation. I had almost come to the end of my DT term when some major stressors hit and they gave me permission to bow out gracefully a few weeks early. I am thankful that they understood that life had to come first as I had some important things to attend to. I had a fabulous time being on Sparkle's Christmas Challenge Design Team and am so thankful for the opportuntiy and also for the fact that I have 90 - count 'em - ninety Christmas Cards ready to go. All we have to do is finish the signing (my boys sign them all) and finish addressing. I am so grateful to be ahead of the game and hope to do the same for next year! To the girls on the team, thanks for a great time! I'll be playing along come the new year as I hope to keep up with you all as much as possible.
Hope you are having a great weekend!