Calm after Storm

What a contrast to last night. Peaceful blue skies and a gentle breeze have greeted us in Yorkshire this morning. I think we are very lucky to have escaped the devastation that has occurred in the south of England these last few weeks, I can’t imagine how it must feel to be flooded out of your own home. I was expecting a little storm damage this morning but I haven’t seen anything so far, I will see how the old trees on the Bank have fared later. They have been leaning precariously of late.

Calm After Storm

The storm hath passed;
I hear the birds rejoice; the hen,
Returned into the road again,
Her cheerful notes repeats. The sky serene
Is, in the west, upon the mountain seen:
The country smiles; bright runs the silver stream.
Each heart is cheered; on every side revive
The sounds, the labors of the busy hive.
The workman gazes at the watery sky,
As standing at the door he sings,
His work in hand; the little wife goes forth,
And in her pail the gathered rain-drops brings;
The vendor of his wares, from lane to lane,
Begins his daily cry again.
The sun returns, and with his smile illumes
The villas on the neighboring hills;
Through open terraces and balconies,
The genial light pervades the cheerful rooms;
And, on the highway, from afar are heard
The tinkling of the bells, the creaking wheels
Of waggoner, his journey who resumes.

– Count Giacomo Leopardi

This is the first verse only of Calm After Storm, it is a beautiful poem, well worth a read.

I also have my own calm after the storm this morning, unrelated to the weather, more related to the wild tornadoes that are my children. We need to practice a new morning routine over the next few months, in preparation for getting out of the house and to school on time! Seems mission impossible at the moment, with a serious lack of co-operation on getting dressed and brushing teeth, never mind the coat and shoes, and all that is after big arguments over dressing gowns (son no.2 wants son no.1’s, who never wears his, but who now wants to wear it everyday, just because little brother wants it), bowls, spoons, cups… the list is endless. The only thing that makes me feel better abut my parenting, is hearing that it goes on in every house with small people. I read a hilarious post last night ‘10 Things I Said My Children Would Never Do‘, oh the naivety of my childless self. Life is a learning curve! Anyone else empathise?

Today, I am sharing an anniversary card that will be going in my shop. I have worked on this on and off for a couple of days, mostly spending time on the colouring and getting the colour combinations right on the flowers. Plus I let my stash run out of silicone glue, silly girl, so that held me up a little.

Love GrowsThe image is LOTV Love Grows stamp that I used last week on ‘Realising Dreams‘, but shown using in a different way. This is an 8″ x 8″ card, using a red pearlised cardstock, with LOTV Country Gent paper, and coloured with my Promarkers. The flowers are cut with Memory Box Fabulous Phlox and the heart embellishment is from Hobbycraft. The white floral punched cut is made using a Martha Stewart deep edge punch, and the silver netting is meant to represent a trellis with the flowers growing up it!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

LOTV February Challenge – ‘Name that Tune’ – Mine is ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ number one hit in January 1970! I love that song!

The Ribbon Girl February Challenge – Lovely Lili

Papertake Weekly – With a Heart

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog – #71 Love is All Around

Passion for Promarker Challenge Blog #234 – Have a Heart

Many thanks to Lisa B Designs for my prize goodies received this week, I won the January Challenge over there! February’s challenge is ‘resist techniques’ if you fancy entering.

Oooh new camera just arrived, let’s hope I can figure it out. Been procrastinating over a new camera for about two years – finally got one!!! Off to do some more card therapy, might even make some blueberry muffins whilst the boys are at pre-school, just so I can keep the bowl and spoon to myself after… well they can do without the sugar high!

Have a good day,

Emma x

3 thoughts on “Calm after Storm

  1. lovely card Emma!!!! I love that stamp. love LOTV! beautiful colouring! what punch or die do you use for your flowers? I’m looking for one, not sure which one to get!!!!
    In here we haven’t really had any bad weather… just a tiny bit of freezing wind, but not storm… today it’s the first day in ages that we have heavy rain… It must be because we are surrounded by mountains, nothing comes passed though them!!!
    Mirella DK

  2. Very pretty card Emma, and a perfect interpretation of our theme this month.

    Thanks for entering our ‘name that tune’ challenge – good luck!

    Anne x
    Lili of the Valley

  3. Pretty card, Emma! Great colour combination, cute image and gorgeous embellishments!
    Thanks for joining in with our ‘Have a Heart’ challenge at Passion for Promarkers this week! Lisa x

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