Sunday, May 1, 2011

Princes and Frogs

The image this week from Designed2Delight is the little fairy on the front of the card. I also combined it with the toad from last week's image to create this fun little card. This is called a window card. The hole is punched out on the front so that the image (frog) can be seen. It was a fun little card to create although different from my usual style.

I had a friend who just four weeks ago lost a year and a half battle with cancer. Sharon had a wonderful sense of humor, and I miss her dearly. I used to send 2-3 cards a week to her (She lived in Michigan and I live in Georgia.) The cards were my way of keeping in touch with her and (hopefully) brightening her day a little bit. As I made this little card, I kept thinking how Sharon would have gotten a kick out of it -- especially with the "reverse" philosophy sentiment I used.

We think of Prince Charming as being the "perfect" male who rides in and saves the lovely lady in distress, and every little girl wants to find her Prince Charming. Those of us who have been "around" for a while know there really is no such thing as Prince Charming. However, a good toad or frog is worth their weight in gold. Those frogs are staples -- there are a lot of them; they are rather common; they are quite cute in their own different ways; they are good for keeping bugs away; they are steady and dependable. In other words, in fairy tales, they are considered to be the less desirable, but in real life, they can be pretty good to have around (especially if you are trying to grow a garden).

I have been married to a frog/toad for over 45 years. He is a wonderful man who has worked hard to keep the "bugs" out of our life and together we raised three wonderful children. He has been steady, dependable and loving. Sharon was married to a wonderful frog, too. It really is those common, but wonderful frogs who make up the majority of good marriages. Princes are rare.

Sharon, I know you get the humor (and the truth) of this little card. I can just hear you chuckling over it. I miss you so much.


  1. Wow. Thank you for sharing that story. Very well written. I can see that you are talented in many more ways than just making cards.
    So sorry about the loss of your friend.
    Your window card is fabulous! lol Great coloring too. Thank you so much for sharing your card with us @ Designed2Delight!

  2. Very lovely story! Thanks for sharing. Your card is so great and I too love the window. Thanks for playing with us at Designed2Delight!!

  3. What a beautiful card, and a beautiful post! I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Your card is adorable, and the combo of those two images is perfect!

  4. Jenee, thanks for sharing the story. I saw the card earlier but not read this post until now. Very well said. You should write books!