Thursday, February 23, 2017

Defining "Middle Age"

     Most of us think of "middle age" as somewhere between 45 and 65 or perhaps even as late as 50 to 65 but as I recently learned it spans a much broader period of time.  We all know that one is a 'baby' up to the later stages of walking and then kids suddenly become 'toddlers.'  Usually, that label stays until somewhere around 3 (maybe 4) but is definitely gone before they start school.  Most of those years, up to and sometimes including Kindergarten, those sweet children take afternoon naps, much to the pleasure of their mothers or other caregivers.

     But at some point, the naps disappear, usually within a few months of the child insisting that naps are simply no longer needed, even if they are yawning as they protest !  That truth about life - that naps aren't needed - remains with us until a short while after retirement, somewhere between the ages of 65 and 70.  At that point, we suddenly discover that those long-forgotten, childhood naps are a wonderful thing, and that now we have the leisure to take naps again whenever the inclination grabs us.  Family and friends learn not to call on the phone or send text messages between the hours of noon and 2:00 p.m., at least not if they expect to get an immediate reply.

     Coming to terms with that realization, and reinventing "nap time" in my own life has led me to the redefine "middle age."  You'll see what I mean if you read the sentiment on this birthday card I just finished.

I was looking at the sketch from Mojo Monday
and although I made it more CAS, you can still see
the basic design, including the twine.


     This adorable little pajama boy came from Limited Runs and is the freebie offered for their Progressive challenge on their Facebook page.

     I colored him with my ProMarkers, fussy cut him and mounted him on the striped paper using dimensional dots.  I wanted the stripes to look like wallpaper and I think it pretty well does.  The black and blue color combo is a favorite and I know my friend, Lynn, will love it!

     I added the sparkly twine and the sentiment and called it finished.  Afterall, it's intended to be a masculine birthday card so little by way of embellishment was needed.

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     That's it for today.  Happy Stamping and enjoy the rest of the week.  NanaConnie    


Donna Ellis said...

Aw, cute little guy! I love the black and white background, giving the illusion of night time, Connie! Sigh - naps are always on my agenda, but seldom taken - I try to rest during the day, but the least little noise awakens me. I like your coloring! The shading on the PJs and the light in the sleeping cap are fantastic! Great card, my friend! hugs, de

Wanda Cullen said...

Adorable design and fun sentiment! Thanks so much for joining us at Mojo Monday!

Linda Simpson said...

This is wonderful and love the sentiment. I only have naps when I am poorly, if I napped during the day I would be up until stupid o'clock.
Linda xxx

Wendy L said...

Wonderful card and a great sentiment, thanks for joining us at MAWTT, xxx

jimlynn said...

Fantastic.....and that means I haven't hit middle age yet! Whopee!!!! Feel so much better now!
Cute card and a cute, cute image too. Love it!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Cute card thanks for playing at agoac

Teresa Arsenault said...

So cute! Love the donut eyes. Hugs, Teresa

*Vicki* said...

Your image is adorable Connie!! I love the striped background with the blue card base! Such a fun design and punny sentiment too! :) If I took a nap, I would probably be up all hours of the I don't allow myself to do that even though I may want to! LOL!!

Daffodil Cards said...

SO Funny and a great sentiment for the great image. (my naps are usually about 4ish LOL)


Heather said...

Cute! And very fun! a fabulous sentiment, though it must mean I am middle aged! But there are lots of days when I definitely COULD take a nap. : ) Anyway, great card. Thanks for playing with Jo's Scrap Shack.

Glenda Atkins said...

Cute image and like your take on the sketch, you certainly captured the essence of the sketch. And yes I take a lot more naps these days lol!

Tina Campbell said...

Super cute card :) Thank you for playing along with us at Jo's Scrap Shack.

Snowflakes and Lilies said...

Kewt card! Thanks for sharing at Crafting With An Attitude and hope to see you again. Good luck.

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crafty said...

Fun card. Love the sentiment. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafting From the Heart.

Diane Futrell said...

Cute Card!

Craft buddy said...

Such a fun little image, great coloring on his PJ's! Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week x Jessie

Blue Daisy said...

Great fun! Love it! Thank you for joining our challenge at Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends. Good Luck!
Tracy, DT