Saturday, June 26, 2021

When I am Old...

      More than 25 years ago, a friend introduced me to a poem called "Warning" by Jenny Jones.  She knew that purple was my favorite color but also noticed that I never wore it, settling mostly for navy blues, charcoal grays, and black.  Nothing too daring or outrageous.  lol  

     The message of the poem changed my entire life!  


When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple,
With a red hat which doesn’t suit.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves,
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired,
And gobble up samples in shops, and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain,
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
(When you're old) you can wear terrible shirts, and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickles for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils, and beermats, and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent, and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
                                                                         -- Jenny Joseph

     I immediately started wearing purple and it's the predominant color in my wardrobe to this day!  

     A few weeks back, I was asked if I'd be a Guest Designer at The Outlawz Sunday "Songs and Rhymes" challenge and I was given two or three dates from which I chose today.  By happy coincidence, "Warning" was the poem scheduled for that date and I had no idea at the time I picked that date!  It was just meant to be.  :-D

     So, I chose this image, called "Emmy's Hat," from SheepSki Designs.  

     I colored the image with ProMarkers and gel pens, then cut it with a Spellbinders die.  The background dp is one of the chenille papers from Doodlebug, a leftover scrap from some other project.  What you can't see is that the chenille dp has a die cut hole in it.  By covering the hole with the image piece, I saved that (rather large) scrap from the trash can.   Always think twice before throwing anything away.   :-D 

     The sentiment was printed onto a scrap bit of CS & cut with an Avery Elle die.  I found a few scraps of mulberry paper and tucked one behind the image and another couple bits on the sentiment.  Two sparkly red Dew Drops and a white, mulberry paper, rose from Recollections for embellishment and the card was finished. 


      If you're not a member of The Outlawz, you really should visit and join.  It's completely free and they have fortnightly challenges for each day of the week, plus two month long challenges each month, one of which is a progressive challenge so you can get free images from different companies each month.  Go check it out!

     Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


brenda said...

You have created a really striking card and clearly your lady is a member of The Red Hat Society!

Thanks so much for sharing and joining in our 'Design papers' theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

Teresa Arsenault said...

Lovely card and that poem is a hoot. Enjoy your day, Teresa

Ellibelle said...

I really enjoyed the poem, so fun!
And your card is gorgeous! Beautiful image and design!
Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week!
Ellibelle's Corner

Crafting Queen said...

Lovely feminine card. Thanks for joining TTCRD challenge. Anesha x

Monica C. said...

What a brilliant story! And your card to match is so great too.
Hugs Monica

Beverley said...

Gorgeous card. I loved the poem and now feel I should get something purple.
Thanks for sharing your project in our June 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
Bev x

Di said...

Wonderful card Connie - LOVE the colours as well. So perfect for one of my favourite poems.


Di xx

Suze said...

This is fabulous NanaConnie. I used to colour a lot in these colours but haven't for a while. I hadn't seen the full poem before but knew the first few lines. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Tracy said...

Thank you for joining Allsorts challenge with your entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Lugkasteel Scrapbooking à la Hettie Krüger said...

I love this image (I used it myself before). Thank you so much for entering your project into Get Creative Challenges #102.