Sunday, June 5, 2011

Life, Lemons, and Levees

What a horrific last few days this has been. My hometown of Sioux City, IA is on the brink of a massive flood. My home is in no danger of Missouri River water but there are hundreds of people packing and moving. Where do you move if you have no family in the area? Where do you store a lifetime of 'stuff'? How do you start over with a mortgage that you will still owe even though your home will be swept away downstream? How much kindness and generosity of others can you experience in the span of a week without shedding a few tears?

The 'experts' are anticipating the river to crest at 35 feet. Thirty-five feet over the banks...that is nearly unimaginable. I'm not sure what the lemonade side of this flood would be...that people have had ample warning, that we've had sunshine in the wave of people evacuating their homes, that even with this impending devastation people are resilient and are keeping their hopes alive along with their sense of humor.

I will be putting in minimal Bubble time for awhile. I have friends to try to help. That will be more theraputic than even my cherished card making time.



Inside (or just chuck them at people!)

Lemon Chucking
~Base card PaperTrey Ink Lemon Tart
~Layer of striped design paper
~Lemon slices grosgrain ribbon
~Amber bling in the corners
~Digital images by MelJens, colored using Copics, highlighted with Stickles Yellow, pitcher highlighted with Stampin' Up Crystal Effects, ice cubes dotted with Stickles Diamonds
Challenges and Inspirations
Creative Cowgirls - summertime fun
Crafty Hos - summer
Gingerloft - tie a yellow ribbon
Pile It On - summer
Prairie Fairy - summer
MelJen's Designs - coastal fun (sipping lemonade, or maybe a Blue Lagoon with Blue Curacao, Lemonade and Vodka, on the beach)
Totally Paper Crafts - get fruity

Thank you for clicking by.
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Wow Nancy, I'm sure we can all think of happier ways to spend our summer. I wish you all the love in the world, to give you the strength to deal with this awful situation.You sound like you are going to be a real asset to your friends and neighbours. Good Luck and thank you for joining us at Creative Cowgirls XXX

  2. I hope you and your friends are safe through this terrible time Nancy. It's easy to say but they are only possessions and with the kindness of people like you it will soon only be a memory.

    Thank you sharing your wonderful, optimistic card with us at the Creative Cowgirls Challenge. :-) xx

  3. WOW!!! I hope everything ends up being safe for you. I love your card and I might have to borrow that one form you.
    Emily C

  4. What a zingy card, fabulous colours.
    Thanks for joining us at PIO this week.
    Best wishes, Sharon

  5. What a lovely person you are. I hope things improve soon!!!
    I cant believe that looking at a card can get my taste buds going,my mouth is expecting sherbert! Take care,Julie.x

  6. Love your card! The citrus colors are fabulous.

    Thank you for joining Coastal Fun challenge at Meljen’s Designs.


  7. Oh, this is so refreshing! Love the sparkle!!!

    Thank you for participating in the Crafty Ho Challenge this week!

  8. fabulous card...just love the sentiment! i will definitely be keeping your community in my prayers!! thanks for piling it on with us at PIO! big hugs doll!

  9. Thanks for sharing a piece of Summer with us at Pile It On! Sorry for the delay in leaving love!

    -- dalis
    PIO Owner


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