This week-end our dear friend June celebrated one of those land-mark birthdays. Family and friends from as far away as Nova Scotia gathered in Vancouver to toast the birthday girl. I was so excited. Time and distance meant I hadn’t seen June in more than twenty years. When we both lived in Regina June and her husband Duncan lived down the street from us. We shared a love of cooking and good food. June was famous for her Sunday cassoulet dinners, with the table ablaze with dozens of ivory pillar candles. Her sense of the occasion showed in the smallest details. Dinner invitations indicated “dress elegantly”. Guests would arrive in exotic and beautiful outfits.
June is at once
soignee and outrageous.
Elegant and bohemian.
Worldly and non-conforming.
Erudite and aeriodite.
Last night she walked into the room. Her hair a tumble of auburn curls. Cuffed, black leather knee high boots. Gypsy coloured dress adorned at the neck-line with a sparkling pin of ruby-red lips.
June is celebrating her 80th Birthday!
Now you understand this card I crafted for June. It is all that is June.
HOW THIS CARD WAS MADE
The wonderful French women graphics are found on THE GRAPHIC FAIRY. I painted them with waters colours and adorned them with feathers, sparkles and jewels. I sewed three layers of paper together for the background, then embellished the paper with lace. To make the women stand out I glued the graphic to heavy cardboard and cut it out. Then glued this to my background paper.