Tuesday, October 13, 2009

TTIC #50 Charlie

Happy Tuesday to you!!
My greatest friend in the whole world, one of the sweetest people I know, talented, inspiring, beautiful Donna has given us this weeks Twilight Tuesday Challenge!
Here is what she says....
“One of the best things about Charlie is that he doesn’t hover.”
This has to be one of the most memorable lines from both Twilight the novel and Twilight the movie…
Let’s face it, we all love Charlie….. And Stephanie describes this quite and thoughtful man’s personality and temperament in this one single sentence. As we all know, Charlie’s relationship with Bella changes from starting out as strangers thrown together in an awkward situation and then slowly grows into a bond that any father and daughter would be envious of.
So, this week my challenge to you is simple…"

Craft Portion: Create a project that represents Charlie’s and Bella’s relationship or a relationship you have with a ‘father’ figure in your life.

Comment Portion: Tell us about your relationship with a ‘father’ figure and why this bond is so special to you

To say this challenge is a tough one is an understatement...here is a little of my story about my father. I have never had any men in my life that were a father figure, my dad was about it....

I unfortunetely did not get to meet my father till 1999, I was 21 years old. I reached out to him, found his address and wrote one of the hardest letters I have ever had to write. but he called me as soon as he got it and my new life started then. He was a sweet hearted man, cared for me deeply. I spent every holiday with him, stayed for a few days at his house...it was a great 3 years...and the reason I say that is because tragically he passed away in early 2001 of a heart attack at 45 years old... but I look back (as I am crying writing this post) that those were three of the best years of my life. He was a huggy feeling type of guy and always had an encouraging word. He was so proud of the woman I was and he loved my children so much...and even though they were so little I am sure my dad made an impression on them. I still miss him so terribly 8 years later.

I chose to make a card reflecting Charlie from Twilight. Hopefully in time I will be able to begin to make scrapbook pages remembering my father, for now the few pictures I have stay safe in the album I was given.
But I will share two pictures, one is of my dad and I in 1999 one of my first visits with him (I know, I went through a "I can be blond" stage! haha)

and the second one is of the infamous card nights..I am on the right side next to my dad...I am the oldest cousin on that side too so I got to play late into the night, spades and poker..drinking a beer with my dad LOL! This was thanksgiving and all the family was in town. So it was me, my dad, uncle mike, uncle scott, aunt kim, uncle kelly and grandma connie. It was really fun! A great memory.

And my dad was somewhat similar to Charlie, my dad loved fishing and was comfortable wearing rugged shirts, flannels and was pretty laid back.

Here is my card...

I used another Mojo Sketch and brought the flannel patterned paper out! :) I used paper from BasicGrey, june bug and Recess lines. I layered them in the background. I used Kraft, enchanted evening and vintage cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from Unity Sept 09 KOM, stamped in Not quite Navy. I thought this phrase was very fitting...
Two stacked buttons round this card out. Edges are distressed of all layers, with a combo of Chocolate chip and not quite navy ink.

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A big hug to my girls who have lost a parent or a loved one...Big group hugs..we can pick each other up when we need it. Love you all.
Thanks for stopping by today, Have a wonderful day and squeeze or call your loved ones.
Till Later!


Alison said...

That my Darling was an EXTREMELY touching story you told us. WHat a gift you shared! I am so sorry you had him for only 3 short years. He seems like he was a wonderful man. And the card you made is SO perfect! That sentiment is so moving. Amazing job. And if you ever need to lean on me, please, PLEASE do!!! I'm right here with ya!

Tamara Bennett said...

What a wonderful card! And thanks for sharing the story! I love the flannel print and distressing!

Yvette said...

If you would of went on any longer I would of been bawling with you. As Alison said, it was very touching.

Your card turned out perfect! Love your choice of paper and the sentiment is very fitting. Beautiful work!

Dani said...

Oh Sweet Jacquie! You made me cry with your touching story and lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing this bit of your life with us.

Your card is so perfect! Great colors and that Unity saying, well it says it all!

Donna said...

Oh Honey...I have tears as I am reading this....You are...Just...Well, I am lost for words...I have to get a tissue...BRB!! Ok, First, the card is amazing and stunnig and gorgeous!! Second...Thankyou so much for opening up your heart and sharing these wonderful memories...YOU are amazing, and stunning and gorgeous!! I hope this challenge wasn't too hard on you!! Love You!! Xx

lady-sonja said...

Jacquie...I got frozen when I read your story...My english isn`t good enough to tell you what I am feeling...
So let me say I love your card, it is wonderful!

Jaspere said...

Wow! Your card just pops. Its a taste of perfection.

Rebecca {bellacarta} said...

What a beautiful post! I'm glad you reached out to him - and that he did want a relationship with you - even if your time together was short.

Your plaid/flannel card is incredible, and the quote perfect.

inky hugs!

Rebecca {bellacarta} said...

PS I had a good chuckly at your "let it snow" soundtrack! It was hot here (mid 90s!) geesh and doesn't show signs of cooling off anytime soon!

Beth said...

What a beautiful post - you guys are killing me today! Your card is amazing also. Beautifully done!

margie c said...

What a beautiful and sweet post! Thank you so much for sharing your story and Dad with us!
Your card is very handsome and sooo perfect in so many ways!
:*) margie

deconstructingjen said...

This is really lovely Jac. You did such a great job with this. I love those two plaids together and your distressing is perfect! And look at you back in the day!!! I love seeing all this pics of everyone. :D You look great! ((Hugs))

susy said...

The card is beautiful and especially meaningful after reading the story behind why you made it. it's never easy to loose a parent but one you have known for only such a short time must be harder still.
hugs to you

Eve said...

Super cute card. Very manly! Thanks for sharing your story sweetie. Cute pics of you!!!!