I created this magical card today with memories of my youth. Most of my card designs are derived from a place inside me that I miss, or that I feel strongly about.
This card design was based off of a night that I spent in North Carolina.
Picture it! Circa 2000. I was married (to my first husband). I was SO young. I mean we are talking 18 ya’ll. He was in the army, we were stationed in North Carolina. I rarely talk about this because frankly there are so few good memories that I hate to bother. HOWEVER, there were a few good memories.
I longed for my family. I was so incredibly lonely. I was unhappy and frankly felt like I had made the biggest mistake of my life. A dear friend of my family knew this. She called her family who happened to live in rural North Carolina and she asked if my husband and I could come visit them. Thankfully, they obliged.
We left out on a drive to this place. I remember being nervous and apprehensive about meeting people I had never met, but I was so willing to take the risk for a moment of the feeling of being home, or belonging.
Much to my delight. It was the best evening I ever spent in North Carolina. The family was amazing, kind, loving, welcoming. Just like my family would be. We sat around a fire pit in their backyard, we talked and they had the most charming southern accent. I was home. Their love and warmth comforted me.
As if the night couldn’t get better something magical happened. I looked out to the night sky and it was warm and the air was fresh and smelled like freshly cut grass. Then across the backyard I saw it. Flickering little lights in the weeds far off from the house.
I said “Hey do you guys see that!?” They laughed and said “Yeah, those are lightening bugs”
I was entranced. Captivated by these bugs. I had never seen such a sight. They lit up the grass and I had to try and catch some. They were beautiful. And for a moment there in that backyard in North Carolina I was a little girl again, the age I was actually supposed to be.
It was the best night I ever spent in North Carolina. So when I created this card, I created it with that feeling in my heart. The safety and joy I felt that evening.
I hope you enjoy the video: