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All of our modern ills - ALL OF THEM - come from a lack of respect.
The people who pull out in front of you without looking don't respect you. The people who drive down the shoulder because they are too good to wait in traffic, don't respect anyone they are passing.
People who don't return their grocery carts don't respect the store, or other shoppers.
People who are constantly looking at their phones, or talking on their phones in inappropriate environments (and by that I mean NOT inside their homes, in their cars, or NOT otherwise alone or at work) do not respect anyone.
We were watching the Ryder Cup, and I was SHOCKED at the behavior of the crowds - golf crowds used to really respect the players. Now, they yell during a player's backswing, or generally yell like they're at a boxing match. Patrick Reed had to tell people to silence their cell phones when he was trying to take a shot out of the rough. If they respected the players, their phones would have been off in the first place.
I've heard phones ring at church, at funerals, at movies.
Don't even get me started on people who don't leash their dogs, or who don't pick up their poop.
We are so culturally sensitive now that shame is out, and disrespect is in.
I, for one, would like to make a motion to bring back shame and put disrespect in its place. I'm going to do my part. When I see someone walking away from their cart or their dog poop or talking on their cell phone while the poor person at Target is ringing up their order, I'm just going to be that person that says something.
We brought birthdays back. We can most definitely bring shame back. Who's with me?
Teresa Kline, is someone who EMBODIES respect - is our Cards for a Cause host I told you about and a person I TOTALLY respect. She is hosting a gorgeous Falliday Fest challenge today. She has an incredible holiday mood board for us to use as our inspiration. It's very much in keeping with her style - pastel colors, sparkle and an overall peaceful theme. It was very easy inspiration!
I wanted to try some ULTRA watered down watercolor, because that's a challenge for me - I prefer vivid colors. So I set up a palette where I put tiny amounts of magenta, yellow and turquoise watercolor and then added a ton of water.
Then I masked off half of a panel of watercolor paper diagonally, and set up the Strings background stamp on my MISTI, and stamped the image in Versamark and clear embossed it. Leaving the mask in place, I used my pale solutions to paint that half - just keeping it dark enough so that you could see the funky, modern design. It almost looks like modern stained glass.
I love the serenity of those pale colors. This was a fun card to make.
So I ask you to stand with me in our shame revival. And also to return your grocery cart and look around you before pulling out of a parking space.
And go make something pretty. :) You can start with my newest online class, featuring the Seasonal Bells Bundle. This class is PRETTY, y'all. :)