Butterfly Gatefold Card

Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. My visitor left on Friday – seemed like only a couple of days previous that we drove to the ferry port… oh well, can look forward to the next time. Still, saying goodbye is always a bit sad and the hanky came out and my nose was a bit pinker by the time we got home again.

My partner cooked dinner last night – it was really, really tasty. Spaghetti Carbonara with a lovely mixed salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, olives stuffed with garlic, raw garlic, spring onions, grated carrot and garlic cream cheese (in addition to the squinch of garlic that he fried with the bacon and mushrooms for the carbonara). You can tell we’re big garlic lovers, can’t you?! And he made a fabulous job of serving it. We have some big Denbigh pottery plates, they’re odd wobbly shapes – not round or square,  just wobbly roundish shapes.  They have a big ‘water-coloured’ flower design and with the food on top looked so colourful and fresh and just lovely… a feast for the eyes before I’d even tasted it. We finished it off with a glass of cold pear cider. Beautiful.

My elderly cat (he’s twenty) is not eating very much despite what we try to tempt him with. He’s giving things a sniff and a lick but no real appetite for head-down, arse-up scoffing. He is taking a little of this and that and he’s drinking okay so he doesn’t seem to be ill. And he’s become such a fuss pot. He’s always been affectionate and loved being petted and stroked but he wants to be on my lap all the time and has plenty of energy to jump up and get comfy. The loss of appetite can’t be a good sign though and  I’m sure it is the beginning of the last goodbye and am steeling myself  for the inevitable day …

To think, I never intended to have a cat… he turned up in my front garden as a kitten twenty years ago. It so happened that it was my son’s birthday as well and he thought the kitten was ‘sent’ to him as a present. I explained that somebody had lost him and would be upset and we couldn’t keep him but we’d take care of him until he was claimed. His birthday is just before Christmas and that year it was very cold and the actual  night he turned up was very bitter. I couldn’t leave him out there. I asked the neighbours and put cards up in the two paper shops we lived near to. Tried again after Christmas. Nothing. No response whatever. Of course, we’d fallen in love with the little scatty scrap and the rest is history. I’ve told him that we all wear out and go into a special big sleep where we get new parts and be like new again and to wait for us when he gets there so I know we’ll see him again…

Enough of this talk of goodbyes and sadness. I’m getting a bit teary eyed thinking about it! We should live like butterflies and enjoy our time in the sun! Today I’m posting a butterfly gatefold card. It has the words ‘with love’ cut from the front (the front does close completely though the picture doesn’t show it very clearly). There is a 5mm fold so you can embellish the inside of the card so things don’t get squished. I’ve used my pretty butterfly again and added a couple to cut out as embellishments. It’s delicate and pretty and perfect for all sorts of occasions.

It’s available as GSD and SVG. Prices are in Euro (Paypal will convert your currency).

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Enjoy the day!

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2 Responses to Butterfly Gatefold Card

  1. Barbara says:

    My weekend visitor has returned home also, leaving his old mom with tears on her cheeks. He is so good to me – bought me a new potty as mine had benn broken for a while, forcing me to use the hub’s. He installed it, and trimmed our trees, too. He’s SUCH a sweetheart! I know how you feel about the aging fur baby. My two went to kitty heaven at the age of 16 – each of them, about 2 years apart. It is heart-wrenching! They are such a big part of our lives for so long. I still miss them terribly.

    Your butterfly gate card just knocked my socks off. Things just don’t get more beautiful than that! You amaze me. Truly; I haven’t enough words. They fail me.

    • webmaster says:

      Thank you Barbara! Your son sounds such a lovely boy – what a star he is! Hope you can get to see him again soon. That old saying about giving your children roots so they have firm foundations but giving them wings as well so they can fly says it all, doesn’t it?!

      And thank you for the kind words about my kitty cat! Only animal lovers can understand how they become members of the family and have a special place in your heart. Am hoping he’ll rally and get his appetite back but at twenty I think, realistically, he’s starting to fade. we shall see. He’s tough as old boots!

      Glad you like the card. How were the pop up letters? I haven’t cut them to check they were ok. Let me know when you get a minute
      hel x

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