I Am the Dream

I Am the Dream

On Monday, January 21, 2013, like many of you, I watched Barack Hussein Obama sworn into office for a second term as President of the United States.  And as I sat in from of my television, I found myself reciting the end of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise”.

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

As we rise to achieve the fullness of our potential, let us not forget to reach back and lift another.

Wish List

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This was my 2010 wish list designed to fill in my supply gaps and give me what I needed to “play with the Big Dawgz”. It was a mini layout made for one of the Scraps of Color Friday Night Challenges.  Oh, how I admired and envied the sistahs in the Friday Night Challenge! They could whip out masterpiece layouts and cards in 30 minutes or less.  By masterpiece, I mean artwork with decorative shapes, textured paper, flowers, ribbon, a sentiment, and “bling”. (“Bling” is any pearl, rhinestone or sparkly embellishment.) I had bought a Cricut Create (aka: mini Expression) and still couldn’t do what they did!  (That’s a tale for another post!) Our weekly Friday Night Challenge had become my Frustration Night Chaos.  What the heck was their secret???

In addition to skill and experience, they had the right tools!!! Now in all fairness to my hardly used Cricut and Gypsy that I never really learned to operate, I couldn’t do what they did because I didn’t have the right tools.  I was missing an embossing machine, a die cut machine that handled individual dies, and a set (or more) of shape dies. My Cricut is an excellent die cutting machine, but not the right machine for what I wanted to do.  Lesson learned: Know what you need to do what you desire.

BTW, Christmas 2010, I got everything on my list. A beautiful sweet sistah RAKed me (Hi Tina!) with several items including a border punch and I bought the rest with my Christmas money.

So what should be on a novice papercrafter’s wish list? You’ll have to come back and read my next entry.  See you later!

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