My Captive Audience


My friend and neighbor

My friend and neighbor

My friend and neighbor

My friend and neighbor

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending time with my neighbors, and friends.

While Joe and I are out in our “Day Jobs” these two keep watch over our property and give us security while we are away.  Can’t ask for better friends and neighbors, especially in today’s world.

Hugh has been subjected to my creations as I show them off from time to time and Charlotte has been recently subjected to me dragging things out and saying “Looky, looky”.

Neither of them have made cards like these before.  Hugh has created Christmas cards from his computer and Charlotte has purchased hers, but they have not had the opportunity to get “Inky Fingers” 🙂


Using the Paper Piercer

Using the Paper Piercer

Rubber stamping

Rubber stamping

I had such a good time with these two.  Getting them to use rubber stamps and other tools.  I got such a kick out of the both of them.  The Snail was the absolute hit in their card making.  To hear their comments as they were building the cards and afterward was fantastic.  They both enjoyed the process and, best of all, were totally amazed at how well their cards came out.  They were both pretty proud of themselves and I was delighted and proud of the both of them.

Charlotte made the comment that this was very relaxing to her, which made me feel good.  This is something neither one had done before and it can be stressful to say the least.

The January Message In A Fold Club is a four card kit.  Hugh and Charlotte each made two of the four.  One “Z” fold and one standard card so they were working on the construction of both types.  Getting the chance to play with brads, ribbon, and rubber stamps – not to  mention using the Snail Adhesive which, much to my surprise, was not something either had been familiar with.


Made from scratch Carrot Cake

Made from scratch Carrot Cake

After the card making was finished, Hugh presented me with a piece of Carrot Cake he had made – totally from scratch – that is absolutely the best I’ve EVER had.

Charlotte told me Hugh had hand grated the carrots that went into the cake.  Hugh used buttermilk in the recipe and he even made the Cream Cheese frosting.

The funny little dog, they call Nerf, was anxious to get her “bites” of the cake too.

A couple hours spent with friends, sharing my addiction, and ending the time with CAKE!!  I can’t think of a better way to spend a couple hours 🙂


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 11:41:53

    It does look like you had a wonderful time Leslie! Thanks for sharing it! 🙂


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 10, 2011 @ 13:56:35

      I did have fun 🙂 I’ve been a bit afraid to be with people and teach. It is so much easier to “teach” from the safety of my home – goofy I know. So this was really a great thing for me to experience.


  2. Nancy
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 14:21:49

    Oh, I can totally understand that, Leslie! I bet it becomes easier if the student brings cake, right? lol


  3. gardenpinks
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 17:34:10

    Oh yum carrot cake 🙂 I love a good carrot cake so tell Hugh I’ll be by soon!
    What a great way to get your instruction/teaching off the ground and who better to use as your guinea pigs than friends and neighbours. So you advertise it as a coffee morning with carrot cake and when they all arrive you say ‘Oh by the way we are going to make cards first’ 🙂 Sounds as though you have converted Charlotte to card making already especially if she can use the snail glue.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxx


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 10, 2011 @ 17:59:55

      Shhhhhhh, they aren’t supposed to know they were used as guinea pigs 🙂 I’ll be sure to tell Hugh you will be right on over for some of his carrot cake 🙂 Those two were a riot with the Snail adhesive. They were polite and shared, leaving the old double sided tape dispenser off to the side – lol. It was a lot of fun.

      Yes, I do think an advertisement of morning (or afternoon) coffee and cake would be a great thing to do. Then let them know they have to work for it 😉 Ideal situation really.
      Love you – Leslie


  4. Nancy
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 18:11:54

    hahaha…This cracked me up! They aren’t supposed to know they were being used as guinea pigs, huh? lol
    I’m so happy to be back in the “know” and listening in on you girls again!
    Love you!
    Nancy 🙂


    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 10, 2011 @ 18:30:23

      Me too, I’m glad to see you back here. Hugh told Charlotte that I “probably was going to practice on them before I go to people’s houses” and she was a bit startled that I would do that. So I guess, maybe – kinda – sorta – they already knew they were guinea pigs 😉 BUT the cake smoothed over any rough spots, lol.
      Love you – Leslie


  5. Maureen Mathis
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 09:47:11

    looks like they had fun, but I think Hugh’s smile is bigger when he has the carrot cake in front of him!


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