Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Sweet Little Notecard

Here's a quick little notecard Iwhipped up with some of my yummy papers and ribbon from i {heart} papers. I paper pieced the cupcake with Love Dots for the frosting, and Diamonds and Pearls for the paper cup and background. The stamp is from Inkadinkado's Birthday Cupcake set, and it's tied off with some of the lovely brown/pink satin ribbon. I just needed a blank notecard today, so I opted not to put a sentiment on this one. Oh, and I used an old TECC sketch as well. I hope you like it!

I also want to share another book that I finished recently:

Here is a brief synopsis of the (non-fiction) book:

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in "the best place in the world"--the Old Colony projects of South Boston--where 85% of the residents collect welfare in an area with the highest concentration of impoverished whites in the U.S. In All Souls, MacDonald takes us deep into the secret heart of Southie. With radiant insight, he opens up a contradictory world, where residents are besieged by gangs and crime but refuse to admit any problems, remaining fiercely loyal to their community. MacDonald also introduces us to the unforgettable people who inhabit this proud neighborhood. We meet his mother, Ma MacDonald, an accordion-playing, spiked-heel-wearing, indomitable mother to all; Whitey Bulger, the lord of Southie, gangster and father figure, protector and punisher; and Michael's beloved siblings, nearly half of whom were lost forever to drugs, murder, or suicide. By turns explosive and touching, All Souls ultimately shares a powerful message of hope, renewal, and redemption.

One of reviews listed on the back cover says something about how if you loved Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, you'll also love All Souls. Before I started reading the book, I thought that was a pretty lofty claim. I've read (and loved) Angela's Ashes... I can't imagine anything coming close to it. By the second chapter though, I was totally engrossed, and now that I've finished, I have to agree. The two memoirs are very similar, and equally enthralling. I was amazed at what all I learned about South Boston, and the things that were going on there in my lifetime - things I didn't even realize were happening. Granted I was miles away in Wisconsin, but still. Things were sure covered up well to not be sprawled all over the front pages of the country.

Anyhow, if you enjoy reading non-fiction/memoirs, I would highly recommend it!

Enjoy the day,

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Sue from Oregon said...

Yummy card today Sarah and I am enjoying your book reviews too...I am off to work on my sugar cookie test...I made 3 different doughs and want to see if they will dethrone my old standard! Valentine cookies here we come!

Tracey said...

A yummy card Sarah and I am always looking for a good book so thanks for sharing your review!! :)

Lorie said...

Your right Sarah...that is a sweet card!

Kim said...

Beautiful card Sarah...and I might have to check your book out (after May) I have 6 more books to read before then for my women's literature class! :)
Hugs~ Kim

Kristine B. said...

very cute Sarah! :) Love the papers and that cuppycake is so yummy! Great job.

Holly said...

oh I love how you used the dotted paper to mimic sprinkles on the cupcake! What a super cute card Sarah!

Dani said...

So yummy! I love your card!

Emily said...

This is beautiful Sarah! I love the ribbon in the corner and the paper pieced cupcake! Love that background paper too!

whoistracy said...

You know the funny thing is that Southie still is pretty similar to that book these days. Well, at least it was when I lived there 5 years ago!

Jackie (Sweetest Girls) said...

Great card...and I am always looking for a good read. Thanks!

Janna said...

I just love the colors on this card! They are really amazing! The pattern you created in the background is terrific and I love the cupcake! The book sounds really interesting. I think I might have to check it out from the library!


Lise Roy said...

Love the color combo and the ribbon

Lorraine said...

Wow have been busy. Love the papers you used to create this card. And the image is just so yummy! I had lots of fun catching up reading your last 25 or so posts (I have you in my reader)
Keep up the great work on the weight loss. I started ww 3 weeks ago! It's such a process isn't it? lol...but when you get on the scale and see the numbers go down it's a great feeling.

Maria said...

Cute cupcake card, Sarah!! It looks really yummy! Love the color combo and fabulous job coloring the image too!!

Thanks for the review of the book. I wish I had more time to read a book. . .I've been reading a lot of books on how to use my Canon Rebel lately. LOL!

I saw the film Angela's Ashes but didn't read the book. It was a long time ago and I can't remember much about it now.


Lisa Foster said...

What an adorable card! I LOVE it! The book sounds interesting too. Thanks :)

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