Send a note, spread cheer, take a breath.

Old-fashioned, written words bring a smile to my face. How about yours? I’m blessed with the luxury of a combined writing office and craft room. For special notes, I use my card making station, below. The calming lake view helps during stressful times.

There’s room for two to create, and I’ll welcome company again soon. Hunkering down to customize birthday cards with die cuts and rubber stamps provides a diversion on rainy, chilly Pacific Northwest days.

Here’s a few recent birthday cards I put together; for my son and two friends. The critters on this card are a decent likeness to our furry family.

When I first met my friend, Jean, her mantra was that she provided a home for unwanted shoes-and she wears stiletto heels with pizzazz. As my city’s in shelter-in-place mode, the scrap paper with the plate carrying birds seemed appropriate.

‘Auntie’ Jeanette became our beloved vanny- nanny. She proudly assumed the role of my co-pilot and a perfect care giver to my toddler boys while we all drove to sales calls at local food service accounts. We both enjoyed the income. It’s been twenty-five years of friendship.

Spock handles inventory control and I appreciate his cheerful presence. He sits beside me whether I’m doing cards or writing, which I’m interspersing with gardening.

My third book, The Targeted Pawn, released on March 18th, so I’m polishing completed manuscripts to offer my editor and writing the biography of a 96 year old friend.

Whatever helps your imagination to blossom, I hope you carve out a few moments for recharging.

Happy trails, Sally

That gorgeous chestnut is my gelding, Lance, who turns 30 on May 7th.

About Sally Brandle

Author, horse lover, gardener, pastry enabler, and thankful wife and mother. Very proud of both novels, The Hitman's Mistake and Torn by Vengeance, published by Soul Mate Publishing. The Targeted Pawn releases in March of 2020. Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on creating unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains.
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6 Responses to Send a note, spread cheer, take a breath.

  1. Good luck with the new release. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sally Brandle says:

    Thank you, Belle. I need to get on the marketing…

  3. Susan James Berger says:

    Lovely cards. You have many talents.

  4. viola62 says:

    The cards are a great idea! I, too, have been checking on friends, sending notes. It’s important to keep in contact with others at this time. I know I appreciate hearing from friends and relatives.

    • Sally Brandle says:

      Before I got the crafting supplies I used to reuse funny cards I’d receive and cut up photos of my family and stick their faces on cartoon bodies. I love to re-purpose things.

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