The other day I was talking with someone about the mud pie I had made as a welcome gift for my new neighbor. The person I was talking to was surprised that people still do those types of gestures. I told her that I was not sure if giving new neighbor gifts was common but it is something that I have always done because I think its important to make someone new feel welcome.
It made me think about how much it meant to us the day we moved into this neighborhood 18 years ago. Maura who lived in the corner house came over as we were unloading the moving truck with a pitcher of lemonade. Her kind and thoughtful gesture made an impression on us as a family. She made all of us feel welcomed.
Later that same day, I came home and there was a knock on my front door. It was our new neighbors, the one I had made the pie for. They were holding a beautiful orchid plant, a card and an empty pie plate.
The orchid plant was gorgeous. It had so many beautiful flowers and the color was so nice.
They gave me the plant and a nice card and when they handed me the pie plate I told them that I had meant for them to keep it. The husband smiled and with a twinkle in his eye he said, "its for refills". I thought that was the cutest thing ever. So now I will look to see what different type of treat I can send there way in the days to come.
As I looked at the beautiful Orchid I knew just what stamp set I would use to make them a thank you card. You see I had just purchased the Climbing Orchid stamp set and coordination Orchid Builder framelits. I hadn't used them yet and honestly I was a little nervous because it had a lot of pieces and looked a little intimidating.
I set the orchid plant on the table and began to examine the colors. I saw Lemon Lime Twist and Rich Razzleberry. I wonder how many of you reading this see things in Stampin' Up! colors like I do?
I also noticed that the stem and leaves were more of a Wild Wasabi color, so these were the colors I chose for my card. I stamped the Orchid image with Lemon Lime Twist ink and then used an aqua painter that I dipped in the lid of that same ink pad to color in the flower. I stamped off the Rich Razzleberry to give it a slightly lighter shade for the center of the flowers.
It was fun assembling these paper flowers and in no time at all, I had a beautiful card for my new neighbor. I made this card to let them know that I was not only thankful for the beautiful orchid plant but also thankful to have such kind people living next door.
I Love this set. I am definitely gong to work with it some more but it was such a pleasant surprise to see how easy it was to make some three dimensional cards that were inspired by a very thoughtful gift.
Life can get busy, especially at this time of the year. Sometimes we go through life moving so fast that we forget to check in with others we may pass by on a regular basis to make sure they are ok. That sometimes happens in neighborhoods, we may not even realize what others are going through.
In this new season I am hoping to be a better neighbor and a better friend. Life is precious and you never know how much a kind gesture means to someone in need. I know this kind gesture from people who I've only known for a few days really blessed me and inspired me to continue to spread aloha and be a blessing to others.