Earlier this month, we had to say good-bye to our daughter's caregiver. I didn't think it would be so emotionally hard. She was such a sweet, dedicated person. I really trusted her and felt that she treated my daughter as one of her own. We both cried on the last day, and thinking back, I'm tearing up a little right now. I hope my daughter adjusts quickly to her new caregiver; she hasn't quite been the same cheery little kid since.
I made a quick 'thank you' card to go a long with a cheese and pickle gift basket, but card crafting is tricky when your art supplies are packed away in an unmarked box. Luckily, I found some card stock and a decent fine-tip marker, but all my paints, brushes, and coloured paper were nowhere to be seen. Desperate to add some colour to the card, I used a few dabs of blueberry preserves from the fridge, and smeared it on the front of the card with my finger, then wiped with a dry paper towel to remove the tiny seeds. The effect was surprisingly suitable for the occasion: a soft, muted smudge of grey-blue that said both 'thank you' and 'sorry to do this to you'. This fruit smudge technique just might be a keeper.