Monday, April 5, 2010

Epresso Yourself Giselle Card and Book Review: Shattered Dreams

Hello all! I hope you had a lovely weekend and Easter. Sorry that I never got my Christmas card up yesterday, but I still plan to get it done before the week is over.

I was actually suppose to finish and post this card last Monday. I was frantically coloring her while Marianne was teaching our certification class. I have one more project on Thursday and that will be the last of my beloved Marrakech paper. I also used Sweet Sunday Sketch #63 for this.

Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie
Prima Flowers, PTI Buttons, Copics, Nestabilities, CTMH Brads and Dew Drops


My friend Yvonne from work let me borrow this book from her. It's about the fundamentalist Mormons who have polygamy families. The story starts with her childhood, her mom being wife #2 out of 4 to her father. When she grows up, she becomes wife #2 out of 8 to her husband.

In Hmong culture, polygamy isn't the norm, but it's acceptable. Anna (my step-mom) comes from a polygamy family and is the oldest child from wife #2. But the major difference with this book and Hmong culture is that the fundamentalist Mormons do it for religion. They think they'll become gods if they have many wives and children.



I honestly don't know anything about Mormons or the fundamentalist Mormons, so I went into this book blindly.The book itself is very interesting and would recommend it. Since the husband couldn't really provide a lot of money for his family, they lived in true poverty. Most of the time they lived without running water and electricity. I felt really sad for this lady and I admire how strong she was to endure it all.

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday! It's my birthday, so I'll be at home in my pajamas crafting, lol.

50 comments:

  1. First - hope you have a FABULOUS birthday today doing exactly what you want! And I LOVE your card! You have been doing such a good job using up all your papers - I wish I wasn't such a hoarder after seeing all your lovely creations!

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  2. Cute card and sweet layout. Happy birthday Sparkle and have a great one :o)
    Hugs,
    Cabio

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  3. Happy Birthday Sparkle! Gorgeous card - love it all. I have decided on objectives take two packs of paper - and make most of my cards from them until they are finished! x I have to use them up!

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  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Love those colors, FABULOUS work.

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  5. Hi, Sparkle!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

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  6. I can't see the card until this evening...but I just wanted to stop by and whish you a VERY HAPPY Birthday!!! I'll be back later to leave lots of love.

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  7. Your card is super cute. Sounds like an interesting book. I am a Mormon but don't know a lot about fundamentalist mormons except for that they broke apart from the church when the leaders declared that polygamy was to be stopped.

    Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Enjoy your day.

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  8. Happy Birthday, Sparkle! I hope your mojo flows wonderfully today and you get lots of crafting done!!

    Your card is adorable. I love your coloring and your paper. It works together perfectly!

    I'm not too familiar with fundamentalist Mormons and even less familiar with your culture. I really enjoy the tidbits you share. The book sounds interesting and a bit sad. I'm glad you found it interesting and it might be one I'd look up in the library sometime. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful day, Sweetie!

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  9. Cute, cute, cute! Love your cards!

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  10. So cute, Sparkle! I love those colors.

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  11. Sounds like a great book although kind of sad, too. Your card is darling-LOVE that new KK image!

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  12. what a GREAT card!!!! I love it...that book sounds interesting...thanks for your feedback on it and your Hmong culture...

    Happy Birthday!!!! crafting in your jammies...now that sounds like thee perfect birthday...now only if Starbucks would deliver:)

    Have a super day!!!

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  13. Cute, cute card! Love the colors, your sewing is Perfect!!!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  14. Lovely card, i love the colours and fab Kimmie stamp!

    love tasha xx

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  15. Happy Birthday Sparkle! Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Your card is so much fun! Love that dew drops you added! :)

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  16. That is SO cute Sparkle! Enjoy your day at home!

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  17. ""HAPPY BIRTHDAY"" 'SPARKLE!', I hope you have the best day crafting in your jammies sounds perfect!!! Your card is stunning love the strong colours and your colouring too!
    Interesting book, I don't think I could endure that sort of life makes me feel very blessed with what I have!
    Hope you are well, sorry haven't been round for ages, and thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments too... BiG HuGs Kim :)

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  18. Love the card, fabulous job!

    Hope you have an awesome crafty birthday!

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  19. ♫ Happy BIRTHDAY to YOU ♪
    ♪ Happy BIRTHDAY to YOU ♫
    ♫ HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SPARKLE ♫
    ♪ Happy BIRTHDAY to YOU!!! ♪

    ANd many MANY more... hope you have a *sparkling* day my friend!!

    {{BIG BIRTHDAY HUGS}}
    ~Kristine

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  20. Happy Birthday Sparkle!!
    Love your card (as always) :).

    The book looks good - I'm making a list for the day when I start reading books again. lol.

    Have a fun & crafty day. (I'm so envious!!)
    ~Linda

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  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Wishing you a wonderful day!! Have fun crafting :) Love your card too :)

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  22. Wonderful card! And...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope your day is filled with as much joy as you share with others!!!
    Blessings!
    ~H

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  23. So cute! I still have most of this paper pack! I hope you have a wonderful crafty birthday!

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  24. OOH, Happy Birthday!!! I hope you enjoy your relaxing, crafty day! Your card is totally adorable by the way : )

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  25. Happy Birthday to you.... so glad you are able to spend your Bday scrappin in you jammies - enjoy!

    Fab card and thanks for the book review, I'm always on the hunt for a good one!
    Cheers,
    Shanna :)

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  26. Nice card! Happy Birthday Sparkle! Have a very nice day. I sent you a card & a little something hope you will receive it soon :)
    Hugs!

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  27. super cute card, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :) I'm Mormon and can tell you that the fundamentalist mormons have no association with us... we denounce polygamy as a gross crime in the world today - it makes me so sad when people get us mixed up! :(

    have a fantabulous day - can't wait to hear how you celebrated!! :)

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  28. HaPpY BiRtHdAy SpArkLe!!!!

    Love your KK card! I'm totally going to put an order in. Thanks for enabling! Lol! Great work using up your paper too.

    <3 Jenn

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  29. LOVE this Sparkle! Your coloring ROCKS on this super cute image! The book sounds so interesting, I may give it a shot!

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  30. Love all the colors on this one.

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  31. Such a lovely card.. love the vibrant colors!!

    Hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday!! Crafting in pjs is the best!!

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  32. Love that card! Happy birthday!

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  33. Happy Birthday! Love the card! Such a fun image and sentiment! Gonna have to look at that book.

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  34. Okay I'm home now and can see your super cute card! I love the colors and the stitching. I also really like the subtle checked pattern on the teapot, hat, and apron.

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  35. Hey Sparkle! Hope you're enjoying your special day! :) Woohoo, happy birthday to you!

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  36. Fabulous, bold colors on your card. Fun image.

    Thanks for the book info. I'm always interested in new things to read. Very interesting about the Hmong people.

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  37. happy birthday Sparkle! hope you have a wonderful day hanging out in your pjs! sounds like fun!!! love your card, btw and it has a fun feel to it. TFS and enjoy your day!

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  38. This is so cute and colored so very pretty!
    Hugs
    Jodi=)

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  39. Ah...the La La birdies told us it's you birthday...hope it is a happy day!

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  40. Happy Birthday!!!! Birthday celebrated doing just what you want!

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  41. Happy Birthday, Sparkle! Hope your day was wonderful and that all of your wishes came true! Thanks for sharing the book review with us and that amazing card!

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  42. Gorgeous!! I love this combo on the kraft!

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  43. Happy birthday Sparkle!! Sorry I'm a little late, but hope you had a most wonderful day!!

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  44. OHHH there's my favorite girl! Love it Sparkle!! Thanks so much.

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  45. Hope you had a very Happy Birthday!

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  46. Happy Birthday, Sparkle! Hope you had a fabulous day!

    Very cute card! Love it!

    Thanks for the book review - I'm always on the look out for interesting books to read! I was thinking of reading the 19th Wife - it's about Mormon polygamy too. I'll let you know if it's good!

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Thanks for visiting my blog! I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! Love, Sparks