Thursday, March 8, 2007

Ode to Oodabug


What is an "Oodabug" you may ask? Well, when I was a wee-little girl (I mean just starting to talk kind of wee-little)my grandma had this ladybug magnet on her fridge that I just LOVED. I would stand in front of the fridge and point up at it and say in my raspy little toddler voice "Oo, da bug". I was allowed to hold it since that's all I did. . .I would hold it and look at it, not try to put it in my mouth like most toddlers would. The most I would do is try to pick off it's dots. Everyone in the family thought it was so cute but odd since the ladybug wasn't very colorful or pretty at all. It was wooden, and pieces of the wood had chipped off here and there. (I didn't do it!) But I LOVED that ladybug magnet. Everyone in my family has called ladybugs "oodabugs" ever since then. Finally, at my wedding shower (twenty-some years later), I opened a gift from my grandma and it was my "oodabug". I came across it last night, which inspired my card and post for today. As you can see in the picture, she has been well-loved! :) So now you have the story as to why my blog is entitled "Oodabug Alley".
SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Ladybugs and sentiment from Stamps by Judith; Ink- Basic Black; Paper- So Saffron, Basic Black, Whisper White, DCWV Patterned paper and red; Accessories- Ribbons from Michael's and Joann's (stitched, dotted and organdy), Celery grosgrain, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stump, brads from Making Memories, Large oval punch, horizontal slot punch

17 comments:

Wanda said...

I saw this in the SCS gallery and thought "how cute". Am so glad I came to your blog to learn the story of the oodabug. Cute. TFS.

Wanda
'buttons2' on SCS

Angie Z. said...

What a charming story! Love the colors you used on the card! That's a darling image.
~Angie Z.

Your Husband said...

ok, you did it. Now I've got tears in my eyes.

Your Husband said...

Ok, now you put tears in my eyes.

Beate said...

Thanks for telling us about the oodabug. That is so cute! I love your card. Visiting your blog is bad for me. I want all those non SU stamps.

Shadowcatcher said...

Oh, this is just a darling card...and such a delightful story. When I was little, on the way to my grandmas house there was this teepee village that had rocks painted like ladybugs (14 if I remember correctly!) and I could hardly wait the entire 4 hour drive to pass the ladybugs and count them all!

Alex said...

Oh my goodness that is so gorgeous, how do you go about getting hold of one of those gorgeous stamps, that would make the most gorgeous anniversary cards wouldn't it!!!

Kristine said...

Oooo!! Now I see. Well, how cute is that?! :0) Thanks for the story. It's adorable. I can just imagine that...and my kids have said similar things, but I don't always get them recorded. Glad it stuck--so cute! Your card is so pretty and cute with those bright colors and ribbons. :0) THANKS!!

marja2 said...

Love it..
What a dear story..

oOur childhood is so precious,made so by the little things..

Does Stamps by Judith have a link??
I did not find one on your site.. And I am in love with your little bugs..

Kelly said...

What a great story! And what a sweet and thoughtful grandma! I think that would have been my all-time favorite gift if it had been me. A lot of meaning and love in that one!

kathy b said...

I love ladybugs, always have. This week a friend has been asking me about my stamping (she's never done it) and I have invited her to a SU art camp I'm going to tonight. She wants to stamp ladybugs, it's what she collects. I am sending her a link to your blog so she can read this special story. What a special lady your grandmother must be to save that for you all these years! Oh, and I LOVE the card, too!!!

Bee said...

That story was so cute, and the card is adorable. I love that stamp! :-)

Beedubya said...

Can I still blame getting teary eyed about a touching story from a complete stranger on pregnancy hormones even though my son is 10 months old? No? O.k. That means I'm just an emotional nerd...my dh was right...
Beautiful card and wonderful story! Bravo!

reeree62 said...

OMGoodness, what a nice story! Was there a dry eye in the house when you opened up that gift at your shower?? *sniff* Well, I must admit I wondered where the oodabug came from...figured it was some new species! LOL...

Lorie said...

That is such a sweet story. So neat how your oodabug is now in your possession! :o)

Donna said...

how did I miss this post all along?! I always wondered about oodabug. this is so sweet! I love that your grandma gave you the magnet. sometimes we find joy in the smallest things & they make the biggest impact!

SueB said...

I'm surprised it took me so long to notice this link as I'd wondered about your blog name ... I think Google Reader's made me a lazy blog troller ... STINKIN' CUTE card and nice background story - TFS! Reminded me of my loved items from my own childhood - now I've gotta go call my Mom, LOL!

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