Friday, June 13, 2014

I'll be there...with bells on

Welcome back to another Cut it up Challenge.  This week we are making wedding cards and you must use bells!  I love the bell idea and wanted to use real bells on my card, so this is what I came up with.

Most of the supplies are from the PTI May (I think it was May, but could have been April...) Make it to Market Kit.  (Ahem...I'd like to interrupt this program to tell you this is a fabulous kit!!!  The dies, the paper, the sequins, all of it swoonworthy!)  OK, sorry, back to our featured program. I used what I had, added a little twine and some bells.  For the "sprinkles" I cut the sentiment twice, once in Bermuda Bay and then in Sparkle paper and overlapped them. Maybe not a typical wedding card, but I do this it will make the receiver smile for sure! :)

You can read more about my wacky thought process below, but if you don't want to you can just get creating! You know the drill, make a project using a die and the theme and link it up over at the CIU blog.  One lucky winner will get a $20 coupon to As Cute as a Button AND a $15 gift certificate to Die-Versions,  wahooo!

As I was making this card, I found myself wondering where the sentiment, "I'll be there with bells on" came from.  My interpretation of this means to do something with enthusiasm, and what I found on Google corroborated this.  I found a really fun site with origins of phrases here.  This is what it said about "with bells on:"

To be somewhere with "bells on" refers to a practice peddlers had when they roamed the area west of the Appalachians selling wares. To avoid Indians, they traveled as silently as possible until they reached a settled area. Then they unmuffled the bells that hung around their horses necks to announce their arrival to outlying cabins. Hence, "I'll be there with bells on." The peddlers' arrival was a much anticipated major event in the mostly tedious and hard lives of settlers, not only for the goods they sold, but also for the news, letters, and messages they carried from the outside world.

Not that you can believe everything you read on the internet (thought everything I say on this blog is 100% true!)... BUT this seems plausible at least. :)  There are other fun origin stories or theories on the page like being on "cloud nine" and "dead as a door nail."

Thanks for stopping and have a great day!


Lynn said...

Had no idea where that saying came from Katie. So cool. Love your card. You rocked all the goodies.

Tracey McNeely said...

Love your card created with the Market Kit that I have had over a month and have not played with...Yet. Thanks for the inspiration, you card is gorgeous. Now you tweaked my curiosity so according to the Phrase Finder website "Be there with bells on. Arriving 'with bells on' -- meaning happy and delighted to attend -- goes back to the days before automobile, when it was the custom to deck out with the fanciest harness the horse that drew the carriage for special occasions. That, of course, was the harness 'with bells on.'" From the "Morris Dictionary of Word Phrase Origins" by William and Mary Morris (HarperCollins, Publishers, New York, 1977, 1988).
Huh, who knew?

Creative M said...

I love the sentiment!!! Fabulous!!
A Wonderful & Fun card!
Have a wonderful day,
*Crafting With Creative M*

~amy~ said...

GORGEOUS! I love this card...yay for using that kit!

Super interesting about the bells thing. You know I didn't grow up with euphemisms, so I'm always fascinated by their origins.

Kim Heggins said...

This is just too darn cute! Love the bells.

wienerhoneymooners said...

I think I am on the wait list for that kit... Ho hum, fantastical creation to wet my appetite!!!!!

Deepti said...

Amazing creation :) I love those hearts in the BG

Anonymous said...

I always wondered where that saying came from, too. You're right -- seems plausible!
Beautiful card. Love the "sprinkles!"

June Houck said...

This is so fun and festive. I love your style and I love your blog and of course i adore YOU! Such a nice touch that you added the info with the "bells" phrase. You make me smile :)

cm said...

Look at you with the research - and the sharing that came along! I had no idea as to the phrase's origin, so I'm feeling rather 'enlightened' thanks to you! I need to get back to reading more (crafting comes first though *grin*)! Your wedding card, 'with bells on', is stunning! Pretty wedding perfection!