“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”
Although that was true two weeks ago, unfortunately, before Thanksgiving fix-ins and family time even entered my mind, now I can justify all the holiday festivities around town, in department stores and on TV. These include my recent obsession with Christmas pinning.
I’ve created countless handmade Christmas cards over the years, but I’ve never put much focus on the envelopes – the image my friends and family first see. So this year, I’d like to try something new, something I found on Pinterest: Christmas wreath envelopes.
I think I’ll write the name of the recipient along the edge of the wreath and possibly substitute the red ribbon bow with a red bow sticker instead.
Hoping to start on these this weekend, once I collect some green paints to use!
Anyone who follows me on Instagram is blessed with a daily digest of cat photos on their newsfeed, particularly after weekends I go home. This weekend was no different.
This photo captured Stones’ playful demeanor while I was trying to stretch after a run. He thought my hair dangling toward the floor would be a fun toy to play with – possibly, but not so fun for me.
I hope everyone enjoyed a nice, relaxing holiday weekend like I did!
Sometimes a Sunday afternoon with great friends and good food is the best way to unwind on the weekend and begin a good week.
Here is a glimpse of the Christmas cards I created with extras I had kept from past years.
I knew I kept those extra Christmas cards for a reason.
The other day, I sifted through handmade cards I had created as long as six or seven years ago. It was interesting to see how my designs and materials have changed since then, how my cards have improved and how my creativity had puckered out, in some cases.
Although these cards represent extras I made – or had forgotten to send to certain people – I figured why not reuse them to create something new?
First, I cropped the front of each card to avoid sloppy handwriting or messages I had written inside. Then, I pasted the design onto a new blank card that fits the envelopes I have on stock.
I also used extra stamped pieces from one of the designs I created last year to quickly put together a few additional cards.
Yesterday I delivered my new Christmas creations to McKay Bricker Framing in downtown Kent to see whether they’d like to sell more of my cards this holiday season. I noticed a few of my other designs I had dropped off last month still sat on the shelves among dozens of other artists’ handmade cards, but the employee I talked to said he’d try to find an extra stand to display my Christmas cards alongside other holiday designs. The handmade card nerd in me is excited to have my own display stand.
Yet, the procrastinator in me has yet to start this year’s Christmas card collection. Surprised?
Perhaps while I’m resting from multiple Turkey Day feasts next weekend I’ll gather the energy to get started. Until then, here’s to hoping more early bird Christmas card shoppers scope out the local scene these next few weeks for their 2012 holiday greetings – or early 2000s designs in disguise.