Christmas crafting for me is always… for lack of better word, personal. Everything I make, I make it with somebody in mind. It’s not the case this time around.
I was browsing Pinterest for new ideas and tho card making is not my forte I was mesmerized by designs, colours and versatility. I’ve found greeting cards from oh-so-simple-yet-beautiful, to magnificently layered and complicated, and everything in between.
My time on these boards (christmas cards) inspired me to try and recreate some of these cards myself. If nothing else my friends and family will receive handmade cards for this Christmas.
I think I started out trying to incorporate too much into my card design like embossing folders, inks, modeling pastes and stencils, die-cuts, ribbons etc.
Then I made a complete 180 and made absolute simplistic cards with only one or two “techniques”.
Remember in the beginning of this year I mentioned that I needed to work on my time-management in this post ? Yeah…unfortunately not much has changed; I still need to get myself organized better cos although I was creating, many of my projects/gifts weren’t even photographed, not to mention blogged. 😦
So, the summer passed with a darling friend/neighbor giving birth to a little cutie pie and so I’ve made her a pink baby bottle filled with goodies (sorry, no pics of the gift, just my cutie pie holding the newborn cutie pie!)
Being a Godmother is “all” about spoiling rotten the Godchildren – or at least it is for me as I am so very far from them. With my hubby, we’re lucky enough to have three Godchildren, two girls and a boy, siblings.
At Easter time – which in Greece is the most celebrated holiday and this year it’s on the 12th of April – tradition wants Godparents buying special, decorated candles for the children to take to midnight mass on Saturday so they can lit it with the New Light. The church’s courtyard fills up with people holding tall candles in hand and painted red eggs to “toast” when the celebratory “He’s Risen” sounds.
I’m making these candles each year from paper mostly and each year I strive to make something different, unique. Last year it was carrots and poppies,
Sibling love is a tricky thing. Mystical to those who are an only child; raging with jealousy/rivalry or kind and comforting and everything in between for the siblings themselves; a “playfield” for psychologists.
Sibling love is incomprehensible because it’s different for every “pair” of sibling but it’s also an unquestionable fact because we FEEL it throughout our lives. Through time, it changes and evolves like we as individuals do. (Thank heavens cos otherwise my brother would be still pulling my hair and I’d be still jealous of him! )
I’m two years older than my brother. We are very different personalities and the way our life turned out, we live in different countries; he’s work-oriented, single, living life to its fullest, I’m a stay-at-home mom; see each other maybe twice a year (tho talk and text each other frequently), we’re not really IN each other’s daily lives, but I’d drop everything if he needed me and he did drop everything when I needed him. I feel closer to him than ever.
I could only speak about my feelings regarding how we matured into loving and accepting each other, but this post is more about celebrating this kind of love rather than dissecting and analyzing it. Of course, the process wasn’t easy but that just made our connection all the more precious to me.
And so, my brother’s birthday is coming up and it’s a big one. I wanted to commemorate it with a layout cos I was always mesmerized by the artistry of them telling the story with only a photo, patterned paper, and embellishments. Through the creative process, I remembered funny stories, proud moments, moving touches. I reflected… I was thankful… I was happy.
It’s my first ever layout (and I know it’s lacking) but I hope it communicates my love for him through time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I left you with promises of more to come but I – as I suspect everybody- got caught in Christmas preparations, which means I was diligently working on the “more” part just haven’t got any time to post it! I need to work on my time management this year…
Then January came…and went while I was sick. Winter in Greece is cheeky; the sun is out but it’s windy so in the shade you’re cold, in the sun you’re hot. Getting sick? -Absolutely inevitable.
But that’s all behind us now (for good I hope, at least for this year) and we can concentrate on lovelier things… like crafting!
So, the projects I didn’t get to show you last time include treats I made for my daughters’ classmates and teachers. There were chocolate-spoons (for stirring in milk), chocolate bars in snowman-disguise and Christmas inspired, spicy loose-tea mixes for cold nights to come.
My older daughter even composed a song for the chocolate milk spoons:
Rudolf, the red nose raindeer
has a very shiny nose,
and if you sing together
Rudolf’s antlers’ll jingle more.
Then at midnight Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolf, give those kids some treat
chocolate-spoon in milk to drink.
All of the kids love Rudi
and everyone is so happy,
Mister, go play a song
so everybody can sing along.
Kids and teachers equally enjoyed the treats.
My favorite time of the year…and I’m sure I’m not alone with this feeling.
I have so many ideas, goals for this holiday season that I feel I’m already behind. Gifts, cards, tags, decoration for the wreath, garland, the swag for the front door and of course the Christmas tree!
I started with a few cards from svgcuts-files that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. These are not your standard A2 sized cards and there are many layers to them so I made individual envelop-boxes for them to fit in (with my new envelop punch-board)!
Hm… Long time no post.
I never really stopped crafting but …*insert a million excuses*… Let’s not go there. I thought the Holiday season approaching is the best “excuse” to pick up where I left things more than a year ago.
Many projects in the making for Christmas, as in all kinds of treat-boxes, hanging and free-standing ornaments, centerpieces and home-decor to brighten up the gloomy days. Also all through Spring/Summer/Fall I was making gifts for birthdays and other occasions, like the graduation cap box I made for my darling “Little Sister’s” graduation from the University