Friday, November 13, 2015

Crafting for Christmas

As part of our Christmas preparations this year I decided to make our cards.  Like all crafty jobs, this was a simpler thing to say than it's proving to do, but I've made a solid start this week.  I'd say I'm about one-quarter to one-third of the way through, and am enjoying making simple cards to my own design.  I think I'll enjoy writing and sending them all, and I love that as they are blank I have ample space to write a 'proper' message (if I'm sending cards I like to write a wee missive).  I adore sending and receiving cards at Christmas - Matthew always jokes that it's my favourite part!  What can I say, my stationery addiction runs deep....

Here are a few of the cards I've made so far - very simple as I'm a novice crafter - but a fun way to spend a half hour here or there of an evening.  Little  by little the Christmas preparations continue.

Not the snazziest cards in the world, but I like them!

One big basket of 50 cards, ready to go!  I'm in love with these little baskets too, perfect for holding ingredients, crafting supplies or papers - 3 for £2 in Asda.  I'm such a sucker for a cute bit of storage.

Are you crafting/making anything for Christmas?  Some of my friends are super, super crafty and will be doing some major knitting/sewing/creating just now!

PS Thanks for the sweet comments (and emails) on my last post.  It's great to know I'm not alone in this little season.  And crafting is very therapeutic...


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    1. Thank you so much - I need very little encouragement to get the glitter out!

  2. We always make some sort of design ourselves as well, but these days, I scan it and get the cards printed (time-starved, moi?). I used to find making cards one by one really therapeutic, and I really love your candy cane / stocking designs. x

    1. Thank you so much! I'm enjoying making them - whether I'll make the full 160 remains to be seen!

  3. I like your cards! I know I could never do it. Cutting and precision pasting drives me bonkers. I'm better off buying them, but I do go to the extra trouble of searching for just the right card, rather than buying any old box of a dozen mixed.

    1. That's a lovely way to do things too. I'm usually up to my ears in cutting and sticking for my classes at this time of year - so this is filling a niche nicely.

  4. You're so organised, Claire! I'm usually scrambling round at the last minute looking for cards! Love the Big Ben and bus card

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    1. Thank you - I spotted the little London bus in Paperchase and couldn't resist!

  5. These are really cute! Love the London card. I am cross stitching for 1 Christmas present and for a wedding in a couple weeks, really need to get some good stitching time in soon though!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. Wow, we must chat cross stitch sometime soon - I used to love it and getting back into it is a 2016 goal.

  6. These are fantastic! You are so artistic. I don't send actual cards anymore but admire yours. BTW, you owe me a newsy email, friend!


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