Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas Cards

I told you about the bazaar. Well, the ornaments are done. I've run out of supplies so I had to quit. So I spent this past week making cards. A lot of the cards I got in a kit last year. And while they are fun and easy to make, they aren't exactly hand-made. Most of the other cards (about 10 so far) are "originals." I say that because I do take ideas from idea books and online galleries.

Making cards is different from making scrapbook pages because you don't have to worry so much about bulk. You can pile on the ribbons and flowers and not have to think about them getting squished in an album.

The only bad thing is to realize that because they are cards, they are more temporary than a scrapbook page. You give a card away to a friend as a Christmas greeting. After Christmas, what happens to the card? I really don't want to think too much about it. I would love to imagine them being cherished year after year as a Christmas decoration because of the hard work and love I put into making them.

Anyway, I've had fun making them. Fresh inspiration. Gives me a few ideas for mini-album pages as well (the kind you can bulk up a bit). Fun to make, when you have extra time I highly recommend it!





Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My OTHER hobby...

Long time no blog. Sorry about that! I've been a bit busy with my OTHER hobby. Every year about this time my friends and I get together and hold a winter bazaar. Some friends sew and knit, a few make beautiful bead creations, and a few also make delicious sweets. I make cards and ornaments. The cards come from leftover (and new) scrapbook papers and accents. The ornaments I make from wire and beads.

I just love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. I started making some very elaborate beaded ornaments from kits many many years ago. Once my children were born I just couldn't take the roughly 25 hours necessary to make just one ornament. But I still wanted to make something, so I found a way to make simpler beaded ornaments.

This year's bazaar will be on November 25th. Its always hard to get motivated to make Christmas cards and ornaments before Halloween has even started. But I try. So, as much as I don't want to, I may have to take a break from making my scrapbooking. Ouch!

For my students, of course our classes will continue as scheduled. If you want to join on any of the days just let me know.

Thanks for looking! See you soon.