But I don’t have time for Christmas!

But I don’t have time for Christmas!

Things are pretty crazy here.  I end each day wondering where the heck all the hours went and how I’m going to get all the things I need to do before Christmas done.  In between packing and organising rental applications, I am trying to finish Christmas shopping, write cards and taxi my Mum around so she can do her Christmas shopping.  That’s on the days I don’t have to go to work as well.  Because I am having to take an hour off here and there to attend property viewings and then submit all the necessary renter information to the Real Estate offices, I am having to make up the time at work so I’m going in earlier or leaving later.  Then of course there’s “catch-ups” and get-togethers with the people you somehow don’t find time for during the year but get the guilts about at this time of year.  Which means more gifts to be bought or, at the very least, more cards to be written or made.  I am very, very lucky that my Christmas to-do list is so long – it’s proof that I have lots of people I care about in my life and I’m certainly not complaining about that.  A few extra hours in the day would come in very handy though…

So what does a super busy person do who has little time and is currently living in a house filled with packing boxes and has packed up most of her craft stuff?  Well, she makes more cards of course!  It’s like a disease.  I just don’t like giving bought cards – there’s some lovely ones out there but I feel like I’ve let people down if I give them pre-packaged cards.  So, the word of the day was “keep it simple, stupid”.  Ok, so that’s four words but you get what I’m saying.  I had to make some cards that would take little time and effort and even less materials.

Today I bought a strand of gold snowflakes (used for garlands) and cut it up to make a handful of easy, simple cards for the festive season (whilst sitting in the lounge which is the only place free at the moment).

Snowflakes

I used a couple of sheets (that had gold highlights to match with the snowflakes) from a Kaiser Craft “Sweet Nothings” pad and a few scraps of sheet music. These were super-easy and I resisted the temptation to “fiddle” and add extra bits.  I used one little Merry Christmas stamp (a freebie from a magazine – love those!) and I’m quite pleased with the results.

Christmas Cards 2012

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Xmas Card 2

Xmas Card 3

Xmas Tree Card

Xmas Card 5

Wish I had made them earlier though instead of waiting ’til the last minute.  But let’s face it – if it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done 🙂

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3 thoughts on “But I don’t have time for Christmas!

  1. In the midst of packing and moving, I’m amazed that you can still produce beautiful, handcrafted cards. It is interesting that when forced by circumstances to keep it quite simple, your cards are pared down and still work beautifully and simply. Great work!

    1. Thanks so much – I really like these simple cards. I wish I had done them sooner so I could have made more but the old brain was not working…

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