My nephew turned 9 years old today. Oh, how the years fly! When he was born, I thought he was the most perfect and precious thing I had ever laid eyes on, and I can’t say my opinion has changed much (although with the subsequent births of his three siblings, I have had to extend my love and adoration to that little trio as well). He’s a gorgeous little boy – very sweet and well behaved (as much as any nine year old boy is) and he is kind and generous with his brothers and sisters.
I wanted to make him a birthday card. He and his siblings make the most delightful little cards for us, so I am only too happy to return the favour and make a special one for him. I didn’t have a lot of time – I was waiting for a handyman to come and fix my garden gate, plus I had lots of errands to run during the day. I didn’t want to make a mess in my clean house (cleaned up for the handyman who probably couldn’t care less what my house looks like and most likely didn’t even notice if I had vacuumed or not) so I kept it simple and just made this little robot card. Master Nine likes robots, but I must say, I don’t think I’ve ever had to draw one before – probably not since I was his age anyway.
So, I just doodled a quick sketch or two of some not-very-technical-looking robots, until I came up with one I liked. I think he’s kinda cute and I don’t even mind my slightly dodgy colouring-in. I had to give him a heart – partly to add some extra colour, but mostly because, um, I just like hearts on things, and wanted to sneak in some love for my nephew without anything being too “girly”.
I simply attached it to a card blank and wrote “Happy Birthday” underneath. Nothing too fancy. Master Nine loved it (“Oh Cool! It’s a robot! I love robots!”) which made me happy. Doesn’t take much with me!
A handmade card will always trump a bought one, even if it’s simple and not-very-perfect. Anything made with love is better than a shop-bought product, and so I am glad I spent some time making this one. The recipient is TOTALLY worth all the handmade love in the world. Happy Birthday little dude – you will always mean the world to me x
PS Please excuse my chubby legs in this photo (below). I was making the card on my lap in the lounge room…