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Christmas Wishes (Robin Card)

A quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
Let’s make a pledge to fill our world with kindness, love, understanding, and empathy this year. We’ve had enough hate, violence and suffering to last us into the next millennium.

I made this quick little Christmas card for my Mum (she loves robins).  I always seem to end up cutting out teeny-weeny bird toes, don’t I?

Best wishes to you all.  Be safe this festive season, and stay close to your loved ones.  Thank you for all your support and comments throughout the year 🙂

Happy Christmas x

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Christmas Peeps

Still doodling and drawing and colouring this week.  I’ve come up with some new designs (typical of me – at the eleventh hour) and I will include them in a future post.  I am using every spare minute to get ready for my market stall on Sunday.  It’s a bit nerve-wracking, trying to get everything ready and not really knowing how many people to expect.  I might be making a whole bunch of stuff for nothing, or not making anywhere near enough.  You just never know.  I only have one allotted table space on the day so I am also trying to figure out how to display everything so it’s easy to access and makes the most of the limited space I have.  I’m sure it will be ok on the day – I just always get nervous beforehand.  It’s very anxiety-provoking, having your own creations on display, to people other than your family and friends who will tell you everything is wonderful (even if it isn’t) and there is nothing worse than having people pick through your stuff, turn their noses up and walk away having purchased nothing.

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I’ve started pricing everything, which is always a tricky process.  How do you make something affordable but still cover costs and time taken to make the darn thing?  Some of my cards take me HOURS to make.  If I charged at some hourly rate I would be selling cards for about $83.00 each!  You have to be sensible.  The doodled cards take less materials but are all hand-coloured and drawn, so do you take into account the fact each one is an original and took some time to colour or do you just say well, it’s a more simple-looking item and charge accordingly?  It’s hard, but at the end of the day, I need the money and can’t afford to make things so expensive that no one will buy them.  I am also guilty of making things I’m not very happy with cheaper, and then pricing some items up because I really like them and don’t want them to sell, ha ha.

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Anyway, I’d be interested to hear how other crafty people market and price their wares.  Particularly if you’re just a “small concern” like me ie not super professional or running an actual business.  To be honest, I just enjoy the creative process and the money isn’t the most important thing – ordinarily anyway.  But, right now, I am struggling a bit and need the extra moolah to see me through Christmas!

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Hope you are having a successful, stress-free week.  Thank you for reading 🙂

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Flying Fish

Oh to be a flying fish!
With scales of feathered gold
To swim the air and fly the seas
In sunshine bright and bold…

Yeah, maybe writing poetry about flying fish isn’t exactly my strong point.  But how else to start a post that features a half-bird/half-fish creature on a card?

This one came about because I had used the other body parts of both animals in previous cards and had some spare bits laying around.  You know me, can’t throw anything out.

So, the flying fishy was born.  And bedazzled.  And bedecked with a hat. I think he’s rather nice and suited the sky-themed backing papers quite well.  I didn’t add any extra text or wording because I wanted it to be suitable for any occasion.  And I was being lazy (as per usual).  I feel it is more of a masculine card, which is good because I tend to neglect that demographic when making things.  “Got any nice cards for blokes?” people ask me, and I shake my head sadly and say “No…sorry…”  So maybe this one will suffice.

Hope you are having a good week – I feel it has been a long, tiresome one, with lots going on,  and I am feeling a bit like a fish out of water myself.

Take care and thank you for dropping in to visit 🙂

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Pretty Mermaid

This is possibly one of the quickest cards I have ever made.  No faffing about, no rummaging around for hours for the right coloured paper, just bing-bada-boom and it was done. The fish tail fit perfectly with the little girl and everything came together really easily.  No fuss and no tantrums.  The biggest struggle I had was finding a word or piece of text to add to it.  “Pretty” was the best I could do (ie I gave up in the end) and it seems to fit anyway. I added some Liquid Pearls around her neck so the word appears as part of a necklace.  I’m still considering putting an object in her hand as she does appear to be holding something, and I might add some shine to her scales too,
but I will sort that out later.

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She’s quite a demure little thing – no bare boobies for her.  Maybe she is transitioning from mermaid to human?  Maybe she burns easily?  Maybe blouses are the new underwater fashion.  Who can say?  I’m just glad she didn’t give me dramas and I finished her quickly.

Hope your day is happy and coming together as it should 🙂

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Seemeth to Be

Still making cards…and more cards and more cards.  I have only a couple of weeks until the Christmas market I am participating in opens its doors..  So panic stations are well and truly underway.  I don’t get a lot of free time at the weekends and evenings are tricky because I’m usually tired and head-achey and the light is bad.  Basically, I just make lots of excuses.  But I am now trying to be more organised and sensible.  I make up a card – putting all the pieces I need and am happy with together in a plastic sleeve, and then move on to the next card, leaving the actual finishing process until a time when I can get things done all at once and in quick succession.  It is a good way to stop time-wasting.  If I’m not quite happy with something, or can’t figure out exactly what I need to finish something off, I can put it aside and come back to it, when the creative juices are flowing and Gods of Crafty Inspiration are heeding my calls for divine help.

I wasn’t super-duper happy with this card, but it’s done and I am leaving it alone now so I don’t fiddle any more.  No good comes of fiddling and faffing about!  I don’t have time to worry about it being perfect or not, anyway.  I can always add something to it at a later stage, if I want to.

I think you’ll agree the little legs, feet and tree branches aren’t cut out too badly, considering I am half blind in the evenings and my scissors are getting a bit blunt (Note to Self : put new scissors on list for Santa).  I know some people are handy with a craft knife, but I don’t have the dexterity or control in my hands (thanks again meningococcal!) to cut neatly and without ruining things.  So I have to use little scissors.  Same result so who cares what I use, right?

This little birdie “seemeth to be” quite jaunty and poised to take off, perhaps to a party or some other feathery soiree where paper hats are appropriate.  Maybe she is awaiting the hatching of her ginormous egg.  She does have a look about her that says “Did I do that?”

Have a lovely day everyone 🙂

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When your Heart Speaks

My heart generally asks for pretty simple things – cookies and a bit of peace and quiet.  Less stress.  Cheese.  Sleep-ins.  Happiness for my loved ones.  Good friends.
Good health.  Tea.  More Tea.

 Sometimes it is hard to know exactly what your heart wants, when the noise of living gets in the way.  You think you want something, but then wonder if it’s just what you’re supposed to want.  If it’s what everyone else wants for you (or for themselves, but vicariously through you).  I still haven’t figured out what I want in life.  I am better at figuring out what I don’t want.  Which is a start I suppose.

Anyway, a simple little card here.  I could have added some more embellishment but I am trying to go for more simplicity in my cards, so they don’t take as long.  And so I don’t spend hours looking for that perfect piece of lace, or a button, or a word or ribbon.  I need to be more cost-effective and efficient with my time, and less like a crazy person who goes to bed dreaming about string and different shades of cream card.

Hope you are getting everything your heart desires today – or, at least, are on the way to discovering what those desires are.  Thank you for dropping by x

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Sweet Process

Creating a card can be tricky
You start off with papers and thoughts
You fuss and you fiddle and change things around
Probably more than you ought

Then you decide on an image
Something that’s pretty and sweet
You shuffle your papers, add and subtract
And hope it forms something complete

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You ink up the edges carefully
To add some vintage distress
Your fingers are getting quite grubby
And the table is looking a mess

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You position all the pieces
And figure out what will go where
Should they be on an angle somehow
Or centred and straightened with care?

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Pieces all glued together
And suitable text added in
You try some little embellishments
To give it some sparkly bling

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Nothing says cute and jaunty
Like a birdie wearing a hat
You’re finished now, and everything’s done
And that, my friends, is that!

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Ok, so I am no poet… I won’t give up my day job any time soon 🙂
I’ve just come home from celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday – lots of delicious food and lovely company (as all birthdays should focus on!).  Happy Birthday MD 🙂

It’s late but I had to wind down before going to bed (I don’t know about you, but I can’t just go straight to bed after being out…my brain is too hyped up, especially after social occasions which, despite being enjoyable in this case, are stressful and nerve-wracking for me). Why I thought writing a poem would help me, I do not know.

But it’s off to bed now, with a hot water bottle (mandatory), some flannel jammies (very necessary) and strict and stern instructions to myself to get up early
(I have a breakfast to go to – seriously, all I do at the moment is eat).

Hope you’re having a happy weekend x