Being creative has been pretty much on the back burner these last few months. Gee, I don't know why. ("Any ideas, Dumpling?") Somehow little and big boys, laundry and meals must come first. ("Didn't I just make dinner last night?" and "Didn't I just wash that?" are constant mental refrains.)
However, I snatched a little time a few evenings ago to put together these cards for my Mom and my Aunt Linda. Amazing what you can do with a cereal box, scrapbooking supplies and some really cute pictures. I had so much fun making these and was so jazzed at having created something from start to finish that I had trouble falling asleep myself by the time I was done with them.
They are not identical, but both contain very similar elements. My Mom and Aunt have traveled a lot together in the last several years including multiple trips to Venice and at least one trip to Paris. So I chose to add little snippets to represent their travels. I included a copy of a page from my 1883 Peterson's Magazine that contained a wonderful article on Venice. I only had one Eiffel Tower piece, so I cut it vertically and posted half on each card, as shown in the picture above. I then glued on some little buttons from my collection to add a final touch.
Buttons seem to appear in almost all my crafts. I don't know why, but they just seem "right" somehow. I seem to think something's not done without a few little buttons here and there. Maybe it just adds a little extra dimension to it all.
I've been eyeing my kitchen curtains that I sewed some vintage crocheted lace on before Christmas. I think they might need a few buttons too, just to finish them off. It's felt like they are missing something. Hmm...
I sent the cards off with my Mom as she was heading back East this week for work and to see Linda. I hope they like them! It's somewhat intimidating to make something for someone who is soooo talented like my Aunt. She really is amazing. See what I mean?
I wanted to do a little something more than just a normal thank you card for the beautiful teacup and saucer she suprised me with recently. It's the teacup at the top of the page. I love it's flower shape. Behind it is the creamer and sugar bowl set that she gave me a few years ago. She's talented and very sweet!