Monday, December 14, 2009

Homemade Christmas Cards and Stitchery

Each year I make my own Christmas Cards
And normally they'd be done and mailed by now...
but I got a bad virus and was sick for a week,
so the creativity wasn't flowing very well.
Time is running out,
and I actually considered not sending any at all!

Until today...
I made myself think up a super fast design
and work it all out...
in one day.
What a push!

but its done and in the mail... finally!

First, pull out the paper and stuff

Play a little bit with some ideas...

Have a super brain block...
until finally some ideas started to flow...

I decide to fold cream colored card stock to make a card,
and sew some pretty paper on one side of it
to make a pocket

I have a very simple Singer machine
because I have a sort of love-hate relationship with sewing
(to be honest, I usually end up outside in the garden)

Its not that I can't sew...
it's just that, when I do sew,
I always make mistakes!

And when that happens,
I hate ripping seams so much
that I usually toss the whole thing into a box,
and there it stays forever!

The sewing machine works well for attaching paper sleeves though!
And no ripping seams! (:

Pick out a cute pic of my grandbaby, Sophia!
Print it out on a bazillion papers

Stick em in the pockets...

and Voila!

outside in the rain, my birds are having lunch.

AND... I'm pretty proud of this one!

My friend Dzintra,
over at Queen of the Armchair aka Dzintra Stitches
had sent me a stitchery project
waaaaaaayyyyy back last spring (fall for her)
I had my garden to attend to all summer
and didn't get to my project until the weather changed
and I had that cold last week!

Well, finally...
here it is!

Isn't it great?
Thank you Dzintra!
I loved creating my first stitchery project,
and now I'm hooked!
Already looking for something new (:

Now all I have to do is put the backing on it and hang it in my office! YAY!


  1. Oh Vicki what gorgeous gorgeous cards you have made and what a lovely idea!!! I am so impressed...and wow look at that little stitchery!!! How cute is you can't wait to hang it's going to look great!! A gardening stitchery for a wonderful gardener...Love Dzintra♥x

  2. I love your idea for making a pocket card, very clever! I hope your mail gets through, it would be such a shame to go to all that trouble only to have things go astray. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, if I don't visit your "Bit of earth again" - Have a good Christmas!.

  3. Your pocket card is so clever. Your stitchery is lovely. I have a love/hate relationship with my machine. I love to sew and hate to put the machine away. Last time I sewed until my elbow hurt for weeks, now I'm afraid to get the machine out. What a crazy thing. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. Take care, Susan