Sunday, 30 December 2007

Hens and hot air

I'm too sore to sleep so I little post seems a fitting distraction and a chance to edit some Christmas photo's. It was strange being at my parent's house on Christmas day but having no energy to 'be busy'. Instead I had time to notice things I'd made around the house. One shelf had Christmas cards I'd made, one was about 20yrs old and was painted on fabric, Id forgotten it completely until that moment. Then there was a collage card I did for Mum on the back of an envelope...




Card for Mum's birthday - old envelope, pen, felt tip, pencil, tape, tracing paper

Above are some badly photographed images of a birthday card I made for mum. I saw some cute chickens on Flickr and knew my mum would like them illustrated and patterned. As is often the case, it didn't turn out as I'd planned in my head so I thought it was shit, but I knew my mum would like it. Seeing it framed I quite like it now. It's like finding old folio pieces, you see them with fresh eyes and can appreciate them for what they are, instead of worrying what they were meant to be. Like so many things in life, we should enjoy things more at the time.

Another card that was a disappointment to me, but a hit with everyone else was for my Dad's birthday which has just passed. I had planned an elaborate papercut but with my muscles as they are it became clear (by 4.30am on his birthday, through tears and frustration) that I simply just can't do even basic paper cutting just now.

Instead I did a layered cut out card of their house, with the fields and rowan tree, each on different layers, with a hot air balloon attached by a pin so it swings when the card is moved. We got him a hot air balloon trip for his birthday, though he can't take it till later in the year. We all plan to go on it with him but until then the card will be the reminder of what is to come...


Card for Dad - photocopies on cereal boxes

4 comments:

Annika Sandin said...

Lovely hen card :)
Lucky mum.

Shell said...

I do the same thing at my parents - look at all the things I've made in the past, and often marvel at the sheer volume of things I've made. It's always an eye-opener to look back.

These cards are gorgeous - it's hard to believe that you were dissapointed with them at the time, even though I know exactly what you are talking about. Such thoughtful cards - gifts in themselves I should think, and well, it's evidenced by the framing and care with which they are kept.

Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling better very soon.

Miss P said...

Yes Cally, these cards are gorgeous. You are so talented. I must say I particularly love your dad's card. A hot air balloon trip sounds wonderful. Big hugs and kisses, Miss P xxxx

melissa@yummygoods said...

i love that chicken card. beautiful.

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