Hurray! Our first few Christmas cards arrived yesterday (thank you!) and now I feel like Christmas is really happening. Christmas, as Little E would say, "is open". Here, we wait until everyone is home in the evening and then we divide up the little pile of post and try to guess who it has come from before we open them in turn.
So I'm glad that I had made start on a batch of my own at the beginning of the week. Usually the first thing I do is pull out my Martha Stewart Christmas tree punch: it (and the buttons!) appeared on my cards last year, and the year before that, so I thought it would be fun to try to use it (and the buttons!) again as a kind of signature.
As I tried out a couple of ideas I thought about the cards I had made in the past: same elements, different look - mmm...in 2011 I made white cards, very clean and simple. Was I feeling very serene at the time, or was I looking for a way of calming myself down? Last year I wasn't feeling well in the run up to Christmas. I made cards with map paper: was I looking to run away from it all? or was I really looking forward to our big holiday in the summer?
Now, this year, this year I've been knitting and making quilt squares and thinking about dressmaking....
...and when I looked at what I had come up with for my cards I could see how I'd been influenced by the other crafts. I had used a Martha Stewart postage stamp punch to create little quilt squares without even really thinking about it. And I've gone from all white to - totally bright. I'm looking forward to Christmas this year!
So just for a bit of fun: do you think your cards have something to say about you?