As I’m writing this blog, I’m half watching Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and my living room is a glittering explosion of sequins because I’ve been making Christmas cards. I love watching Kirstie Allsopp, although I think it’s a shame everything on the show has to be a competition. It all looks so stressful, and I’d like to see Kirstie smile more. Yes, I know it’s all for the drama of the TV show – but for me, making things should be about relaxing, fun and experimentation.
That’s why I never have a plan of action when it comes to making cards. I just like to see what unfolds with some blank cards, my glue gun and box of ‘making things’ supplies. Inside I keep interesting paper (including ridiculously posh wallpaper samples I got from an Elle Deco magazine office clear out, when I worked in the same building as them), a mish mash of sequins, material, broken jewellery, glitter, feathers, netting and some Victorian-style decoupage paper cut-outs. You could even incorporate the pretty patterns on Crabtree & Evelyn’s drawer liners if you have some spare. It’s like a magpie’s nest.
When it comes to making things, there’s always a touch of magic involved and you have to have the belief that everything will work out in the end. Just like in life, it’s ok to make mistakes – sometimes they are the things that give your creations character, and you can learn from them. Plus, you can always reuse or recycle your mistake and start again.
All the cards I made tonight are pictured above, and with each one, I think of the person I’m making it for and try to add an essence of them. I just love sticking things together and seeing what happens!
Ok, Kirstie did just smile when she won a WI competition, so fair play. I hope my friends and family smile when they see the cards I’ve made them.
Have you made your own Christmas cards this year? Show and tell in the comments box below…