Saturday, November 30, 2019

Other creative pursuits

     It is the time for Christmas cards. Every year I make over 100, so the process cannot be too elaboarate for each card. It also makes it hard that people tell me how wonderful the last one was which puts pressure on me to top or equal it. I hate to be judged on my work.
     This year, I am experimenting with Brusho watercolor crystals, water spraying, carving a tree stamp, salt and white paint. I am not to the point where the cards are being produced. 100 cards is a lot of cards to make. I do not do copies or giclees as I like to give original work, thus I give myself headaches.
     Also, my granddaughter insisted that I make her a doll. I am 3D challenged and when sewing stuffed parts onto non-stuffed parts, I sweat and rip a lot. She would not relent, so we found a pattern online, and I ripped a lot. She says I am the best grandma ever. I will endure ripping and 3D trials for that. I could embroider the face fine, as that is not 3D dependent. Couldn't figure out the shoes.

8 comments:

The Joyful Quilter said...

Dolly is SEW sweet!!! The (beginning of) cards? Stunning, as always!

Gene Black said...

We all have our particular talents. I am fine with sewing dolls/stuffed animals. But standard American style clothing is a challenge and I find it difficult.

Debbie said...

Beautiful! What a special memory and cute, cute, cute granddaughter and doll! All she will remember is how wonderful her Grandma is. That is what matters.
Your cards are beautiful and I love you experiment with new techniques for you. I know each year is hard but the recipients love each one. Remember that:)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

The doll is cute. I'm sure the cards will be great as usual. You don't have to outdo yourself. Just have fun with them.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Don't put so much pressure on yourself -- your cards are fabulous. And those of us who receive them count ourselves as lucky to do so. Have fun trying the new techniques.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

What beautiful cards! I bet they are totally loved - and ones that are saved!!

Mystic Quilter said...

You have a darling granddaughter, even though you had a lot of ripping making her doll her smile tells us all how she feels!!
You shouldn't feel pressured nor feel that you are being judged on your work - I am one lucky recipient of your cards and each is a work of art!

Preeti said...

Love the doll and your granddaughter's smile says it all - the doll is perfect. Most folks appreciate handmade cards (over generic ones) but unless they are artistically knowledgeable they won't know if you spent a lot of time on it. It is the thought that counts and you got oodles of those :-) Whatever you make and send will be cherished and loved.