Saturday, 8 September 2007

Christmas cards

Nothing to show, but today I've made lots of Christmas cards, despite not feeling good. Those of you who know me know that I have vertrabae fractures as a result of severe osteoporosis and am finding life difficult, not that life has ever been easy because of a life-long upper back deformity causing pain and restriction, but, hey, God's grace enables me to do what I can and I've so grateful for that.

For the past two or three years I've sold cards to raise money for TEAR Fund and am planning to do so again in three weeks' time - anyone local reading this, please note that's Saturday 29 September from 10 - 12 in the morning and 2 - 4 in the afternoon.

Over the past few weeks I've made a fair number of packs of Christmas cards to sell cheaply, but I always do some better ones to sell individually at a higher cost - people tend to buy them for the 'specials' and perhaps have a relative put on (not the actual relative, you undertand!!).

So, bearing in mind that I have to be careful the amount of time I spend crafting because of my back, I bought the recent Anna Griffin TSV from QVC, thinking that at least I could make some quality cards quite quickly. There is an amazing amount of cardstock and paper included and I've managed to make cards other than those suggested by the kit - in fact I don't like doing them 'as per the leaflet' but prefer to use them to do my own thing.

In an ideal world I would prefer to make everything from scratch myself, particularly now that I have a craft robo, but unfortunately poor health means that it isn't an ideal situation and I still want to be able to have a supply of cards to raise money.

Now that I know that I've got quite a reasonable amount of stock, I can spend any other crafting time now doing my own thing, which is what I most enjoy.

Of course, all the cards I've made need inserts put it (these are all ready) and will need bagging and labelling - boring, but necessary - something I can do 'in between'.

Thank you, everyone, for your visits to my blog and for your comments, particularly the encouraging ones when I was feeling that perhaps I'd give up the crafting.


Show us your self portraits guys!

Thought I'd show my new glasses (wear contact lenses, but trying to give them a rest when I can, so tend to wear glasses at home). Mind you, I've taken them off now, because they pinch the sides of my head and my nose - I'm obviously going to have to go back to have them adjusted - and they cost an arm and a leg!