Sunday, March 01, 2009

handmade cards

We needed to make a bunch of thank you cards today, and Tsia has become so independent in her art-making that I knew any collaborative effort had to be quick and dirty or it would never happen. I cut out basic shapes from fabric scraps, slapped some glue on the back of them, and handed them to her to assemble (with a little help). Quick indeed. Here are the six we completed in short order.


And this is a card my Mom recently sent. I had to look at it several times before it occurred to me that she had made it. And I think it's made from other recycled cards, right Mom? Some of it appears to be hand-stitched to cardstock, which she then stitched to the front of the card and hand-tied the thread ends at the inside to keep it neat. My clever Mom. She's got me looking at fabric and paper bits with a new eye again.


It's been a while since I did any card-making, and I love stitching on paper. I would have had at those butterflies with the sewing machine were it not for the short attention span of my crafting partner. I think it's actually becoming more difficult to collaborate on these projects as she grows older and becomes more independent. But she did tell me that she wants to start using a sewing machine, which has me fantasizing about all sorts of projects we can make together. Something tells me I'd better slow my imagination a bit for this, however.

9 comments:

  1. Love the butterfly cards! I just might replicate that ingenious idea. :)

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  2. I know what you mean about independence. Love the butterfly cards

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  3. I love the butterflies, they remind me very much of Lauren Child's illustrations which I regularly seem to channel when making cards or embellishing children's dresses.

    I have been pretty much pushed out of all creative projects now, my little people know exactly what they want to do and they want to do it by themselves. Sometimes the results are incredible and other times they are, mmm, challenging!

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  4. they are wonderful

    as for glue- my 3 year old just discovered it and loves it so this would be a great project for us to do together

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  5. Oh, very pretty! What a good idea! I love the butterlies!

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  6. I love those butterflies! It must be so challenging (and rewarding) to adapt your crafting and parenting styles as she gets older.

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  7. i adore the cards that you and tsia made! you will get all of the credit when the girls and i make some...thank you for the inspiration. :) and what a clever mom you are and you have!!!

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  8. I just love the butterflies! It's so great when they can say they made it themselves.

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  9. What sweet little handmade cards!

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