I have been crafting and designing up a storm lately! This year I’ve made a commitment to handcraft as many of my holiday gifts as possible as a way to save money, be more resourceful, and get a little extra creative experience under my belt. I made the throw pillow above for my grandma out of some fabric remnants that were on sale. I had no idea what I was getting into at the beginning of this, and I was pleasantly surprised when it all came together. I ended up really liking how the thinness of the pink fabric lets all the overlapping petals show through. I kinda tried to match my grandma’s decor which basically all revolves around her iconic off-white couch with reddish pink flowers all over it.
Mmm, hot chocolate! I’ve had an overwhelming amount of things on my to do list lately and my new favorite mug has been keeping me good company. Christmas with my Grandma, Grandpa, my brother, and Max got moved up to tomorrow and I just found out a week ago. It’s been all about designing The Flood during the day and nightly solo craft parties in the studio.
They were selling tiny Christmas trees at Trader Joe’s so I picked one up for my grandma because she no longer sets up a tree anymore and I wanted to give her one that would be a little more manageable for fun. I bought a couple of ornaments to put on it including a big sparkly red “J” (because both my grandma & grandpa’s names start with it: Janet & Jim), a funky little sparkly white orb arrangement, and a picture frame wreath that I put a picture of my grandma & grandpa inside of. I wrapped up the pillow for them as well and made cards for everyone.
For my brother Jeremy, I had ordered one of the Skyline Equalizer t-shirts I designed for ScaredPanda.com but ended up having to settle with just putting a picture of it in his card for now because I couldn’t quite get it in time.
Here’s the original picture of my grandma & grandpa pre-framing! It’s definitely one of my favorite pictures. They’ve been married for 30 years and I think this photo was either taken on or right around their wedding day.
I followed a tutorial from Create Loves to sponge paint this chevron design on the wrapping paper and a smaller chevron print for the card. I used teal blue tissue paper inside to match! It was really fun but I probably should have thought twice before doing this on the rug…
Here’s the front of the card when it’s finished. I cut out a bunch of Christmas-y illustrations from the Trader Joe’s grocery bag and it worked out perfectly with the kraft paper wrapping! I wish I could’ve managed to take a photo of my brother’s card… I embroidered red and green thread into the cardstock and it was a fun little experiment. I think it would be kind of nice to make every Christmas card different this year!
Well, I’ve got a fun weekend ahead with a pre-Christmas breakfast, an art show to check out, and lots of cleaning and crafting of more presents for Christmas and Hanukkah festivities. The cover of The Flood #6 and the articles & contributors will be announced later on this week!