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Words of 2010

I really like the idea of choosing a word for the year, to set up the mood, the direction, the main theme of it. But I never can settle for just one word to sum up my hopes for the new year. I usually gather a group of words, some sort of guideline really of what I would like my new year to be. It is always full of hopeful anticipation, and a process that allows me to reflect on the previous year.

I did these little numbers on Wordle (love !), and I’m going to print them on thick textured paper to place in front of my desk. Just where I can see them when I slip away from what I really want.

P.S. : it seems that today’s images don’t want to show up nicely the way they’re supposed to…They do appear if you click on them though…strange. Problem solved !

Some more about wordle back here !

Handmade greeting card – colors in a package

Mother’s Day is long gone in the States and in Japan as well, but not yet in France, where my sweet mum is (insert lots of hearts). It will be celebrated this Sunday, and I prepared a little package to send her way for this special day, since sadly I won’t be there in person.

A little while ago, I wrote about a simple and pretty bracelet I had beaded. I really loved the color palette and even thought for a few minutes about keeping it for myself… but stuck to the original plan and sent it to her. I also sent another beaded bracelet, quite similar to this one, because I know she’ll love the colors and wearability of it.

These two bracelets were safely nestled into a little zipper pouch, handmade too. The front side is the sweetest linen print, while the back is just plan linen. The lining is a very soft green cotton.

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But my package wouldn’t have been complete without a handmade greeting card ! I had a lot of ideas but decided to go with a style I’m not too familiar with. A lot of cutting (that, I’m used to !), corner-rounding, and gluing. I think my glue stick lost a lot of weight during the operation ! The flowers and the leaf motifs are hand carved eraser stamps that I made a few years ago and have been using since. I stamped the flowers in different shades of pink to give some depth to the “bouquet” and then used some color pencils to add more nuances here and there. I also used a little embossing (the transparent kind, with just a bit of sparkle inside. Love it).

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I wanted to keep the card simple. I don’t know if I really did, but as long as the recipient is happy, I’ll be happy too ! (picture of the card – courtesy of the outside wall of my apartment. Uhum.)

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If some of you are interested, I’ll upload the template for the card. Just let me know !

Have a good day !


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