Friday, July 8, 2011

Hey Ice Cream!

Snail Mail

I'm a broken record when it comes to talking about the art of writing letters and sending cards. It's dying folks, but you can save it!! I GUARANTEE you, a friend opening their mailbox to a handwritten card is better than a Facebook "happy birthday" message.... I'm teaching my son to write thank you notes, and send written correspondence. He's five and knows not only about addressing envelopes and where the stamp goes, but that is a nice gesture to send a card to a friend! Today, he made a thank you "card" - as his cards end up being full page drawings with the sentiments written among the pictures. He also made a few notes and drawings to send to his little friend from school, who he has not seen in a while.

I had him tell me different things he wanted to say, and I wrote them out clearly on a sheet of paper. He chose which sentences to copy onto his cards, and they came out awesome! I could tell he was proud of himself, and he is SO excited to mail his creations out.

Take ten minutes and do this with your kids! They will learn invaluable lessons about gratitude, friendship, and the importance of handmade! Pass it on!!

Christmas in July

As much as I love painting and drawing, my new fun escape is playing around with stamps! Some, close to me, consider stamped cards to be "cheating," since they want me to hand draw everything I do. That's okay, stamping is just addicting and mindless fun for me. I love the beautiful paper, and the layering of pretty inks. It's a fun craft for me... You should try it too! It's a great stress reliever and you get nice cards out of it. ;) Today, my niece joined me in a Christmas in July stamping extravaganza!

We have a grand scheme to hand make all our cards this summer, to keep us out of the sun (damn Irish skin), and one step ahead of our Xmas rush. I am waaay to involved with my cards - layering ink and cut paper, layering stamps.

My niece likes to use ribbons, and simple cut shapes. In the time it took me to make three cards, she made fourteen! HA!

Hers are super cute. We just have different styles, and that's the fun of it... You can get as involved as you want!

Happy crafting!