…a slight twist to my usual crafty antics, but a fun challenge!
A friend of mine is currently living overseas, and won’t be home until after Christmas. She contacted me with a view to getting something for both her sister and her mother.
Her sister’s gift was pretty straightforward. She wanted a photo album, something “a little bit chintsy, but antique chintsy rather than Cath Kidston.” This was a bit of a challenge actually, as it’s such a subjective thing! So we looked at different papers for the cover (all done online, you have to love the internet) and eventually one was chosen and the album was made. Here it is, antique chintsy covers, red coptic binding, with a gorgeous red lining to complement it.
I’m really pleased with this, as the flowers are red – the images of the paper on the website it was purchased from made it look very pink, so the red was a big relief!
The second commission was something a little bit different. Her mother had recently started taking art classes, so she wanted me to put together a package of sketching materials (“just basics, but nice basics”) together with a sketchbook.
I happened to have an artist’s box that I wasn’t going to use (brand new, but sadly unloved by me as I keep my bits and pieces all over the place in a very disorganised manner!). So I checked, and a re-bound Moleskin sketchbook fitted very nicely in the bottom compartment. So the finished kit comprises a one-of-a-kind sketchbook (made with a recycled Moleskin cover, revamped with a strip of gorgeous fuchsia leather along the spine), three Caran Dache pencils, two drawing pens, eight sheets of pastel paper (two each of four different colours), and two watercolour postcards. A nice yet simple mixture of materials and tools to play with, and a lovely box to keep them in:
I have to say that I really enjoyed putting this package together, and had a lovely time in the art shop today trying to decide which five pens/pencils I would put in the box (there’s so much choice, and I’m like a child in a sweetshop when I go into an art supply shop).
Of course, as these items will be sent directly to their recipients I’m also in charge of the gift wrapping and cards. The giftwrap I’ve chosen is a silver, white and black one with snowflakes on it. Pretty, festive, and elegant. The cards are handmade, although not by me, and I chose some snowflake cards from gooseberrymoon.
These will be wrapped up and then posted out next week so that they arrive in plenty of time for Christmas.