A card for my Aunt
Everyone goes through change phases in life and my family is in the middle of one of those change phases right now.
For the last 11 years my Mom and her sister have lived together in a town about 2 hours from me and it's worked great. It's been especially nice for my Mom the past 4 years because her granddaughter has been at college in the same town. But Alana is graduating and Mom has spent a lot of time here with eye doctor visits the past year so we all agreed that it's time for her to move to Richmond. That means it's time for my Aunt to move near her daughter in Florida.
My Mom, who always views every change as an adventure is excited about her move. My Aunt, not so much! I thought it might help a little to have a greeting waiting for her when she arrives at her new home so I got busy Friday night to make a card that should be there when she gets "home" today.
I wasn't going to spent hours this so I set some parameters to fabrics from my bin of pre-fused fabrics and I wasn't going to do any stenciling or anything else that would have a lot of prep or cleanup time.
You know that I like to give myself boxes to work in!
Anyway, first I needed a theme and went to Google for a list of state "things" of Florida and settled on the flower: an orange blossom.
Thank you Google Images for this feast of reference photos.
I'm lick that I have a BIG bin of pre-fused fabric. So I cut some leaves, orange circles and white petals and started playing around with arrangements.
I went with the light blue background because I had a card already fused with it! Then I decided on one orange and one blossom.
I start from the back to add the elements so the leave were fused and stitched first.
Next was the orange.
Then the blossom.
Then I fused on the back and stitched the edges. But it still needed a little something.
A little puff paint was just the right finish! Hopefully it will make it to Florida on time and in good shape.
I rarely make a single card but this time it was just right.
3/14/2018 10:43:09 am
Really cute card and such a thoughtful and caring idea. Wishing your mother and aunt the best with all of the changes. Change is hard!
3/14/2018 01:41:45 pm
Oh, Vicki, this is so cute! As we age, change can be more difficult to embrace. I hope your aunt comes to enjoy her new home.
3/14/2018 02:12:53 pm
Oh my word, Vicki! Your dear auntie is going to treasure your card. I adore the image and fabrics you've chosen. I send my very best wishes to your aunt and am hopeful that here transition is a smooth one.
Mary L. Bolton
3/14/2018 08:49:27 pm
Snail mail is the best! Your handmade postcard is fabulous!
3/15/2018 08:33:28 am
it is interesting how each person views change differently. I am great with a short term adventure - but I am not sure how I would feel about a life-changing one.
3/15/2018 09:09:51 am
that was so kind of you....and might just be the thing to bring a smile to your aunt's face. good job
3/15/2018 09:23:22 am
Cute card that I am sure it will be appreciated. It will be nice to have your mother closer! I hope your Aunt adjusts quickly to her new surroundings.
3/15/2018 11:07:47 am
How delightful! And thank you for the tutorial on making up one card fast by saving that box of prefixed! Hope you Aunt settles in and enjoys her new place.
3/15/2018 11:52:12 am
I know she will love this. It turned out so cute. I hope everyone adjust the their new homes. It is always a little harder the older you get to get up and to move for some.
3/17/2018 09:59:08 am
I'm sure your aunt will be happy with her surprise - so nice to get some special mail in a new home. I was thinking as I read this how fun it would be to create a postcard for every state (province in my case). Then I remembered how much work that would be, and promptly re-thought!
4/5/2018 08:06:32 pm
This is so lovely... I can almost smell the fragrant orange blossom flowers! Your work is always a delight to view!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.