Pondering Christmas postcards
I have been making and sending Christmas postcards for a long time. I didn't keep great records but I know which ones I've made since 2007 and I have enough left over for 2 more years. 2008 is totally missing from this photo. I called Mom and the earliest one she has was from 2006 so I'll assume that's when I started. I didn't make as many in the early years as I make now but I'd guess that I've made over 650 of them.
This is the first time I've actually pulled them all out to see them together. Some are better than others. I started making postcards to learn some new techniques and design principles and I'd say that I've accomplished that goal. I have 2 big bins full of cards that I've received in various trade groups that I've participated in.
Last year, for the first time, making the cards was a chore. The ideas didn't come easily and I felt rushed. I almost stopped making them but decided to give it one more year. This year the ideas came quickly, the making was fun and I've received more feedback from the recipients than ever before. People have sent me photos of how they display them and sent me lots of messages about how much them love them.
I suppose I won't stop. Plus sometimes I get cards in return! Here are the cards that I have that are displayed on my fireplace mantle for Christmas.
After I took this photo I found even more!
I think I need to figure out another way to display them. I know from receiving these how much people like receiving them so I'll keep it up and start thinking of designs for 2017!
12/17/2016 01:57:35 pm
I think they are all wonderful and I love the one you sent me - it is so different from any other card I have ever gotten!
12/17/2016 02:13:12 pm
I love the one i got. It is on display in my living room.
Tina in NJ
12/17/2016 02:16:53 pm
Trees seem to be popular. Maybe because they're natural? I have a niece and a nephew who are Jewish, so I hunt out things like mugs in generic winter motifs. Snowmen, snowflakes, and stars meet my criteria, and angels do appear in the Old Testament. You might also consider snowbirds such as chickadees and cardinals, and Arctic critters like owls and foxes. I also love your ornament-related cards; lots of embellishment opportunity there.
12/17/2016 03:26:16 pm
Some years are like last year - just harder than others. If you enjoy the process, then go for it. If you don't then take a year off and see if you miss it. I know that if I were to be on your list, I would LOVE my cards! I have made cards that are mailed in envelopes but not postcards. I have to start pretty early otherwise I feel rushed and the cards feel more like work than play.
12/17/2016 04:52:29 pm
Those are all so wonderful. It is great that you kept a sample one so you know what you have done before. Are they all fabric? Would they work up into a holiday quilt?
I know exactly how you feel/felt over the cards becoming a chore. I have, for many years, made a series of ornaments - some of which I use as little gifts and others get used as 'bows' on other gifts. A couple of years ago I broached the idea that perhaps I should stop because surely people were sick and tired of filling their trees with my stuff. Well, there was SUCH a hue and cry of distress so you can guess what happened. Sigh. Loved seeing all your cards in one place (but you know which one is my favourite I'm sure).
12/17/2016 11:09:56 pm
These are just lovely, Vicki! How do you send them? Do they go In an envelope, or do they have a label on the back for addressing and a stamp? Do you worry they will get caught in the postage machines?
12/18/2016 01:29:25 am
Beautiful cards!!! What a lovely display.
12/18/2016 08:37:34 am
Vicki, that was so much fun to see so many different ones you have made. You are so talented. Lucky recipients!! I always make paper cards but this year I started and wasn't enjoying it, so we ordered our cards with pictures of our summer vacation.
12/26/2016 05:16:07 pm
Your photos have provided great inspiration. I'm going to try to make a few this next week as a start for 2017. I see that you even have some with buttons sewn on. Do you write your message on fabric or a thick paper, sewn to the back?
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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.