wow. the anxiety created by the prospect of making christmas cards this year was overwhelming… as mentioned in a previous post, i’ve been sending out handmade xmas cards since college. it’s a tradition i won’t break. but the last few months have been a whirlwind… this blog, setting up the shop on etsy, creating new items for etsy, some changes in my personal life, prepping for xmas, numerous deliverables due for work in the last 2 weeks: i was in a manic state, sleeping 5-6 hours a night, constantly doing, doing, doing. but i’m starting to crash, and the creative ideas aren’t flowing as freely.
my original idea was to block print cards, as i was so happy with the coffee cup and wine bottle cards i put up on etsy. but i just couldn’t settle on a design – i’d be in love with an idea for a day, then change my mind the next. as the days drifted away, i started to freak, because if i was going to block print, i’d still need to carve (my last carving session resulted in a few nasty gouges, which did not make carving in a panicked state sound attractive), and i’m still refining my inking skills, meaning each color would need to dry at least a day. tick, tock…
monday i made a decision: let’s try an origami tree, and send it out as an ornament. i honestly felt like it was a cop-out, as i had made some small trees on sunday to put on presents, and did a post on them already, but still, it felt right. sitting at home tuesday morning waiting hours for the roto rooter guy was a blessing: i was able to finish all of them and get them into the mail, all under the guise of “working from home”. (i should be fired.)
i do like my little trees! and the best part is, i didn’t buy anything to create/send the cards, except for stamps. every tree was made from pages out of the holiday paper source catalog; the brads are from my supply box and had dual purposes: 1) to keep the tree from unfolding and 2) to act as ornaments; bookbinding thread for hanging was in my supply box; tags and envelopes were in my paper stash. so i’ve created a green card this year, merry xmas, earth! and they’re fully recyclable, dear recipients, so please recycle them once the tree comes down.