“ Peace on Earth”, a beautiful and relevant sentiment on a vintage card Mother had saved in her big trunk. Today it is very peaceful in my corner of this earth. It’s sixty-five degrees on the porch, and quite sunny. The leaves on the pomegranate tree are beginning to turn yellow. The kitchen is warm and sunny as well. I am roasting our Halloween pumpkins and starting a batch of pumpkin bread. Christmas music is playing in the backround, Raffi is singing. He is a preschool favorite that I still enjoy hearing on my Christmas playlist. I sing along.
Mother saved old greeting cards and so do I. As a teacher I would set them out along with scissors, glue, paper, and markers to let the children cut them up to make cards of their own. This year I once again created a grown-up version of the same project. I have large boxes full of the old cards and I look through to find just the right image.
For this project I’ll be using, old greeting cards, a paper cutter, scissors, decorative edge scissors, vintage rick rack, my sewing machine, a star punch, card stock, envelopes, glue, a ruler, washi tape, scraps of colored card stock, rubber stamps, water color pencils, a small paint brush, postage stamps, and writing utensils. It seems like a lot of supplies, but they are all things I have on hand.
The next step is assembling the trees by sewing them on to the front of the card stock. I find sewing on paper really quite interesting. When sewing on paper I use a regular or decorative stitch and I often use a contrasting color. You can hold the paper in place with double stick tape, but I take care to place the tape where I will not sew through it as that will leave a sticky residue on the needle. For this project I chose not to use the tape. Stitching through paper dulls the needle, so I make sure to change to a new one before I resume sewing on fabric.
I have some more holiday greetings to write so they can be off on their journey. I’ll be handing them to our letter carrier any minute and waiting patiently to see what he what he will be handing me!
Thank you for listening. Take care