Jan 19, 2009

Have a Break

This year I had decided to make all my gifts for friends and family, from the gift itself to the wrapping and cards. I know its an ambitious thought especially as the year wears on, but I am going to try my hardest to keep it up.

Here is my first gift, its for a friend who loves anything small, adores cats and loves the natural back to basic, earthy look.

The gift is four tiny hand made pottery dishes, ideal as individual butter/sauce/relish/pate dishes. For the wrapping, I took a piece of old hessian and roughly sewed it with old jute to make a sack, gathering up the top to tie. the card is made from plaid cotton fabric on the front and dark check tapestry on the back. I broke a small frame in half, and aged it with burnt umber oil paint. (the broken frame went with the saying.) I cut "Have a whale of a break" out from a magazine, and added this around the frame. (My dear friend 's life is always so hectic) Inside I put a picture of a sleeping cat and added the words "Eight more lives". I finished off the front with two vintage press studs and burnt umber here and there to age.

At the back of the card I added a gift voucher from my shoppe.

I have so enjoyed putting this together, now to start on the next one!

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