Something to look forward to – a book gift

As you may have read, my daughter is disabled. She has learning difficulties as well as physical ones. She does pretty well in life, but as is true of ALL of us, but perhaps more so for people like her, the whole Covid-world, lockdown, social distancing thing is a struggle. She is FINE with masks, and even asked for some more for Christmas – thank goodness. But not getting her usual, if occasional, retail therapy, has been hard.

I thought, now the vaccine in “here” – if not actually HERE in our house yet – I would make her a little riff on the old coupon books, with a list of some of her favourite treats that are out and about. Just to give her something to look forward to.

The whole thing is based on my Hungarian Map fold book, which you can find here.

Slightly crap photo – using a paper pad I loathe, but she really likes cause it is butterfly heavy. I might have even bought it at her request, but it’s been ages so I can’t be sure.

You can see how the Hungarian folds, stuck back to back, fan open when you open the book.

I won’t bore you with all her favourite things, but there is some shopping, some cinema, some dining out…luckily one of HER favourites is one of MY favourites.

and her disability skating group, which is open but is a 2 hour drive (each way) and space is limited to maintain social distancing. We’ve opted to let those who are closer claim a spot. But she REALLY misses it, perhaps even more so the shopping and eating out.

Perhaps the very last thing she did was take part in the international Synchro skating competition at Sheffield – or was it Nottingham? Can’t recall, but I do recall they considered cancelling it as Covid was beginning to spread. I feel we dodged a bullet there, and had we had any idea how bad things would get, and how fast, we would have given it a miss!

So all very sparkly and full of butterflies and I hope she really likes it. And I simply cannot WAIT to get out and do all of these things with her. 2020 has been a black hole and the sooner we can be done with it, and put Covid, if not behind is, at least far, far to one side, the happier I will be.

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Bi-fold frame

Regular readers might recall me mentioning a class I taught a couple of years ago at a crop, making a bi-fold frame out of foam core and cardstock.  I had a little trouble with the instructions (possibly an understatement, as I think I emailed the crop organizer the wrong PDF – this sort of thing is why I don’t teach very often! LOL!) but once we sorted that out the class projects the attendees made were all just lovely.  Anyway, it is still one of my most favourite projects so I told Julia (after a very pointed glance my way during a discussion at the last crop about classes) I would teach it this week.

I had already sent the two previous samples off as Christmas gifts (one to my in–laws, one to my mom and dad) so I had to make another one and I photographed the process so I could do another PDF with more exact and streamlined instructions.  I think it’s pretty clear this time, and I made great efforts to ensure it was correct.  But I do want to see how the crop ladies get on with them before I share it (see?  I do learn!)

Here is the sample I made – expect a PDF and a YouTube slide show doodah coming soon.

This one uses a couple of birds cut from a piece of Ciao Bella paper and a lot of little flowers from the wedding section of Hobby Craft.  I rather like it. The frame has a bit of a shadow box effect and, as you can see, can stand open nicely.  The thing I love about it is that it is endlessly adaptable to your own style! Here is a look back at the original – could they be more different?

Astute observers will note the use of Dan99s lovely little wonky house and fence.  I still love them a lot.

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WOYWW – doll faces

In a mad rush to get all the sewing done for DD for Christmas. As I mentioned I have made her a number of dolls, trying out a number of patterns, from a number of different materials. Painting the face for the “last doll” (I made her promise me this is the last one I have to make) and will finish her TODAY for sure. from a pattern at this site and some eye painting tips from the Doll Fashionistas book by Ellen Brown!

And a shot out my scraproom window!

DH and DS are on the road trying to get some food and coal. Fingers crossed they get out and back OK! We had a double lorry completely blocking the road, part in our drive, angled like a Z across the narrowest part up until about an hour ago (it sat running since about 3PM yesterday then a second lorry tried coming down the hill this morning and for a while we had two of them stuck!) but they managed to move at some point. With luck we won;t be eating Chinese dumplings and hot dogs for Christmas dinner!!


The kind of recipient you want!

We scrappers often come up with little projects to send out to friends and family. It’s often a bit sad for us when the recipient doesn’t seem to care much for the project, tossing it aside saying “Nice” but clearly unaware of the love and attention that has gone in to it. OK, yes, I agree, we all should perhaps consider the recipient before embarking on a major, time consuming or expensive scrap-related gift and be as sure as we can be that they are open to receiving that sort of thing, if for no other reason than because it would save US a lot of time, energy and expense when a bottle of cheap bath salts will be greeted with much more appreciation!

For me, with so much (virtually ALL) of our family 1000s of miles away, and with them all clamouring for photos al the time, making a photo-related project makes good sense. It lets me do something I love doing and gets them a constant supply of photos so the kids aren’t strangers to them when they do meet face to face.

But every once in a while you give to a recipient who really “gets” it, and how. My DHs Auntie is one of them. An artist and creative soul in her own right, she always surprises me with her thoughtfulness and appreciation. I sent here this mini-book, with DH when he went of to CA to a computer conference:

It was one of those projects that I just loved and was actually a little reluctant to let go. I took photos of it so I would have a record but what came back to me from Auntie was a shock. She had received the book, loved it, then spent a lot of time recreating it by photo copying the pages, mounting them on other paper and binding it so I had my own version to keep.

As you can see she clearly both appreciated the effort I made and returned the effort back at me. Amazing.

I would wish EVERY scrapper who casts a project out into the universe could get this sort of return.