Category Archives: Crafty

Happy Easter!

I hope all of my readers (who celebrate this holiday) have a happy Easter! 🙂

It’s been quiet on my blog for the past few weeks because my motivation has been absent due to lots of stress and sickness. I also haven’t been writing a whole lot lately and so I’ve only sent out very few letters. Thankfully I have very understanding penpals who patiently wait for my letters. 😉

Eventhough I don’t have much to tell right now I thought I’d share some colorful outgoing mail of this month:

Oh and since it’s still so dark and grey outside (winter when will you finally leave?!) I want to share some more color with you…this is some of the yarn I’m using for my granny square blanket…and I received it a few weeks ago. ♥

Happy weekend and happy Easter!

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

One month until Valentine’s Day! 🙂

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of commercial holidays but I love making I’ve decided to do a Valentine’s Day Card Giveaway this year!

And here is what one of my readers can win:

The winner will receive three handmade, blank Valentine’s Day cards and three matching white envelopes which she/he can use this Valentine’s Day. 🙂

How you can participate:

Everyone can participate.

Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me about your favorite holiday of the year and why it is your favorite holiday.

You have one week, until January 21st, to leave a comment.

Then I’m going to use to pick one winner whom I will contact for her/his postal address and then I will send her/him the three cards.

Please be aware that I will send out the prize as soon as I receive the winner’s postal address..however because the postal service is pretty slow in some countries it might take a few weeks for the winner to receive the prize! Lets hope it won’t take too long. 🙂

I hope a lot of you will participate! Good luck!

Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes

When I’m in the card- or envelope making mood, I’m thinking of all the upcoming holidays or other special occasions I could make my cards and envelopes for, because I like being prepared. 🙂

So this time I made a few cards and envelopes for Valentine’s Day…even though it’s still over a month away. February is my absolute favorite month of the year and I can’t wait for it to begin! ♥

So far I’ve made three envelopes and four cards:

I love the “February” envelope the most:

These three cards are a small, note card they will fit in the envelopes I send letters to my penpals with:

And this one has a bigger size..and I used one of my Strawberry Shortcake calendar sheets. Being an 80s girl, I absolute LOVE Strawberry Shortcake! The original one though..not the ugly new one…

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? And do you send out cards? V-day is a big deal here in the US but for me it’s just a normal day. But I like all the pink and red flowers, balloons and other things the stores sell. 🙂

DIY: Christmas Card Journal

Are you like me and don’t want to throw away all the nice and beautiful Christmas cards you have received this year?

When I got out my Christmas decorations this year I even found a stack of cards from last year 😉 I never knew what to do with the cards after Christmas was over….until today! In a very creative moment I had the idea to make Christmas Card Journals out of my cards!

And here they are:

I punched holes in the cards and tied them together with a Christmas ribbon…and for the cover I used one of my left over Christmas cards. Inside of the cover card I’m going to put a photo of my husband and me on Christmas Eve and I’ll also write about our holiday. What we did, what we had for dinner and who we spent the holiday it with. That way I can look at my Christmas Card Journals in many years from now and remember the ‘good old times’. 😉

What you’ll need:

  • Christmas cards

  • Ribbon

  • Hole puncher

This year I received a total of 31 Christmas cards…so this year’s journal will be a lot thicker than last year’s.

Here are all my cards on a pile ^_^

First of all, I sort them by height and width:

You can sort them however you want to. I try to put cards with similar heights or widths together.

Next, I punch holes in them (2) with a big (three) hole puncher. I start with the bottom card and after I punch the holes in it, I put the ribbon through the holes…I do this card by card:

And when I’m done, I tie a nice bow on the top and write the title on the cover card:

Of course you can decorate the cover card however you want. All I had at the moment was a black marker 😛

You can also make Birthday Card Journals if you receive more birthday cards than Christmas cards. 🙂 I hope you liked my little tutorial and have fun making your own journals! 🙂

Snow day

Thanks to the winter wonder land outside (aka snowstorm), I don’t have to work today. Woohoo! 🙂 I can spend aaaall day in my cozy warm house, writing letters and making a few things for a giveaway that I’m planing to do here on my blog in the new year.

So far we haven’t gotten the 12 to 18 inches of snow the forecast predicted but due to the wind/storm, at times the visibility is pretty bad out there. I’m just glad I don’t have to go outside (besides going to the mailbox) ^_^ I love sitting by the window watching the snowflakes though. 🙂

No matter how bad the weather…our mail man is always out there, delivering our mail! 😀

Last night I wrote a few more Postcrossing postcards..which are on their ways to Russia, Taiwan and Virginia now:

Even though I didn’t receive any letters today, I’ll be plenty busy answering the ones I received the past few days  😉 And I’ll start writing right now!

Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂