The clocks have gone back, we have gained some daylight in the morning, but lost it in the evening. I don't know about you, but I don't mind getting up in the dark, as I much prefer lighter evenings if I had the choice. Winters are long enough as it is, and getting dark at 4.00 pm is not much fun. But, the good news is that Christmas is on its way and it is a lovely time of year.
It's Handmade Monday - please someone tell me where the time goes, because it only seems a day or two since the last one. Not that I mind, as it is a great opportunity to visit some fantastic blogs. I hope you visited the ones last week that gave tutorials on making a fabric wreath and gift bags - both really lovely and on my list of things to-do.
My 'make' this week is an A4 Christmas card. I used the Nitwit Village decoupage for this, but added my own touch. I ripped around the edge of a blue A4 piece of card to resemble sky and added some fluffy-looking clouds to the scene - these were also torn from white card. I like making big cards because there is a lot more space to be creative.
It is interesting to observe people's views of handmade items. At yesterday's event I had a basket of birthday and thank you cards at £1.50 each - I was amazed when one 'potential' customer asked the price and when I advised her £1.50, she put them back in the basket and moved off without saying anything. Isn't it strange how people will pay £2, £3 or more in a supermarket for a mass-produced, non-personalised card without a second thought, but with a one-off handmade card they balk at the price? Sometimes being a crafter can be a little disheartening, but thank goodness the majority of people respect the hard work that goes into our craft.
I am off to put my feet up and plan for this week's event - I had kidded myself that I wouldn't make any stock as I have loads. The problem is there are always ideas buzzing around in my head for new cards, so just have to get on with the card-making and make the ideas a reality.
Don't forget to come along to the event I am at this week if you are in the Guildford area: 2 November, 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm, The Holly Lodge Christmas Shopping & Pamper Evening, Stratford Road, Ash Vale, Surrey, GU12 5PX.
Hope you a great week - don't forget co check out the other Handmade Monday crafters and I will be back on Thursday with my usual mid-week post.