I gotta tell ya, I’m not a fan of the whole holiday season. I think it’s overextended, overhyped and these days almost entirely nothing to do with why it started in the first place. I think there’s a lot of pressure to be happy and family oriented {when many people don’t have access to either and the pressure makes it worse}, to spend a lot of money, overeat, overdrink {yes that’s a word}, and do a bunch of things you quite frankly, if you were really honest about it, don’t care about a whole lot. {Office party, anyone?} Not to mention that round these parts it tends to be very cold and well, wintry, which just isn’t ‘my’ season, you know? I’m a summer girl through and through.

So I’m bypassing the OTT decorations, shops full of deals and offers and bright lights, nerve-jangling adverts about the ‘must have’ things to buy, and sending a hundred cards that are just going to end up in the bin. I’m not going to buy a tree or spend more than probably one day at home with my family.

BUT, before you slap me down as a bah humbug Scrooge type person, I also believe that beauty can be found everywhere if you look discerningly enough and make choices that feed you. I did feel myself going down the cynical misery-and-despair route for a while there, but then I thought, I can just pick out and make the most of the bits I do like, and leave the rest. {Little life lesson there.} After all, this is really about just one day.

So I’m making a few cards for family and very close friends, I’m making or buying a few very specific gifts for them {without going anywhere near a high street ~ internet I love you so}, and the time I do spend with my family I intend to keep short and enjoy every minute. This year I’m not bowing to obligation or ‘shoulds’ and it’s not because I don’t care, it’s because I do.

Rant over.

Here are the cards I’ve been making. I used the same process as before {well, if you have a good idea you may as well run with it}.

First I painted a piece of watercolour paper with blues and teals.

Then I stamped over it using a snowflake stamp I made last year and gesso.The brayer was covered in paint from a previous project and made this interesting pattern. It does not always behoove us to clean up, evidently. {Amen to that.}

Then I cut up the snowflakes and stuck them onto blank cards. That’s pretty much it.

This is such a ridiculously quick and satisfying thing to do. I recommend.

Et voila.

An entire post about a certain day without mentioning said day. {We don’t use the C word round here. Well, not til it’s actually here, anyway.}