This year I participated in a handmade holiday card swap in the Ever Improving Me group on Ravelry. I’m so glad I did!
This is the card I sent – I crocheted a star using some handspun yarn from Knittink on Etsy and then I taped it to a card (so it could be used as an ornament) which I had colored on. I’m not super creative in the card-making art form, but I thought it was fun anyway. 🙂
I sent my card off earlier this week and I imagine the recipient will get it today or tomorrow at the latest.
In return, I got an amazing card from my Ravelry friend April, aka WoolyRose on Ravelry. I haven’t mentioned it here, but I’ve been having some issues with my in-laws lately, and I often vent about this in the BohoKnitterChic Spins group on Ravelry, where April and I are both members and where we “met,” so to speak. April has similar issues from time to time and totally gets me in this respect. 🙂 So she used her cross-stitching skills and made me the most fantastic little needlework piece I have ever seen:
I’ve used candy canes to keep this blog family-friendly and avoid offending people who, unlike me, do NOT curse like sailors. So just imagine that the first candy cane is hiding a word that starts with F and the second is hiding a word that starts with B. And then imagine me, doubled over with laughter as I saw this and imagined what my MIL would say if I hung it in my living room. I’m not going to hang it there, but I am definitely going to hang it. And I’m going to go and look at it every time she makes me mad, and I’m going to chuckle to myself. 🙂
Of course, my kids wanted to know why I was laughing, and I couldn’t tell them. But instead I did get to show them this lovely handmade card that April sent along with my awesome cross stitch sampler. This is horrible lighting but I didn’t feel like waiting for better light to show up, so here you go. It’s an adorable Christmas tree ornament dangling from an arch in the card; when you open the card the arch pops up. Very creative and totally awesome!
So thanks to Ravelry, a day that was mostly crappy has now become full of fun. And thanks to April, who totally rocks and made my entire week so much better!!!