From the time they were very small, my children and I would gather around craft books and magazines trying to find something that we could make and give to family and special friends. It's a tradition that has always brought me great satisfaction. This year my time has been expecially crunched and my initial plan of doing needlework gifts fell by the wayside. I'm not a "scrapbooker", but I decided to do something that combined my love of buying scrapbook supplies for others with my own artistic inclinations. Hence, these handmade cards. I took a sheet of copper and embossed a design. This series is "The Four Seasons". Inside I've included an original poem. I'm not so hot with all the embelishments, but I think a set makes a unique gift that can be framed or given as a gift itself. Here is the poem inside "Winter".
Winter holidays are the best
Thanksgiving, Christmas and the rest
Chase away old Winter's gloom
And give comfort for lost Summer's bloom.
Thanksgiving turkey, family, friends
Signal that the Fall must end
And ushers in sweet Christmas bells
With snow that covers hills and dales.
Can there be anything more snug
Than Kitty curled up on the rug
Before a bright and cheerful fire
With hot cocoa and a Christmas choir.
And coats and mittens on the hook
And snuggling with a good thick book.
These holidays I'll gladly greet
Until Spring comes on it's soft feet.
So, come on Winter, do your best--
I'll wait with peace and find my rest
Until the warm comes once again
Old man Winter will be my friend.
So, there you go. Sitting here listening to Christmas music feels comforting and warm. I hate winter and the cold, but I love what the season evokes. Peace on earth, good will toward men. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. :)