Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday Morning Inspiration

Today's inspirational moment came from several places. First, a conversation with my dear friend who confirmed that I wasn't the only one in the world who was tired of the same old boring Christmas cards that I have sent year after year with the same old tired greetings maybe rearranged and some variation of an old Old Master work of art. Don't get me wrong... these are lovely images, but I just couldn't find anything out there that moved me enough to even want to put it in my basket let alone, send it to family and friends. If you happen to know of a resource for interesting, beautiful Christmas cards (no secular cards, please) do leave me a link or a name below!

I remembered a story from my grandmother about her father's desk and what she remembered most fondly about it. Every year for Christmas, her dad would sit at his desk and design their Christmas cards. She claims he was an excellent artist although his daily life was spent in the cotton fields. It was Papa's job to make the Christmas cards. Oh I wish one or two had made their way into a hidden corner of this desk that I am honored to now have in my care. I would love to see his handiwork first hand. I wonder if this was an old Czech custom or a poor farmer's custom.

(My cards on great grandpa's desk)

So, remembering Dawn's homemade Thanksgiving tags and grandma's stories, I decided to make my cards this year. Now, please don't think I am trying to stab Martha in the back and take away her Queen of Craft Crown. Basically, I am just lazy and I hate shopping. Slothful and disorganized too. Wow, from zero to self-loathing in 2.3 seconds. Anyway... when I say I couldn't find anything I liked, don't think that means I spent hours and hours searching through cute little curio shops trying to find something unique. Nope. I have two superstores located back to back, less than a mile away and if they don't have what I want, most times, I just give up. I would much rather spend hours at home, cutting and gluing than under those fluorescent lights. Did I mention I hate shopping?

I chose the three kings stamp because Lori inspired me to be realistic and give myself a little more time to get them out. I figured if these make it to their destinations sometime before January 6th, it's all good!


  1. Very pretty. I'm impressed. And I like the Kings!

  2. Pretty cards! I can't wait to get one. :)

    Mine finally hit the mailbox this morning...

  3. They are beautiful! I love them!

  4. Those are beautiful cards. I would be honored if my friends sent me handmade cards. We rely on the photo card these days. Yours are much more special.

  5. Beautiful Matilda, I just love them!

    There is nothing like the 'love' that comes with something homemade...

  6. Even better than New Year's cards! I love them!

  7. Oh Matilda, these are just lovely. I'm going to go check my mailbox straightaway.

    I'm back now. No card from Waltzing Matilda.

    Ahem! Am I to think that my card wasn't the first one out the door?!

  8. Hi Matilda,

    I know what you mean about finding a perfect Christmas card. Your homemade ones are lovely.

    I have sent some beautiful cards from Madonna House in the past (I love their icons) and I am especially fond of the one with the donkey. Here's a link:
    Blessed Advent to you! :)

  9. I love them too Matilda and I'm very impressed by the effort to give the gift of your time and creativity.

    I fell in love with the traditional images employing saints from Hope to finish my last up tonight.

  10. +JMJ+,
    I always forget about Trademark Catholic Stationery until it is too late. Their cards are very beautiful. I wish our local Catholic bookstore carried more of their selection.

    Jennifer in TX,
    That donkey card is lovely and definitely very unique. My Baptist relatives might scratch their heads a little, but they do anyway when it comes to my family! :)


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