The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Pretty cards from scraps.

It has been an all over the place week! In the "normal" moments I have been making some cards using up a lot of little scraps left over from sewing projects. I keep every little left over bit of lace, braid etc and they are so good when you make up some cards.

After my session of sewing braids and trims on to tea towels I had a lot of lovely snippets left. Mostly this lot are cards for letters and notes or birthdays but a few with angels could be also used at Christmas I think.

I just love the luxury of a box full of pretty cards. When ever I go away I take this with me, with pens and stamps, and write letters, more than I get written when I am at home.
From home it's so easy to email or message someone. Either way when I feel under the weather or tired nothing cheers me up like writing to someone. I think it is a bit like diary writing. Writing helps you think about things and the over all picture as you work on how to put things into words. I have always felt if you have a problem after writing it down it can seem clearer and so does what to do. So letters to friends are really sharing whats going on and letters from them I feel are the same. The words you write down often sum up whats going on and how you are feeling at the time. Well, it's lovely to take the time for letter writing and beautiful for your friendships.

I've noticed lots of people tend to save cards and letters as if they are treasures. That says something about them. I still look in the newsagents and check the prices of the cards I think are lovely and often they are around the ten dollar mark which I just think is so expensive. And surely the dozen cards I made yesterday isn't worth $120! But I know the cards were $2 for 6 and beyond that I used things I had on hand and had saved up. That's quite a difference in price!

So many people are lonely, housebound, in nursing homes... so many people do kind and wonderful things everyday and no one thanks them, so many are unwell or in hospital.... there are a lot of opportunities to send cards. If every week we sent a card to someone randomly to thank them, cheer them up or encourage them it would make such a difference. 

Later today I'll get back to making some more and onto my Christmas ones (which I have started but no photos yet!)

This part of my day is really lovely and quiet and good fun.

Meanwhile I have food to shop for and errands to run and all the usual stuff. 
I hope you are having a good week. The little things we do count and they all add up, whether its little savings, little attacks on messy spots in the house, a few minutes gardening, a little kindness. It all counts. It's is amazing how lots of little things end up being something big! Be encouraged that your efforts mean something. You would be surprised who notices and who will remember even a little thing you might do


  1. Those cards look wonderful Annabel, they are so pretty :) I know I would prefer to receive a homemade card from someone, I think they are a very kind of special.

    I made my dad a card for Father's Day and found a gorgeous verse on the internet to put inside. I also made him one for his birthday, and as he loves old machinery, I was able to find suitable pictures and print them up. He was so pleased when I gave them to him. I also made one up for a dear friend from church who had to have a knee replacement done, she loved it as well. The smile of appreciation says it all...As well as your lovelies, I have saved homemade cards that I have received over the years and will now refer to them for ideas xx

    1. Tania I love finding cards I really like and using them as inspiration. Especially ones using the sort of things I might have on hand ie fabric scraps, lace etc. Im sure your Dad would have loved his cards because they were made by you and showed your love. Dads and daughters have a special relationship I think... I really love my Dad and am so grateful for him! Thank you for your comment

  2. Lovely cards and ideas, Annabel. I linked to your blog at the weekend and some of my readers called in here to have a read and they loved your blog.

    1. Thanks Nanna Chel I only just saw your blog and what you posted. Thank you so much for such a beautiful review! I could have cried really it is so

  3. I agree Annabel. Really lovely cards can be more expensive than the gift they come with, honestly! Yours are gorgeous as always and isn't it fun to put a retail value on what you do. It really gives you perspective on your value in the

    1. Mimi you have really encouraged me with the idea of our value in the home and everyday I think of what I have done, saved, made and what it must be worth if you had to buy/pay for all that. It is huge! That alone is so encouraging! xxx


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