We needed to travel into town for a couple of things this morning so I was able to post her letter at the Mornington mail centre...her card will be on it's way even as I write. Our local mail is only collected once a day and so would not have been en route until tomorrow if I had posted it locally.
This year I had not made her a card specifically...I have a box (well, several boxes if I'm honest), of made cards all packaged in cellophane bags with their envelopes waiting to be sent off, and I have made a mid-term resolution not to make new ones until I have reduced the stockpile a little. It's an interesting fact that (almost) every time I need a card, as I rumble through the appropriate sentiment stash for one to post off, I have a brilliant idea for a new card that would be "just perfect" for the recipient...and we all know, don't we, that once we have an idea for a card we need to buzz right off and get it made.
Well, that happened today. I sorted through the birthday box, finally choosing a lovely bright and cheerful number that seemed the best bet, and I remembered the foil embossed piece I had on my work bench, waiting for completion. I grabbed out the purple and cyan acrylic paints, gave it a good dose, rubbed it off, a light sanding with a fine glass paper and adhered it to a lime green card base...a sentiment from Carrolls' "Jabberwocky" that I silver foiled, a quirky message for the inside, an envelope to match and it was done. Ho hum, the stock pile remains, but the grungy quirky card for Helen was much more "correct" than the one I originally chose. I may have to donate them all to the local aged care facility for use by the residents...I'm sure they would use them without being so picky!
Anyhow, here is the card I sent off...