All by yours truly.
Evangeline stars on the Christmas card, and on the back of each card is written "Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring .............. except Evangeline the mouse".
It might seem early to be bringing out these festive things, but some people like to think about cards around this time of year.
And the brooches I made link to the card. The wreath on the card is made of holly leaves and berries all made by me. Some of the leaves and berries are paper mache, some are crocheted, and others are made from old blankets and fabric.
They've been time consuming to make, there are so many stages that go in to the construction of them. All the berries and holly leaves are wired so they can be moved. I've even signed and dated the back of each brooch. Like they're miniature sculptures.
There is a mix of paper mache, fabric, crochet, construction and embroidery in these brooches, like my sculptures, though on a smaller scale.
When it came to the presentation, I hand painted each card, so that they would look nice when the brooch was attached. Lots more work, but so enjoyable!
I didn't make many brooches, though it felt like I'd made hundreds. And some have already sold. I do have a few listed in my etsy shop here, if you care to have a look.
I've been able to put together a pack of ten cards for the same price as my packs of five cards, because they're smaller, and, they all have the same image on them, so it has cost me less to get them printed, and I'm passing on the saving to you.
It had to be Evangeline the mouse on the front of the Christmas card. Here she is, holding a candle holder with a candle in it, and a heart shaped flame, in one paw, and a beautifully gift wrapped present in the other paw. She's sporting her good cheer apron. The cards are all blank inside for your own message.
Phew! This has felt like a mammoth undertaking, making everything for the Christmas card, staging and photographing it, getting it printed, sourcing the envelopes and bags, putting the packs of cards together, and then whilst all this was going on spending hours and hours and hours making the brooches. Then came the photographing of the brooches and card for my etsy shop, and the listing of it all in my etsy shop, a big job. It all looks so small and simple and easy, but it's not. Even so, despite the long hours, it's all been made with lots of love and enjoyment, and that's the key thing really isn't it? Good cheer, good will, and love.