Good of you to drop in.
Big day tomorrow for us on telly, so I do hope you have time to tune in to HOCHANDA, 2-4pm
From 2-4pm I shall be showcasing a collection of Claritystamps which are very dear to my heart. I drew them myself –
A FEW AT A TIME, AND OVER MANY YEARS!!!
Twas the Night before Christmas.
Years ago, when Grace and Mark were just toddlers, I – like many parents – used to read them the poem by Clement Clarke Moore. This became a family tradition on Christmas Eve at our house, because we celebrate Christmas on the 24th.
So I decided to draw the poem for the kids. It started with the first three. Then I added 2 more. Or was it 3?
Years later, I got round to drawing the next couple,
…and so it went on. Every few years, when I had the time and the inclination, I would settle down and draw another few verses.
I did draw what I call a Universal Framer, to frame the little verses on cards and in booklets, because by now many of you had started collecting the stamps, and were looking for a way to present them . The mice on a crescent were a big favourite, too.
If I had a pound for every time somebody asked me when I was going to finish the poem, sheesh!
But you know how it is. Life gets in the way, busy busy busy, and not much time for drawing. It’s been years since the last batch, hasn’t it?! Then, early this year, I dug deep, and this is what I realised.
I think that I actually shut down a bit on the poem because it brought up the past way too much, and made me remember that I miss the kids so much nowadays. So I turned it around in my head and decided to embrace the whole thing, and find some kind of closure. Grace and Mark are healthy, beautiful, balanced, educated and very happy adults, so what is my problem?!?!? That’s right – it’s MY problem, and it really isn’t one in the bigger picture, is it?
So I set to work, and then thoroughly enjoyed drawing up the last 5.
That’s it. That’s the end. I finally got there. There are several stanzas which I have omitted over the years, because the poem is very long! But the chronology is there, and the story is right.
Each of the little verses stands lovely alone, too.
Or they can be used together to create a whole Christmas tale.
Use them with our stencils….Carole Panksztelo
…or marry them up with Jayne Nestorenko’s wonderful Christmas Claritystamps. They have a similar flavour, don’t they.
When you tune in tomorrow, I will be able to show you a couple of superb little story books which a few of the ever clever Design team have made. Very precious gifts they would make too.
Anyway, that’s what’s in store from 2 to 4. I just want to give you a little background, and level with you about why it has taken soooo very long to finish the job. I’m usually not bad at project completion; taught myself that discipline years ago. But this little project did a number on me, and it took me a while to figure out why.
Hope you like the new 5. There are 15 altogether now. Get one, get a few, complete the set – or get the lot!
I’ve got lots of tricks and techniques to share with you tomorrow, time permitting.
Love & Hugs,