Gifts of gratitude
When you're feeling down you can escape RL in many ways. For some any physical activity will release that pent-up stress that clouds the mind. For others anything art-related can bring solace like music either you're "just" listening to it or actually writing or playing. In the same way reading or writing a book is a great way to let yourself carried away into another world. Music always played a really important role in my life which means I'll always turn to music to feel better but reading was the ultimate switch. When I discovered "amateur" (read: non-professional, unpublished) authors through fanfiction my whole world opened up to not only awesome stories (learning more/better English was/is a delight!) but also to women of great value!
These women from all over the world, I'm proud to say are my friends today and now that I can express my gratitude in a "tangible" way I'm working on personalized gifts that will make them, I hope, see how much they mean to me.
One of the authors on my Top10 favorite list is Tina (writes under the penname: JP Summers). She mentioned that she was in the process of repainting/decorating her home-office so I "seized" the opportunity and interrogated her about the colors she likes and I got to work.
My first idea was to spell her name in big 3D letters for her to put on a shelf.
I attached to every letter a tag with a quote that reminds me of her. In some way or form, every letter has a bow or knot that represents our bond and embellishments that are related to their quote.
Another idea was to create a wall decoration that is practical too. So I made a clock! A working clock (tho I don't know if the tik-tok will drive her crazy or not! :D)
I used the same colors as in the 3D letters and kept it simple due to the size of it.
I heat-embossed the stamped phrases "you are amazing" "you are beautiful" so whenever she looks at her clock it's either "you are amazing" or "you are beautiful" o'clock ! :D I know its silly but she can be silly too tho that's not her main characteristic.
I used script background stamp from Papertray Ink and a numbers background stamp from Technique Tuesday to add some twist to the paper as I was determined to keep it simple. I added gems, used stickles and liquid pearls here and there and a tiny bow (again) to complete this clock.
(The desk accessories I made her can be viewed in the "Lamp challenge" post)
I'm extremely thankful that she trusted me with this project and very happy that she liked the outcome!
Enjoy my friend! Love ya tons!