[Note: this is my second post today. Be sure not to miss my wavy stamp cards!]
As you may have noticed, I do not mass-produce Christmas cards...I make lots of one-of-a-kind cards and then have to decide who, among the 90 or so recipients, gets which card. Here's a sample of my stream of consciousness as I signed and addressed Christmas cards this year:
Oh, I remember making this card last winter. Do I still like it? Hmm. Perhaps I'll send it to X. He doesn't care anyway; he throws them away. This one is perfect for Y...her favorite color is blue! Will Z appreciate the work that went into cutting out this stocking? Does it matter if Z appreciates it? Not really. I love Z. Will A think I'm being cheap because she's getting a one-layer card...even though I like it best of all I made? Should I give her something a bit more elaborate? With pearls, perhaps? Darn her, she's getting this and better like it! Oh, Mom would love this, but I already addressed hers. Can I send her two cards? Is that weird? Dang, here's another square card. Where oh where did I put those square envelopes? B makes cards. Is this one good enough for her? Don't want to look bad to another crafter. C is old, so maybe I should send a card with a large sentiment so he can read it easily. But this one looks more masculine, and I bet he'd like it better. Why didn't I stamp a sentiment inside this card? Will D show E her card and will E think D's card is better and I love her more? Did I use this same stamp set for F last year? Will she notice if I did? If she notices, will she care? If she cares, will I care that she cares? Of course I will. I'm overthinking this. Stupid. Oh, man! This one would be perfect for G, but it needs a bubble envelope. Shouldn't I give this to H down the street, or is that being cheap? Scrooge! Get the bubble envelope. G's gonna love this. H is so religious, do I have any madonna and child cards left? Darn, maybe I should make another one. Oh, here's the embossed scripture card. Yeah, that'll be perfect....
Next year, I'm buying cards, ten boxes of all the same. It's not worth this headache.*
*(And if you believe that, I've got some expensive swamp land to show you....*wink*)