One Beautifully Wrapped Parcel
Ten Divine Cards
I am a huge fan of the blog, Do You Mind If I Knit. Vanessa recently made a knitted dress from the same Debbie Bliss magazine that my yoked sweater came from. I adore this dress, but it also terrifies me. One paunch + clingy knitted dress = unflattering. Or that’s my fear. Maybe I could get away with it?
Anyway, Vanessa doesn’t simply knit. She also paints, sews and – crucially to my fantasies of one day winning the lottery – makes the most unbelievable papier mache sculptures that are for sale on Etsy. You can learn the story behind one of them here. (If you’re a cat lover, reach for the tissues before reading.)
What I love about Vanessa’s blog – and what I think makes for the best blog reading – is that although she has a general brief her writing subscribes to, it’s the variety of posts that make her so inspiring. Knitting, holidays, villages she’s come across, her start on the sewing journey. I particularly loved the beautiful blog post about sweet peas. My grandma used to grow them up canes, my sister likes them, the tents reminded me of country fairs I’d visit as a child. (Reading Vanessa’s post, I could feel the heat trapped beneath that canvas, smell the trammelled grass.) I am now determined to grow sweet peas next summer.
But enough rambling. When Vanessa announced her new cards, I ordered two packs immediately. They arrived the next day. They’re perfect. Good quality card, a generous A5 size, beautifully printed. As one blog commenter suggested, these would look marvellous framed. Only the most special people in my life will receive one of these. And they’re such a bargain. At £2 each, they’re highly competitive with that great Internet giant, Moonpig, whose cards retail at £2.99.
Which card would you order? It’s a no brainer. Thank you, Vanessa. Perhaps I need to start a coin jar for investment in one of her sculptures…