Tuesday, March 19, 2013

christmas 2012 - part 1

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sometime has passed since christmas last year, but we would still like to record this down since our christmas projects are pretty much a tradition. see here and here.

when working on these projects, PP and i are forced to reflect on our relationships (with those we give gifts to), write a note of thanks and encouragement to them (while saying a simple prayer), and work on something together! It is always a very blessed process. here is what we did last year :) a set of 4 postcards for various occasions, so our friends can use them to bless others in the coming year..

after drawing the illustrations, we scanned them in and editted them by adding the relevant verses.

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"congratulations!" - for happy occasions such as weddings or good news

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"thank you!" - to thank anyone who has been a blessing

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"keep growing" - to encourage a fellow brethren to keep persevering in our walk with God

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"praying for you" - for anyone who is struggling or going through a trial

 We believed that in the coming 365 days, there would surely be an opportunity to write each card to anyone who needed a word of encouragement. 

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Our inspiration actually came when we were packing for the moving of house. I was going through (and smiling endlessly) the little notes written by many many people to us. some people, we have already forgotten. reading what they have written reminded me of them! some notes, were heart-felt and reading them once more warmed our hearts. i am so glad we kept all these! when i feel down, I am very sure going through the many boxes of letters and notes will surely lift my spirits because all these people were once used by God...to make the effort to pick up a pen and thoughtfully pen down something for us!

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we used washi tape to attach the postcards to the envelopes before sealing them by wrapping a slip of kraft paper around them. 

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after writing our messages to them at the back, we bound everything with twine.

we really enjoyed working on these. While we cant buy expensive gifts or work on specific gifts for specific people, this is the next best option. doing these also teaches us how to cooperate with one another and brainstorm on what is the best way to do certain things. I strongly believe that it is through these projects that PP and i learn how to work with one another and build on each others' strengths and weaknesses. next time, baby E will be part of these projects! that would be excellent family time! exciting :)

p.s. (edit) since there are a few enquiries, the postcards are available for sale if you are interested :) all designs, concepts and illustrations are original. more details here.

1 comment:

pp said...

truly a blessing to be made a blessing! even deciding to make the gifts required much faith, considering we were doing house renovations, preparing to move house,preparing for baby E's arrival and of cos doing all these while dd was beautifully pregnant. but The Lord provided each step of the way and it's such a blessing to work together on these projects. oh and 2012 was the first time we did the gifts with ample time to spare for Christmas!:) looking forward to the next project tog with the 3 of us!!