My niece’s birthday is tomorrow. Can you imagine someone more passionate than a child born on the cusp of Scorpio and Sagittarius? Her parents have their hands full I assure you. Though she is turning 4 I have only met her once. But that is a story for another time and another forum. At any rate I am told by her grandmother that she is quite the Princess and will be having a princess birthday tomorrow. I wanted to make something special and of course the box card I made for my mom came to mind and so I did some research on Pinterest (where else?) and discovered the SVGcuts.com castle in a box card which when the template is purchased comes with about 5 other designs for box cards. I plunk down my paypal account and bought the set for a reasonable sum.
Because I have the tools and the know how I downloaded, converted, printed and cut the template out toot sweet as they say. ( Does anyone say that anymore?) The hardest part was finding the right size and color paper. Apparently I did not own 12×12 pink cardstock. So I had to go shopping ( awww…gosh I HATE shopping ). Anyhow once the particular shades of pink were purchased it all went along swimmingly. And so there it is put together, mailed along with the children’s book Twelve Dancing Princesses. I do hope she likes it or at least her parents do. Though I can never tell with them.
My dilemma with this is more cerebral. Bear says that its because I can’t except my own talent. I say its because I am trying to be honest when someone asks…..did you make that? My answer is usually along the lines of….well I put it together. It is a template. I have the tools to make it look easy. But I didnt design it. Admittedly I picked out the colors and patterns and accessorized it making it unique.
Bear says it is not necessary for me to explain about templates and that saying I DID make it is ok.
I guess its in my definition of “making”. To me making something means original work. Something I created from “scratch” I likened this to a Betty Crocker brownies. He disagreed.
In the end I doubt my niece ( or brother and sister in law) care. Its fun and cute and she will no doubt rip it apart in her glee. And thats ok. I made it and then I released its fate to be what it will.
But I am just not sure I actually made it so much as constructed it….followed directions and decorated.
Published: November 20, 2015