Yesterday some young friends of ours celebrated their 10th birthdays and I was very happy to make them their very own customised birthday cards. Why was I so pleased to be making these particular cards? Well, some time ago their mum, who is still a good friend of mine, confessed that she did not understand the point of my little business at all. She did not understand why, in this day and age, anyone would think in advance to order a handmade customised card when one could send an e-mail or order a printed card online so easily. Whilst I quite agreed with her that those options are great for a last minute birthday greeting, I argued that there is nothing quite like receiving a handwritten card, and especially a handmade card created especially for you!
Fast forward a few months and I was delighted to receive an e-mail from the very same friend with a request for two large customised cards for her kids. It seems that her Mum, Grandma, wanted to send them to the twins. Resisting the temptation to be sarcastic, I soon set to work on these cards, including all the kids favourite hobbies and interests in the illustration.The card for our twin boy, above, had to be predominantly red, his favourite colour. He has gained his orange belt in judo and is a big sports fan, being a keen supporter of Liverpool FC and the basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem.
Our twin girl is shown, below, practising her favourite sport of gymnastics. Her favourite colour is blue and she is a keen reader, likes playing on Facebook and, like many ten year old girls, loves the American television film High School Musical.
I mailed the cards to my friend and when they reached her she e-mailed me and told me "The cards arrived and they are fabulous!! The figures actually look like them (the kids)".
I hope that the twins had a great day yesterday and that they enjoyed seeing themselves on their birthday cards. I myself relished the opportunity to make these particular cards and was satisfied that my friend was more understanding of my business and recognised that a little effort spent ordering a handmade card is more than worth it.