Sunday, 26 August 2018

Vacuuming and loving it

A friend asked me to make a special birthday card for his Mummy's upcoming 80th birthday. She has taken up ice skating, he told me, and she loves vacuuming! I am pretty sure that this is the first time I have put a vacuum cleaner on a birthday card. I suggested adding a paper portrait of mum since she is instantly recognisable by her red hair. I also included a little map of Israel. Mum lives in England but many of her family live here. I added a photograph of the family too. They are an incredibly close-knit group.
I have been asked for quite a number of 80th birthday cards recently, perhaps because I posted the card I made for my own dad a few weeks ago. This dad, below, is a Manchester City F.C. fan. He also likes cricket and follows Lancashire Cricket Club. He enjoys playing Bridge, in his retirement he helps to run a local charity second hand bookshop, whilst his working life involved shoes. Finally I added the crest of the college he attended in his youth, Brasenose College, Oxford.
My customer was very happy with the card, as it seems was her dad.
"Just to let you know the card you made was a great success. My father was touched by all the details on it, especially the Brasenose College crest. Thanks so much from a very satisfied customer and a very happy recipient."
Finally, this Scottish dad was also celebrating his 80th birthday. This customer was keen for me to show her silver haired dad with his little curly pony tail! Other things she suggested I put on the card included a kilt (I copied the exact tartan from the photo she sent me of her dad), a sports car, a bottle of whiskey and some books. She also asked me to add some big headphones and some music notes since her dad very much enjoys listening to classical music. A big number 80 finished the card off nicely.
The greeting on this card says "Happy 80th Birthday Zeide". Zeide is Yiddish for "grandfather".

14 comments:

Kara Guppy said...

That's a fabulous card, love it!!

Anne Stone Sweet said...

As usual your cards are amazing, I really understand why your customers are so happy. I have to say though, what an amazing bunch of 80 year olds! I hope I can enjoy such things if I ever make it to 80 :)
#sundaysnap

Veronica Lee said...

WOW!! What an adorable card! Love it!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I'm so thrilled with the 80 year old cards - the seniors are inspiring.

VeggieMummy said...

I must remember to put 'learn to ice skate' down on my 80 list!! She can also come round to my house and vacuum any time! Love the detail of the tartan kilt. xx

Powell River Books said...

Very creative cards. So much nicer than generic store bought. - Margy

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your cards are perfect heartfelt gifts.

Tamar SB said...

I just love how you can capture people's lives in a cheerful card!

Sum of their Stories said...

These are all lovely, they are such special cards, proper keepsakes.
I am especially loving the thought of Ice Skating at 80!

junieper2 said...

Can see how much fun it is to make a card for an older person, since there are so many things in their life to choose from:) Great to see that your posts give you business - could not be happier for you:) Hope that All Seasons does the same for you. Appreciate you sharing very much - always interesting and with a very personal slant:) Have a great week!

Jayne SMABL said...

What a lovely selection of cards. I hope I am that active at 80! :)

Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

Jibber JabberUK said...

What a great selection of 80th birthday cards. That's one brave lady to take up ice skating but I guess it gives more than a thrill than vacuuming!

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