I wanted to send my cousin a Thank You Card that was a bit more special than a regular card, in response to a very nice gift she mailed me (See what I got at the end of the post). And I had a pack of 3 Moleskine Notebooks, the 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 size, in a lovely burgundy colour. So I decided to send her one of those, fancied up a bit.
I made a sleeve out of brown paper and decorated it with store-bought stickers spelling out the word Thanks. The sleeve would do double duty as it could also be used as a bookmark when she was using the notebook.
The DIY is a simple one, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. I should point out that it did cost a bit more to mail than a regular card, so you might want to get it weighed at the post office before sending.
I made mine to be a Thank You Card, but you could decorate your sleeve to match any purpose you want, including a little ‘Just Because You’re You’ gift, because I think everyone would appreciate getting a Moleskine Notebook in the mail!
But you can also use the paper sleeve idea to make a greeting card from a regular note card, adding some interest and texture in an under 5 minute diy, like this …
And now for my gift … It’s a handmade tote bag, created from an assortment of re-used vintage fabrics. Not only is it charming but the sale of it also went to the good cause of helping people who are displaced by war and unrest in the Darfur region of Sudan. It was made by Joyce Kehler Hildebrand for her Bags4Darfur project (which has now ended so I was lucky to get one of the last bags available).
I love it and can’t wait to use it once springtime rolls around. I can see it being a perfect tote to carry my things to the park for some people watching and reading under a tree. Can you tell I’m dreaming of nice weather days? Sorry to go on and on about the weather in the past few posts but sheesh, we are getting it so bad this year, so it is on everyone’s mind. Also being a Canadian, my cousin had me covered for right now in her package too, as it also contained a nice pair of hand-knitted mittens.
And I am not the only one who thinks this bag is very nice.
Thanks very much for taking a look.