Monday 15 July 2013

Card of the Week: Happy Birthday Claire

On Saturday Claire turned four years old. How is it possible that my baby is four? How is she such a big girl already, a girl who is watching and learning from the world around her every day?

And she is watching, something I learned again to be true at her birthday party.
Rewind to Friday. I had spent the day chopping vegetables up for salads and for a veggie tray, making dips, and generally getting things ready for the party. After the girls were in bed, I was so tired….but I still had not made a birthday card for Claire. I should not have left it to the last minute, but it had been a busy week as well, and it just sort of happened that way. As I sat at my craft table trying to come up with a design, I thought to myself “Maybe I won’t bother making a card, she is only four, she won’t even notice.” But something, maybe knowing that I had made cards for her and her sister every other year and would be bothered by a missing year, made me press on and come up with this card for my sweet little girl.
Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Cardstock: Bazzill; Buttons: Making Memories; Twine: We R Memory Keepers; Rhinestones: Recollections; Border Punch: Fiskars; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives, Glue Dots

When Claire opened up the envelope at the party and saw her card, her eyes widened and she exclaimed “Oh Mommy, did you make this card for me…thank you”. For me, it was the best moment of the afternoon.

Claire has seen me make and give cards to so many people and was so thrilled to have one made for her. She watched as others enjoyed the cards that I had made for them and now she had one of her own. And even though she quickly moved on to ripping the paper off her present, I saw a glimpse of her loving and appreciating the handmade, something that I have hoped to instill in my girls.

She is watching, she saw me create for others and her little heart was touched that I had made something for her. Precious.

Happy 4th Birthday Claire!


  1. What a sweet story Rachel. Happy Birthday to Claire! She is such a sweet beautiful little girl. They grow so fast but she is still a baby. Enjoy! I know that you do.

    1. Thanks Leslie. This was one of those moments when I thought to myself "this is why I make cards".

  2. Happy birthday, to your sweet girl Claire. Just found you through Five Day...Five Ways. I love that Claire was so excited to see that you had made her a card. And it is such a sweet card! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen and for your lovely comment. Claire's happiness that I had made her a card was such a special moment for me.