not the best week

Things have been known to be better here at camp fridica. Several things are keeping me chained to my room, and they don’t even involve crafting! The lack of crafting is partially due to lack of time (I’m currently working as a freelancer, and if you know anything about freelancing you probably know that it boils down to not having anything to do for a while, and then having 10 huge tasks pile up, all at once, unexpecdetly), and partially due to various physical ailments, including: a nasty headcold that I’ve been trying to fight off by consuming unprecedented amounts of tea, honey and chicken soup (we’re still at a stand-off, the headcold and me, that is), aching fingertips (from spending about 8 hours a day typing incessantly), as well as a very painful right arm (from having played air hockey vigorously on Monday – though I’m not sure I regret that as it’s been basically the only hour of pastime this week). This all resulted in knitting not being terribly comfortable, even when I managed to squeeze it in a bit.

Which is all to say I had to find some other quick crafty thing to do. And I did. There was this little knitted goodie that’s been sitting in my room for a while, waiting for me to find the time to get it an envelope and mail it off. But once I got the standard padded yellow envelope, it seemed so ugly! Perfect excuse to do some experimental crafting. Following some examples I saw online of using paper doilies to decorate gifts and suchlike, I bought a set of paper doilies, some paper glue, and I was off.

In the process, I found out some things. Such as that paper doilies are thin. And I mean thin. And that glue shows through.

I also considered some practicalities, such as what will happen if the doily gets ripped off by accident while being handled in the mailing process. Just in case, I wrote the address of the recepient both on the envelope under the doily and on the doily itself.

And here is the final result! It’s the same on the back too.

Not bad for a first try! Definitely cheers up the yellow envelope a bit :) I did consider adding some blue twine to make it look like a gift, but I wasn’t sure how the post office would feel about things sticking out of the package in all directions, so I held off for now.  In any case I’m pretty happy with how it came out, and since I bought a few more doilies, I’ll definitely be trying it out again.

Quick, fun, and no typing involved. Just what I needed. :)