5 Reasons why hand made greeting cards makes a lasting impression this holiday season

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Christmas project 101 : Personalized and hand painted Christmas greeting cards

There’s something about receiving greeting cards, either by hand or by mail. I couldn’t explain it,  but for me, I find it sooo special to receive a card through snail mail or express. It really becomes a lasting impression. A special memento, a keepsake that is treasured. Traditional greeting cards beats all the technology that we have in right now.Receiving cards is totally different from e-cards,and mobile messages that we can send through internet.Call me traditional but I can never trade the crisp texture of an envelop containing a card than swiping my fingers in my iPhone.

It’s Christmas time once again and one of the things that floods the shops and bookstores are wide arrays of Holidays greeting cards. There’s so many designs and styles to choose from.From family to friends, to business and for general media, you name it, there’s always a card for any occasion.Back then in Kuwait, I couldn’t have this lifestyle because the mailing system is so crazy that there is 99% that mails got lost into doom land. There were numerous times that our mails were lost and it’s so hard to track. Now that we live in Germany where the local postal system is just right at our doorstep, I find another excuse.

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My Christmas greeting cards project this holiday season

 

If receiving cards gives a lasting impressions, how about making and giving it instead,yourself?

This year I wanted to make something special. I wanted to make a craft project that I can really do and not compromise. I needed to squeeze my tight schedule for a craft time for drawing & designing cards. So instead of buying dozens of Christmas cards to be sent out to our dearest  friends and family, I decided to make them instead.

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Holiday Craft project : Watercolor painted greeting cards
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The materials are simple and very handy : Watercolor, colored pencils, construction papers or  parchments, a creative mind and  a lots of love!

Why personalized and handmade greeting cards make the lasting impression this Holiday season? Here’s my  FIVE (5)  reasons ;

  • It shows your style – The type of card, design and the content you share always shows  a bit of who you are.Your personality is delivered through your drawing, handwriting, and even on the choice of materials  you used.Remember, every card is special.
  • A bridge to connect with someone special – As an Expat, we are very good in connecting to far away friends & love ones.But almost all of them through our phones. There’s No better way for me to bridge the gap between love ones and friends than making an effort to send a message to them. This also depends on your location and accessibility to make this happen. Sending mails and cards can be expensive too but it all depends on your budget and lifestyle.
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Few of my personalized greeting cards, all hand made, designed and drawn by me.
  • It has the unbeatable element of Surprise – There’s no undeniably bad reason for having a big surprise when you receive something that is totally unexpected. That moment when you receive a greeting card from a friend that you haven’t spoken for years, that family or relative that live across the other side of the world..It’s all about the element of surprise. It’s a priceless gift and oftentimes, unforgettable!
  • It’s really the thought that counts – Okay , so if you’re not feeling creative or crafty and your artwork sucks? Never mind, for what really matters is the thought of giving. I once received a card for my daughter that is drawn by a 3-years old, it only shows smears and dots made out of colored pens, more like a scratch. But for me, I find it so special.
  • It shows that you care – The act of making it,and picking out a design to make cards shows that you care and you are willing to give a fraction of your time during the busiest time of the holiday season, and that is enough reason to make someone else laugh, smile and feel loved.

Do you still need more reason?

To make cards and to give them away  is simply because its Christmas! and who doesn’t want to feel loved this time? I have learned this mantra : You cannot give what you don’t have.

Have a little love, have a little artwork, spread a lasting impression!

“There’s something about the tactile nature of receiving a card,” says Shelley Patenaude, product manager for season cards. “It says that someone cared enough to pick out a card just for you, hand-write a note, and place it in the mail or deliver it by hand. Unlike a message that shows up on your computer or mobile phone, greeting cards make a lasting impression. You can display a card on your mantle for all to see or keep it forever as a memento. And with the hustle and bustle of the season, a greeting card provides that moment of peace that’s just between the sender and the recipient.”

Do you like to send someone a card this Christmas?

If you like my designs of cards in photos above and you want to receive a FREE hand-made & personalized  Christmas card,just write your thoughts in the comments or you can email me at justbluedutch@gmail.com!

 

 

 

Qout Market : More Than Just a Market

Have you’ve been to the Qout Market lately?

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When i read about Qout Market last year i was a bit skeptical about it. I thought it was just another event in Kuwait for people to see & be seen . Knowing how Kuwaitis love food, and the hundreds of restaurants in Kuwait, i thought this was another addition. I presumed that its just one of those  event that people gather to simply  socialize & have a legal excuse to eat & indulge. I was totally mistaken! I didn’t know that I was in for a big surprise this year because i had the chance to see it. Now i know why Qout Market is the face of modern culture of Kuwait. It’s amazing! Here’s Why ;

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The courtyard of Pearl Marzouk at its best for the Qout Market

” Nourishing the Mind as well as the Body”. 

Yes, you read that right. This is not just an ordinary  Market. It is a market with a cause, with passionate goals .This is the reason why Qout Market is probably one  of the best thing happening in Kuwait nowadays. Running now on its Third Season (November ~April )  Qout Market becomes Kuwait’s  most-awaited event that redefined its  culinary diversity within the local community. This is by far the strength within this concept that created such a Buzz and nationwide patronage among the Locals, Expat community & visitors. Nourishing the mind as well as the Body is just one of their initiatives in their 2nd season . This group of farmers, Craftsmen & Women, Food & Culinary Enthusiasts gather together to create a perfect setting for locals and visitors to enjoy a cozy atmosphere together.

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“The Amazing Flavor of Diversity “

So many yummy and delicious threats to feast your eyes on. From pastries, Homemade breads, pies, cakes and goodies are arrayed in catchy tables that will leave you confused enough to choose. Do you want an organic Ice cream? The Vermilion ice cream Or you just want to haul from the locally-produced veggies & fruits? There is so much diversity that caters to all appetite. If you are on a Kuwaiti spin of an Eggs Benedict that will make your taste buds sing, you will for sure not go home dissapointed after a visit in Qout Market.

My attention was caught by the amazing Booth of Flame Candles. They have these beautiful hand made candles displayed on their stand. With its unique shapes and intricate designs, it’s for sure a head turner. If you want to add your collection of a one of a kind carved candles and totally hand made, you  check them out on your next visit to Qout Market.

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Flame Candles

Qout Market  kicked off this season with their  wonderful choice of venue. Particularly  right now located in Pearl Marzouk, a legend and iconic architecture beacon of Kuwait. A visit to Qout Market is indeed not to be missed if you want to take a peek of this beautiful architecture.

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Little Miss N sitting pretty & enjoying the Qout Market

My daughter Natalie who excitedly walked around & immediately smitten by the beautiful outdoor feel of the Market. The place is packed with beautiful people from different nationalities. I though for a minute that i was in a festival in Europe since i see a total modern look that is not so typical in Kuwait. The outdoor seating was filled with gorgeous people chatting while enjoying the traditional Kuwaiti sounds and performance. If you are a newcomer to Kuwait, this might be a threat for you. There is a fusion of Culture. Beautiful flowers & fresh market produced adds the organic feel to the overall mood . I recognized the big vase full of gorgeous Dancing Ladies immediately as soon as I entered the courtyard.

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Dancing Ladies

For a touch of Kuwaiti Culture, the booth of the Al-Sadu Arts & Crafts demurely displays its beautiful textiles and woven bags, wallets,traditional camel rags,wall hangings and other furnishing items. I always find it fascinating that Kuwait is so passionate about promoting the cultural & their Textile Heritage. There are more Arts & Crafts booths where you can see talented Artists showcased their masterpieces like accessories, gems, & paintings.I didn’t know that this country has a pool of talented artists!

What I loved about the Qout Market is that it’s a total Family thing. Its not just for single women or men. Families with their kids can toddle around them. They have a Kids Zone for the Little Ones. As an Expat, it is very important to feel welcomed in community such as this. Its very heartwarming to know also to see that Kuwait has a lot to offer and has a rich culture to share.

When we visited the Market, it was late in the afternoon so as expected, the car park was already jam packed. It was a bit crowded inside and not much seating is available since the it was already a full house. You can really feel the warm vibes among the crowd. Fun, food,music, conversations & more smiles stands out . There is this Celebrate Kuwait feeling all around.The event was well organized and put up and people leaving the place already looking forward for the next event.

If you love food, organic produce and the whole concept of outdoor market like this, then don’t waste the chance to have this kind of experience.I  highly recommend for you to check out Qout Market’s next event on March 5, Saturday.Its conveniently located in Pearl Marzouk, just a stones throw away from the side of Scientific Center in Salmiya.

Or if you are interested to join the Qout Market you can browse more on their Website and join the fun!