I draw for fun and craft for pleasure and my poor relatives bear the brunt of my creations. This is the card I have drawn for a 16 year old niece's birthday. It costs me nothing but time and talent. Is this just penny pinching or a justified act of creation made with love? And is it my mindset or hers that matters? Is a handmade gift lovingly given rendered meaningless if the recipient sees it as second best?
And as I plan a created Christmas (yes crafters have to start Christmas in August:sorry x) should I proceed secure in the knowledge that the value of my gifts lies in my value of them rather than the value bestowed by the recipient? Perhaps I should stick up my Mary Engelbreit poster that reads "Say it loud; I'm an artist and I'm proud! "