Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Chinese New Year Greetings!


Okay, here’s the thing -- Valentine’s Day is a tough day to celebrate when you’ve lost your sweetie. My first Valentine’s Day after Jim passed away was excruciating. I’d like to say that they’ve gotten better, but not so much. So I have decided, that instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I am going to, every year, celebrate a different holiday in the month of February. It gives me something to research and look forward to, and it may give you an idea or two as well.
This year I am celebrating Chinese New Year. I’m using the same tablescape that I used last year (that you can see here), but this year in addition to my dinner, I decided to send out Chinese New Year cards instead of Valentines. I had a blast! It was so much fun to get the old card-making creative juices flowing, as well as blow the dust off of my rubber stamps in order to decorate envelopes.
I got such an amazing outpouring of love from the Christmas cards that I sent last year (that you can see here), that I decided to, once again, design my own card, and came up with these. They were a lot of fun to do, and the recipe for pork dumplings is to die for! If you can’t read the recipe in the card, not to worry, I will be doing a blog post about them soon.

If you want to see some of my past greeting card efforts, click on the holidays named below. Meanwhile, I am looking for ideas for some of the more obscure holidays worth designing a card for and celebrating. Weigh in if you know of any. Who knows? I may accept your challenge!



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8 comments:

Cee Pluse said...

February 17th is World Pangolin Day, and these extremely endangered mammals could use all the attention that they can get. Why not celebrate their holiday for February 2020? Now that really would be a challenge!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

That is brilliant, Cee! I’m on the case for 2020.

Linda said...

I think your cards are incredible and delightful! In fact I think your should sell them in your Etsy shop, they are seriously that good.
I copied the photo of your recipe and have added wontons and water chestnuts to my grocery list. I had one bite of my daughter's steamed dumplings in a Chinese restaurant back in the 1990s and thought it was one of the best thing I'd ever had. Why I've never attempted them is beyond me.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Awww, thanks Linda. I love creating cards, so I may have to consider making some additional to sell in my Etsy shop. Meanwhile, I have been craving Chinese dumplings ever since I first started making these cards. I’ll make a batch this weekend for sure!

Judee Algazi said...

Great post- and such beautiful cards!! When is the Chinese New Year?

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Thanks, Judee. Chinese New Year begins today, February 5, and runs for two weeks, so there is plenty of time to celebrate.

thel day said...

Such a great idea and your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a great idea to find an alternative way of dealing with Valentine's Day. I know how you feel, Pattie, but we are doing the best we can. 😘