My relationship is competitive one. We love each other very much, we love hanging out together, we’re very sweet and kind to each other but when it comes to gift giving, It’s ON. I’ve always thought of myself as a decent gift giver, or at least one who tries her best. I had no idea how small of a pond I was swimming in. My boyfriend is a RIDICULOUS gift giver and I’ve had to devise some strategy over the couple of years we’ve been dating. One of the key angles of my strategy (which is no secret) is to use my ability to make things and create things that look relatively good.
This year for our anniversary I decided to try my hand at making a pattern, the family pattern. A pattern that contained our favourite birds, a few inside jokes, the images of our little household; something very colourful and bright that I could get printed on various things. I found a tutorial online from Julia Rothman which seemed easy enough and set to work. It was actually not that easy. As usual my rough craftsmanship was my downfall when it came to creating things with any sort of precision. The colouring was also a lot more tedious than I imagined, having to do it on a laptop with a trackpad. My trackpad skills are pretty good but no match for digital art. I did manage eventually though and I’d really like to try it again at some point. I love pattern and chaos and collections of things and while frustrating, it was also mostly fun to make.
Boyfriend loved it. I still lost the battle…and the war. Sigh.