for some people, just hearing the term "in-laws" gives them shivers down their spine. gladly, i have lovely in-laws. now this is the part where most bloggers would compose a beautifully written post with lots of kind words full of praise and love. although i feel that this is what my parents-in-law fully deserve, i am just not that openly sentimental. instead of taking the time writing nice things that will make me feel silly once i'm done, i spent much time making a personal hand-made present for them. that's my way of expressing myself.
in the past years we've been late with almost every anniversary gift for my parents-in-law. shame on us. to make up for it we presented this year's anniversary gift already yesterday over skype (my in-laws' anniversary is some time in summer so we sort of over-compensated). we will give it to them when we visit them in a few weeks. then we're off the hook for summer, i'll just have to remember sending a nice card and perhaps just a little something... and make sure it arrives on time.
take a guess at what the anniversary gift idea was... well, wouldn't you know: another pencil portrait!
my husband has again been really helpful in motivating me when i felt like giving up. and this is how it came out:
i was a little disappointed in the paper i used. the pad didn't have the quality as my other pad does. when i tried to blend and smudge i needed to be super careful since the top layer seemed like it didn't want to hold, it started getting scratchy. the other pad that i used for my recent portraits was much better but was too small for the two person portrait. time to get a new pad! none of them has the brand name on it anymore, so i don't know which one is which.
what paper do you prefer? any recommendations?
and tell me about your in-laws! do you love spending time together or do you tend to avoid them?