Wishing You the Happiest of New Years

The Holidays signal a time for connection. During the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many folks reach out with good wishes to those they see less frequently.

For years, my tradition included the ritual of sending Christmas cards and then a Christmas letter. No one who knows me was really surprised when I decided to come up with an original card.

Although it was clearly mixed media, it was important to me to include beads. I stitched various sizes and colors into ribbon strips.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, ribbon cards

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, ribbon cards

 

Then, I punched holes in order to add my surprise element: wishbones, attached with jump rings.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbones unfinished and unadorned

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbones unfinished and unadorned

Little did I realize how many obstacles I’d face in completing the task. Here are a few of the challenges I ran into:

    • Find the wishbones
    • Clean and dry them
    • File each piece
    • Glitter or gild each one
    • Strengthen the wishbone in some way
    • Drill holes in order to add a jump ring
©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbones with glitz, gild & glitter

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbones with glitz, gild & glitter

I composed a message verse to include in each card:

Encourage dreams, hopes, aspirations for the New Year.
Think big.
Gift the Lucky Wishbone…to yourself or to someone you love.
Let us remind each other of potential, of wonder, of deep and positive wishes.
Believe!

The longer I lived with my words, the more believable and authentic the wish seemed. I eagerly watched the wishbones transform: some gilded, some rolled in glitter and varnished, others dipped in clear gloss. Still, my message seemed right.

I began to make and gift the cards.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbone card

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbone card

In my opinion, the chicken wishbones look the most graceful.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbone card

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, wishbone card

But there’s something special about the turkey wishbone as well. Aren’t they cute?

Just wish for what you want. That’s my New Year’s wish for you. Can it really be that easy?