Today, April 7th, is “No Housework Day”. That’s right, no dusting or vacuuming, no cleaning the toilets, no laundry, no dishes, no nuthin’! And no guilt, either…because it’s a national holiday and we all observe them, don’t we? Can I get an Amen?
In the most recent study I could find, which was 2014, a survey revealed women spend 11-and-a-half hours a week on housework. Twice as many hours as their male counterparts, I might add. All women surveyed agreed that cleaning the bathroom and ironing are the most dreaded of household chores. I guess women are too busy cleaning the house to participate in a newer study.
Additionally, the study indicated over 25% of cohabiting couples argue over division of household duties.
So I had a choice today of cleaning the bathroom or making this card…guess you can see which I chose!
The inspiration for my card came from the adorable Bugaboo Stamps digital image of their character, JJ, and her feelings about housework. I always do housework in a dress and heels, don’t you? I laugh, but when I think back to when I was small, I remember my mother dressed very nicely while cleaning…you know, the days before sweat pants!
I saw a card on Pinterest with a split front and the focal image spanning the two and thought it would be perfect for this card, so it made designing an easy job!
The designer paper is Domestic Goddess from Stampin’ Up. I picked my card stock colors of Pool Party and Daffodil Delight from it and printed my image and sentiment on Whisper White. I colored JJ in with Copics, again using the designer paper as a guide. You can’t see it well, I don’t think, but I made the dress plaid and the apron polka-dotted, taking my cues from the patterns in the paper.
If I were making this card again, I think I would emboss the front of the card base and focal panel base with the Fancy Fan embossing folder. You wouldn’t notice it from the front, but it would make for a more appealing look from the inside. If you click on the card, it will take you to the gallery for more pictures, so you can see what I’m talking about.
Well, I’m off to do my Spring housecleaning now….I’m actually only caught up to Spring of 2007, but you won’t tell anyone, will you?
I’ve submitted this to the following challenges:
- DoubleClick Skittles: Anything Goes
- 7 Kids College Fund: Anything Goes
- Addicted to Stamps: Holiday
- Stampin’ Royalty: Anything Goes
- Ike’s World: Make Us Laugh
- Shopping Our Stash: April Fools