Christmas Cards

My cards arrived from Minted and I couldn’t be happier! I recently picked up a cheap little pen and ink set with ideas of writing all the addresses on my envelopes and I was thinking it was a little crazy and I probably wouldn’t be able to do it…until I actually played around the with quill and became totally obsessed. It was before my cards arrived so I amused myself one evening practicing by writing a pretend Christmas card list (yeah, that’s totally normal right?) I love writing with this little quill pen so much that I told Tom I was going to pack it and the pot of ink in my purse and pull it out whenever I had to sign receipts. Of course I joke, but normally I just don’t enjoy the act of writing, but something about the quill forces me to write slower? I don’t know what it is, but I love it.
Obviously I am no calligrapher, but it’s very pleasing indeed and after addressing over 25 envelopes today with to and from addresses, I am not burnt out on it either, I just want to write more.
Ok so I wanted to share with you my Santa Claus photo booth pictures. You can print it out on photo paper (I had mine done at Staples) and cut them into strips to tuck into cards, use as a holiday bookmark, etc.


I was quite excited when the good folks at Minted asked if I would like to give their photo cards a try for my holiday cards this year. As much as I would love to plaster our holiday cards with photos of my three boys, all of my guys are camera shy and hated the idea. However, here is the best thing about photo cards…your photos do not have to be of people. Maybe your Blythe dolls want to be featured on your holiday cards this year? You cat, dog, goldfish? Or maybe unlike me your family wont object to photos ;) For our family I went with vintage Santa dolls. We have four of them, one to represent each person in our family, and the quirkiness fits us well.

The only hard part is choosing a design, there are so many good ones to pick from. Luckily you can upload photos and play around with colors and text before you place an order. I’m still not 100% sure which one we will go with, but I think I have it narrowed down to the one above this text, or the lower left hand corner pinkish card. I might just end up ordering half of each. Minted also has a great blog full of DIY tutorials, so check it out!

Thrifting Thursday – Santa in the Summer

The Summertime is one of my favorite times to find weird Christmas items at the thrift shops. We have quite a few places that will do a “Christmas in July” sale, or start setting up a Christmas section in August. Since I am the kind of person who display’s my favorite Santa’s year round…this kind of thing is right up my alley.
My sister found me the giant Santa you see above. She texted me from a thrift shop asking if I wanted him, and she had some fun driving around with him buckled in her front seat until we could meet up. He is so big that he will probably go into a big plastic bin in the attic until Christmas-time. It will be like having a life sized Santa hanging around!
The crocheted Santa bottle cozy was a pretty exciting find from a thrifting trip. I have a few crocheted poodles, but had never seen a Santa before. I tried to find a free pattern online but only found one on Ebay for sale. But if your handy with the crochet hook I bet you could come up with a wonderful santa just by looking at photos of them!