Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas One and All

Merry Christmas to my dear readers!

I hope the day is magical for everyone...even if you do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful day anyway!

My day will be spent with my family, a pancake breakfast, a nice lunch, happy present openings, long lazy langushings and general fun.

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. ~Agnes M. Pahro

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some more free Christmas printables

For anyone that has run out of steam, time or are some great Christmas things to print for you and yours. All you need is some paper, maybe even some cardstock or photo paper.You could even get these printed as photos.

Photo: Little Paper Dog
There's also printable art...

Asja Boro at Feed Your Soul

From: Make It Perfect

Rachael Smith at Feed Your Soul

...more gift tags...

Photo: Monita at Mushy

...printable notecards...

Photo: Eat Drink Chic
...and some printable gift wrap and bags!


From Creature Comforts

And of course, there's even some cuteness for little ones...


From VOL.25

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas cards

It's that time of year again...time to get my Christmas cards ready to send. Actually, it's a tradition that I actually really love and enjoy.

The last three years, at least, we have been sending photo Christmas cards...some may consider it cheesy; I think it's a beautiful reminder of what is important at this time of year. Looking at other people's cards reminds me with a pang how kids just grow like weeds! Especially when they are not nearby to look at throughout the year. I love receiving them. More and more people seem to be avoiding posting pictures of their kids online, so for some families it may be the first picture you've seen all year. Even people without children can have a photo card that says something about what they have been getting up to in the past year; perhaps a holiday snap or a wedding picture for example.Yup, photo cards really are my favourite kind.

One of my favourite photo cards that we have received over the years would have to be from my husband's mother and grandmother. They had some lovely portraits done that year and one of the pictures was the star of the card. It looked really lovely and is a nice keepsake for our family.

We're planning on sending some memories and maybe a keepsake of our own this year again; hopefully people will enjoy receiving it as much as I enjoy picking out a Christmas card to personalise. This year we'll be going through Shutterfly as I hear their product is amazing. So far I have had a ball perusing the options and even digressed beyond the realm of Christmas cheer and started looking at the gorgeous birthday cards and also the photo calendars, which would make great gifts too! I like the fact that you can also choose religious designs or generic depending on your preference.

In addition to simply having great stuff (which is my honest opinion), Shutterfly is also offering free cards to people just to let others know about their great stuff. It was a no brainer for me. I am really looking forward to getting my cards in the mail as I have had so much fun deciding.