This is usually how school Valentine’s go down at our house. I’m usually thinking about it fairly early – and I think – this is the year that I’m going to walk into Target and buy a box of valentine’s and go on my merry way. And every year, I walk down that aisle and find several that would work great. Only to realize that there’s 24 valentine’s in the box and there’s 27 kids in the class. Very sneaky.
You think I’m going to buy two boxes and be stuck with 19 extras?? Nope. Not going to happen. I keep hoping one year I’m going to walk down and see a box that caters to a classroom of 30. Until then…I’ll be making my own!
My niece had her baby shower last weekend and I think her family is not so patiently waiting for this bundle of joy to join the family (first grandchild!). They decided to wait until the hospital to find out if its a boy or girl so a gender neutral shower was a must. Here’s the invite which speaks to my niece’s clean and simple style. It fits her perfectly!
A quick look at some of our previous Christmas cards (here, here, here, here) will tell you that we’re not real traditional. One of these days we’re going to surprise all of our friends by sending a nice family picture with a beautiful picturesque background. This year didn’t happen to be that year.
I thought it would be fun to have a Christmas card with all the Dr. Seuss characters we dressed up as on Halloween. Steve didn’t love that idea. So this was the compromise – Steve and I in our Halloween costumes and the rest of the kids in some cute Christmas jammies. And because I love different design concepts for cards – this year was a banner strung on bakers twine. Yes, we hand strung those and yes, I made the kids help – and we sent out quite a few! We were all happy when they went out in the mail.
It might be my favorite card to date just on the message alone – and I can’t help but smile every time I see Briggs’ picture!
If you’ve seen any of our past Christmas cards – you’ve probably caught on to the fact that we don’t do traditional cards. I post so many pictures on our blog every year that printing one out and sending it to our friends seems so boring. So instead of looking for the perfect family picture – I think how can I present the card differently. We’ve done a pop-up, we’ve done a spinning wheel, chalk drawings and interesting folds (with superheroes). The graphic designer in me just likes to be a little non-traditional.
This year’s card is no different. When we dressed up as fast food mascots for Halloween, we figured we’d make a card out of it. I saw a similar idea to this card online and I figured we could make it work for our themed card.
Yes, I’m on my Christmas card dressed as a clown – never thought I would say that! When the cards were printed I showed Steve and he laughed as he opened and shut the card multiple times. Then he said – You are a creepy clown! True story. Short, red, permed hair will not be in my future.
Next year we’re going to surprise everyone and do a traditional photo without the funny business. 😉