Adventures in Holiday Cards

One of my favorite ways of preparing for Christmas was always making my own Christmas cards.  I would head to the stamp store (that no longer exists) and spend hours putting together cards and hand writing greetings.

The truth is that I realized that my favorite cards to receive were actually the ones with pictures on them . . . and not just a picture of a baby, though my friends babies were adorable.  I loved seeing a picture of the whole family, especially my friends . . .

So we began experimenting with online options . . . and we loved Tiny Prints.

Here is our Tiny Prints card from last year . . .

And here is what our card looked like . . .

We went to the beach early one morning, set up a tri-pod and this is what we got.

On the Tiny Prints site they literally have hundreds of cards, with an extensive selection.  You can click to see a quick view and to see the various colors and sizes the card is offered in.  You can also narrow your search.  It is an easy site to navigate and the options make your card customizable.

I love the favorites feature, where I currently have 35 cards saved as possibilities . . .

We are waiting on pictures we had taken of us . . . our little photo shoot was snowed out once and rained out a second time, so we are waiting to see if a professional shoot will work for us . . .

. . . or if we should head back out with our tripod this weekend.

Either way we are so looking forward to the ease with which we can get our cards made and mailed out with Tiny Prints (we can address them all on the site and they will send them out)!

One of my favorite part of the holidays is reconnecting with all kinds of friends.  So looking forward to the Christmas cards and connections ahead.  If you want to, head on over to Tiny Prints and your Christmas cards could be done today!

 

 

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Little Thanksgiving Celebration

I recently saw a segment on a television news show that insisted you should spend as much time on your table as on the meal on Thanksgiving . . . what a lot of pressure!

The above table is beautiful . . . it is from one of my favorite blogs, Oh Happy Day.

We have hosted Thanksgiving for the past couple of years, our table has never been so beautiful, we have put it together the day of (no shopping allowed).

Here is our table last year . . . name tags using scrapbook paper and votive candles . . .

We searched the web for a couple of activities to keep the family interacting . . .

We settled on Martha Stewart’s Pilgrim Hats . . .

We did a little reading about the first Thanksgiving found, followed by a little quiz

During our meal, we each lit our votive and spoke about what we are grateful for.

And for the second year we each tried to do a “turkey call” . . . a new tradition for us that one and all can participate in, including our little guy and Wasley whose first language is Portugese.

And after our big meal we did a little dramatic reading that brought laughter from all, especially our one year old little guy . . .

We cannot find the original online, but here is a link to a blog who posted about it (we will keep looking).

I thought this would be a lovely way to celebrate Thanksgiving, creating a chain of gratitude.

May you find joyful ways to celebrate gratitude this year.

Adventures in Organizing

* Our Command Center had been updated again, Summer 2013.  

Click here to see.

After 31 Days of Adventure the Sharpteam has been finding some new rhythm and balance in their days.

We have found some particular rhythms that work for us.  We write up a menu monthly, so that we only have to think about what we are having for dinner once.

We sit down together annually, monthly, and weekly to talk about goals. We keep these goals on our icalendars, but wanted to have them some place where we could see them. We have a cabinet in the kitchen that has a wall that is just right for a family center.

So when we moved here we bought a couple of dry erase boards and wrote our goals out together monthly and weekly.

This summer I decided to change it up, and make it more of a gallery wall feel.  I had learned that you can write on a picture frame with a dry erase marker and easily erase it, so we got some white frames and this is what our kitchen wall has looked like lately . . .

We were going to post about this “transformation” but the more we lived with it, the less we liked it.  It was a lot of glass . . . it was too symmetrical . . . it was more work each week . . .

So this past weekend, we re-did the look again.

I have been looking at this wall from pottery barn for a while . . .

We were not as interested in the price tag for each of the pieces.  But we took the inspiration and put together a wall that is working for us . . .

Here is what everything is . . .

I am sure that this too will evolve, but one week in, and we are so liking how it works for us.

Here is a little detail that I like . . .

The pin is from my grandmother, monogrammed with a B, from my maiden name.  So we have the big “S” and still have a little “B.”

Here is the evolution . . .

Gratitude to Andrew who has done all the work.

Happy adventures in organizing!