It seemed like we had extra time to tackle that holiday to do list this year, since Thanksgiving was a bit earlier…but somehow I’m a little later than normal getting my Christmas cards in the mail. I think they’ve arrived to most friends’ and families’ mailboxes by now, so I’m sharing them to all in today’s blog post…
plaid tidings to all
I’ve used summer or vacation pictures for our last few cards, so I thought it would be fun and different to take a winter picture for our card. This LOCATION has become a frequently visited one for our family this year, and we thought the pine forest would make for a beautiful background.
You know I’ve been so in love with the red buffalo plaid print this season…and when I found THIS, I just knew a buffalo plaid inspired photo shoot was meant to be!
I added a few wrapped packages and a felt letter board from HERE to complete the background and props. I also convinced my husband that we should take his old toboggan (even though we had no snow on the ground at that point) along with us to use in a few of the pictures.
And now for my daughters’ outfits…
Audrey chose this SHIRT to wear with jeans and black booties. I found a skirt for Claire from HERE, and Grace (my accessory girl) loved wearing THIS and THESE for the pictures.
The girls really wanted our English bulldog, Cece, to be in the picture with them! So much so that THIS arrived in the mail one day…Audrey had ordered it while at college and had it delivered to our house.
On with the pictures…
Did I mention how fun it can be to get three girls AND a dog to cooperate for pictures!
Cece was having nothing to do with the toboggan!
Once everyone was cold and tired of smiling, I figured we had at least a couple of good pictures from which to choose! Then it was time to design the card…
I used MINTED once again this year…I love their selection of designs and the recipient addressing service. Makes life a bit easier for a busy mom!
With the help of my older daughters, I chose a template and designed the final layout of our card…
And as much as I love sending cards to our friends and family, I love receiving them! During the month of December, it is a race to the mailbox every afternoon to see what cards have arrived. It’s so fun to hear from people near and far!
Which leads me to my question…how do you display your cards? Or do you? I used to have a wooden basket shaped like a sleigh and I put them in there. Unfortunately, the ones we received at the beginning of the month always became buried at the bottom of the basket.
Then I came up with another idea which allows us to look at them throughout the month. I have three sets of double doors (six doors total) in my living and dining rooms. I hang a wreath at the top of each door with ribbon steaming down the door. When cards arrive, I attach them to the ribbon with mini clothespins. If I run out of space on the ribbons, I attach them to the wreaths.
If you are looking for other ways to display the cards you receive, try looking HERE. I was so excited and touched to be included in a Nesting with Grace blog post featuring “35 ideas to display Christmas cards.” Do you see my doors? She shares some more fun ideas…so go check out her post!
Have a great week (only seven more days until Christmas) and PLAID TIDINGS TO YOU!
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