Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Cards!

Last Christmas, I made my first ever photo card for Christmas. I was kind of hesitant to do this, even though I was using a wedding photo. I had resisted doing it until I helped my mom make her holiday cards, using Shutterfly to place a family photo, a photo of my sister and me, a photo of my parents, and a photo of my husband and me on the card (this was our answer to the fact that our wedding photographer didn't take a single photo of all five of us!). Mom's cards were beautiful, professional, and easy to put together. I hadn't even seen them in person when I decided I would definitely be making my own.

And then I stumbled upon it. It was the perfect design. It was a cardstock, 5x7 card featuring a black and white damask design, just like we used at our wedding. It was a perfect complement to our wedding photos, it still said holiday, and it was incredibly sophisticated. I ordered the cards around Thanksgiving, and they arrived during the first week of December.

This year, with no weddings or special events, I was doubtful we would have photos I'd want to use for a card again. However, our trip to Hawaii in October changed that. We came home with a few photos that would be great on a card, so I started searching. I checked Snapfish and a few other sites, and I even looked into creating my own design. I just didn't know where I was going to find a holiday card design that wouldn't look silly with our photos of palm trees and sunsets on Waikiki Beach.

I should have known. Shutterfly had the perfect design again this year! Once again, it's a 5x7 card printed on cardstock, but this year, it's a muted, tropical blue with a brown sketch of palm trees and a greeting beside the photo. Once again, it's a sophisticated design that works with my photos, doesn't shout HOLIDAY, but still gives off the proper mood. I think the chances are very good that I will be sticking with Shutterfly for my holiday cards in the future.

Here's this year's card design. Unfortunately, it looks like the design I used last year has been discontinued, but there are several really cute damask designs for this year, too.

Disclaimer: Though I love Shutterfly a lot and post about my love for Shutterfly often on, there was a motivation behind this post. Shutterfly is currently doing a promotion for bloggers offering 50 free cards for writing about your experience with their holiday cards. If you're interested in joining in, check out the Shutterfly blog.

Monday, November 8, 2010

A small favor from my readers...if they exist ;)

I've noticed a pattern in my blogging. I read a lot, but I don't comment often. A lot of it stems from viewing in Google Reader rather than on the actual site, but some of it stems from not having much to say.

It occurred to me today that there might be many others like me who are reading but not commenting. So, since I've noticed that I do have some viewers/readers (at least, according to Blogger's statistics tools), I'd like to ask a small favor.

A very small favor.

Could you please just leave a little comment on this post letting me know if you're reading my blog? "Reading" is all you've got to type. I'd just like to a read on what sort of readership numbers I might have.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nov. 4: Thankful Thursdays

A weekly gathering of people, things, and concepts I'm thankful for as we lead up to Thanksgiving Day.

Summit Urgent Care: I had to make my first ever trip to an urgent care facility yesterday after a horrible headache would not go away. I learned there that I had signs of infection in my ear and throat. I was in and out in under 10 minutes, which was stunning to me, considering that my experiences with primary care physicians in the area usually meant I'd be on hold for 10 minutes before learning they weren't accepting new patients or were booked for the next two weeks.

Friends: Upon learning I was suffering, Rachel offered either herself or Jake to fly down to be with me until Trevor came home. Though I'm fine with staying home until I'm off the Vicodin (yes, it was bad enough to get Vicodin from my doctor), I was touched that they would be willing to come stay with me until the infection and headache clears up.

Trevor: For calling repeatedly to check on me yesterday and today while I was feeling sick. I'm a lucky, lucky woman to have a man like that.