Not a long post, just a few thoughts. Not a sponsored post, either. Just something I think's worth sharing. I spent a few hours yesterday looking for a holiday card design I liked. Sometimes I design a card myself, and sometimes I go the must faster route of picking one and dropping our photos in. I chose one on Shutterfly and one on Zazzle that I liked, laid them both out, and checked in with my better half to see what he thought was a better fit. We agreed on the Zazzle design by Fine And Dandy, but then when I was looking for coupon codes I almost fell out of my chair. There's a code for 50% off that's for a limited time, and there's another code - LOVEPEACEJOY - that takes 75% off of your greeting card order if you're ordering at least 75 between now and the end of December. Okay, we may not need that many, but it made my order-- for full-bleed front-and-back 5x7 cards on a metallic paper-- under $50. With free shipping. And they don't slap a logo onto my card. That bugs me about some of the other card printers. I've always been happy with previous Zazzle print and paper quality, so I'm anxious to see this one arrive.
The photo shoot for this year's holiday card consisted of a backdrop of the reverse side of my I Spy quilt and a pile of glittery shatterproof ornaments. In the end I loved two of the shots of the girls individually, but the shots of them together were pretty useless. For example, when M decided that pulling hair would be fun:
In other holiday news, as far as developing your own crafty holiday wish lists, you can find some of Adrianna's and my own favorite crafting items on the "Stuff We Use" page that you can see by clicking the tab below our header. My sewing machine is still my favorite all-around item, and I was thinking to myself again over the holiday that I'm so happy with it. It's not high-end, but comes with so many extras that have been helpful to me. Often I've gone back to look at the accessory feet and realized that I already have the one I'm going to need for X project because it came with the bundle. And the quilting table has been quite useful. Just a thought if you're not sure what to put on your own list and are considering a sewing machine.
An I Spy update: Packages are arriving and I'm cutting my own yardage and a few yards for others. Sorting early next week!
And now I'm off to work on a new project. A big, big, big project. More on that... eventually.