Adventathon: 13

December 11th


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Um, holy Moses. This 24-days of advent thing I’m attempting? Phew. You’d think I would have started this with a plan of action, but really I started on a whim and have been struggling to keep up. Not to mention next week I’ll be scheduling posts while I’m on the beach and exploring Mexico with my family. Feliz Navidad! So, thank you for hanging around for all this crazy creativity. The self-imposed challenge has me learning to work with new medium and rethinking patterns, etc. I really do appreciate your feedback.

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Stationery is one of my favorite things to have on hand. My love of correspondence is well-known. Stamping cards for the holidays is an easy blend of several passions — art, the holidays and the craft of letter-writing. Plus, it is an inexpensive way to check in with so many people during this time of year. I regularly underestimate how many I will need, but this year capped my list at 150. Stamped, mailed, sent with love.

Next year I am going to save the trees and the energy by the mail trucks and email a photo collage. It simply makes more sense ecologically.

Are you making your holiday cards? Do you ever save cards? Reuse the envelopes for scratch paper? I have mine displayed on the mantle. My favorites include the family chronicle letters with lengthy updates on everyone’s activities.


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15 Responses

  1. You continually amaze me and I’m still not sure when you sleep! If everyone on this planet were as generous and giving as you, it would be…heavenly!

  2. Yes! I make holiday cards & I save last year’s cards that we received & turn them into new cards or gift tags. That way I have an endless supply and an outlet for creativity! šŸ™‚ I’ve really been enjoying your Adventathon posts! šŸ™‚

  3. I haven’t even had time to sit down this season. My inlaws are coming, my dad, concerts to attend, parties to go to or to have. I have been so busy. Maybe just maybe a light will show through those clouds and let me sit for a while to create my cards.

  4. I love the idea from your commenter above about turning old cards into gift tags! I think your cards are just gorgeous… but I still don’t feel too guilty about not sending any. I figure I better take advantage of my last chance not to do it before next year, when everyone will want a card with a picture of the kiddo!

  5. Kelli – Love your adventathon! You are doing great and being creative. You got me hooked on day one! My neices and nephews are all getting the art folder kit thingy. And your ideas are great. Keep up the good work.
    This year my 9 year old and I are trying to create cards together. It is definately a tough effort, but will hopefully pay off. We always keep our cards. I have a great time at the beginning of every Christmas season when I can go back and look through all the cards, especially with photos to see how things change through the years.

  6. I save last year’s Christmas and birthday cards, cut out the good parts and reuse them on other cards and as gift tags šŸ™‚

  7. Oh – and I save all the cheapo trinkets Tau gets in goodie bags at parties, and incorporate them into the wrapping of other gifts … e.g. tying a Dora cupcake topper into the bow on a girl’s gift.

  8. It arrived in our mailbox yesterday. šŸ™‚
    And I haven’t managed to mail a christmas letter for the last four or five years. But I do attempt an e-mail.
    I usually take home the mass of cards we get at the office and spend the first week of January hacking them into gift tags.

  9. Lovely!! I don’t know how you actually have time to tackle all the things you love. I can barely handle yarn crafts!

  10. I love these!!!… this year I got quite overwhelmed with making everything so I did the shutterfly design your own Christmas card online this year. It was quick and we had a super cute picture to use.

  11. You talent for correspondence is a gift.

  12. I do make my own cards and I save used envelopes to write shopping lists on.

  13. Yup, we make our own cards and save cards to re-use parts for other cards, gift tags and gift bags. My 4 year old daughter has fun decorating gift bags for her friend’s birthday gifts (usually the store’s paper bag), so we use pieces of other cards and gift bags for that. It’s fun!

  14. I, too, save my cards and during the year cut out the cute pics to use as gift tags. Punch a hole in the top, put a ribbon through and it’s too easy and mindless on a night when I’m watching a movie! šŸ™‚ I was wondering if you had pre-planned this adventathon thing or if you had just “decided” to do it. I’m impressed that you have been able to keep up without preplanning – such a creative girl! šŸ™‚ Happy exploring in Mexico!

  15. Each year I send a card with a family photo and a Christmas letter. I write in the letter, too, something about our faith in Christ. It is a CHRISTMAS card after all. ;o)