Archive for November, 2010

Holiday Pictures

One way to find great ideas for your pictures is to check out you local parks. Often you can do “location scouting” by looking a the websites for the parks. I decided to take our picture among the birch trees after reading this blog.


Another thing I love to do is pack at least one set of color coordinating outfits for vacation and have a photo shoot. You never know when you are going to get that great picture.

Where do you take your holiday pictures?


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Here is an update to my holiday planning post. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/holiday-planning/
I’m off to a great start. I have ordered the cards and calendars. I went to the post office while my daughter had dance class and got stamps. Having the cards finished is great because it’s always something I leave until the last minute and that’s stressful.

Now, do I have all my Halloween stuff put away yet?  No. It’s in the garage because I want to sort through it and get rid of what I don’t use. We’ll see if that gets finished before I bring up the Christmas boxes.

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Coffee Filter Ornament

I love the coffee filter wreaths and thought I would see what the filters looked like on a glass ball. I folded the filters.

I then attached the filters on the ball with hot glue.

I then covered the ornament with the filters.

It’s a little big to put on a tree unless the tree is very large but it might look great in an entryway.
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I’m working on homemade gifts for the family. I bought a few boxes of glass ornaments. I decided to personalize an ornament for each family member. I removed the gold hanger and stuffed each ornament with basket filler.

I put the top back on. I then cut vinyl designs with my Silhouette SD. I also cut out letters to personalize each ornament.

I think they look cute!! The great thing is the you can creat so many designs or you can coordinated many ornaments for a matching tree.

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Christmas Cards


Every year I look forward to the arrival of Christmas cards. Well, I do start to feel a little pressure once the first one comes. Can I get the perfect picture? Will I get them out in time? I love to send picture cards for Christmas and love to receive them. I hang them on a door in my kitchen as soon as they start arriving. At the end of January I take all the family pictures down and save them for my Christmas scrapbook. I have two pages every year of pictures from the cards. I can flip through the pages and look at growing families. There is something wonderful about the ease of ordering cards on the internet. I tell myself that I’m going to get them out early and then I am up at midnight one night working on then so that they will arrive on time. This year I’m setting a goal of getting the cards out by the first week in December. (We’ll see if that happens.)  http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-cards Shutterfly makes this fantastic card. We had a wonderful year and I’d love to use lots of pictures of the kids. What a bonus I don’t have to find the perfect picture!!

Every year I send wall calendars to our grandparents. Last year I bought the Shutterfly calendar because of their great designs. http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars  They remind me of scrapbooks. I think I’m choosing the flower market design this year. It look so pretty.

Another thing I like to use Shutterfly for is their photo greeting cards. http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/folded-greeting-cards I can take a picture of the kids playing with a new toy or having fun at a party and then send the card directly to the recipient or host.

Do you send picture cards? Do you try to get the perfect picture?

Are you a blogger? Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly, follow the arrow à  http://bit.ly/sfly2010  Make sure to indicate that sent you.

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Fall Branches

I made this decoration using things I found around the house. This vase has been sitting underneath my sink for years.  The branches were taken from my parents back yard and painted black. My son collected the rocks from a beach trip last year. The whole thing cost nothing and I think it makes a nice fall look.

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Every year is seems that I am behind the eight ball. I pledge to myself that this year I will enter the holiday season with a plan. I need to make a list!!!  Here’s a start.

Cards – I need to clean up the list. One tip I have is to ask at the grocery store if they have Christmas stamps when I’m shopping. It saves me a trip to the post office. Winkflash has a sale on photo cards 60% off until 11/8. http://www.winkflash.com/

Gifts – I’d like to get as much shopping finished as early as possible. That way I can  enjoy the season with my family.

Baking – I love to make cookies!! I buy pretty Christmas plates for them. I check for sales and try to get them for about a dollar each. Wrapped up with pretty bows they make great gifts.

Decorating – I need to evaluate what I actually use and get rid of what I don’t. In our house we don’t put anything out until after Thanksgiving. My husband hates “holiday jumping”.

Activities – Every year I like to plan some family time to do something fun. One of my favorite low-cost activities is to make some hot chocolate, put it in travel mugs and drive around looking at the lights.

What are you doing to get ready for the holidays??

Longwood Gardens


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