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The Christmas Card Challenge Reissued

This is a short version of the original challenge. For the post in its entirety, click here. I’d love to see you play along!

 

For each card I receive before December 15, I will send you back a real, actual Christmas card, and it may even include one or more of the following:

  1. a handwritten signature
  2. a handwritten greeting
  3. a decorated envelope
  4. a photo of my adorable dog

I will photograph your card and envelope (if decorated) and post it to the blog for all the world to see, unless you include a note asking me not to (don’t worry, I won’t show your address). Let’s spread some holiday cheer!

I would also love to share the results with my fourth grade students, so they can have an example of how social media can connect people in positive ways.

Another fun display idea.

Another fun display idea.

Please send your card to:

BB

3116 S Mill Ave.

Box 434

Tempe, AZ 85281

Be sure that your return address is legible so that I may send you a card in return. Side note to potential stalkers, this is a mailbox, don’t bother stopping by unless you have some mailing that you need to take care of.

It would be so much fun to connect with you on a more personal level than our quick comments. I can already imagine a blog post including cards from all over the world! Yes, I’ll mail internationally, I hope you will as well. In fact, bonus points will be awarded for all cards received from outside the U.S. Oh, and double bonus points for being the first to send your card!


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The Christmas Card Challenge

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but this has been on my mind, so I need to get it out. I have this thing about Christmas cards. I really love them. I have since I was a child, even though I was raised in a Jewish household. Our family always received dozens of them, and they were proudly displayed on the fireplace mantle and, once that was full, around the living room.

I used to do something like this back when I had stairs.

I used to do something like this back when I had stairs.

When I had my own home, I continued to send and display Christmas cards. I still do, however each year there seem to be fewer and fewer as we rely more on electronic communication. This makes me terribly sad. I can’t display emails on my fireplace mantles. Facebook messages don’t add to my festive holiday decor. And tweets? Well, those are gone in an instant.

I propose that we bring back the Christmas card, in all its glory. Ones with a cute or lovely or funky image on the front and a greeting inside and an actual handwritten signature. Bonus points for a real handwritten message, and double bonus points if you include an adorable photo of your child, grandchild, or pet. Decorated envelopes get bonus points too. And handmade cards? Those are worth triple bonus points.

Oh! Now my little wheels are turning! I know that all you crafters out there have cards you’ve made that you didn’t know what to do with. I know that MANY of you have the leftover cards from years past and didn’t know where to send them. How about sending one to ME! We’ll make a game of it.

For each card I receive before December 15, I will send you back a real, actual Christmas card, and it may even include one or more of the following:

  1. a handwritten signature
  2. a handwritten greeting
  3. a decorated envelope
  4. a photo of my adorable dog

I will photograph your card and envelope (if decorated) and post it to the blog for all the world to see, unless you include a note asking me not to (don’t worry, I won’t show your address). Let’s spread some holiday cheer!

I would also love to share the results with my fourth grade students, so they can have an example of how social media can connect people in positive ways.

Another fun display idea.

Another fun display idea.

Please send your card to:

BB

3116 S Mill Ave.

Box 434

Tempe, AZ 85281

Be sure that your return address is legible so that I may send you a card in return. Side note to potential stalkers, this is a mailbox, don’t bother stopping by unless you have some mailing that you need to take care of.

It would be so much fun to connect with you on a more personal level than our quick comments. I can already imagine a blog post including cards from all over the world! Yes, I’ll mail internationally, I hope you will as well. In fact, bonus points will be awarded for all cards received from outside the U.S. Oh, and double bonus points for being the first to send your card!


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Getting My Craft On

Today I had the opportunity to get a little crafty, and I went for it. The fantastic folks at Made By 2 Sisters organized a fund raising event unlike any other I’ve heard of. They created a giant drop-in pallet party to benefit a fellow school district employee who’s been undergoing cancer treatments.

What is a pallet party?

Good question. It’s an opportunity to make a unique sign for your home using easy techniques that guarantee even a novice will produce a great looking sign. Trust me, I’m no craft queen, but I’m pretty happy with my signs.

I’ve been watching this company from the start, and I’m pleased to have several of their signs. Some I’ve done myself, and others I purchased already made. The parties are so much fun, and the fundraising aspect is just further proof of how wonderful this company is.

Made this one today. I'll distress it more and add some twine and jingle bells to the bottom, I think.

Made this one today. I’ll distress it more and add some twine and jingle bells to the bottom, I think.

This one is also from today. It will look great with my Chanukah decorations.

This one is also from today. It will look great with my Hanukkah decorations.

This one marks my conversation to glitter (the word bonfires).

This one marks my conversation to glitter (the word bonfires).

I purchased this one as a fundraiser.

I purchased this one as a fundraiser for a different colleague a while back.

This was also a purchase. It hangs above my fireplace.

This was also a purchase. It hangs above my fireplace.

These sweet little ones sit on a bookshelf.

These sweet little ones sit on a bookshelf.

This one was custom made for me for Chanukah.

This one was custom made for me for Hanukkah.

I did this one last summer. It looks great in my kitchen.

I did this one last summer. It looks great in my kitchen.

I have a few others, but they’re packed away with the Halloween and Christmas decorations. These signs are so much fun, and I really love the look. I’m glad I had a chance to make more today, and to spend the time with friends. I hope the event raised a large sum to donate to our colleague’s cause.