Have you guys been to minted.com? I learned about them fairly recently, like maybe last year around this time, and their cards are just lovely. And they have a blog, full of all sorts of fun and cute ideas and I would try each and every one of them if I had more than five minutes a day of free time. (Thanks, children! Thanks, packing to move! Thanks, holidays!) (Boy, I really know how to book my schedule solid, don't I?)
Like, look at this one. Font cookies! How adorable are those? This is the sort of thing I would totally love to do, for a holiday or for a kids' birthday as a favor, and maybe one day I will because you know this post immediately went onto one of my Pinterest boards. It won't be this holiday, because see above re: moving, but both girls have birthdays coming up this spring.
I also love these little portrait place cards. I can't draw to save my life, but I know people who can and I could call in some favors. Maybe I'll throw a dinner party once we're in the new house -- a grown-ups-only dinner party! -- and use these. Maybe I'll let Lorelai draw the pictures; she draws a very convincing likeness of me:
(That blobby thing at the bottom is my toes. She's very big on drawing the toes.)
Their blog aside, minted has some pretty gorgeous cards, and it is holiday card season. I'm really enjoying this one:
(especially with the cute peppermint-striped pajamas and the cunning hat)
(Unrelated, I keep meaning to knit one of these Jayne hats, and never getting around to it, so if you're ever looking for a present for me? I'd totally wear it.) (Today is my birthday. You know. I'm just sayin'.)
And look at this one! It's an ornament!
And this one is adorable too. I love the postal stamp and the scalloped edges.
I generally prefer classic-looking cards to cartoon-y, non-Christmas-colors cards (I saw some last year, I don't remember where, that were all lime green and teal and hot pink and I'm sorry, but that's just not a Christmas card to me; there's nothing holiday-y about hot pink), and minted.com has so many lovely, classic cards. And they're not all holiday cards! I've got my eye on some of their "Hey, we moved!" cards too. I'd planned on just sending out an email or something, mostly because I'm lazy and stamps are expensive, but these cards are so pretty I may have to go ahead and do paper announcements. I'll stick them in with my Christmas cards and save 42 cents (well, 42 cents times a lot of announcements).
I highly recommend you check out minted.com's holiday cards and their blog, particularly if you are hosting a holiday party and need some good ideas. It's not all holiday-themed, but there are a lot of fun holiday craft-type things on there right now. Even though we'll be up to our eyeballs in busy in December, I am so beyond tempted to spend Black Friday making this scratch-off Advent calendar that I'll probably do it. We're not unpacking our Advent calendar (or any non-tree-and-stocking decorations) this year so it's perfect! Although I will need ideas for what to put on it. What holiday activities does your family do in December? Leave a comment below and help me fill in my calendar. (I could use the pre-filled one but I like the idea of making up my own activities, and I know a lot of you do this too, so help a sister out.)