feeling good

I’m feeling good about myself this morning :


: our family christmas cards are ready to be put in the mail


Since I make cards for a living, I always feel this self-induced pressure to send out my ‘best creation yet’ for our holiday card.


But by the end of the season, I’m typically out of new ideas and our card doesn’t get the royal treatment. This year was no exception, but I did go to the extra effort to hand cut each one and I do love how they turned out.


p.s. If you’re last name is Jamieson, Ostan, Coonrad or Allen : would you mind sending me your address?

: teacher gifts are finished and packaged.


The boys’ beloved teachers are getting a set of gift tags with some string and a navy blue flower pin. 


A little something out of the norm for their sweet teachers.

: while taking these photos, santa’s little helper found my stack of tissue.


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I think gift un-wrapping will be very exciting for her this year.

: but I’ll tell you what I’m not feeling good about :

Our christmas tree stand didn’t enjoy being moved {for the third time this season} and decided to fall over just minutes after admiring it in its new perfect spot. Oops. Only a few ornaments were injured in the fall, but we now have a tree with a broken stand leaning against the wall.


We are hosting a big party here on Saturday, so I guess the good news is that it will be fixed by then. Don’t you love hosting parties for that very reason? All of the little tasks you’ve wanted to finish get done {and the bathrooms get cleaned as well}.


Now off I go to the mall to buy myself some boots. And maybe a skirt. Or two.

32 Responses to feeling good

  1. karli vorderstrasse November 2, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Love your family holiday cards. As we just had twins I would like to send out cards this christmas to family & friends. How did you make the envelopes & card? They are so simple yet elegant. If you could tell me I would greatly appreciate it. I also painted the wallpaper for my twins room from your office & I get so many complements! Thank you


  2. Barbara January 4, 2011 at 7:40 am #

    I love and laughed out loud when you said the tree fell over and you were having company over Saturday, and about the bathroom and odds and ends getting done. Yet you are going to the mall for boots and skirts!! Love it.. that is me! I have two boys and live on 15 acres, and I always want to do the fun stuff like shopping or doing my art before anything else! Luckily my husband knows this about me and embraces it!

  3. Traci Adams December 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I tweeted about you guys! Love all of your ideas, gets me in the crafty mode for not only the holidays but everyday!!!

  4. Janell Beals December 17, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Beautiful cards…I still have to do mine! Lately our card has become a New Years card! Poor tree!!! :)

  5. Jo Nelson December 17, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Your cards are beautifu and the boys are dolls, but this little girl…oh she pulls my heartstrings. As the mother of 3 daughters, 1 step daughter and 4 grand daughters – all of whom are simply beautiful, this little stinker of yours is right up there with them. What a doll!

  6. melissa @ the inspired room December 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Your cards are so beautiful! I didn’t even send out cards this year. Not feeling good about myself. LOL.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. LLH Designs December 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I know what you mean about wanting your cards to be amazing since you’re a card designer…me, too! And my cards are the same shape as yours this year!!! :) Yours are great looking!

    Merry, merry!

  8. Melissa December 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Sad about the tree! But I agree 100% hosting at your home is always a great reason to get a lot of final items done! I know it motivates me. If I wasn’t hosting Christmas chances are I may not have decorated much this year.

  9. Lindsay Webster December 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Emily, I ended up using the flower pin tutorial and glued two of the finished florets together (14 pieces in all), with a looped ribbon in between to make a sort of “poof”. I made a set of three for a family friend to use as ornaments :) I bought 3 complementing pairs of wool pants at a local thrift store to use as the fabric. Thought I would share! Merry Christmas!

  10. Cindy December 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    love both your cards and the navy flowers. teachers will love them!!! please share …what did you use for leaves? I’d love to add these to the pins I am making. thanks!!!!!

  11. Chelsea Rae Burrell December 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    1. Your family Christmas cards turned out fabulous! They look so simple but were no doubt very intricately designed and took a lot of hard work to complete and mail out IN TIME.
    2. It AMAZES me that you managed to get a great photo of ALL your children looking at he camera with genuine smiles on their faces! Kudos to you!

  12. deana December 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Funny- our tree was the leaning tower of piazza yesterday… so glad that even a super diva mom like you has those quirky moments! Happy Holidays- D

  13. jac December 16, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    love your cards! love that flower pin. is that one you’ve shown us..kind of hard to tell

  14. Lynsey December 16, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I absolutely love your cards! So gorgeous! Would you mind telling the name of the font you used?

  15. Ashley December 16, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    You SHOULD feel good about yourself, your cards are absolutely positively gorgeous. I wish I was your kids’ teacher!!

  16. SarahB December 16, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Love your cards! I really like your walls in the room with the pictures of “Santa’s helper”. Is that a stencil or wallpaper?

  17. Jo December 16, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    Your cards are beautiful! I’m loving the design and shape. We too had a tree one year that spent more time on its side that standing straight and tall ~ ugh. It came down right after Christmas.


  18. sarah December 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    I love this Christmas card. Will you offer that one next year? With the cut out shape and everything? I’m sold.

  19. Julie Delamarter December 15, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    emily, seriously…your kids are so stinkin cute!! what a great picture.

  20. Katherine @ Grass Stains December 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    Stunning cards! I’d be completely thrilled if mine were so beautiful. :)

  21. Angie December 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    I love the flowers with your teacher cards. Do you have a tutorial? Please?! BTW, I am using your satin flower tutorial and made pins for all the kids teachers as part of the gifts. The ones who have received them so far, loved them! Thanks!

    And that totally happened to our tree this year, too. Ugh!

  22. karen December 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Just wanted to say that from an elementary teacher’s perspective, those are very lovely gifts for a teacher! How thoughtful and special!

  23. Jessica December 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    We are doing flower pins too for my daughter’s teacher but with a scarf.

  24. laurie Anne December 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    That is why we always host our big shabang the first weekend in December. That way I know the tree will get up, the halls decked and house “company clean” :0)

  25. Mallory Withers December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    pretty sure everything you do is flawless! I love your Christmas cards! Your little one is adorable! AND I love the wall behind her! Seriously flawless!

  26. Nicki December 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I think your cards are beautiful! I love the shape of them and they definitely turned out well for you. Your handwriting is so pretty too!

  27. I Live in an Antbed December 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Poor little tree! Glad the damage wasn’t too severe. Your tiny tissue paper shredder is adorable! And you are so right about the “hard target” of a party at my house does make me finish things up. Hosted one party last night, hosting another Sunday night. Glad for a small respite.

  28. Elisa @ What the Vita December 15, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    1. Oh I wish I teach your students… I never get gifts from my kids.. probably because I teach high school? :)
    2. I agree about the bathrooms being cleaned before a party!!

  29. Kate December 15, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I love your blog. It is a daily, must read! As a graphic design student what kind of tips or advice can you give me? I love your work, you are so talented. Would you send me a quick something in an email in your free time?
    Happy Holidays to you and your beautiful family!

  30. Pat Allen December 15, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    That is too funny!! It’s ALWAYS something, huh? Oh well, at least that’s something memorable about this year. Your cutie sitting on the floor eating tissue paper brings back memories!!

  31. Elaine December 15, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    She looks so sweet sitting there playing with that paper. Makes me start to want one myself, too cute! Merry Christmas.

  32. Amanda M. December 15, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    omg….my husband is originally from twain harte. small world.

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