This morning right after breakfast I started writing our Christmas and other holiday cards. We are lucky to be from a huge family, but this, together with our wonderful friends, means there are a lot of cards to write. I handle this by
(a) buying the cards early at discount stores
(sometimes in January the year before for up to 90% off, then storing them in the box with our Christmas decor so I know right where they are come November -- but not this year since we knew we were moving from NYC to Toronto) and
(b) by starting them early and doing them a few at a time.
Have you started your holiday cards yet?
I picked up a few mismatched sets from the sale rack at Home Sense recently, for between $5-$7 for a set of 15.
(Ignore the smudge on the envelope below - I blurred out our address on my computer before posting).
And, speaking of stationery and mail, I thought I'd show you the little thank you cards I used after my birthday party last week.
I find the best way to find really nice quality thank you notes on a budget is to look for past-season bridal note cards. These ones, by Brides, were $3.99 for 40. They are thick and textured and the perfect size. When I see sets like this at TJ Maxx or Home Sense or wherever that aren't too "bridal," I buy 'em. You really can't beat the price, and you can never have too many thank you notes on hand.
You can see the little "past season" descriptor and the price tag below.
I keep all of my stationery for all occasions, all purchased on sale, in a big drawer in our home office. Stickers, stamps and other little things to customize and make my own cards or dress up envelopes are in there, too.
One last tip: I use a sharpie and write directly on the stationery package the names of who I've sent that card to. That way, in future, I can choose a different card rather than send the same one over and over to someone. I realize this might sound crazy to some people, and I'm ok with that. What can I say, I like writing letters and just love pretty cards and papers (especially when they're on clearance!).
Thanks for stopping by :)