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DIY Holiday Cards and Other Bits of the Season

There are eleven days until Christmas and I don’t even know how that happened.

Luckily, most of our Christmas shopping is done. We skipped the crazy malls for the most part and picked up things online. There was a time when leisurely window shopping with a peppermint mocha in hand was a staple of celebrating the season, but now it just seems to be rush and push and frenzy at the local stores. Give me a couch, a blanket, and a laptop any day!

We’ve also cut back on the crazy holiday entertaining. I did big holiday parties a couple of times, complete with elaborate menus and handmade placecards, but we’ve gone low key this year and I love it. I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest, rather than hostess, for most of these events and it’s been heaven to show up and enjoy warm conversation and company with friends. I did host our annual high school get-together just a couple of days ago, but we did breakfast for dinner in lieu of a fancy meal and skipped buying each other gifts in favor of doing a big clothing exchange. Now I’ve got a large bundle of clothes to take to the local thrift store to warm others.

We even went low key with the holiday photo. We talked about doing a professional shoot as a family or putting together an elaborate, vintage-themed snapshot, but we decided to let Eva steal the show this year. So, I cleared off our dining room table, put Eva on top of it, plugged in a string of white lights, and we did a little photo session. The photos are overexposed so that the light coming in from the window behind her floods the whole shot.

Our 2011 holiday card (from Petite Lemon – Shutterfly):

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3 Comments

  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    We got your card and were so touched. Eva is so adorable and I loved her dress. I wish it came in big girl sizes. 🙂

    What a great idea for the photo shoot too. I thought it was professionally done. I would have never guessed it was shot in your kitchen.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply jrm

    Carly, Eva is lucky to have such a talented mom to capture her childhood the way you do. We look forward to each picture you post. I can't tell you how much they mean to us. And these are just exceptional! Thank you!

    December 15, 2011 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Jones Family

    She's darling!

    December 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm
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