The REAL Holiday Card 2015 Edition

Welcome to the yearly edition of “The REAL Holiday Card”.

Forget the lovely professional photos where everyone is clean, looking at the camera, and wearing coordinated (but not matchy-matchy) outfits.  Real life looks more like this:

Card design is "Jovial Holidays" from Tiny Prints.

Card design is “Jovial Greetings” from Tiny Prints.

 

Key to photos:

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Cards from past years are here:

The REAL Holiday Card 2014

The REAL Holiday Card 2013

Here’s hoping your holiday preparations are proceeding as planned!

With love from, The Tartlets

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Things I Love Thursdays

I’m a sucker for stationery. Right this very minute I have 3 sets of personalized note cards sitting on my desk. And return address labels and stamps?  Don’t get me started.  

So I’m kind of geeking out about these clever letterpress cards by Sapling Press (also on Etsy). They get ideas from websites and their favorite Twitter feeds, and then make beautiful goofy cards.  

check stupidparenting milkshake   spongepumpernickle john

And a few oldies but goodies that are making regular appearances at my house at bedtime?

The princess-to-be goes on a quest to save her intended, Ronald, from a fire-breathing dragon. She outsmarts the dragon and then bids Ronald farewell after he doesn’t appreciate her efforts. He’s no prince after all – he’s a BUM.

Life gets a little boring if you eat the same thing every day, even if it is your very favorite.

Life gets a little boring if you eat the same thing every day, even if it is your very favorite.

Keep on, keepin’ on, my friends!

The REAL Holiday Card 2014

I think some year we should all skip the professional photos, color-coordinated holiday outfits and kids with combed hair and we should put photos of our real lives on our holiday cards.  Last year, my card looked like this:

REAL Holiday Card 2013

REAL Holiday Card 2013

 

This year, we actually gave in and had professional photos taken.  Since I’m usually the photographer (and a mediocre one at best) I was thrilled to have some photos I’m actually IN.  We ended up with some good shots.  But my very favorite photo? No one is looking at the camera, my belly is hanging over my jeans, and my husband is being attacked by our cute 2-year-old.  But it kind of sums things up.  That’s my life.  Things don’t go quite according to plan and stuff is a little chaotic, but we’re in it together, we help each other out, and can laugh about all of it.

So without further ado, I reveal The Real Tartlet Christmas Card 2014:

Card design is "Winsome Holly" by Tiny Prints

Card design is “Winsome Holly” by Tiny Prints

“Christmas Day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have we.”

– How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Things I Like Thursdays

TIL #1 – Tiny Prints

I have a stationery problem.  I love beautiful stationery with lovely details. My husband still doesn’t know how much I paid for our Save-the-Dates and wedding invites – and he never will (they had to be letterpress, and they had to be on 100% cotton, and I’m sure I’m the only one who would ever have noticed anyway).

Tiny Prints isn’t an artisan letterpress, but they do lovely work at reasonable prices.  Their customer service is great, and the have a great selection.  I’ve used them for Christmas cards, baby announcements, birthday invites, address labels and shower invites.  I’ve never been disappointed.  My sister even used their sister site – wedding paper divas – for her wedding invites and they turned out great.

TIL #2 – Toffee-Topped Brownie Bites from Annie’s Eats

I like Annie’s site.  And I’m kind of awed by her ability to cook and bake delicious things and throw lovely parties while completing her residency and raising 2 teeny kiddos.  (Admission: I didn’t even shower today.)  This is one of my favorites from her site.  It is a crowd pleaser, is great to bring to parties, and really, is pretty easy. Not to mention – these are deliciously delicious.  Check out her site too, it’s got some great stuff!

Beautiful photo by Annie, of Annie's Eats!

Note: Neither Annie nor the folks at Tiny Prints know me.  I just like them.  Kthanksbye.