Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas cards...........making and buying,sending and receiving.

I love receiving Christmas cards. I like to display them and enjoy for as long as possible.

I have two rules about buying cards -  they must be charity cards and they must not be full price. Hypercritical? Probably.

We send about 40 cards although not that many are posted. It's the only way we keep in touch with people from where we've lived in the past.

This year I'm writing in our new address and a note about Col's treatment.......it's taking an age, mainly because I keep putting off the actual doing.
I'm certainly not short of cards to write, I counted around 100, a few hand made and the rest from January sales or from car boot sales.


 Then there is the paper craft card making stuff - I could probably turn out another 50 or so easily, and I have some lovely 3D decoupage papers and card which I bought from Craft Creations 2 years ago, specially to make nice big cards for family.

Not forgetting cross-stitch - the opportunities are endless for that craft.

Notes to self

Buy NO cards in the January sales
Use the craft stuff to make family cards in 2017
Carry on stitching cards for friends for next Christmas

Colin has now been on the special tablets for 5 days, the only side effects so far are tiredness which could also be from finishing the steroids which he was on since coming out of hospital. Neither of us can remember exactly what the doctor said about the timescale of side effects so we will ask later in the week when we see the cancer nurse.

I hope something interesting happens today to photograph or my daily advent photos will grind to a halt!

Back Tomorrow.............or not, depends
Sue



29 comments:

  1. Agree about charity cards Sue - I bought the hundred I usually send (I have lived in so many places) from Marie Curie and only when I started writing them did I realised that i had bought half of them with a Welsh greeting. So had to buy some more.

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    1. Whoops, do you know any Welsh speakers to pass them on to?

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    2. you could always add, by hand, various greetings from around the world, make it look intentional.

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  2. We send a lot fewer than you, just to family, friends from our previous life in Oxfordshire and our close neighbours here on the hillside, around 35 I think if I include the ones that Lovely Hubby sends to his colleagues at work. But yes, like you none are full price and usually bought in January for the following year.

    This year I have been using up cards left over from last year, and once I finished writing them all out I put the leftover cards in a bag to give to The Big Issue seller, so he has cards to hand out to his customers and hopefully help him spread some Christmas cheer and perhaps even sell some more copies.

    Now we have decorated the house we have also bagged up the leftover decorations and these will be taken to the charity shop today so they have a chance of selling them this year. I used to hate it when I was a charity shop manager and everyone donated their Christmas decorations in January, it's just a storage issue keeping them until the following year.

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    1. The charity shops have some lovely Christmas things in now.
      I mustn't buy any from the sales next year, it's silly keeping so many in the drawer for years and years

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  3. Tomorrow could be a picture of all the cards ready to post - that will get them done! :)
    xx

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    1. I'm getting them done, just need to write more notes to go in for penfriends

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  4. Like you I always send charity cards. I do enjoy receiving them but I never seem to get many these days. There are some beautiful cards out there. I love to see the festive scenes and especially Robins.
    Much love to Colin and I hope the side effects stay away. X

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    1. I love wintery scenes even if we rarely get snow nowadays

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  5. We get fewer and fewer cards as the years by. I still send out my cards and look forward to those - with notes attached - from people who because of distance, I only have contact at this time of year.

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    1. Not so many aunties and Uncles now but then there will be grandchildren

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  6. I hope the side effects discussion brings you some peace. Do you make gift tags out of your used cards, or anything?
    This is our first year of writing and receiving cards from the new house and it is making it even more magical. I can't wait until they start dropping through the letter box :)

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    1. yes, have always made tags from suitable cards in January, and others get used for shopping lists so only a few bits go in the recycling bin. Hope you have lots of lovely cards to display in your new home

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  7. I was so sorry to hear the cancer has returned and hope the next lot of treatment does the trick. If you are in Leiston, do try to pop in as Colin will see a lot of changes to outside. Not finished yet but have finally got my mojo back after 14 months of shoulder issues, which made me let the garden go. Have struck lucky by being asked to be a case study by the lady who has done massage on the shoulder area. She is doing a Diploma in Body realignment and is teaching the muscle memory to remember to go back to how it was before 2 major clonks I gave my pelvic girdle through accidents in the past. I have to go 6 times for nearly 3 hours of work on me each time! But I suddenly realised my 14 mth issues with aching shoulder and stabbing pains down arm had gone! So plans to put garden down to low maintenance shrubs and bark are on hold and will try a few more years of bright sunny borders, after a major rotovate and replant. Currently waiting for my odd job garde er chappie to give me some more dates but plenty of time yet.

    Lounging in bed at present as got a bad chest but have cut my work down to part-time so not too worried about catching up.

    I am sorry not to have sent comments before but could not work out how to do it so just hope that you get this. Which village will the new house be near? I like Diss direction, used to do a lot of work that way at one time.

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    1. Hi Penny, glad you have found out how to comment. Col may well pop in next time we are in Leiston visiting our new granddaughter

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  8. I only send a few cards. I hand make the ones to send to Mum and sisters in England. I want to make them special as I don't get to see them except the one time I am home a year. I make a couple for friends too. One of my crafty goals for the New Year is to use up some of those 'free' kits I've received on my magazines.

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    1. I like when people don't do the free kits and put them into charity shops instead!:-)

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  9. I barely do it an6y more, I send lots of messages instead. Keeping in touch does not require a picture of a robin in the snow.

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  10. I enjoy getting cards as well. Lately I've been doing photo greeting cards. Maybe not next year. This year we had a new grandbaby and daughter graduated from university so wanted photos of that. May do just cards next time with a photo. Next yr is our 40th anniversary so there will be a photo. I watch sales on cards and can print my own photos so that all saves money. I don't send out many now as people don't send out much to us. I remember sending nearly 100 some years ago. I'm blaming Facebook. Tee hee!!

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  11. I did a postcard one year. Took a photo of a snowman we'd made and got it printed as a batch of postcards on a cheap offer with vistaprint (miles cheaper than greetings cards). I've gone for a couple of boxes of charity cards this time to supplement the left over ones we've just pulled out the attic with the decorations. Bought the tree yesterday and took a photo of the 3 kids carrying it to the car, that would make good card! Hope Col is well enough to enjoy the Christmas season.

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  12. We don't send so many now but I still keep putting off writing them as it's one of my least favourite jobs of the season-x-

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  13. I buy so many things in January, I love nice crackers so I always get them half price.

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  14. I stopped doing christmas cards some years ago, family and friends receive a decoration for the tree along with anyone we visit or visit us over the season, a few friends have started doing the same

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  15. I got my first card today. I have a love/hate thing with them. I like getting them, but I don't like having them up,they always fall over. So, now I display them in a cupboard with glass doors. Violet has a Christmas tree that we use for her cards. I punch a hole in them and tie them on a branch with ribbon. Keeps them fairly neat.

    I don't send cards any more. But we do get some moonpig ones made up with photos of Violet, which we send to family so they can see her growing up.

    xx

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  16. I am sending out very few cards this year. I sent some ecards, did a post on Facebook, and will be phoning my Mom's sisters later this month. Next year I will relook at the card situation and see if it will be worthwhile to do.

    God bless.

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  17. I love sending and receiving Christmas Cards.
    I make mine every year and either I print them or have the printers help out.

    cheers, parsnip

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  18. I'm the opposite of you Sue, I need to make a note to buy cards in the January sales. I usually do but mustn't have bothered last year and it's cost me a small fortune this time as I needed to get a few special ones.

    Hope Col doesn't suffer from too many side effects with the new tablets. xx

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