I don't know about you but one of my favorite things about this time of year is seeing brightly colored envelopes in my mailbox signaling the arrival of a Christmas or Holiday card.
The envelope for this card is white but I bought it anyway. It looks very pretty on the bulletin board in my sewing room.
As it was for Thanksgiving, I wondered what kinds of cards the Moda designers sent. Did they send cards? So I asked. Thank you to everyone who sent me a card... or a picture of their card. (Though a few did send a card too. Thank you!)
This is from Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs. But you probably already guessed that - Alma has a gift for styling and photographs.
This colorful, whimsical card is one of four designs included in a pack Alma bought to support Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, a program helping low-income families. The cards are drawn and painted by kids in the program - this one was drawn by Akelah, age 8. The cookies were made using one of Alma's vintage cookie molds.
Betsy Chutchian shared two pictures, both of antique Christmas cards.
Betsy wrote that she and her husband, Steve, have sent Christmas cards for forty-one years. When the number of cards they received got smaller and smaller, she asked if they should stop sending them too. No! So she gave him the task of addressing and signing the cards, thinking he'd soon tire of doing it. Nope. He enjoys it!
Both of these vintage cards were received by Betsy's grandparents - dated 1909. (Betsy sent these because she prefers them to what Steve picks. Because he's doing the work of sending the Christmas cards, he gets to choose their cards. To which Betsy added "ugh" and "LOL".)
Kathy Schmitz sent this wonderful card filled with family pictures taken throughout 2017. These are my favorite kind of cards - all the smiling faces. Kathy has a lovely husband of many years - another Steve! - and two handsome, wonderful sons.
Linzee McCray had a wonderful year - a daughter got married, she and her sweet husband, Paul, celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary with a special trip to Europe, she debuted her first collection with Moda fabrics and she learned she is going to be a first-time grandmother in 2018.
Wenche Wolff Hatling sent this all the way from Norway. I love the red coat and hat... and those mittens! (Rumor has it that Wenche just might be working on something new and Holiday-ish for next year... just saying.) She wishes everyone a "Merry Merry Merry Holidays!" And "Med vennlig hilsen"... with warm regards.
Vanessa Christenson and her beautiful family. We're very excited that Vanessa - V & Co. - will be in the Moda booth in Pasadena in February for QuiltCon, sharing her Ombre Confetti Metallics and Ombres. As busy as these kids keep her, we're betting she's got something new and cool up her sleeve.
Deb Strain gets bonus points because she painted the artwork for her card - and printed the cards! Deb and her husband Scott are excited that all of their kids will be home for Christmas so they'll have a house full of kids and grandkids!
A whimsical, colorful card. Of course this is from Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me & My Sister Designs. That's Barb on the left and Mary on Santa's lap - they're in matching coats, hats and haircuts. (The coats were purple and gray plaid - their love for purple started at an early age.)
Lisa and Nick Bongean's card includes their "little man" Jace and Jeter. Lisa loves being a grandma though really, neither she or Nick look old enough to be Mimi and Papa. Here's hoping that Lisa and Nick have a wonderful, relaxing and uneventful 2018!
Camille Roskelley of Bonnie & Camille and Thimbleblossoms sent her 2016 card and wrote "because this year isn't going to happen." Life is that busy - her three "not so little men" are keeping her very busy. (I also think she doesn't want a reminder of how tall all three are getting - Aiden is almost as tall as Camille is! And Nic just turned seven. Seven!? When did that happen?)
Happy Holidays from Kate & Birdie - aka Gloria Wall and her family. Gloria painted the card and the inside of the envelope looks just like the beautiful plaid in Return to Winter's Lane. (Gloria was named one of the Ten Canadian Designers to Watch by House & Home Magazine. How cool is that?)
Since Sandy Klop - aka American Jane - doesn't send Christmas cards anymore, she sent a picture of her favorite vintage Christmas wrapping paper. She found this at a flea market years ago and is still using it. It's awfully cute - just like Sandy.
(When I wrote the designers to ask about Christmas Cards, I teased that I would happily share a picture of their favorite - or even current - Christmas wrapping paper if they weren't sending cards.)
Annie Brady sent a card and wrapping paper - all of which she designed. Annie wrote that she didn't usually sent cards but because she had samples this year after designing them, she's going to send these out to family and friends. (Don't you think I need some of that red wrapping paper?)
Anne created these gift tags a few years ago and there are twelve designs. She includes them in her newsletter every December and because she's a sweetie, she's sharing the PDF with you - Bunny Hill Christmas Gift Tags.
Thank you Anne! And Alma, Brigitte, Betsy, Vanessa G., Kathy, Linzee, Barb and Mary, Camille, Wenche, Sandy, Vanessa C., Annie, Gloria, Debbie and Lisa.
And Jo Morton. Jo sent a funny note that I related to completely. That many of my friends related to as well. "We" used to send out Christmas cards - we loved doing it. Then life got busier and busier, and cards sometimes didn't get mailed until January. If at all. So we gave that up. Jo then wrote that she also didn't have any wrapping paper to share, that gift bags and gift cards were what she used... if that. For many of us, the family and friends on our gift lists do not need or want anything, many of us have TMS Syndrome - Too. Much. Stuff.
We love everything about Christmas and the Holidays, especially the part about spending time with people we care about.
Here's hoping that you're doing the same this holiday season.